Kyneton Community Park is a new addition to the 160-year old Kyneton Botanic Gardens, an area known for its significant trees and plants.
Now, this historic area is a home to a park designed by Laidlaw & Laidlaw Landscape Architects, featuring elements connecting the park to its historic past as an agricultural hub and indigenous heritage. The park contains a recently updated bathroom, BBQ facilities and lots of playful features that will be enjoyed by young and old of all abilities alike.
Nestled among established trees, the playground features lots of fun elements for bigger kids including big slides, rope ladders, swings and cubby houses.
Refurbished tractors are part of the equipment paying homage to the area’s farming history.
Baby Explorer has just started crawling at the time of our visit so she is a wee bit too little for most of the play equipment. She was happy to sit on the basket swing but as it’s quite a small and flat one (rather than an actual basket!), Papa Explorer stays close on hand to catch her.
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The sand pit is quite different to others we’ve come across; planted with wild grasses and rocks to provide a close to “natural” setting.
The water-play splash pad feature is not operating on our visit and is expected to be running from Spring 2018.
Baby Explorer is too little to properly climb the ropes course but finds it amusing nonetheless.
While we didn’t find the petanque piste on our visit, we are delighted to come across the table tennis set which keeps adults well-entertained while Baby Explorer dozes off in her pram.
Barbecue facilities make it easy to self-cater and spend a lot of time at the Kyneton Community Park.
Maintained by The Friends of Kyneton Botanic Gardens, the Kyneton Community Park is a playful space set within tranquil historic grounds and equipped with all that’s needed to make it a must-visit on your next trip to Kyneton with kids.
- Suitable for older kids;
- Sand play;
- Giant swings;
- Ropes course;
- Water-play pad, open from Spring 2018;
- Petanque piste;
- Table tennis;
- Water tap, barbecue;
- Bike rack;
- Public toilet;
- Some sections of the park receive shade from surrounding trees but much of the playground is exposed so remember to bring a hat;
- Free on street parking and enter via McKenna Drive (off Mollison Street) or from Clowes Street.
- Kyneton Community Park is 87km from Melbourne, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway; and
- Bring a picnic rug, picnic or make use of the BBQ facilities on-site. We like gathering picnic provisions from the following local businesses: a range of charcuterie and pickles from Monsieur Pierre (143 Mollison Street) or Duck Duck Goose & Larder (17/19 Piper Street) or baked goods (I can’t go past the excellent quiches but they are also known for traditional English pork pie) and salads from Piper St Food Co (89A Piper Street).