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 October 20th 2017
Explore an adventure oasis with a natural touch
Valley Reserve is a unique playspace and after visiting this playground for the first time, it is easy to see why it was it was awarded Victoria's best new major playspace in 2016. We were really pleasantly surprised when we decided to visit Valley Reserve in Mount Waverley and have the chance to explore this adventure oasis with the kids.
The Valley Reserve playspace is cleverly divided into four different areas according to different native animals, namely the yellow tailed cockatoo, the owl, the king parrot and a long necked turtle.
Our kids got a chance to nurture their imaginative play on the timber structures and "walk the tightrope" and practice their balancing skills on the balance beams.
They also got to exercise their climbing skills on the rope ladders. They really enjoyed traversing the challenging wooden obstacle course with its timber posts, rope nets, rope and log bridges and safely reaching the different Crow's Nests while escaping evil Captain Hook!
The playspace is made from natural organic materials and is situated in a natural bushland setting. Very refreshing to see the use of non-plastic play equipment! Boulders, stumps and logs were abundant for the kids to hop on.
There are two very long flying foxes, one with a disc seat and one with a supported seat for the smaller kids. There is also a significantly large spinning birds nest swing which is hung quite high and can hold quite a few little people!
Have a long flight on the flying fox or soar in a huge birds nest!
Younger kids will be able to enjoy playing in the sandpits and low climbing activities. There are two wobble boards with springs, a koala springer, a set of two normal swings and a slide. There is also a wooden spinning carousel instead of a spinning cup! The young ones can climb up giant King Parrot and soar to the skies!
There is a separate play area which is ideal for anyone looking for some quiet play. This area also has a sandpit and dry creek course, with sand, rocks and water. It is here that you will find the sacred long necked turtle.
The playspace itself is not shaded, but there are shaded picnic tables. The park cater for large and small groups and facilities include barbeques and water taps. There is visitor information and car parking available. Toilet facilities are also available just outside the playspace.
The surrounding bushland has tracks for bushwalks and one can wonder amongst wildflowers and eucalypts. The park also has poster boards to educate children and visitors to the park about fauna and flora within the reserve which we found interesting and easy to read.
Overall, this park was a delight to visit and we were glad to discover this adventure playground. Once you walk into this natural adventure oasis, you can spend hours there and already start looking forward to the next visit.