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Melbourne's Top 10 Adventure Playgrounds

by Lorraine A (follow)
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.

Below are some of the Best Adventure Playgrounds in Melbourne, with suggestions from Melbourne Mums Group members.

Please note that playgrounds are not listed in any particular order

Top 10 Adventure Playground List

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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.

Location: 40 Whittlesea Kinglake Road, Kinglake VIC

Bollygum Park

Bollygum Park

2) Hays Paddock - Kew East
Hays Paddock is a fully enclosed all-abilities playground which has been on Melbourne's most popular playground lists for some years now.

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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

McKenzie Reserve

McKenzie Reserve

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

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park

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.

Location: 80 Waimarie Dr, Mount Waverley VIC

Valley Reserve

Valley Reserve

Other suggestions included:
Beckett Reserve, Balwyn
Edwards Lake Park
Maddingley Park Bacchus marsh

If your children are a bit too young for adventure playgrounds then make sure you check out our Best Melbourne Playgrounds for Toddlers list here.

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