A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published May 28th 2014
The home of BIG trees, a BIG slide and croquet
I only recently discovered Victoria Park, in High Street, Kew. Situated right next to the Boroondara General Cemetery (often referred to as the 'Kew Cemetery'), the first thing I noticed about Victoria Park is its size. It's massive for a suburban park.
The park is dotted with mature trees, and pathways
The park is more or less a triangular shape. I entered from the south-east corner, where Parkhill Road and Adeney Avenue intersect. At that corner, there is a children's playground. It's not huge, but the equipment looks modern and well maintained.
Continuing on, there are two football fields. I was happy to see that there was a group of about 10 people with their dogs on one of these fields. The dogs were having a great time, running and playing together off-lead. It looked like it was a regular event.
One of these football fields, the J.J. Higgins Reserve, is home to Division 2 football team, the Kew Bears.
Beyond the fields, there is a treed section, with some pathways running through and around it. Most surprisingly, I found there is a croquet club within the perimeter of the park - the Kew Croquet Club. There was a game in progress as I walked by. There are mature hedges around the Club, so it was impossible to get a really good look at proceedings, but I did the best I could to get a shot.
Peering over the hedges to get a shot of the croquet game in progress!
There is a quaint little clubhouse for the Croquet Club, definitely something from another era. I see from information on their website that it was built about 80 years ago. It's available on a limited basis for hire, for corporate or similar events, and there is the opportunity for participants to play a version of croquet.
There's also a tennis club situated in the park, the Victoria Park Tennis Club. The Tennis Club offers coaching and competitions for all ages.
Victoria Park Tennis Club
Towards the northern end of the park, there is another playground, this one more extensive. It features a long slide that looks like a lot of fun. In this section, there are also two coin operated barbecues.
I managed to resist the urge to have a go on this giant slide - just!
Victoria Park is dotted with huge, mature trees. It's a lovely park to visit and wander around. It also has several beautiful old gateways which are worth seeing.
To get there by public transport, catch tram number 48 from Collins Street in the city, and get off at stop 38, which is right in front of the park on High Street.