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Coburg Lake Reserve

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published December 17th 2014
A Game or Two for You Know Who
Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
I want to be the spinner!


This fabulous reserve is near the old Pentridge Prison (active until 1999), bordered by Sydney Road, Newlands Road and Gaffney Street. It's only about ten minutes drive or a tram ride from the city.

Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
The lake is a central feature


Several playgrounds are located throughout the park. These are nestled amongst the gardens and next to the lake. If you like to watch wildlife you will love the Coburg Lake Reserve. Ducks, swans and birds are happily co-habitating with people. My son was thrilled to see a man fishing as he'd been nagging me to do the same. The next time we visit we will have to go with rods, bait and tackles.

This is a popular place for families especially on special event days like Easter, birthdays and Christmas. The flying fox and other adventurous equipment for daredevils are very appealing to children (and adults). Attractive artworks such as impressive mosaics and unique seating are scattered around.

Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
Not the usual seating


This is the only public playground that I know of that has a permanent outdoor twister game. This is lot of fun as it is big enough for several people to participate. There is a large spinner on the side like in the original twister game.

Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
Right leg blue, left hand red


There are many walking tracks and a well equipped outdoor gym. We always give it a bit of a workout just for the fun of it. I found out I am as fit as I thought I was (not very!)

Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
Warm up on the outdoor gym equipment


There is also an amphitheatre, undercover gazebo for shade on a hot day, free BBQ facilities throughout the park (which were amazingly clean), and lots of seating. I'm sure there's a bit more for us to discover if we venture a bit further from our preferred spot. All they need now is an outdoor cinema and I would set up camp there.

Park, playground, dog walking, bike riding, walking track, flying fox, ducks and fishing, fitness track and outdoor equipment, gardens, bbq,
Part of one of the children's playground areas

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Where: Cnr Newlands Road and Gaffney Street, Coburg
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Twister in the park, I love it. What a wonderful place to take the kids.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7217) 1757 days ago
Love living near this park - great spot to walk the dog :)
by mccar (score: 0|5) 1756 days ago
My parents and I were migrants who settled in Brunswick in the mid-1950s. I have very fond childhood memories of walking from Brunswick to the Lake with my parents on Sundays and also cycling with my mates to catch tadpoles, frogs, and hunt for tubifex worms for my tropical fish. I also recall Italian men catching eels in the main lake. I visited the lake during every season for many years and still go there, now with my own kids, when back in Melbourne. There's a special part of the lake where I want my ashes to be spread when the time comes. Hopefully not in the near future!
by barry (score: 0|5) 1716 days ago
this park has far to many visitors its awful on weekends in summer and finding a car pary is not easy
by raceb (score: 0|8) 1762 days ago
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