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HOT: Casaurina Forest Nature Play Space, Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary’s Causarina Forest Nature Play Space is a spacious multi-level play area where kids can connect with nature through open-ended exploratory play.

It replaces the tired and rather ordinary playground that used to sit in the centre of the Sanctuary.

The new play space features water play with two metal pumps flowing water into a creek bed and into the garden…

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…a large sandpit with wooden stepping stones and a raised waist-height accessible sandpit (a tap is coming) with a parking spot for a wheelchair.

Two cubby houses are set amongst an enchanted forested landscape with established trees.

Along with the revitalised play zone the Pavilion Cafe has been updated with a full kitchen so that it can offer hot meals, as well as surrounding seating. The next door Reptile House has been renovated too with specially-designed exhibits – a must-do for Joan Procter Dragon Doctor fans (our favourite book at the moment).

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I'm told that after the school holidays other features will be installed such as a shade sail over the large sandpit and a log balance course.

Healesville Sanctuary's Causarina Forest Nature Play Space is a place where kids can run, jump, forage, climb, balance, dig and explore nature through play. It is a wonderful addition to the existing play spaces – the creek play at Badger Creek, the main playground outside the Sanctuary Harvest cafe, Future Vets indoor play and Kangaroo Country's Pouch House.

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Plus don’t forget – kids visit FREE all Victorian school holidays, public holidays and weekends.

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Tips for Healesville Sanctuary's Causarina Forest Nature Play Space:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older kids;
  • sandpit, water play;
  • next to Pavilion cafe;
  • picnic tables;
  • toilets nearby (but not right next to playground);
  • Kids under 16 years enter FREE all school holidays, public holidays and weekends.

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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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