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I am on a mission to discover all of Victoria's best playgrounds but considering the size of the state I would love for you to share your local knowledge so everyone can enjoy taking their children to some of Victoria's best playgrounds.
As you would have noticed above, I am a mum to 4 young children who love nothing more than constantly discovering new playgrounds and testing out their new skills on adventure playgrounds.
In my experience playgrounds don't need to be new or have the best facilities to be considered as a great playground. I think atmosphere, surroundings, friendliness of locals and a playground that challenges children are what they love most.
Woodend Children's park for it's huge flying fox, fenced in toddlers area, outstanding amount of play equipment spread out over a large area with great facilities and picnic grounds.
Yarra Glen Adventure playground, Mackenzie reserve is a fantastic all ages playground set back a little from the main street in Yarra Glen. This playground offers variety, is fairly new and incorporates great sculptures and a fun wine barrel 'stepping stones' which represents what the town is renowned for (wineries).
Sale Botanic garden adventure playground is a hidden gem that is located next to a lake. The kids can ride their bikes around, play tennis, watch the kangaroos and peacocks in the fauna reserve and race each other on the flying foxes.
Montrose Community Playground is one of my all time favourites. The community fund raised and built this fun filled playground which is great for all ages. The location is good, play equipment and atmosphere are fantastic. Lots of imaginative play for the littelies and more challenging obstacles for the older ones.
Bicentennial Park in Chelsea has huge slides for the thrill seeking children along with plenty of other play equipment. The problem with this park though is that it's large and easy to loose sight of younger children when it's busy. Personally for me the play equipment and variety is fantastic but it lacks atmosphere compared to the ones mentioned above.
Life in the eyes of children is one big adventure waiting to be discovered.
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Oldies Creek Adventure Playspace in Albury is excellent. We discovered it when driving from Melbourne to Sydney and our three children couldn't wait to stop there again on our return trip to Melbourne. It has lots of space, equipment suitable for all ages, is fully fenced and the toilets were spotlessly clean on both our visits.
Marysville's Kin Playspace is fantastic, with challenging equipment for parents and kids (flying fox, climbing web, water auger) beautiful natural surrounds, nestled right in the village of Marysville which has some of the best coffee in Victoria! Make it a summers day out with a paddle in the babbling river that runs through before an on-site BBQ or stop for a break on the way up to the snow. Closer to Melbourne, Wombat Bend is also a favourite - especially for the really littlies
Murrumbeena Park, on Kangaroo Rd in Murrumbeena, is wonderful, great playground with some novel equipment, flying fox, BBQs, swings for disabled kids, open green space for flying kites or throwing frisbees etc.
Also just discovered KidsTown, off the causeway btw Shepparton & Mooroopna - fabulous variety of playground equipment, a maze, plenty of picnic tables & open space with shady trees, a teenagers section, a model train running around the perimeter, kiosk on-site, toddlers section, climbing challenges - all for a gold coin donation! Train rides extra cost - but closed when we went at 6 pm.