Buccaneers take note, there is playtime ahoy! Maritime Cove in Port Melbourne will have your little adventure-seekers having a positively swashbuckling time of it with this fantastically themed playground.
The Port of Melbourne have repurposed actual maritime equipment to create this awesome, one-of-a-kind seaside playspace overlooking Port Phillip Bay and Webb Dock.
And there is plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained.
For the big kids, the main feature is a real-life lookout tower with a super twisty tunnel slide that takes some nous to navigate. And for the littlies they’ll love the see-saw boat, musical area, marine bells and shovels, amongst other things.
In keeping with the marine theme, there is waterplay to be had with water sprays and water pumps working across a couple of different areas in ingenious ways. Add to that rope bridges, wooden gangplanks and a lifesaving tower and it’s a waterside wonderland for all ages.
You’ll also discover marine bollards, coloured buoys, rope ladders and a crow’s nest amongst the buckets, chains, pulleys and cranes that make up the play area.
The playground is a beautiful timber structure complementing the seaside environment with nary a primary coloured piece of play equipment in sight!
Not only can you and the little ones enjoy the playground, but there’s a lovely little boardwalk that stretches to Sandridge Beach which is a sheltered bayside beach that is perfect for families to splash about in.
And if the Melbourne weather isn’t up to a dip in the Bay, you can always take a walk to the observation point or watch all of the truck and container action at Webb Dock.
This is a wonderfully unique, modern playspace that really tips its hat to the surrounding maritime environment. It is well worth a visit, and not just in the warmer months.
Toilets, tables and BBQ at Sandridge Beach
Good to know
Bring towels for the beach or waterplay areas
Sunscreen and hats are essential, there are limited shaded areas
Don’t bother unpacking the pram unless you’re sure you’ll stick to the boardwalk – the sand makes it impossible to navigate around the play equipment with a stroller of any kind.
Wear closed-toe shoes! The sand around the playground is more gravelly than soft sand and is kind-of annoying in your shoes! Not that the kids seemed to mind! But to be honest it’s a little perplexing that a playground on the beach isn’t one of soft sand (that you can find on the beach 20 meters away), but we’ll have to ask the playground engineers about the logic of that one.
Coffee and Food
Caps Café is the only offering in walking distance located at the Life Saving Victoria Centre a short walk down the boardwalk so you might do best to BYO – or head to nearby Bay Street afterwards for plenty of food and drink options.