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Lincoln Square Carlton: Melbourne’s Oldest Playground Gets Epic Makeover

Leafy Lincoln Square in Carlton’s southern end was home to the first public playground in Melbourne and Victoria, opened in 1907.

Now in 2021, it’s had an epic playground makeover!

Lincoln Square Carlton

Lincoln Square Carlton Playground

The City of Melbourne started implementing the Lincoln Square Concept Plan in 2019 by converting the roadway into public open space and expanding the park by 3,000 square metres – roughly the size of six basketball courts.

The new playground has completely revamped the old, basic equipment to include play equipment that promotes imaginative, active and nature play for toddlers right up to tweens.

Lincoln Square Carlton Playground

The Carlton playground has been designed around the shady 150-year-old Moreton Bay Figs by the team at the City of Melbourne responsible for the award-winning Royal Park Nature Play playground.

Lincoln Square Carlton playground children inside rope tunnel

The Lincoln Square playground includes tall play towers connected by rope bridges and tunnels which older kids will enjoy navigating…

Lincoln Square Carlton children climbing in rope tunnel

…with some twisty slides leading you back down to earth.

Lincoln Square Carlton slide

Other features include standing chimes, speaker tubes, a cute cubby house and swings.

Lincoln Square Carlton cubby house
Lincoln Square Carlton dhildren running on wooden bridge

If you’re wondering why the logs have names of trees and street names, the timber play structures and features were built using wood salvaged from City of Melbourne trees.

Lincoln Square Carlton logs

When we’re able to gather there are shady picnic areas and a free barbecue for public use.

Lincoln Square Carlton children on logs

There are also new lawn and garden beds, new trees, irrigation, improved footpaths, bike lanes and lighting.

Bar Holiday Lincoln Square Carlton

If you need a drink or bite to eat, facing Lincoln Square is Hareruya a sunny Japanese eatery serving up classic Japanese bento boxes, baked goods and delicious Gelato. Their already popular gelato comes in eight delectable Japanese-inspired flavours such as matcha, yuzu and avocado yoghurt. After which you can choose between having it wrapped in mochi or sandwiched by rice wafers.

Lincoln Square Carlton children sitting on log talking under tree

Lincoln Square’s state-of-the-art play space brings some much-needed delight and excitement to Melbourne families and no doubt becomes one of our city’s most loved playgrounds.


Lincoln Square Carlton

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About Joyce Watts

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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