I am always looking for new things to experience with our family. There is so much out there and it would be great to share some of our weekend adventures.
Published November 7th 2017
Playground with lovely view of Melbourne’s skyline
Ron Barassi Senior Park is a park and recreational and sporting facility that is uniquely located underneath the Citylink freeway and beneath the Bolte Bridge in the Docklands area.
The playground is relatively new (having opened in October 2015), and is on the Harbour Town end of Docklands. There are lovely panoramic views of Melbourne city, including the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Typical Docklands, this park felt new and contemporary, yet quiet and isolated as the park is located at the very end of Docklands Drive.
The location of the playground is situated opposite a shipping port and there were lots of colourful shipping containers in the background. Directly in front of the playground is a large grassy oval and a clubhouse. There is an abundance of grassy space for the kids to roam freely, kick a ball on or just lay on the grass!
The main feature that defines the Ron Barassi park is an enormous pyramid type structure with two enclosed metal slides that is found right in the middle of the playground. The kids enjoyed climbing up the wooden rocket-like structure and continuously zooming down the large super fast slides!
This is a great playground for sand play! In fact, the main playground is in a gigantic sandpit! There are sand play areas, with lots of sand play equipment, including iron spades and scoops, chains, pulleys, pipes and chutes! There was also a large standalone digger which the kids enjoyed using to excavate sand from one area and pile it up on another! There was also a separate wooden structure which had pulleys and chutes which kept the kids well occupied.
Another highlight at this playground is the water play area. There is a traditional hand water pump and two dome-like water sprinkler systems and a water channel with cobbled bluestone pavers. The kids loved pushing the sprinkler buttons and seeing water bursting out. I would recommend you bring a towel and a change of clothes as the possibility of the kids getting wet is quite high!
Have some fun with the water pumps and sprinklers!
Part of the park area has young native plants which provide a natural element to the relatively harsh industrial surrounds of the park. There also large pillow like hessian looking sandbags which the kids enjoyed running and jumping on. The sandbags were reasonably comfortable to sit on and easy to keep an eye on the kids while watching the world go by.
Jump on the big sandbags and hide behind the young trees!
There is a long round tire swing in a separate area which is hung quite high and can fit multiple kids at a go. There are lots of paths to explore and areas to hide behind and the kids enjoyed playing hide and seek around the playground area. The playground area also has 2 rope bridges and a small slide which is good for the little kids to slide down.
There is plenty of free parking right next to the park and there are also bike tracks and bicycle holding frames to secure the bikes.
There are also several picnic tables, barbecues and toilets and change facilities inside the pavilion, although not easily seen from the playground itself. Park benches and drinking fountains are also available. It is important to note that the playground is unfenced and it is unshaded.
The park is close to Harbour Town shops and Docklands attractions, including the ice rink and funfair at Waterfront city. If you are venturing to the Docklands area, you should check out this area if your kids enjoy climbing, sliding, running, jumping, sand and water play. Just make sure that you take your sunscreen and hats, extra sand buckets and spades and you will definitely start or end the day on a good note!