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All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote
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All Nations Park, Munro St, Northcote

All Nations Park in Northcote is a huge public space. There’s playgrounds, gardens, walking paths, picnic areas, a basketball half court, skate ramp, chess boards, tennis/down ball wall and even outdoor gym equipment. We loved the architectural/industrial playground at the Munro Street end! This playground sits within its nature surrounds like a steel fortress – it such a nice change from the usual plastic fantastic playgrounds which abound everywhere!

There are two structures to cater for younger and older kids, however, the bigger one is the star of the show. A long walkway, which is intersected with stairs that lead to interactive play elements, directs kids to the main play area. It’s particularly suitable for kids who love climbing! There are multiple entry points, a rock climbing wall, two slides and a couple of musical/sound makers. My kids loved making a fort up here!

A smaller structure for toddlers sits not far away and it features climbing points, multiple entries, interactive elements and a slide. Spread out over the tan bark you’ll also find some swings, a balancing bench, a spinner and some cute ladybugs taking in the sun.

There’s lots of space to run around, plus a large sheltered area with picnic tables, BBQ’s and drinking fountains. Public toilets are located in the center of the whole park which is a bit of a walk away. I would also recommend you keep an eye on younger kids, near the slide and swings at the back of the playground, as it’s quite rocky and leads to a creek down the hill.

Details:
Address: Munro Street end, Northcote (we entered via Brickworks Lane)

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Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote
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Merri Park – Sumner Avenue, Northcote

This Merri Park playground is great for kids who love climbing and conquering forts! The large wooden structure is suitable for both older and younger kids, with one end being higher and more challenging than the other. They are connected by a walkway bridge and feature several climbing points, slides, a rock wall, cubby, tunnel, fireman’s pole, monkey bars and a small flying fox.

Scattered around the nature set playground are the usual features of a nest swing, normal swings, an imaginative play boat, sandpit, and a spinner. Pack a picnic lunch as there are a few tables scattered around, as well as a water fountain. And don’t forget to bring a ball because the play area is right next to a huge open oval (which I think is shared with Northcote High School) – perfect for running around in!!

If all that fails you also have the nearby Merri Creek and the Merri Creek Trail, which is great for nature play, bikes, and scooters!

Details:
Address: 1 Sumner Avenue, Northcote

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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
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Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn

This awesome playground is designed in the theme of the local Golden Sun Moth. The play area is divided into two sections, one for kids aged 1-4 years and the other for kids aged 5 years and older. Without a doubt, the star of the playspace is the main structure which has been created in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth… it’s so cool!!! Kids can climb up the moth legs, slide down its tail, climb into its rope belly or hang out in it’s head! Fun!

There are two structures suitable for younger kids and they feature climbing points, a wooden bridge, a slide and wide walkways. Great for exploring! Scattered around the accessible play area are a variety of activities such as a spinning rope pod, two huge rope pyramids – which are quite high, a spinner, a circular disc spinner, swings, rockers, a spinning cup, a huge nest swing and a cool flying fox.

There’s seating scattered around the play area which are great for impromptu snacks. Plus there’s an undercover picnic area with BBQ’s, tables and seats right next to a big grassy area, public toilets and water fountains. You could easily spend a whole day here! My kids are already asking when can we return?!

Details:
Address: 327 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn

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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg
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Possum Hollow playground, Heidelberg

Possum Hollow is a fun little playground in Heidelberg. It’s situated among the parklands where walking trails and the Yarra River wind through. The surrounding environment is beautifully integrated into the play area with lots of tall trees, grass and native plants.

The playground is spread over a large space with most activities suitable for younger kids. There’s the usual slides and swings, a climbing wall with ropes for kids to pull themselves up with, a wooden bridge, a roundabout and a rock wall. In the middle there is a spider web rope structure which is low to the ground – so there’s no need to worry about falls!

Further along is a cool open space underneath huge gum trees with cement tiles arranged into small paths. My kids loved jumping on them, counting and reciting the shapes and colours. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the simplest things can keep kids attention for the longest?! There’s also a couple of open framed cubby houses nearby… perfect for imaginary forts and castles. Towards the back, behind the native shrubs, you’ll find a cool double flying fox and a basketball court which would suit older kids.

