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Melbourne: What To Do And Where To Go When You Are Visiting

We have reviewed many playgrounds and things to do in Melbourne and Geelong and these are the pick of the crop. Read above to get more informations about each of the locations we would like you to know about. Each one of this places has its own charm and should be visited and enjoyed at least once.

Luna Park Melbourne

Outer North

Golden Sun Moth Park, Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn

A brilliant playground that is a little out of the way for some people but well worth the trip. It has the theme of a Golden Sun Moth and there isn’t a light big enough in the world to attract a moth this humungous in size.

The playground is divided into an area for 1-4-year-olds and another adjacent more challenging area for 5 years and older.

The main area for older kids has a huge structure in the shape of a moth with moth leg steps, some great moth leg slides including a huge tunnel slide and open tunnel legs made from circles to climb up. There are two huge pyramid rope climbing frames, huge bird’s nest swing, a long flying fox with disk seat, dizzy spinner cup, spinning cocoon, standard swings, stand-on spinner and whizzy spinner.

The area for younger kids has a wooden structure with slides, a walkway and a ladder plus lovely features like a cocoon to climb on and a ladybug springer.

The playground has excellent All Abilities access since there are soft surfaces around all the equipment.

Facilities include unshaded seats scattered about the playground area, toilets and water tap. Next to the playground in a grassy area is a big shelter with four tables and BBQs and there are unshaded tables scattered about the surrounding grassy area. Next to a bike path.

The playground is in a newly developed area and may not be on some maps. It is located in the Malcolm Creek Park area. Follow Grand Boulevard westwards and cross Aitken Boulevard. Go past the shops and the playground is immediately on the left.

Melbourne National Park

Docklands Public Art Walk (Central Melbourne)

The Docklands area is home to the Docklands Public Art Walk which covers 36 outdoor artworks situated in the parks, promenades and built into the architecture and landscape.

There is a guide which explains each artwork and a map. Enjoy a walk through the Docklands with this guide and find out more about the individual artworks that comprise one of the most extensive public art programs in the world.

The complete walk is likely to take a couple of hours.

Step one is to download and print a copy of the brochure (or access online) which includes a map and a description of each of the artworks.

The most interesting section for families is the northern section. On the side of the harbor along New Quay Promenade is #4 (Silence) which is a large installation that has ethereal white forms like clouds and trees. This is for admiring but there is a new installation about 50m away to the east which is not in the guide which is much more fun for the kids.

It has several colored pyramids, mountains and forms which are perfect for exploring and climbing on. Exercise and art join together.

There may also be some artwork in the foyers of buildings which would not be accessible during weekends.

Pick a nice day and explore the Docklands area using the extensive outdoor artwork as navigation points. It’s well worth it. There are water taps, seats and plenty of eating places along the route.

Read more about this topic at https://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/

luna park

Community Bank Adventure Play Space

This wonderful play space has been designed for children of a wide range of ages and abilities and is centered around a five-story tower and a water splash park.

The tower has dual wave slides from the lowest level, a straight tunnel slide from the mid-point and a very twisty slide from the very top of the tower. There are a few routes up to the very top of the tower of varying degrees of difficulty but anyone who can climb steps will be able to reach the top, although you might get nose bleeds from the altitude.

The tower is topped by metal hats that look like they previously belonged to Merlin the Magician.

At the base of the tower is a family-size see-saw, big red tractor, spinning cup with hand-wheel and a sandpit which is under a roof. The sandpit has a table for sand play and a cubby house. Hidden away as part of the tower is a clanger to hit against pipes (the distinctive sound rings across the playground almost continuously), shop front, disks on a vertical pole and abacus.

Around the outside of the playground area are flying foxes (one with a harness seat and one with a disk seat), two birds nest swings of different sizes and four standard swings.

The water splash park is located on the side of the playground area. It includes a water play table with pumps, troughs and water channels, a three-ring water tunnel with squirting water jets, a tipping bucket, areas with water jets and a “creek” bed area with water jets.

Grassy areas dotted with shady gum trees surround the play space and shelters with tables are scattered about. There is also a shaded BBQ, water taps and toilets (with a change room).

Read more about this topic at https://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/

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National Gallery of Victoria (Central Melbourne)

Admission to the main part of the gallery (excluding special exhibitions) is free and it is an ideal place to split up into multiple visits since it is so large and has an ideal location near Flinders Street Station.

The Gallery is going to get the kid’s attention as soon as they arrive since there is a range of fountains in a moat and a wall of water at the entrance.

A nice element is that there is a place to keep your coat secure and the service is free to use.

As well as the extensive collection of art (which may or may not hold your child’s interest for long) there are some child-friendly parts of the gallery.

Look out for the large room (behind the open courtyard) which has a beautiful colored glass ceiling (an iconic part of the gallery which goes back to 1963 – 1967), some dodgy paintings on the wall (apologies in advance to the artist) and big cushions of different sizes to loll about on.

