The best places for kids and families in Melbourne and Geelong, according to our research. Each of the playgrounds featured on this page has a detailed write-up, photos, and a map. Each playground has a slideshow of images that can be viewed by clicking on a link.
Maddingley Park, Taverner Street, Maddingley
There are bench seats in the playground area, but they don't offer any shade. Outside the perimeter gate, there is a large sandbox and a futuristic play structure with slides. The shelter has chairs, tables, a water source, and sanitary facilities for those who need them.
Large grassy areas with seating and a water tap are also available. The playground is effectively separated from the road by gardens and a perimeter fence.
St Kilda Beach
St. Kilda's long, sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and a variety of other water activities. St. Kilda Pier is a popular spot for strolling and admiring the city skyline at sunset. Launch ramps and a ferry service to Williamstown and Southbank are both available at the marina.
Picnic tables, grills, and playground equipment abound in the area's parks, and nearby trails are perfect for walking, bicycling, and skating.
St. Kilda Beach has undergone significant transformation as a result of the growth that has occurred along its sand dunes. At the current time, that beach is 650 metres in length. North of the St. Kilda Pier and breakwater is St. Kilda Marina, which is crossed by Brooks Jetty at its southernmost end.
The beach has become more spacious as a result of the construction on both ends. In spite of the beach's closeness to the popular Esplanade, finding a parking spot may be a challenge.
The area between the lifesaving club and the northern pier, which is also a No Boating Zone, is the most secure. The southern breakwater and pier should be avoided.
Because of the lack of parking and facilities, residents of St. Kilda prefer this beach to tourists.
General Beach Hazard Rating is 3 out of 10 for St. Kilda Beach. In terms of danger, this is the safest. The beach is frequently patrolled by members of the St. Kilda Life Saving Club. Stretching from St. Kilda Pier's western end to its eastern end at St. Kilda Marina, the beach's width varies from moderate to narrow at times.
A colony of 1,200 Little Penguins lives on a breakwater at the end of the St. Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia. To see penguins returning to their nest after a long day at sea, head over to St. Kilda Pier around sunset.
As well as an expansive cement walkway, there are sections of beautiful wooden decking on the beach. On sunny days, the promenade's west end is lined with palm trees, making it a popular spot for people-watching and dining.
One can dine at Beachcombers, Encore St. Kilda Beach, Republica, and Captain Baxter. St. Kilda Sea Baths are located in this area. Only in this area is parking a fee-based service.
A large grassy area with palm trees, unprotected seating, and a water fountain and tap await you beyond the restaurants. Further seating and a drinking fountain are located in close proximity to the large space's easternmost patch of greenery. Near the bustling Beaconsfield Parade, a grassy area with barbecues, an open table, and a few chairs can be found near the beach's back end.
The beach is accessible via the archway or the ground level stairwell. Here, you'll find a place to relax.
From Donovan's, head west to find the St. Kilda Life Saving Club. The small, dilapidated Brooks Jetty, directly across the street from Donovan's restaurant, has a beach shower and water faucet. Luna Park is just a short walk away from this location.
The multi-tiered decking in this location allows for a variety of seating options. This stretch of beach, which is about 200 metres long, was covered in seaweed when we visited. Behind it, a bike path winds through the woods. At the easternmost point, there are rocky outcrops. A small, simple playground with a few picnic tables, barbecues, a water fountain, and several restrooms. The St. Kilda skatepark can be found in this area.
Presidents Park, McGrath Rd, Wyndham Vale
At a number of locations, visitors will find amenities like restrooms, a drinking fountain, barbeque grills, and picnic tables. There are ten softball/hockey fields, three baseball diamonds, a large lake, and a lot of open space in the immediate vicinity. Your children may be sent to the dog obedience area next door if they misbehave.
Werribee Park (Werribee)
Werribee Park is a treasure trove of information about Australia's rich history and culture. Within 30 minutes of Melbourne, the property includes a beautifully renovated 1870s home and 10 hectares of formal gardens.
Here, you'll find everything from the Victoria State Rose Garden to an art-filled walkway, a serene riverside, a historic farmyard, and numerous other interesting stops.
Things to See and Do
Relive a bygone era in a restored Italianate-style home from the 1870s. You can listen in on the Chirnsides as they go about their daily business thanks to an engaging audio tour that features a different theme in each room. Come in and meet May, the laundry girl who, despite her traumatic past, always has a positive attitude.
Seminary Years Exhibition
Visit the museum in the mansion to learn more about Werribee Park's past as a seminary. The exhibit includes an extensive archive of images and written materials documenting the Catholic Church's 50-year use and expansion of the property.
A recreation of Josephs Wing student priests' bare apartments is depicted in this scene (now converted into the deluxe accommodation of Sofitel Mansion & Spa).
Victoria State Rose Garden
Over 5,000 roses have been arranged in four different shapes to create an experience that will take your breath away. There are hundreds of artificial roses adorning the Tudor Rose centrepiece. Federation Leaf displays only Australian roses, while David Austin Bud has 46 varieties of roses from all over the world to choose from.
The Heritage Border separates the Rose Garden from the formal grounds of the mansion with exceptional and historic roses from all over the world. Roses are in full bloom from October to May, but the best months to see them are November through April.