The whole playground is fenced in and it would be a lovely spot to have a party as you don’t have to worry about kids running outside. There’s picnic tables, BBQ facilities, drinking taps and public toilets. If the kids get tired of the playground you could also check out the nature trail just outside. It’s an entertaining play area set within a beautiful natural bush environment.

Details:
Address: Beverley Road, Heidelberg

 

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Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park, Coburg
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Harmony Park, Coburg

Harmony Park in Coburg… how cool is this place?! I’ve heard lots of people talk about it and I’m glad we finally made it there… what a fabulous space for kids! It’s an all abilities playground that features many interesting elements for both young and older kids.

The main tower structure features a rock climbing wall, a slide, a fort and a tunnel. There’s a separate balancing and monkey bar section, a rope climbing pyramid, swings and a smaller wooden structure with climbing points, a bridge, and an interactive floor. Further along, you’ll find a green soft landing area beneath the trees which have these cute noise-making tyres… my little one was intrigued by the different sounds coming out of them! A shaded sand pit area features a train, a digger, and a cool manual wind up conveyor belt. The kids loved loading it up with sand and spinning the wheel! Surrounding the sand pit area there are more swings, a see-saw, a boat and some interactive musical instruments.

There’s so much to keep the little ones entertained with here! I suggest packing some lunch and finding a table under the shaded picnic area. There’s also a BBQ, drinking taps, public toilets and even free wifi! Older kids will enjoy the skate park or the basketball court – remember to bring your board and ball!

Details:
Address: 187-195 Gaffney St, Coburg

 

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Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
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Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir

Edwardes Lake Park is well known and a favorite among the locals. On weekends, and especially when the weather is warm, it’s absolutely jam-packed with families enjoying picnics and BBQ’s. When my kids were very young I found the playground too busy and full of boisterous older kids. Often the equipment would be heaving with children. Now that my kids are a little bit older and robust I thought I’d take a look again… and wow what a surprise! The park has been extended and upgraded to include a lot more equipment which is suitable for older kids, leaving the fenced area for the younger toddlers. It’s great!

At the main entrance you’ll find an old steam train which the kids can climb and pretend to drive. My kids have to visit the train every time we come here! The fenced playground has a lot of things to occupy the younger kids, including a sandpit, rotating net structure, a family sized see-saw/bouncer, a nest swing, normal swings, interactive noise makers, a nature inspired play area and a climbing structure. Outside the fenced area are a huge metal slide, another nest swing, more normal swings, a flying fox and a rope climbing pyramid.

In the unlikely event the kids get tired of the playground you can take a walk around the lake on the designated footpath, there are lots of birds to see! Note that there are no fences around the lake so keep an eye on your kids if they are runners! With BBQ facilities, toilets and drinking fountains you could easily spend the whole day here!

Details:
Address:
Edwardes St & Griffiths St, Reservoir

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Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West
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Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West

Malahang Reserve in Heidelberg West is a fantastic park that has something for all ages. I’ve driven past it so many times and wanted to check it out… I’m glad we finally did! There’s is so much to do you could easily spend a few hours here.

Walk along the wooden pier to board the huge S.S. Malahang! It’s an awesome paddle steamer styled structure with a boarding ramp, slides, climbing entry points, lookout towers, tunnels and various interactive elements. My kids loved the very front of the boat which had seats, rotating pedals and a steering wheel. Who wouldn’t love to steer a boat! A smaller similarly themed boat sits nearby, for the younger kids, which was pretty cute too.

There’s lots of equipment spread out over the tan bark, ranging from the usual swings, stand on spinners, spinning cups, tyre swings, two toddler slides, a large nest swing, a see saw, double rope pyramid and springers.

For the older kids there’s a cool flying fox/zip line, a basketball court, a new skate park and a BMX dirt-track with small jumps. Seriously awesome… don’t forget to bring your skateboard, bikes and scooters!

The park is huge so there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around and to set up a picnic blanket. If you arrive early enough you could also score one of the tables with BBQ’s under the large sheltered area. Toilets and drinking fountains ensure you can be pretty comfortable for a few hours. We can’t wait to go back!