The other kid-friendly area is near the Contemporary Art area. The room has a structure hanging from the roof made from threaded rope and plastic balls for a walkway by Ernesto Neto called “The Island Bird”. This room also has a display called “Watchword” where people can pin up on a board a single word from a protect slogan.

Unfortunately, our kids found the word crap to pin up – maybe that came from the slogan “Our politicians are crap”?

The whole Gallery has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and people seemed to be wandering about with bags, food, drinks and kids without so much as a single word of admonishment from the security guards. Maybe if it was messy kids WITH food and drinks wandering about then it may have been a different story.

The only time security had to step in was when some time was taking photos of the painting with a flash on, which is entirely understandable since it damages the paintings.

Federation Square Melbourne

South East Melbourne

Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

An delightful play space with lots of whimsical and fun elements for all ages. There are two big mound slides which are the center piece of the playground – pick your slide depending on how much excitement you want.

Next to the slides is a Smurf village with a music hut, story hut and play hut complete with a mooing cow in the middle of the village.

Other elements include sculptural gardens, a shaded sandpit, Tinkerbelle sandpit, a giant basket swing, hammock, Mount Chelsea Express train, huge green grasshopper and bee springers, revolving lotus leaf with handwheel and lots of other play equipment.

There are shelters with BBQs and tables, toilets, seats (including some wonderful curved seats) and water taps are spread around.

The area is surrounded by fences with child-proof gates but it is so large that you may need a shepherd (and a few sheepdogs) to find your flock.

Yarra Valley Melbourne

Shrine of Remembrance (South Yarra)

The shrine is in remembrance of those who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 and armed conflicts and peacekeeping duties since.

Visitor Services include:

  • Guided tours at 11 am and 2 pm daily, leaving from the Visitor Centre.
  • Services of Remembrance (featuring the Ray of Light) are held every half hour starting at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary.
  • Introductory audiovisual showing in the Visitor Centre every 15 minutes.
  • Self-guided children’s tour – collect at the retail shop.
  • Two interactive touch screen kiosks for researching war records.
  • Custodians and Volunteer Guides are available during opening hours to assist visitors.
  • Toilets, souvenir shop and disabled access via Birdwood Avenue and the Visitor Centre entrance.
  • There are several Cafes nearby.

A visit to the shrine is a touching experience in which the whole family can be deeply involved in. If you come from the city (which is a short walk away) you will pass the statue of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop (1907-1993) and a monument to fallen comrades in South Africa, 1901-2.

There are impressive views of the shrine as you approach along the northern forecourt and reach the Cenotaph and Eternal Flame which was lit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the dedication ceremony in 1954. The Cenotaph is 12.5 high and the sculpture on top shows six large stone figures bearing their fallen comrade on a stretcher.

The Army, Navy and Air Force are each represented by two stretcher-bearers. 

Can you see all the theatres of war where each of the services fought in the Second World War which are inscribed on the pillar? Three flagpoles in the forecourt fly the Australian flag; the Victorian State flag and flags of the services in rotation. Look out for the inscriptions in the forecourt area, “Let all men know that this is holy ground” and “We will remember them”.

You can enter the shrine by climbing the steps and passing through the porticos or via the Visitor’s Centre in the northeast corner.

The steps lead to the Sanctuary were sunk into the center of the floor, like a grave, is the Stone of Remembrance which is a reminder of the sacrifice made by Victorian servicemen and women and has the inscription “Greater Love Hath No Man”.

A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word ‘love’ at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year.

This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. You can also experience this moment because the ceremony is reproduced every half hour using electric light (starting from 10:30 am).

Around the four sides of the central Sanctuary is the Ambulatory which are aisles containing the Books of Remembrance, National flags and ensigns. The Books of Remembrance preserve the names of the 89,000 Victorians who were born or enlisted in Victoria and who served abroad in the First World War, or who died in camp before embarkation.

You can take steps up to the outdoor balcony which has great views of the Shrine memorial parkland and the city of Melbourne in all directions. You get nice views of the sunken courtyards.

south yarra

Markham Reserve, Markham Avenue, Ashburton

The giant kookaburra sculptures which site beside the sandpit won’t be laughing at your decision to come here. A super playground is fully fenced and surrounded by a huge grassy area with a bike trail running past.

The playground area has a long ramp running along the length of the playground with various routes up and down including disks on vertical poles, rope ladders, dual slides, a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, a set of horizontal circles to climb up, curved ladder and block steps.

Other play areas include an area with nine horizontal and vertical climbing nets, plastic basketball nets, family-sized see-saw, a forest of tree branches, flying fox, hanging disks, monkey bars, monkey rungs, lotus leaf with handwheel to rotate it, birds nest swing, a path of orange pipes, wooden carved seats, covered sandpit with a mechanical digger, large carved wooden kookaburras, little rocker and see-saw, chalkboard, springer and hillock with various holds to get up and small slides to get down plus stand-on spinners. There are five swings including one with a harness.

Shelters with tables, unshaded seats, lots of water taps, BBQs and toilets. The playground has good access to equipment via paths. A basketball court and a small skate park are next to the playground.

Read more about this topic at https://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/

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