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Published December 30th 2009
Need somewhere to entertain the younger kids without dipping your hand in your wallet yet again? How about an exciting mini adventure playground full of interesting interactive play facilities and sensory activities?
Imagine young eyes wide with excitement, whizzing along on a flying fox or a little bridge that rings different bells when you tread on each plank. Image amazing little hide and seek areas where kids believe they can't really be seen by their parents.
This all-abilities play-space can be found at Wombat Bend, in leafy Lower Templestowe and attracts hundreds of visitors each week. Just 15km from the CBD, this council maintained park abuts the winding Yarra River but parents don't need to be on the lookout, the playground is surrounded by childproof fencing with pool-type gates. Designed by the local community in partnership with Manningham Council, it provides a thrilling recreational area in a beautiful setting.
Parents can relax with weekend papers on the nearby picnic tables whilst the kids enjoy the maze, see-saw amphitheatre or good old fashioned swings. Why not make a day of it and use the free BBQ's or enjoy a picnic at the tables before exploring the native forest walk.
Wombat Bend is accessible 7 days a week and can be accessed via Duncan Street, Templestowe Lower, near the corners of Union Street and Templestowe Road,
Melways reference: 33 A4.