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HOT: Lillydale Lake Playground, Lilydale

HOT: Lillydale Lake Playground, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace is a unique nature-based playground that replaces the previous wooden and metal playground located at Lillydale Lake.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

There has been a few detractors grumbling that replacing the extensive, functional (but highly flammable) playground and the addition of a water play area has not improved the area.

However, I disagree!

Aesthetically I think the new playground is much more pleasing, with natural components and a more muted colour scheme in keeping with the lake’s surroundings. There’s also an awesome water play area!

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

The new playspace is inspired by local creeks, wetlands, marshes, reed beds and animals in their natural habitat. In particular the design reflects how water can affect the landscape, life cycle of animals and their habitats. There are thoughtful references to the Gang-gang Cockatoo, the Helmeted Honeyeater and platypus.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

There’s enough equipment for kids little and not-so-little, though it probably suits older kids rather than babies.

It shares many common elements with the award-winning Valley Reserve playspace in Mt Waverley which was created by the same designers (Melbourne-based firm Playce).  

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

Little kids will enjoy the accessible carousel, small climbing ropes, fort and slides, the bank of swings…

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

…a small stream with water pumps and dams…

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

….and a sandy area with the climbing platypus sculpture.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

The sand play area also includes bowls and ridges carved into large rocks and logs to encourage kids to mix and play with sand and water.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

Older kids will love clambering on the high fort with twisty slide…

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

dual flying fox…

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

….the nest swing…

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

…and high monkey bars.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

There are even wooden posts for parkour.

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

All kids will love the new splash pad!

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

The splash pad is open 8am-9pm daily, and every year will operate from the start of the Term 3 school holidays and close at the end of Term 1 holidays approximately. 

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

Accessible elements include a flying fox with an accessible seat, the spinner/carousel, the main water play area with water jets and Liberty Swing.

Facilities include new shelters, shaded and non-shaded seating, barbecues and public toilets (though a little further away). There are lots of free parking and bike/walking paths around the lake.

I think Lillydale Lake Playspace is a great improvement on the previous run-of-the-mill playground, full of adventurous and natural elements. It’s worth a drive as you can enjoy the rest of Lillydale Lake during your visit.

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HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Some natural shade;
  • Water tap;
  • Water play – bring bathers and a towel;
  • Splash Pad is open 8am-9pm daily, and every year will operate from the start of the Term 3 school holidays and close at the end of Term 1 holidays.
  • BBQ and picnic facilities;
  • toilet block is a small walk away;
  • Walking paths throughout Lillydale Lake; and
  • Free parking.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She 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.

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. The decision to have Concrete for the water splash pad is a dumb move, kids falling all over the place. Young kids can’t use slides as there is not easy access.
    Our Rates money has gone into new playground but no thought behind design.
    Needs urgent attention

    1. Hi Jas

      That is a good point re concrete for the splash pad, especially for younger kids. I suggest you bring up your issues with the council, as I have done regarding the lack of a stopper at the start of the flying fox which means I saw kids getting knocked by the metal pole.

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