Looking for the Best Playgrounds in Melbourne?

Melbourne has plenty of great playgrounds for the kids, from adventure playgrounds with fun-themed play equipment to parks with cool water play features, there’s something to excite kids of all ages and abilities! Here’s 9 of the Best Playgrounds in Melbourne on our FUN List…

1. St. Kilda Adventure Playground, St. Kilda

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St Kilda Adventure Playground is a community wellbeing hub that builds positive outcomes for children and young people. It is tucked away in a not so obvious small pocket park away from the hustle and bustle of Fitzroy Street. Behind the gates you’ll discover a fun, colourful and quirky playground that the kids will love!

Most kids run straight towards the in-ground trampoline but there’s plenty of other great play features here including climbing structures with tube slides, normal slides and a drop slide! There’s also a basketball court with nets (one high and one low net for kids of different heights).

The Adventure Playground has been referred to as a neighbourhood ‘backyard’ and gives local children the chance to use their imagination and engage in ‘risk-taking’ play in a supervised environment.

St Kilda Adventure Playground is staffed during opening times. Facilities include shelter, toilet facilities and water fountain available onsite. The only tricky part might be finding a car parking spot as there is restricted car parking all around the area.

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2. Maritime Cove Community Park, Port Melbourne

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Maritime Cove Community Park overlooks Sandridge Beach foreshore at the western end of Port Melbourne (near Webb Dock). It is a great park with interesting play areas that kids of all ages will enjoy! You won’t find the usual playground equipment here…instead you’ll discover unique play structures including maritime elements such as buoys, channel markers and a crows nest!

The water play area is a great addition to the playground, although it’s not large, it is enough to keep the kids entertained and cool on those hot days. A great feature is the wooden see-saw that actually pumps water when in use which sets off the water jets! Just watch out for fellow playground users that may be caught off-guard by the water spray!

The playground is set on gravel/sand – enclosed shoes are advisable as the surface can be pretty harsh on the feet. There are a couple of sheltered seating areas (within shipping-style containers) surrounding the playground. Parking is available adjacent to the play area and the Life Saving Club is located nearby with toilet facilities and a kiosk.

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3. Braybrook Aeroplane Park, Braybrook

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Braybrook Aeroplane Park is an aviation themed playground located in the western suburb of Braybrook, about 12km from Melbourne’s CBD. The centrepiece of this playground is the giant steel colourful aeroplane positioned on a runway, with climbing nets and rope swings underneath!

If the kids can prize themselves away from the aeroplane then they’ll discover a tower with a tube slide, a double flying fox and nest swings. There is also a play area suited for younger kids set on a ‘palm island’ with musical bridges.

Other features of this park include exercise equipment, scooter and trike track and picnic areas. There’s limited parking in the adjacent car park.

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4. Royal Park Nature Playground, Parkville

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You’ll find Royal Park Nature Playground in Parkville, located next to the Royal Children’s Hospital near Melbourne’s CBD. It’s a playground with a difference designed to challenge and excite kids of all ages and abilities. As the name suggests, the playground is a natured-based play space with plenty of grassy areas for the whole family to enjoy.

Key features include the numerous slides set against the rocky hills at different levels, the gigantic wooden climbing structures and climbing ropes (suited to older kids), a nest swing and the water play area which includes a water pump (small but welcoming in hot weather!). Pack a towel and a change of clothes in case the kids go for a splash.

Facilities at Royal Park Nature Playground include picnic tables, BBQs and drinking fountains. However, there are no toilets on site (nearest are at the Royal Children’s Hospital) and shade is limited. Restricted parking is available on-street.

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5. Woodlea Playground (Frontier Park), Rockbank

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Woodlea Playground (Frontier Park) is located in the new suburb of Rockbank, about 30 mins drive from Melbourne. It’s on our list of best playgrounds in Melbourne because it has the FUN wow factor that kids will love! The tall tube slide tower is the big feature surrounded by plenty of play equipment including tunnels, nest swings, sand pit, in-ground bouncy trampolines, ping pong tables and basketball net.

What we love about this playground too is that there is a kid friendly cafe located opposite the playground, so you can grab a take away coffee or stay at the cafe and let the kids play on the grassy lawn area whilst you enjoy food/drinks on the undercover outside seating area.

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6. Saltwater Crocodile Park, Point Cook

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Saltwater Crocodile Park in Point Cook is a great play space for kids of all ages. The main attraction at this park is the small but fun water play area which includes a crocodile feature/water fountain and a stream which winds down to the end where there’s water jets. The perfect way to cool off on a hot day!

If you don’t want to get wet then there is plenty to entertain on dry land including: two tube slides located on a steep hill, nest swings, see-saw and a challenging wooden climbing structure located on a sandy surface.

There are grassy areas surrounding the playground as well as picnic shelters (located a bit further away from the play area), shade is limited and a toilet is located nearby. The Saltwater cafe is located adjacent to the playground across the boardwalk over the artificial pond/lake

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7. McNish Reserve Dinosaur Park, Yarraville

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Do your kids like dinosaurs? If so then they’ll love the playground at McNish Reserve in Yarraville! The star attraction is Mimi, a 6 metre long, 3 metre high dinosaur where kids can climb inside and slide down the tail (tube slide).

McNish Reserve is not a big playground but is fun for the younger kids. The dinosaur play structure sits in a natural setting surrounded by a low ropes course, eggshells, cubbies and clambering rocks. There is also a small undercover picnic area with a water fountain located near the play area. A playground recommended for little dinosaur fans! 

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8. Montrose Community Playground, Montrose

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Montrose Community Playground is a large play space with a great adventure playground for kids of all ages and abilities. Montrose is located at the start of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, so tie in a visit here with the kids on your next family day out.

This playground made our list of Best Playgrounds in Melbourne because it has so much going on here for kids of all ages and abilities. In addition to the sprawling wooden play structures, there’s a double rotating swing (the ‘Cyclone Swing’) and a spinning climbing net!

We also loved the wooden village which includes pretend shops, bank and post office to encourage imaginative role play for the kids.

The kids will want to spend hours here! Picnic tables and seated areas are available in shady spots. Toilets are located adjacent to the park.

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9. Ashcroft Park (‘Control Tower’), Williams Landing

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Ashcroft Park ‘Control Tower’ is an aviation themed playground in Williams Landing, a new suburb in Melbourne’s west. It’s not a large playground but is colourful and stands out from the crowd.

The centrepiece is an aircraft landing strip with a control tower featuring a fun tube slide, climbing nets and a double slide.

Other key features include a sand pit with diggers for the younger kids, balancing beams and swings. There’s also seats and an undercover picnic shelter.

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