These are the best playgrounds and activities that we found after researching a large number of options available in Melbourne and Geelong. Please take the time to read the passages that are located above to learn more about each of the places that we would like you to be aware of. Each of these locations possesses a unique allure and merits a visit and an opportunity to appreciate it at least once.
Ringwood Lake Playground, Whitehorse Road, Ringwood
The playground benefits from a picturesque location among the trees close to Ringwood Lake and provides a genuine thrill factor in addition to its other desirable qualities.
There is a large straight tunnel slide that leads down to the ground from a tall tower that is situated high among the treetops. The tower can be reached from the platform below by means of stairs. Two additional tunnel slides that are less intense than the first one can be found on a lower level and both curve down to the ground.
Access to the platform on which the tower is situated can be gained via a ramp, steps, a rope bridge, or a rigid frame ladder. The availability of so many different means of ascent might not be ideal for children who have trouble making decisions.
A sit-in spinning cup and wooden carvings of a duck, fish, pelican, and kangaroo are located on the ground around the base. There is also a small flying fox, a fireman's pole, an area of suspended ropes with wobbly rubber steps, a stand on the carousel, poles with sculptures of an owl, ladybugs, and frog.
A climbing cube with a climbing wall, ladders, and a rope nett roof can be found on the other side of the path.
In the immediate vicinity of this location are two shelters that each have a barbeque, two tables, a water tap, and two circular tables that do not have any overhead shade. The restrooms are located at the most southernmost point of the playground.
A climbing area can be found higher up the hill and features stand-on spinners, monkey bars, and poles equipped with climbing holds. If you tumble down this hole, you'll find yourself staring into the eyes of a monstrous gecko.
Another, even larger lizard can be found on the other side of the path. It features a water tap and a hand wheel for pumping water, and the water flows down the back of the lizard, through a sluice gate, and into a large sandpit that is surrounded by additional large lizards, snakes, and worms.
Be on the lookout for priceless jewels as the water makes its way through the path. Take a break and entertain yourself by playing a song on the big metal turtle drum. I have no doubt that the parents will take pleasure in the lilting melodies.
You'll find a row of six swings a little further up the hill, including one equipped with a harness and another that allows a parent and child to face each other while swinging. Additionally, there is a seesaw, a fun musical instrument, and a Liberty Swing that is accessible to people using wheelchairs.
The only drawback is its proximity to Ringwood Lake and the heavily travelled Maroondah Highway, which means that you need to maintain a high level of vigilance at all times.
St Kilda Penguins (St Kilda)
On the St. Kilda Breakwater, which is responsible for the protection of the harbour, there is a colony of approximately 1200 Little Penguins. This colony has been there for quite some time.
You will be able to see Fairy penguins swimming in at the end of the day and climbing the breakwater rocks into their nests if you go to the St. Kilda Pier just before dusk. This will give you the best opportunity to see them. This is something that can only be seen towards the day's end. After reaching the breakwater, you will need to walk along the gravel and then descend the wooden steps.
I was able to verify with my own eyes that there is a penguin colony in the middle of Melbourne, which may sound unbelievable to some people. I was able to see this colony with my own eyes. The probability of seeing a particular number of penguins varies from one night to the next. There is a possibility that the number of penguins that return to the nesting area that is open to the public is lower than ten or twenty, but there is also the possibility that the number is significantly higher.
At the very end of the path that leads to St. Kilda, there is a wooden jetty where a crowd of people, the vast majority of whom were tourists, waited expectantly to see whether or not the penguins would arrive. The cafe can be found on a rocky outcrop that extends out over the water and leads down to the jetty. It was getting dark when some rangers arrived and found a few baby penguins hiding in the rocks. They quickly brought them to safety. The park rangers shared a wealth of knowledge with the visitors regarding the penguin colony and the other animals that called it home.
There is not much of an advantage to coming in early and waiting around because the penguins have the habit of waiting until it is dark outside before coming in from the water. Flash photography is not allowed in penguin colonies because the animals do not have eyelids and the light from the flash can cause the animals to have epileptic seizures. You could, on the other hand, bring a flashlight that only produces red light or make use of the infrared light that comes standard with your camera.
