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HOT: Ashcroft Park Aircraft Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Williams Landing is a housing development in Melbourne’s outer west and Ashcroft Park playground, fondly known  as the ‘Control Tower’ playground, is a popular destination for local families. The playground is inspired by the nearby RAAF base and it was recently nominated as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the west.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

The centrepiece is an aircraft landing strip leading to a tall control tower.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

The tower can be accessed with steps,  a rope ladder or climbing wall and slides of various heights wind down to an aircraft compass.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

The tower also affords views of the surrounding houses.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Baby 2.0 most enjoyed the sand play area, with two diggers, scoops, chutes and pulleys, some springers.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Other equipment includes a pyramid rope climbing frame, stepping stones and spinners.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Slightly away from the playground is a basketball court and a small area with adult fitness equipment which Baby 2.0 also enjoyed climbing.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Under the distinctive curved shelter you’ll find picnic tables and electric BBQs. There are also water taps on site though no toilets. Parking is right next to the playground.

Ashcroft Park Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

The Williams Landing playground is not so big that it’s worth a special trip but it is a nicely-themed community playground with a variety of unique equipment that distinguishes it from the plastic-fantastic playgrounds you may find elsewhere. Combine it with a visit to Werribee Zoo or Werribee Park for a fun day out.

For another aeroplane-themed playground check out Lance Reichstein Playground.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • water taps, electric BBQs, picnic areas and shelters;
  • no shade other than from structures;
  • Free parking;
  • Combine your visit with a trip to Werribee Zoo or Werribee Park; and
  • Closest eateries are at Williams Landing shopping centre.

Ashcroft Park Airport Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

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

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