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Published January 10th 2022
Which slide will be your favourite?
An adventure awaits for the adventurous at Braeside Park playground. The timber structure blends in with its natural environment and eucalypts that shade it. Do your kids love slides as much as I do? There is the tunnel slide, a spiral one and a traditional straight metal slide (which I would avoid on a hot day)! Sometimes kids can be lucky to have the whole playground to themselves early in the day before everyone starts arriving. Sections of the playground area are designed for juniors as well as older children. There is also disabled access.
Toilets are nearby as well as a drinking tap. Why not make it more than a play for the kids - bring a ball or two and have a game on the lawns nearby. Bring a picnic and drinks to enjoy (as there is no food outlet on-site) to feed the kids who will be hungry from the fresh air and all that running around. Please remember to take all your rubbish home with you as there are no rubbish bins in the park.
Large open space for ball games and a picnic blanket or two
Nearby to the playground is a self-guided Heathland Trail. The trail is a 1.2km circuit that takes about 30 minutes. There are different species of birds as well the call of frogs along with native plants and depending on the time of year, many will be in flower. The trail is not paved and is flat - you need to watch your feet as there can be puddles and exposed tree roots along the trail but it is a pretty walk. There are longer walks or rides as well around Braeside Park. Take a stroll near the beginning of Cypress Drive as there are impressive tree stump art carvings of local celebrities.
Braeside Park is open from sunrise to sunset. There are two entrances; the Lower Dandenong Road entrance provides access to the Telford and Federation picnic areas, toilets, visitor centre, playground, park office and trails, while the Governor Road entrance provides access to the Red Gum Picnic Area, toilet, wetlands and trails. One-way spikes at the Lower Dandenong Road exit allow you to enjoy the park and leave at your leisure. The Governor Road entrance closes at 4pm daily.
Each car park is named after a bird and it would be advisable to check an online map to select the best car park for you. Entry from Lower Dandenong Road is a one-way loop that joins the car parks. The Cockatoo, Magpie, Kookaburra or Rosella carparks might be the best option for the adventure playground. The Governor Road entrance gives you access to the Red Gum carpark and is much further away from the playground.
For more information on Braeside Park and the facilities on offer, please head to the Parks Victoria website. The wildlife of the park would appreciate you leaving your pets at home.