Even though we did see some penguins, this is not an easy activity for children because it requires a great deal of patience (we waited many hours to see a small number of penguins), and the viewing area can get very crowded as people rush to the areas where penguins have been spotted. Even though we did see some penguins, this is not an easy activity for children because it requires a great deal of patience (we waited many hours to see a small number of penguins). Even though we were able to see some penguins, this is not an easy activity for children to participate in because it requires a great deal of patience (we stayed many hours to see a small number of penguins).
Isabella Williams Memorial Reserve, Opie Road, Deer Park
Good news. It is not necessary to take a pricey vacation to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius in order to gain an understanding of the historical significance of volcanic eruptions. The design of this playground makes a reference to the volcanic activity that occurred on Melbourne's western plains in the past.
Out of the volcano emerges a series of tall climbing walls, nets, and three lengthy slides, one of which is a yellow-covered twisted slide. The colourful play surfaces appear to "ooze" down the sides of the volcano and are situated all around the sandbox. A large ride-on tractor in bright red, a bird's nest swing, and a bright blue spinning'super nova' are some of the additional pieces of playground equipment for children. In addition to that, there is a fitness circuit that features outdoor gym equipment.
The park features shady shelters, barbeque grills, and display gardens with native plant life to enjoy while you're there.
1000 steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
1000 steps In Upper Ferntree, there will be a memorial walk commemorating the Kokoda Track. The film Gully pays homage to the arduous journey that Australian soldiers made along the actual Kokoda Trail in 1942 by showing scenes from the movie. Do you think you have what it takes to reach the pinnacle? We would appreciate it if you could let us know if you are able to count the number of steps along the way because we have a suspicion that there are fewer than exactly 1000 steps. Please let us know if you are able to do so. We would appreciate it if you would let us know if you are able to count the steps along the way. I guess when it's shortened to 926 steps, the name "Kokoda Track" just doesn't have the same ring to it as when it was originally written out.
The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a 1000-step path that can be found in the Dandenong Mountains. Along the way, there are several memorial plaques to honour those who served on the Kokoda Track. Walking the five kilometres from start to finish takes about two hours due to the steep inclines that are encountered along the trail. The Ferntree Gully Rangers' Office serves as the starting point, and the One Tree Hill Picnic Ground serves as the destination of this loop.
Because the stairs are relatively narrow, you need to be very careful so that you do not get run over by athletes who are climbing them.
When you visit the 1000 steps, you will get an idea of the amount of physical labour that the Australian soldiers had to put in during 1942 on the actual Kokoda Trail in order to complete their mission. This was one of the most difficult parts of the Kokoda Trail.
At the start of the walk is a nice playground.
In addition to providing an opportunity to raise one's heart rate and get some exercise, the 1000 steps are historically significant, which makes the experience of climbing them very valuable. The ascent to the summit did not prove to be nearly as challenging as we had anticipated, and it only took about half an hour. To reach the peak, all that is required is average fitness level. Anyone can do it.
Along the route, there are even some bench seats scattered about in case you need to take a break. On the other hand, I can picture it getting quite slick and muddy after it has rained recently.
Since this is typically a very busy area, the very first obstacle that needs to be overcome is finding a place to park the car. We parked along the shoulder of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road; however, you should steer clear of the areas that prohibit standing. At the beginning of the trail is where you'll find both an information board and a playground.
At the very top of One Tree Hill is a picnic ground that features a covered area with tables, a barbeque pit, unshaded tables, as well as restrooms and a water fountain. There is also parking available for those arriving by car at the picnic area.
Tenterfield Park, Tenterfield Drive, Burnside Heights
Chadstone, Highpoint, and Southland should not be considered for shopping. Bring the kids to Tenterfield Park, where there are a number of charming little shops, including a florist, a bakery, a hair salon, a greengrocer, and a service station.
A fantastic playground designed in the style of a "town" and packed to the brim with exciting and vibrant components. The primary component of the play structure is a large ramp that features a variety of entertaining panels on its sides, a tunnel slide, a curved slide, a tunnel, a cubby area, a spiral ladder, a climbing wall, musical instruments, a steep wide wave slide, an escape chute that leads down to the ground, and shop fronts.