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award
An annual award, the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award is the most prestigious for Australian sculptors. Its goal is to promote and display the best in contemporary Australian sculpture. It's a stunning backdrop for an annual exhibition of the finalists' sculptures in various media that takes place at Werribee Park in the fall.
Wyndham Park Playground, Comben Drive, Werribee
Children will love Wyndham Park, a park situated on an island in the Werribee River. One can find everything from an adventure playground to a natural play area to an outdoor gym to a small skatepark in this park. There are also a number of picnic tables and restrooms.
The Werribee River is crossed by both the Wyndham Bridge from Wedge Street Plaza and the Bicentennial Bridge from Comden Drive's parking lot. Up to three hours can be left in the Riverbank parking lot located off Comden Drive (9 am - 5:30 pm Mon - Fri).
The adventure playground is located on the park's west side and is dominated by a 12-meter-tall tower with a fast-turning metal tunnel slide. In and of itself, climbing to the top of the slide is an exhilarating experience.
You can quickly and easily get to the ground floor by following a few simple steps. Two rope tunnels, one horizontal and one vertical, are now in operation. If you're only willing to go to the second level, there are swing chairs suspended in the air, so take the right tunnel.
There are chairs, telescopes, and the slide on the third and final level, which can be accessed via a rope tunnel off to the left. It's possible that larger children will have trouble navigating these rope mazes.
A wide range of heights and textures can be found throughout the facility's carpeted play areas. If you're not quite ready to tackle the larger tower, there is a smaller climbing tower with metal slides nearby.
A flying fox with two lanes is also on this floor (one with a disc seat and the other was missing when we visited).
Recreational equipment, such as an enormous hamster wheel, can be found on the upper floor; however, riders under 120 centimetres in height should not use the device for fear that they will be flung out.
Also included are four-person rockers, a small slide on top of a mound, a step-stone area, and a rotating stand-on carousel for children to ride on.
In addition to a long-chain swing that will make you feel like you're flying to the moon, you'll find a birds' nest swing as well as a wide metal slide down the slope. Two covered tables and two open ones, as well as a drinking fountain and grills, are located above the playground, and there are more open ones on the west side of the play area.
The Nature Play area is located in the park's east end, approximately 250 metres from the Adventure Playground.
A series of troughs, tables, and channels with movable barriers are used to direct water from the bottom of the reservoir to the top, where it can be pumped up to the surface.
Water can be retrieved from the deep earth using an augur. Either walk over the beams in the water and take the chance of getting wet, or try to cross them high above the water and rely on your ability to balance to decide how much water you get into.
Large, cushioned mound with rock stairs, scrambling rope, small wave slide, and bridge leading to lofted cubby in the middle of the playground. There are various ways to get in, including a rope nett, ladder, climbing wall or scrambling wall. The area is completed by a metal tree forest and a beautiful trail with sections made of various materials. Another sandpit with water play features, as well as a few wooden tepee structures, can be found in the vicinity. Open and covered seating is available.
St. Kilda Pier in Melbourne, Australia, is home to a colony of 1,200 Little Penguins. There are times when the beach's width is moderate and others when it is narrow. St.Kilda Beach has a general beach hazard rating of 3 out of 10. With its palm-lined west end, the promenade is a popular gathering place for people-watching and dining. The St. Kilda Life Saving Club is located west of Donovan's.
There is a wealth of historical and cultural information to be found in Werribee Park. Roses in four different shapes fill the Victoria State Rose Garden, which has more than 5,000. The Seminary Years exhibition provides insight into Werribee Park's past as a seminary. Award-winning sculptors in Australia can win the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Nearby Hyde Park is an adventure playground for children.
A fast-turning metal tunnel slide atop a 12-meter-tall tower is one of the attraction's standout features. Additionally, a small slide perched on top of a mound as well as a rotating stand-on carousel are included. The reservoir's bottom to its top is connected by a network of troughs, tables, and barriers. An augur can be used to extract water from the depths of the earth. Nearby, there is another sandpit with water features and a few wooden tepee structures.
- Residents of St. Kilda prefer this beach to tourists due to the scarcity of parking and other amenities.
- This is where the St. Kilda Sea Baths are located.
- The St. Kilda Life Saving Club is located west of Donovan's.
- Spend some time in an 1870s Italianate-style mansion that has been lovingly restored.
- Exhibit of Seminary Years
- Werribee Park's past as a seminary can be explored in the mansion's museum.
- Roses from all over the world line the Heritage Border, which separates the Rose Garden from the mansion's formal grounds.
- There is a 12-meter-tall tower with a fast-turning metal tunnel slide in the adventure playground on the park's west side.
- Climbing to the top of the slide is an adrenaline-pumping experience in and of itself.
- Following a few simple steps will get you down to the bare essentials in no time.
- There is a smaller climbing tower with metal slides nearby if you aren't quite ready to take on the bigger one..
- About 250 metres from the Adventure Playground is the park's Nature Play area.
- You'll also find several wooden tepee structures nearby, as well as another sandpit with water play features.
FAQs About Melbourne
- 1- Ride the Melbourne Star.
- 2- Take in a sunset view at Eureka Skydeck 88.
- 3- Explore the laneways of the city.
- 4- Tour the Old Melbourne Gaol.
- 5- Belly laugh at The Comic's Lounge.
- 6- Grab a drink at a themed, rooftop or secret bar.
- 7- Tuck into some food at the Queen Victoria Night Market.
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