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HOT: Montrose Community Playground, Montrose

montrose playground

Montrose Community Playground is an imaginative community-built playground set amongst the leafy Dandenong Ranges. It’s located within Montrose Recreation Reserve which also contains sports ovals, sports pavilion, open space, bushland areas, tennis courts and netball courts.

It’s well worth a special trip as it’s large enough to entertain little and big kids for hours and has facilities such as picnic shelters, barbecues and public toilets.

montrose playground

It also contains child-sized replicas of recognisable landmarks of the township of Montrose.

montrose playground

In the little play village you’ll find an adorable library cubby filled with recognisable book covers and fictional characters..

montrose playground

…lots of peeping windows from within the facade of the chocolate shop, bakery, hairdresser and butcher…

montrose playground

montrose playground

montrose playground

…a little fire engine…

montrose playground

…plus the essential utilities – the bank and the post office.

montrose playground

montrose playground

Other play equipment includes an extensive ramp with slides, poles, ladders and climbing equipment coming out of it.

montrose playground

At one of the ramp there is a high rope bridge leading to a gorgeous mural of the Australian bush – a great photo opportunity.

montrose playground

There are two high pyramid rope climbing frames – one which spins and one which is static.

montrose playground

For younger kids there is a smaller climbing fort with shorter slides, poles, a tunnel and climbing equipment.

montrose playground

The kids particularly love the double roundabout swing though there are traditional swings and nest swings too.

The playground is surrounded by a bushy area (we even spot kookaburras) but the trees only provide a little shade in summer. It can get very cool in winter.

A unique benefit of the playground is that it’s next door to the Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates! You can easily walk to the chocolate shop via a sensory nature garden on the edge of the playground, making it feel like an adventure from ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

hahndorf chocolate montrose

Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates sells handmade chocolates as well as offering cakes and sweets in the adjoining indoor cafe and outdoor garden area.

hahndorf chocolate montrose

hahndorf chocolate montrose

The combination of Montrose Recreation Reserve and Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates makes Montrose an appealing day trip for families.


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Some natural shade;
  • Water tap;
  • BBQ and picnic facilities;
  • toilet block is a small walk away near the oval;
  • Free parking; and
  • Visit Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates next door or the Montrose strip shops a few hundred metres away.

Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates, 960-962 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose 03 9728 6133

Daily 10-6pm

 

 

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who 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.

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