In addition, there are birdhouses perched atop poles, a seesaw, swings, wooden carvings of automobiles and trucks complete with steering wheels, cups to sit in and spin around, two bike springers, and a wooden structure with a walkway. All of these elements can be found in the playground.
A protection that includes a table, seats without any form of shade, barbecues, and a water supply. Beautiful murals can be found in the playground. Located close to a large lake that is home to a variety of waterfowl.
The Coburg Lake Reserve is a well-liked location for picnics along Merri Creek. A weir was built in 1915 to create a lake, which was created after the land was purchased in 1912. The nature preserve was a well-liked picnic spot in the past due to its diving boards, wading pools, kiosks, and gardens, and it remains so today.
The Merri Creek Trail provides access to the reserve, and the reserve is located in close proximity to various forms of public transportation and has parking spaces available (the main car park is in Lake Grove).
In addition to walking and biking paths, the Coburg Lake Reserve features a weir, three playgrounds, barbeque facilities, and a lake. Its location is directly across the street from the former Pentridge Prison.
The primary playground, which features a colossal tower slide, is located on the south side of the lake on the Murray Road side. There is also a gorgeously designed Outdoor Lounge playspace on the upper side, as well as another playground on the west side of the lake at Carr Street.
Navan Park, Centenary Avenue, Melton
The playground was upgraded to include a magnificent high tower that now features two enormous tunnel slides as well as a high fireman's pole. Other additions included a large hammock as well as a funky carousel that allows younger children to sit down and allow their parents or older siblings to swing it around.
The best and most innovative component is a large sandpit that features a castle along with a variety of tools for working with the sand such as scoops and conveyors. The remaining portion of the expansive playground is home to an impressive variety of playsets. There is a "Sky Surfer" for teenagers in one section of the playground (stand up and surf on the suspended surfboard; with practise, a circular loop can be achieved), a circular bar that twists and turns around, a "Mountain Trek" (sit on or climb across hanging discs; it is more difficult than it looks), a spinner that you can sit on, and a "Trick Skate" that you can sit on (revolving skateboard rockers).
There is a large structure that looks like the bow of a ship and is made out of panels. There is a ramp that leads up to the structure from a nearby bank. It features a scrambling wall, high balance beam, chain bridge, flexible fireman's pole, monkey rungs, hanging discs, flying fox, climbing wall, alphabet panel, steps, fireman's pole, steering wheel, and shop front.
Another structure features a spiral ladder, fireman's pole, inclined climbing mat, chain bridges, chain traverse, spiral ladder, and wave slide. Additionally, there are steps, walkways, chain bridges, and tunnels. There is a small play space designated for toddlers that includes a hut with panels and a drive-through counter in addition to a shop front that features a calculator, tunnel, tic-tac-toe, and abacus.
The playground area features restrooms, a shelter with a barbeque and table, as well as a second shelter with tables. There is an abundance of grassy areas for playing ball games. Only 100 metres away is a large lake that has additional shelters, a water tap, and BBQ grills.
Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (Beaumaris)
Ricketts Point, with its proximity to the shore and its many rockpools, is an excellent location for introducing children to the wondrous marine life that can be found beneath the water in Victoria. Sandstone platforms provide an excellent opportunity to investigate rock pools as well as the diverse marine life that calls them home. Because the beach is watched over by lifeguards during the summer months, going there with your family is a smart choice for a summertime activity.
This sanctuary covers 115 hectares and can be found in the south-east of Melbourne, close to Beaumaris. This location is easily accessible for people of all ages and is surrounded by protruding cliffs made of sandstone that have been worn down over time to form a series of platforms, sea caves, and offshore reefs. It is possible to explore a variety of habitats, such as rocky sandstone intertidal and subtidal habitats, sandy beaches, and subtidal soft substrates.
There are many different species of plants and animals that can be discovered at this location due to the wide variety of habitats that exist here. In the area close to the shore, the rocks are covered with green and red algae, which provides a safe haven for a variety of invertebrates such as brittle stars, bristle worms, and crustaceans.
