The Melbourne Mums Group Useful Lists are insightful references compiled by Melbourne Mums to provide helpful hints, local knowledge and important information, so your family can enjoy the best of Melbourne.
1) Bollygum Park - Kinglake Bollygum is a personal favourite of mine and I would put it as my no.1 pick every time! There is so much to love about this playground.
It was built after the devastating bushfires in 2009 and won the 2014 Kid Safe National Playground Award. The playground is based on the 1994 best-selling children's book 'Bollygum' by author and illustrator Garry Fleming. The play equipment here is amazing and facilities are very good. Read more about Bollygum here.
It can get very busy at peak times and parking can be an issue, though it's worth persevering as this is a playground you'll want to spend plenty of time at! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy exploring the nearby wetlands.
Location: Longstaff St, Kew East
3) Eltham North Adventure Playground Eltham North playground was built in 1995 as a community project.
The main structure is a 'wool shed' that is decked out with play equipment inside and around it..(best to look at the video, it's better than my description!) This park is very popular with locals. Also worth noting is that the playground is next to Edendale Farm.
Location: The Parade, Eltham North
4) McKenzie Reserve - Yarra Glen Ok, so this one is another personal favourite of mine for so many good reasons.
It's suitable for all age groups, has an fantastic array of play equipment, is a beautiful spot for a picnic, fantastic day trip and is located in the main street of Yarra Glen...did I also mention that it's only a few kilometers from the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie? Read more about it here.
For more ideas of things to do in the Yarra Valley, click here.
Location: 45 Bell Street, Yarra Glen 3775
5) Tim Neville Arboretum - Ferntree Gully This fully fenced 'adventure playground' is perfect for the littlies.
They will have hours of fun in this fairy-tale themed playground complete with a castle, dragons, a drawbridge and moat, along with two huge flying foxes, three slides, a big sandpit, swings and lots of other little things to keep their imagination going.
This park is popular for picnics and birthday parties too. For my full review click here.
Location: 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully
Tim Neville Arboretum
Tim Neville Arboretum
6) Bicentennial Park - Chelsea A multi-award winning and nationally nominated playground that locals love.
Here you will find a fully fenced playspace perfect for all ages. The standout feature of the playground is 'Mt Chelsea', the hill with the two slides pictured below. This park is very popular for kid's birthday parties and BBQ's and well worth a visit.
Location: Cnr Thames Promenade and Scotch Parade, Chelsea
7) Rosebud Foreshore Playground Locals and holidaymakers have been giving this new playground rave reviews. The only negatives that I've heard so far are that there isn't enough shade and the slide gets too hot. It's definitely a winner, if not for location alone. Read my full review on the Rosebud playground here.
Rosebud Foreshore Playground
8) Community Bank Adventure Playground and Splash Park (Hadfield Park) - Wallan This newly constructed Splash Park and playground is getting rave reviews on social media.
The playground is predominantly based around the 5 story tower with various slides coming off the sides. This playground has something for everyone.
Note: The splash park is only open 10am to 8pm between December and March.
Location: Hadfield Park, Queen Street, Wallan
9) Ruffey Lake Park - Doncaster East A nicely shaded timber adventure playground set out over many levels.
You will find a huge sandpit with sand-play tables, seven swings including a spinning tyre swing, two long flying foxes, a big tower with spiral staircase, slides and more.
The park is beautifully landscaped and has walking trails. Here is a great review of the park.
Location: Cnr Victoria St and Muriel Green Drive, Doncaster East 3109
10) Valley Reserve Playspace - Mount Waverley Is a tucked away urban playspace that is located within a 15 hectare bush reserve. You would not believe that such a space existed within a residential area.
This playground was awarded best major Victorian playspace - 2016 and has been nominated as one of Australia's best playspaces. This is a worthy winner and well worth a visit! Read my full review here.