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HOT: Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully

HOT: Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully

Tim Neville Arboretum is a medieval / fairy-tale themed playground that’s a popular stop for families in Ferntree Gully, especially those with toddlers.

tim neville arboretum playground

Why? Because the entire playground is surrounded by a sturdy fence with a child-proof gate!

tim neville arboretum playground

tim neville arboretum playground

Inside you’ll find a distinctive Loch Ness Monster than you can climb….

tim neville arboretum playground

….cross the drawbridge on the ‘moat’ and there are wooden towers and a castle/fortress structure for great imaginative play.

tim neville arboretum playground

The fairy-tale theme continues with a large dragon set into the ground with colourful stepping stones.

tim neville arboretum playground

Other equipment includes two lengthy flying foxes with disc pommel seats, numerous swings and slides, perfect for toddler height, a nest swing…

tim neville arboretum playground

….sandpits and a balance net.

tim neville arboretum playground

Older kids will enjoy the tall climbing pyramid but other than the flying fox most of the equipment is more suitable for younger kids.

I really like the panels with Auslan letters and words, a great opportunity to learn some letter and sign language while playing.

tim neville arboretum playground

Outside the fenced area, the Tim Neville Arboretum boasts parkland, a duck-filled pond, amphitheatre, a secret garden and BBQs, so you can easily spend a whole day there.

HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Some equipment suitable for older kids but most equipment better for toddlers;
  • Fully fenced;
  • Toilets outside fence;
  • Picnic areas and BBQs outside fence;
  • 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.

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