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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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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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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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J.E. Moore Park, Reservoir
J.E. Moore Park, Reservoir
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J.E. Moore Park, Reservoir

This park is situated right at the end of Gilbert Road where you can turn onto Edwardes Street. In fact it’s often overlooked, as the larger and more impressive Edwardes Lake Park is just across the road, however it means this park is mostly very quiet and the kids have all the equipment to themselves!

The updated metal play structures are fairly standard and include a smaller section for the little kids and a much larger one for the older kids. There are slides, climbing bars, large threaded beads, a chain bridge, monkey bars and a flying fox. Nearby are also two swings and what appear to be chin up bars on the tan bark.

There’s a couple of park benches, but no drinking fountains or toilets. Although there is a 7/11 just a short distance away and public toilets at the larger park across the road. Next door to the play equipment is an oval where local footy and cricket it played on the weekends, plus I spotted some brand new cricket nets when I drove past recently. There’s definitely a lot of grass for the kids to run around or kick a ball in and plenty of large trees for shade.

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HP Zwar Park, Preston
HP Zwar Park, Preston
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HP Zwar Park, Preston

This awesome park is a firm favourite! Situated on the corner of Cramer Street and Jessie Street in Preston, it’s right next door to the Melbourne Polytechnic Campus. There’s plenty of car parks around, although during study hours they get full pretty quick. I’ve always managed to find one close by though. There is fencing around the park, however it’s not really designed to keep the kids in, they’re more of a barrier with gaps to walk through. The play equipment is quite far away from the road though so you don’t need to worry.

The park itself is in such a gorgeous setting with lots of lush green grass and tall palm trees. The structures are made out of plastic and metal with lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. The section for the younger kids has a slide, climbing net/tower, green tunnel, climbing wall, steps, balancing stools, monkey bars, large threaded beads and naughts and crosses. Tan bark provides a soft landing for any falls.

Next to this there’s a blue spinning pod, a spring see saw, swings and a red train. My kids could have played for hours in that train!

The older children’s play structure includes a double slide, climbing tower, rock climbing walls, nets and balancing pods.

It’s a great spot for a picnic or BBQ. There are picnic tables scattered around the park as well as a gas BBQ, water tap, bin and picnic table under a shaded pavillion. I didn’t see any toilets close by however I have overheard people talking about some near the cricket oval to the left. I have yet to look for these.

Remember to bring a picnic and a rug, you’ll want to stay here for a while!

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Wright St Reserve, Reservoir
Wright St Reserve, Reservoir
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Wright St Reserve, Reservoir

This little gem of a playground is situated in the quiet back streets of Reservoir, next door to the Reservoir & Preston Senior Citizens Centre. I happened to stumble across it when I was driving back from the Reservoir shops and decided to take a detour. It’s a fabulous playground with lots to play for all ages.

The reserve is quite large with a fair amount of green grass and open space. It’s an ideal place to have a picnic and there’s plenty of shade underneath the tall gum trees. There’s one picnic table and a few park benches scattered about, but I would be more than happy to bring along a picnic rug and set up under a tree. Unfortunately there’s no toilets or drinking facilities here, and the park isn’t fenced, however it is set pretty far back from the road.

The play stuctures look quite new and are made mainly of wood. It’s so much nicer compared to the plastic fantastic primary coloured designs you normally see! Little ones as well as bigger kids are accommodated for with two slides and lookout towers, a wooden bridge, monkey bars, balancing poles, a fake clock, large threaded plastic beads, naughts and crosses, various climbing entry points and a spiders web. There’s also a nest swing and 4 normal swings (1 baby seat), as well as a four seat see saw, a rocker and a running wheel.

As it’s in the back streets it is quite secluded and quiet. A nice change for a playground and perfect for my kids who are a bit timid when there’s lots of boisterous kids around! It’s already become a favourite!

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