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.

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”]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.


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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