Best Playgrounds For Kids In Melbourne

Television and devices may be able to hold their attention, but nothing compares to running wild at the playground. Whether it’s warm or chilly, running around on equipment and pushing the physical boundaries of stretching, balancing, spinning and climbing never seem to go out of style.

We’ve picked some of our favourite Melbourne playgrounds to help you keep your children fit and active while they have some good old-fashioned fun.

ArtPlay Playground

Playgrounds in the city centre are usually as rare as hen’s teeth but this one is as central as it gets – just a hop, skip and jump into Fed Square for some active child-friendly fun in the fresh air. ArtPlay was designed to be a playground with something for children of all abilities and ages, with equipment that even older kids will love.

Playground highlights include rock and rope climbing equipment, tube slides, swinging hammocks and a liberty swing that is ideal for less physically able children. Plus the nearby hill is great to roll down. 

Address: Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square
More information: visit the website.

Buckingham Reserve

Buckingham Reserve

Looking for a lovely birthday party location in Melbourne? All the essentials are on offer at Buckingham Reserve – a decent amount of shade, picnic tables, barbecues, drinking fountain, public toilets and handy parking.

The jewel in the crown at Buckingham Reserve is the huge rocket ship structure with a giant spiral slide. Ropes, swings, spinners, slides, flying foxes, climbing frames – this park has all the latest and greatest equipment. Water play is a big trend in playgrounds at the moment and this park doesn’t disappoint, with moving parts that include water gates kids can open and close.

Address: Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West
More information: visit the website.

Royal Park Nature Play Playground

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This spectacular play space in the Royal Park precinct has something for all ages. Natural play elements? Yup – that means ‘messy’. The equipment highlights on offer at Nature Play Playground include a splashy water play area as well as a climbing forest, rock wall with slides and, of course, swings. While the bigger kids are running amok, the sand play areas are perfect for very little ones to find a safe spot for digging and getting messy. 

Address: Corner Gatehouse Street & Story Street, Parkville
More information: see website.

Thomas Street Reserve

As far as wooden adventure playgrounds in Melbourne go, Thomas Street Reserve is a cracker. The large wooden fort inspires plenty of games of hide-and-seek and with multi-level walkways and lots of little nooks and crannies, there are plenty of places to tuck away. (Note to parents: don’t get stuck!). The usual swings and slides keep the little ones happy and with the sprawling parkland just behind the playground, there’s plenty of room to kick a ball around too. On weekends it can get pretty busy, so get in early.

Address: 164 Thomas St, Hampton
More information: visit the website.

Hays Paddock

Those in the east know this spot as a much-loved playground, tucked in the back blocks of lovely East Kew. When it first opened in 1998, it was billed as an Australian first – a playground leader in catering for children of all abilities, including those challenged by hearing, vision, mobility and behaviour issues.

The spider’s web trampoline provides lots of bouncy fun, while the double-width slide is perfect for friendly races. A swing with a harness is in its own fenced section and the huge sandpit - complete with diggers! -  is the place to be for interactive, messy play.

Bring some special duck food to visit the birdlife at Kew Billabong, just beyond the playground’s fence-line. 

Address: Leason St, Kew East
More information: visit the website.

Casey Fields Regional Playground

Need room to move? Yes, indeed! 30,000 square metres, in fact – and it’s filled with all kinds of equipment and activity opportunities. Barbecues and picnic facilities make Casey Fields Regional Playground a wonderful spot for family birthday gatherings and the shelters offer a place to duck out of the wind and rain if the weather forecast does turn from good to bad.

Start the kids off on the 6-metre high climbing net and rope bridge and then let them find their way to the pirate ship for some classic imaginative play. And who doesn’t love a good hill to roll down? The lush lawns here make it a pleasure. And if you have no objections to messiness (get them to empty their shoes out before they reach the car!), the sandpit here is a great one, and even has its own diggers.

Please note there is a lake and a jetty, so make sure you keep an eye on little ones.

Address: 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East
More information: visit the website.

Halliday Park

Tunnels? Slides? Sandpits? Water play area? Yup, Halliday Park has the lot! Sandpits are a timeless classic (and the built-in toys here help) and the in-ground trampoline makes bouncing (mostly) safe.

For picnic pleasure, the huge oak trees that dot the park provide some cool shade and the hammock is a nice place to chill out when the strain of the monkey bars gets all too much.

Address: Mitcham Rd, Mitcham
More information: visit the website.

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