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Eastern Beach Playground

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 31st 2013
Shake off the winter and soak up the sunshine
Eastern Beach playground

With the temperature slowly but surely warming up after a cool winter you may be looking for somewhere to soak up the rays and get the children outdoors and enjoying the change in seasons.

Eastern Beach in Geelong could be just the place you're looking for with a great playground, plenty of lawn area, swimming if you're keen, and a kiosk to keep stomachs satisfied.

The white Spanish staircase

From the Esplanade you will notice a white Spanish staircase, which happens to be very popular for weddings and photography, this is a great entry point to wind your way down to the playground, or perhaps try our children's style which was rolling down the steep grass hill, either way you will end up at the playground.


The playground is full of challenging obstacles for toddlers up to mid - late primary school ages. There is a spiral slide, two wave slides, three sets of swings with one being for children with special needs, climbing frames, a train, spinning circle and plenty of other equipment to keep the kids amused.

Surrounding the playground are sets of cute red and white picnic tables with pitched roofs amongst some of the lushest beach side lawn I've seen. Tall Palms, Peppercorn and Cyprus trees line the foreshore and have been there since the 1950's.

Life guard and change pavilion

To the side of the playground is the Art Deco kiosk and the red tile roofed life guards and change pavilion, which from the outside look to be in original condition.

Children's pool in the background

In front of the pavilion is the cement based children's pool which is fully enclosed by a glass fence. In the middle of the pool is a fountain that splashes water back into the aqua coloured water and I'm sure would be the main attraction come summertime.

For the older kids and adults the renovated 1930's sea baths will prove popular. With 8 and a half acres of sea water, a diving board, a floating island and slides complete with walkway the length of the entire semi circle.


The Bay Bollards Trail which follows the foreshore is also another tourist attraction that seems to put smiles on peoples faces. There are over 100 painted timber bollards that represent historic Geelong characters. The trail starts at the Geelong Botanic Gardens and works its way past 48 sites.

A small playground further down the bay bollard trail

There is sure to be enough to keep the family amused at Eastern Beach playground and foreshore, and best of all it's free.
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Why? To soak up the sunshine after a cold winter
When: All year round
Where: Eastern Beach, Geelong
Cost: Free
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