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The best adventure parks and playgrounds in Victoria

If you fancy getting out of town for the weekend, kids in tow, combine your sightseeing with an adventure playground

What is it about massive hedge mazes that make us squeal like an over-enthused seven-year-old? Maybe it's remembering all the good times we had as youngsters getting lost in the huge green labyrinth. Same goes for adventure parks all around this fine state – and who would have known, we're actually surrounded by great adventure parks and playgrounds for both kids and kids at heart.

Once you've hit these, be sure to check out Melbourne's best playgrounds and some of the best activities for kids in Melbourne too. 

The best adventure parks and playgrounds in Victoria

1

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Like a fairy-tale book come to life, the Enchanted Maze Garden is a magical bush land with surprises lurking past every corner. Your tackers will want to leg it straight to the mazes, of which there are plenty along with every other unimaginable, garden-y delight. Also check out the tube slides and indoor maze. When you're done oohing and ahhing, trail trance-like after the miniature toy train (each carriage stuffed with lollies) and then wind up at the Amazing Lolly Shop. Willy Wonka eat your heart out!

What's in it for you?
Arthur’s Seat is home to some great wineries, so treat yo'self to a few cellar door takeaways. You've earned it.

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Arthurs Seat
2

Funfields

Your entry ticket gets you access to 22 rides, plus a water play area for kids. Little children are well catered for, with mini go karts, ferris wheels and carousels tailored just to them. From there, things get more adventurous: take the journey to the top of the hill and zoom back down the Alpine Toboggan Slide, feel that flutter in your stomach on the Blackbeard's Fury pirate ship and challenge your friends to a race on the go karts. Make sure you bring your bathers, because the waterslides are always a highlight.

What's in it for you?
Funfields is littered with fun for kids and adults alike. It's also well-equipped for family days out, with a shelter and barbecue area, plus cafés and an ice cream shop.

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Melbourne
3

A Maze'N Things

Phillip Island is home to a lot of amazing things, including the adventure park that is aptly named A Maze’N Things. Full of family fun, there is maxi-golf, mazes and playgrounds. Puzzle Island is where you want to head if you’re up for getting lost in the mirror maze or taking a spin in the rotating room. The Illusion Rooms are designed to confuse you, where you can be shrunk, lose gravity and even disappear.

What's in it for you?
Phillip Island has a great locavore scene, which gives you the perfect excuse to check out one of the beachside restaurants.

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Cowes
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4

Adventure Park

Adventure Park is the place to go when you want some waterside fun. There are plenty of waterslides, kids rides or family activities such as go-karting or mini-golf. Up for a scare? Try the Wild West Canyon, where the water slide takes you through a dark tunnel and you perform two, 360 degrees spins. Feel like chilling out? Get onto the Lazy River where you simply sit back in an inflatable ring and idly float down the tropical themed river.

What's in it for you?
There are quite a few day spas dotted around old Geelong town, so give yourself time to indulge in a well earned massage or treatment.

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5

KidsTown

KidsTown is an adventure beckoning from the bush. Packed full of different playgrounds, a maze and an amphitheatre, this is a place to have some serious fun. The tree houses are perfect to play some good old-fashioned hide and seek and the flying fox is set to get hearts racing. Be sure to get your kids to ride the miniature train that travels around the entire park. Our favourite, though, is the giant slide because even us big kids can have a go of that.

What's in it for you?
After the kids have tired themselves out head to the Shepparton Art Museum, which is renowned for exhibiting contemporary Australian art.

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