The sandy bottoms in the surrounding area are covered in patches of seagrass, which attract a diverse assortment of fish species. Rock bommies found in deeper waters are typically covered in a carpet of either green Caulerpa or brown Sargassum, both of which provide cover for a variety of nocturnal animals.
Fish species such as the Southern Hulafish, scalyfin, and morwong are drawn to these rocks because of their structure. If you look closely, you might be able to spot one of the best masters at disguising themselves, which is a cuttlefish. These animals are masters at changing the colour of their skin as well as the texture, which allows them to remain hidden.
Brimbank Park Play Space, Brimbank Road, Keilor East
A gorgeously crafted Play Space with natural elements that is best suited for younger children, with a few exciting elements included for older children to enjoy as well. You can climb up inside the artificial hollow tree stump that sits atop the hill overlooking the playground area, and then exit the structure through a broken eggshell to get a bird's-eye view of the playground area below.
Keep your eyes open so you don't miss any of the abundant small animals on the stump (conveniently high enough to stop little kids from grabbing them off the stump and taking them home for their bug collection).
The central portion of the Play Space is comprised of a labyrinth of pebbled pathways that lead to round areas with interesting mosaics. The mosaic with a bird theme and a sculpture of three cawing crows is the most interesting of these round areas. In this section there are boards that demonstrate the sign language corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.
A shady tree with rock seats underneath it and a cute black and white cow can be found in the exact centre of the maze area (it seems like a Friesian to me but cow fanciers may be able to correct me if I am wrong). Watch out for the giant tomatoes, cheese, and peas; it would be easy for children to recreate a scene from the classic movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."
On the other side of the path is a massive bird's nest swing; if you can persuade Andre the Giant to push the children, the ride will be one they will never forget. Despite this, I have no doubt that Uncle Bob could push adequately if he had to). The kids can lay down inside the circle and then be rotated around the entire structure.
The front flip and the backflip are the moves of the day here (as well as dizzy kids staggering around). In addition to those things, there is a stand-on spinner, a hammock (surely Mom and Dad deserve a rest after finding this Play Space for the kids), a huge bee springer for two people, a smallish rope cone that spins around, and four swings, one of which has a harness attached to it. All of the play areas can be reached via the padded pathways that are provided.
A giant platypus that is so large that it could easily consume all of the worms in the nearby Maribyrnong River in one breakfast sitting can be found on the other side of a road, along with a V-shaped play hut with branches for walls, a beautifully crafted frog, a musical instrument that makes various sounds when you turn a handle, and a large elevated sandpit that can be reached by steps.
There are a number of seats, some of which do not have shade, dispersed throughout the Play Space area, as well as a water fountain. The landscaping looks amazing, and there are lots of natural elements included in it. Located right next to the Leaping Lizard cafe, which features a restroom. In addition to a sizable grassy area, there are a good number of nearby shelters, barbecues, tables, and water faucets.
FAQs About Things To Do in Melbourne
- The Twelve Apostles. external link.
- Philip Island's Penguin Parade.
- Buchan Caves.
- Organ Pipes National Park.
- The Pinnacle in The Grampians.
- Sealers Cove.
- Take in the view at Inner harbour.
- Admire ancient totems at Thunderbird Park.
- Explore Market Square.
- Picnic at Beacon Hill Park.
- Discover Victoria's Chinatown.
- Hike through Mount Douglas Park.
- Browse Victoria's Antique Row.
- Tour the Parliament Buildings.
- Melbourne's famous tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world.
- The world's first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.
- Melbourne had the first gay and lesbian radio station in the world.
Most visitors who arrive in Melbourne also want to explore the surrounding areas. If that is your plan, then you will need at least 5 days but 7 to 10 days would be ideal. If by Melbourne, you mean only the city itself, 3 days is the ideal minimum amount of time.
Melbourne is known for being one of the most liveable cities on earth. Often referred to as 'the Sporting Capital of the World', besides this it is also famous for its graffitied laneways, excellent coffee, cultural diversity and bayside location. This eclectic Australian city has something for everyone.