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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published November 5th 2015
Geelong Playspace
Pirate Ship and slide, Geelong Playspace
Pirate Ship, slide

Visit Geelong Playspace, set amongst the trees and walking tracks of Eastern Park. Inside this fenced off play ground, there are lots of play areas for your children to play in.

You will find a pirate ship, a musical bridge, climbing hill, swings, slides, cubby house, bamboo area to run around in, and more. There is also a liberty swing, so that children who need to be in a wheel chair can wheel their chair onto the liberty swing, and have a swing themselves. Why should everyone else have all the fun? The Liberty swing gives children in a wheelchair a chance to have a swing too.
Magpie at Geelong Playspace, Liberty Swing in the background
Magpies like to play too

Geelong Playspace is a nice little playground in the middle of Eastern Park. It is fenced off so it's safe for your children to run around in. They cannot wander off or get lost.

Eastern Park
Pavilion at Eastern Park
Pavilion with barbecue hotplates, tables and chairs

Eastern Park is a huge green space close to Geelong City. It is a large Park land that is home to the Botanical Gardens, Geelong Play Space, Geelong Conference Centre, the East Geelong Golf Course, Limeburners Boat Ramp, statues, mineral springs and a storm water lake.

Skirted by Garden Street, Hearne Parade, Ryrie Street and Limeburners Road, Eastern Park is used by joggers, walkers and cyclers. There are walking / biking tracks all over the Park.
Pavilion, Eastern Park, up close
Tables and chairs in the pavilion

Eastern Park is close to Central Geelong, and it is on the border of the Waterfront Geelong precinct. This park spans 185 acres of green space, with sporting facilities, walking tracks, parkland and recreational space. There are picnic and barbecue areas, toilets and great views of Corio Bay. There is a space for dogs to be off-leash (but supervised).
Trees within Eastern Park
Corio Bay in the background

Plants found inside Eastern Park include conifers, cypress and other tree species. Also pines from around the world, which form avenues of trees along the original carriageways. Eastern Park is a great place to escape to - away from the noisy CBD, inside an oasis of trees and other plants.
Rotunda in Eastern Park
A lovely Rotunda


History of Eastern Park

Eastern Park was established over 150 years ago. Eastern Park has recognised heritage value.

The Government of the Colony of New South Wales set land aside on the edge of Geelong, in April 1851. The 200 acres of land had a bay frontage, with little vegetation. It has been transformed over the past 150 years, and is now a lovely green area, with lots of trees in the Eastern Park and lots of history inside the Botanical Gardens.

Both the Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park have recognised heritage value, and they are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, and also on the Register of National Estate. Eastern Park has some of the finest examples of trees, with 36 trees listed on the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Register of significant trees.

Within the grounds of Eastern Park there are barbecues, a dogs off lead supervised area, 2 pavilions, picnic facilities, the Geelong Playspace, a hard wicket oval and public toilets. At the edge of the Park, at the waters edge, is Limeburners Point boat ramp.
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Why? open space, playground, botanic gardens, cricket, fun, walking space, jogging tracks
When: any time
Phone: 03 5272 5272 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Where: Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong
Cost: free
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