Worldwide icon-chevron-right South Pacific icon-chevron-right Australia icon-chevron-right Melbourne icon-chevron-right The best playgrounds in Melbourne
Royal Park Nature Play
Photograph: D Hannah

The best playgrounds in Melbourne

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

By Rebecca Russo
Advertising

Melbourne has plenty of playgrounds throughout the city, from nature-based play zones to classic adventure playgrounds. With everything from swing sets to trampolines on offer, these are a great way for your little ones to burn off some energy outside. 

Does your family love a bike ride? Here are Melbourne's best bike paths. Or spend a day frolicking at one of Melbourne's best beaches

According to the Department of Health, playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gyms across Victoria can reopen from 11.59pm on Monday, May 25. You must still maintain 1.5 metres from others and not gather in groups larger than ten people. Check with the relevant council if you're uncertain whether a playground is open.

Melbourne's best playgrounds

1
Ron Barassi Snr Park
Photograph: Andrew Lloyd

Ron Barassi Snr Park

Attractions Parks and gardens 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.

2
Royal Park Nature Play
Photograph: D Hannah

Royal Park Nature Play

Attractions Parks and gardens 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.

Advertising
3
St Kilda Adventure Playground

St Kilda Adventure Playground

Kids 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.

4
Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
Photograph: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

Kids Melbourne

This is a fantastic opportunity to instil city kids with a love of plants and respect for the environment. They can get their hands dirty gardening, splash around in the water feature, play hide-and-seek in the bamboo forest or climb the tree tower.

Advertising
5
Fitzroy Adventure Playground Cubbies Coal Flowers
Photograph: Supplied

Fitzroy Adventure Playground

Kids Playgrounds 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.

6
Hays Paddock Playground
Photograph: Stephen McKenzie

Hays Paddock Park

Attractions Parks and gardens 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.

Advertising
7
Monument Park
Photograph: D Hannah

Monument Park

Attractions Parks and gardens 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. 

Looking for more kid-friendly fun?

Recommended

    You may also like

      Advertising