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Friday, 3 December 2021

Royal Park has opened for play with a $5.5 million redevelopment by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. The playground is next to the Royal Children's Hospital and is the last stage of the overall redevelopment...and it's all sorts of amazing!

royal park playground

royal park flemington rch bridge

royal park climbing frame melbourne

royal park slides

There's something about an urban oasis that Melbourne has been screaming out for. With an emphasis on natural materials and good old imagination the design reflects the seven Wurundjeri seasons; honouring the traditional owners’ connection to this land.

There's so much you can do at Royal Park, allow a good couple of hours for some serious playtime. Kids can burn off their energy on the wooden climbing frame (there's two of them) or try their luck navigating all the other nooks and crannies.

It's a great park for letting go and running amok (unless you've got toddlers where you'll need to be by their side every minute as the climbing rock formations scream danger). Afterall, $5 million dollars was pumped into the park and it boasts more than 1100 trees, 17,500 plants, shrubs and grassland.

Almost everything has been thought of at this playground. From a water rill, sand play area, slides, swings overlooking the City skyline, tunnels, rock climbing, weaving, a basket swing, nature play spaces and a big water play area. Bring those swimmers - they're going to get wet! Be sure to pack a picnic as when you're done playing, you, and them will be hungry! There's some BBQ's and bench seats, water fountains and picnic tables to lay out your feast.

And if you want to finish off your adventure on a real high (!!), climb the grassy hill and you'll get one incredible view of the City (we spotted the Melbourne Star when we visited on the official opening day) and the kids will be rolling down the grassy green in no time!

The park is such a welcoming space for sick children from the Royal Children's Hospital and their parents/carers to visit to bring some joy to their day. The playground is also enroute to the Royal Melbourne Zoo.

Features of the parkland include:

  • open grassy lawns
  • natural vegetation
  • a nature-based play space
  • seating
  • drink fountains
  • picnic tables
  • BBQs
  • networks of paths invite you to explore further into Royal Park.

Check out the video (where you'll spot our 5 year old having a ball)...

royal park water play

royal park water rill

royal park nature play

royal park grass hill

royal park bridge view

royal park city views melbourne

Hot Tips:

Car Parking - Free 2 hour Mon-Fri and Free 1 Hour Sat/Sun in Neighbouring Streets

Toilets - No toilets on site, the closest are at the Royal Children's Hospital

Shade - No shade coverage

Pack sunscreen and hats and cover up

The playground isn't fenced but set back from the busy roads

Bring swimmers, towel and change of clothes


Where: Royal Park, Flemington Road (City side of The Royal Children's Hospital) MAP

 

 

 

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