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The best playgrounds in Melbourne

Let your little ones roam free and have fun at one of Melbourne's best playgrounds

Rebecca Russo
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Rebecca Russo
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Playgrounds have reopened, with one parent or guardian permitted per household. Make sure you check in via the QR code, and only visit a playground that is within the allowed radius from your home. Visit the DHHS for current restrictions.

The weather is warming, and after being cooped up all winter, kids are itching to get outside. You can practically smell the tanbark from here. We've all got fond childhood memories of visiting the playground, and luckily Melbourne is chockers with some really great ones. Across the city there are plenty of sites for kids to run amok, with everything from swings to sandpits on offer.

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Melbourne's best playgrounds

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  • Docklands

Whether you're organising an epic dodgeball match or bored with your local swingset, this super-playground surrounded by a huge grassy area under the Bolte Bridge has you covered. Expect loads of sand, diggers, swings and a water play area with pumps, fountains and mini waterfalls. The tunnel slides are a standout, second only to the giant wooden teepee that looks like an alien creature with slides for arms.

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  • Parkville

This sprawling Parkville playground has been named the best in Australia, and certainly lives up to its hype. Located on the green site of the former Children's Hospital, Royal Park Nature Play is packed with rocky terraces, slides, swings and climbing ropes, perfect for little monkeys. Bonus: there are beautiful trees, gullies and grasslands to explore, plus some pleasant city views.

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  • Kew East

Hays Paddock Park is lauded as one of Melbourne's original and most inclusive parks, thanks to its very accessible playground. Wide wooden ramps wind around the equipment, and there are braille and sign language instructions throughout the playground. Colourful shade tops cover swings, slides and see-saws, alongside a large rope-climbing frame and an interactive sandpit.

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St Kilda Adventure Playground
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  • St Kilda

Hidden away off Neptune Street, this huge playground is the stuff kids' dreams are made of. There's a flying fox, giant pirate ship, submarine and basketball court, plus trampolines, swings and a great loopy tunnel slide to top it off. Check with Port Phillip city council for current opening hours and membership details.

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  • Fitzroy

Fitzroy Adventure Playground, known to locals as Cubbies, is a haven for inner city kids who don’t have access to a large backyard. In 2017, Cubbies installed a new playscape called Coal Flowers – an installation featuring five poles topped with flower-shaped pods made of steel and rubber sourced from coal mine conveyor belts. These 'flowers' are attached to 25 solar panels, which generate electricity for Cubbies and feed into the power grid. Check with Yarra city council for current opening hours.

Brimbank Park Playscape is another great playground for children of all abilities. The playground design highlights both the First Nations and European coloniser history of the area, and features tactile pathways, animal sculptures, signage in Braille and Auslan, plus play equipment designed for kids who might use a wheelchair.

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  • Docklands

This parklet located on the NewQuay Promenade combines landscaping and public art with great success. Taking inspiration from Melbourne’s CBD and architectural monuments, the sculptures are solid concrete interpretations of Melbourne buildings. Kids can clamber and climb up the colourful sculptures and they also provide shade. 

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