HOT: Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Port Melbourne

The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground is an large marine-themed playground in Port Melbourne at the end of Perc White Reserve near Sandridge Beach.

Maritime Cove Port Melbourne

The playground showcases the area’s maritime and waterside history and reuses old maritime equipment.

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You’ll find a repurposed channel markers making excellent forts….

maritime cove port melbourne
maritime cove port melbourne

…steel buoys to climb and sit on…

maritime cove port melbourne
maritime cove port melbourne

…plus a crow’s nest,  marine bollards, old rail lines,  ladder bridge and replica shipping containers.

maritime cove port melbourne

The other new equipment integrates well with the old marine assets and include a tall wooden fort with long spiral slide…

maritime cove port melbourne

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…rope bridges and climbing ropes, some better suited to older kids…

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….a challenging timber and rope climbing frame…

maritime cove port melbourne
maritime cove port melbourne

and smaller features like unusual spinners and musical instruments as well as a dedicated sand play and musical area at toddler height.

A drawcard in hot weather is that there are two water play areas.

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One is a simple pump and channel set up while the other is a more full-bodied experience as a large overhead sprinkler whirls around, a lower sprinkler turns and water spurts out from another tall pole.

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Bring a change of clothes and a towel, you can’t help getting soaked!

maritime cove port melbourne

And of course the whole playground is one big sandpit and there’s more ways to move sand around than I can count!

maritime cove port melbourne
maritime cove port melbourne
maritime cove port melbourne

If you’re still not done with the fun just next to the playground is a group of outdoor fitness equipment. Plus an extensive boardwalk for running/walking/riding and of course Sandridge Beach.

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At the moment most of the shade is in the two wooden pavilions as the greenery is quite low. The playground has parking but note that it’s a bit of a walk from the main carpark for Sandridge Beach and the Surf Lifesaving Club.

Maritime Cove Community Park is part of the $1.6bn Webb Dock redevelopment and is part of Port of Melbourne’s commitment to create more attractive public spaces. I think they’ve really hit the mark with this imaginative and unique playground.

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  • Adult fitness equipment;
  • Next to bike/walking/running path;

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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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