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HOT: Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground, Ballarat

Lake Wendouree is a favourite destination for Ballarat families, with its gorgeous gardens and lakeside paths for walking and cycling.

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There are numeous playgrounds dotted around the perimeter of the lake, the largest and most exciting being the adventure playground.

lake wendouree adventure playground

Like Albert Park Adventure Playground, Phoenix Park Adventure Playground and Victory Park in Melbourne, the Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground was built by members of the local community in the 90s.

lake wendouree adventure playground

The playground is a thrilling combination of wooden towers and turrets, twisting pathways for hide and seek, a flying fox, rope climbs, monkey bars and swing sets. Other standard playground equipment is available, such as noughts and crosses, a sandpit and slides.

lake wendouree adventure playground

 For imaginative play there is a black swan boat, a steamboat ferry, a wooden teepee and a train engine, complete with Lake Wendouree ticket office!  


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Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground, Windmill Drive, Ballarat (6)

lake wendouree adventure playground

Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground, Windmill Drive, Ballarat (7)

Note the layout of the playground means that it sightlines are often obscured. The playground is far away from the lake to not be a problem and though it is close to a road it is quiet with calm traffic generally.

The playground is surrounded by enormous trees but is not shaded other than by the structures themselves.

Lake Wendouree is a must-visit for any Ballarat local or visitor and the adventure playground is  very close to the Indigenous Playground (on Windmill Drive) and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, making it a whole day adventure.

HOT Tips:

  • dress everyone in bright clothing so it’s easy for you to spot kids and vice versa;
  • unshaded;
  • suitable for toddler sand older children;
  • barbecue, picnic seating and tables, water tap nearby;
  • toilets are available but not in the immediate vicinity; and
  • a vintage ice cream van/coffee cart parks at the playground if you need sustenance.
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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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