Details:
Address: Oriel Rd, Heidelberg West

 

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Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg
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Latitude Melbourne – Heidelberg

When the cold weather sets in and it’s too wet to visit the park then Latitude in Heidelberg has got you covered for all your indoor play needs. It’s a fantastic and huge indoor space filled with a variety of activities to get you climbing, bouncing and flying through the air!

For the older kids the main feature here is the 100+ interconnected trampolines, a state of the art climbing zone which includes rock climbing walls, two bouldering walls, a dual Perspex climbing wall and the famous Latitude pink stepping poles – which are only for the brave! Just looking at them made me nervous! There’s also a dodgeball and basketball arena with trampoline floors allowing kids to jump like Jordan and slam dunk like a pro!

For the younger kids aged 18 months – 5 years, there’s the awesome Kids Zone. This area is separate from the main floor and gated to keep the little ones in. There’s three sections, the first is a large playground equipment area which has slides, tunnels, ball pits, an obstacle course, ride-ons and a soft floor. Up a short set of stairs there’s the mini trampoline park which consists of trampolines joined together with padded mats and running up a wall. Finally next to this is a foam pit with mini rock walls for the adventurous climber. This is such a fun area and you’ll see parents jumping in and joining their kids on the trampolines and in the foam pit!

There’s food and drinks available at the cafe upstairs which also has tables and chairs overlooking the whole park, plus there’s a few tables in the Kids Zone. My tip is to order your food and then bring your buzzer down with you, so you don’t waste valuable playing time sitting around waiting for your order. It gets really busy on the weekends and public holidays, especially when it’s raining, so either come early or later in the day or be prepared for madness and chaos! Sessions can be booked online to avoid the queues and you’ll also need a pair of Latitude socks which can be purchased for $2. During the week you don’t need to book to visit the Kids Zone and you can stay as long as you like, it’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon!

 

 

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Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
Turner Reserve, Thornbury
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Turner Reserve, Thornbury

This fabulous little playground is off Smith Street in Thornbury. By far the most popular feature is the large round sandpit, which has a huge variety of toys that have been left there (presumably by other parents) for visitors to play with. What a nice surprise! My kids absolutely loved playing with the diggers, trucks, shovels, buckets and various containers. There’s plenty of toys and lots of space for kids to get stuck in and sandy!

The main play structure is quite rustic and looks like it’s made out of thick tree branches… very cool! There’s two slides, climbing points, a tunnel, balance bridge and a climbing wall. To the side there’s a smaller little cubby house and some tree stumps for balancing and jumping.

Scattered around the tan bark you’ll also find the standard swings (1 baby) and a large nest swing, plus a small roundabout, a dual rocker and a climbing structure made out of three tree stumps. A footpath running through the park is dotted with a white line and is a perfect road for the little ones on their trikes or balance bikes.

There’s plenty of grass to set up a picnic rug and depending on the time of day the large trees provide some shade. A gas BBQ, picnic tables and a water fountain ensure you can spend a few hours at this park. Unfortunately I didn’t see any public toilets.

We’ll definitely be returning here, especially for the sandpit!

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A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
A.G. Davis Park
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A.G. Davis Park

This great park is located off Wood Street in Preston. It’s set a little bit back from the road, so you don’t have to worry too much about kids running off.

The playground has lots of different equipment to keep the kids interested including  two large towers with climbing points, slides, monkey bars, balance bars, a fireman pole, a bridge, tunnel and large threaded beads. Other play features include a see saw, climbing rope pyramid and an old school, clown faced, rotating swing for two. The kids loved this one as they could both be on it at the same time!

A large sandpit area has a fixed table with a bowl and scoop in the middle for mixing, pouring and making mud pies. While another awesome feature is the ‘boat’ that’s been constructed on a raised deck around a tree. It’s a fantastic shaded role play structure – perfect for swashbuckling pirates!

The rest of the park features a basketball ring and court, two picnic tables under shade and other tables which are scattered around a BBQ. A drinking fountain and public toilets make this a great park to spend a day in. My kids didn’t want to leave!

Details:
Address: Wood Street, Preston

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