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Let your outdoor adventurers swing, slide and climb to their heart's content at these parks and playgrounds in Melbourne. Plus, discover the best spots to find coffee nearby so you can sip while they play.
Playgrounds are open for children under 12. Remember to check in with the QR code. Check locations are in your 10km before visiting.
ArtPlay features a colourful riverside playground in Birrarung Marr. It's decorated with arty murals sure to fire up your little one’s imaginations. It boasts slides, sandpits, swinging hammocks and balance beams. For the daring youngsters, there’s rock and rope climbing. There’s also a liberty wheelchair swing, so no one needs to miss out on the fun.
The site of Melbourne's oldest playground has had a makeover. The Carlton playground features rope bridges, play towers, slides and swings. Plus timber structures to climb and conquer. The kids will have a ball playing under the shade of the park's beautiful 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees.
Fitzroy Gardens, CBD
We couldn’t leave this children’s wonderland off the list. Slide down a dragon in Fitzroy Gardens' otherworldly playground or explore the rest of the gardens. The kids will be enchanted by the magical carved Fairies' Tree. And stop by the tiny model Tudor village, they’ll feel like giants!
Carlton Gardens’ modernistic maze is the perfect spot for a game of chasey, with hidden holes to climb through and peek from. Big kids will have no trouble wearing themselves out on the flying fox, while the younger ones get their own toddler-friendly playground.
Royal Park Nature Playground
Melbourne’s largest park, Royal Park is home to an incredible natural playground. As well as your standard swings and slides, you’ll also find a sandpit and water play area, logs, rocks and ropes to climb all over, and a hard-to-resist grassy hill for rolling down.
Bellair Street skinny park
This little slice of outdoor paradise packs a tonne of fun into its small footprint. Watch on as they play on slides, sandpits and cute wobbly cars. Train-obsessed kiddies will love this spot, with the occasion V-Line passing through Kensington station. Find the skinny park on Bellair Street.
Ron Barassi Senior Park
Imaginative kids will love clambering over this futuristic playground in Docklands. They can visit outer space in the rocket ship slide or get to work on the digger in the sandpit. Hot day? Cool off in the water play area.
Forget the cookie-cutter playgrounds you’re used to. The Docklands Park interactive playground is filled with obstacles to climb, swing and spin on. Built on wetlands right by the water, this is a beautiful green space. Explore the surrounding sculpture park with its quirky characters, they’re sure to keep the adults entertained too.
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