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HOT: Geelong Play Space, Geelong

The Geelong Play Space is a fully fenced playground next to the Geelong Botanic Gardens and it’s one of Geelong’s best playgrounds.

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The award-winning design combines imaginative features and a mainly natural setting to create a play space that sparks the imagination.

Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

As you walk down the musical bell bridge, what first captures your eye is the wooden pirate ship with a rope climbing net, steering wheel, short slide and speaking tubes.

Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

The pirate ship leads into a steep climbing wall, two stand-on spinners and springers and is overlooked by two standard swings and a Liberty Swing for children in wheelchairs (note the key must be collected from National Wool Museum in Moorabool Street or The Carousel on the Waterfront).

On the other side of the musical bridge are more springers, a bamboo tunnel and a cottage ruin.

Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

At the back of the playground is a large sandpit and a maze that Lady AB called the ‘shape forest’.

Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

In general the landscaping provides natural shade but of course bring a hat and sunscreen.


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Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

Other facilities inside and outside the playground include shaded and unshaded seats, water tap, gazebo, picnic tables, bbq and toilets. There's also a cafe inside the Geelong Botanic Gardens where you can get drinks, snacks and Devonshire tea. For a limited time, Groupon is offering discount Devonshire tea at Geelong Botanic Gardens. Tuck into traditional Devonshire tea including scones with cream and jam, accompanied by a pot of tea to share for two people for $11 or four people for $22. Buy the voucher now

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HOT Tips:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • Liberty swing;
  • fully fenced;
  • semi-shaded from natural shade;
  • water tap inside gate;
  • toilet block is outside gate;
  • picnic tables and gazebo outside gate;
  • nearest food is Tea House inside Geelong Botanic Gardens; and
  • parking is free, there are carparks at Botanical Gardens and one right next to the playground.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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