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The Best Fenced Playgrounds in Melbourne

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by Ian White (subscribe)
Ian, Mira and their energetic kids run Melbourne Playgrounds, a huge portal of activities, products and services for Kids in Melbourne! Visit their web site and FaceBook page
Published April 10th 2012
Melbourne has some wonderful playgrounds which offer the security of fencing with child proof gates. This can provide peace of mind to parents of kids who have a tendency to run off.

Our favourite fenced playgrounds are:

Wombat Bend Playspace, Duncan Street, Templestowe Lower

A beautifully crafted playground set in a nicely landscaped area which has a variety of play equipment for different sizes and abilities. Highlights include a wooden maze with mirrors and buttons to press, musical bridge, sandpit (with water flowing in at one end), family sized see-saw, cube with rope climbing frame on the side and top, two flying foxes, double slides down a small embankment, hidden cubby, forest walk with bird call recordings and a fantastic bat wing carousel with hanging seats which parents industriously push around.

Bat Wing Carousel
Bat Wing Carousel

The playground has a native garden with lots of paths. There is a BBQ, water tap and a few sheltered tables inside the fenced area and toilets and plenty of spots for a picnic along the Yarra River. There is a pedestrian suspension bridge going over the river nearby.

Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

This is a delightful play space with lots of whimsical and fun elements for all ages. The playground is located around two big yellow mound slides.

Huge Slides
Huge Slides

Below the slides is a Smurf village with a music hut, story hut and play hut complete with a mooing cow in the middle of the village which will captivate all the kids.

Smurf Village
Smurf Village

Other highlights include giant basket swing, Tinkerbelle sand pit, the Mount Chelsea Express train, huge insect springers, rope climbing frame, rowing boat on a rocker and lots of play equipment. There are shelters with tables, BBQs, toilets and water tap. For parents there are some wonderful curved seats to relax on.

Bundoora Park Play Space, River Red Gum Avenue, Bundoora

This Play Space has a lot of fun elements. Highlights include a wooden wall maze where you'll find surprising things like a horse, large sandpit with mechanical digger, huge bull-ants, large stand-on carousel, big red tractor with trailer, water tank with a ladder and slide, hammock, large flat rope climbing frame and mound with dual slides.

Tractor, Tank and Hammock
Tractor, Tank and Hammock

The area is nicely landscaped and includes a water course area with bridges and a water pump. There are shelters with tables and seats and water taps. There is access to a café next to the playground area.

Hays Paddock, Longstaff St, Kew East

This playground is a lovely environment which kids can explore. Highlights include lots of slides and swings, large butterflies flying above the playground, large see-saw, a ring of toadstools to jump across, spider's web trampoline, big shaded sandpit and large hammocks (which Mum and Dad might be able to commandeer if they are quick enough).

Hays Paddock
Hays Paddock

There is a bird hide located within the playground which overlooks a wetlands area. Outside is a learner's bike circuit. Toilets and tables are also available outside the fenced area.

Markham Reserve, Markham Avenue, Ashburton

This playground has a central spine comprising a long ramp with various routes up and down including ladders, slides and climbing walls. Other highlights include an area with nine horizontal and vertical climbing nets, family sized see-saw, lotus leaf with hand wheel to rotate it, birds nest swing, covered sandpit with mechanical digger, large carved wooden kookaburras and hillock with holds to get up and small slides to get down.

Sandpit with Kookaburras
Sandpit with Kookaburras

There are shelters with tables, unshaded seats, water taps, BBQs and toilets. A basketball court and a small skate park are located next to the playground.

Rope Climbing Frames
Rope Climbing Frames

Tim Neville Arboretum, Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully

An Adventure playground with lots of interesting elements to keep the kids occupied. Highlights include two long flying foxes, Nessie the monster writhing in and out of the ground, fun carousel with places for sitting and standing, birds nest swing, hammock, large rope pyramid climbing frame, square area of suspended disks which you can step across and big sandpit area. There is a trail of alphabet signs with sign language weaving through the playground.

Suspended Disk Frame
Suspended Disk Frame

There are shaded and unshaded seats within the fenced area and outside the fenced area are toilets, BBQs, tables, grassy areas and a duck pond with elevated walkway.
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