Parks & Playgrounds Kids Activities Melbourne
What's harder to pack than a weekender? A picnic basket.
Find a spot of grass and get down to brass tacks, er, chicken salad. Here's some top spots to laze under the shade of a tree.
- Oak Lawn, beneath the mighty oaks there's lots of space to play. A favourite for kids in autumn as the colourful leaves fall to the ground.
- Princes Lawn, has views down to Central Lake and a gentle hill to roll down
- Try the aptly named 'Picnic Point' for a lakeside experience and look for eels, black swans and see who's getting their feathers wet!
Finns Reserve, Duncan Street, Templestowe Lower
Wombat Bend is a sanctuary for creative play, decorated with community art that will inspire and capture the imagination of people of all ages and all abilities. Children and people young at heart will love exploring Wombat Bend, with sensory play activities, accessible path networks, an ampitheatre and native forest walk.
Wombat Bend's highlights include a large mosaic titled 'The Circle of Friends', running feet tiles and the maze panels.
- Picnic area
- Fully fenced playground
- Seats / undercover picnic tables
- Car parking
- Drinking fountains
Buckingham Crescent Sunshine West
This new park includes a high quality play area, pathways, park furniture, trees and landscaping. An iconic 9 meter rocket tower stands as the centre piece of the new play area. Has lovely clean bbqs, shady tables, great water play and sandpit for toddlers and a flying fox that is fun for big kids and mums.
CATANI GARDENS, ST KILDA
A largish park with a backdrop of the beach. Nice. This park features a great playground (unfenced but shaded) and it's set in sand.
- Pony rides operate every Sunday
Vehicle access is from Ferntree Gully Road (Melway 72 A10) or Waverly Road (Melway 71 K6)
Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open paces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
Jells Park has many barbecue and picnic areas. Relax under the shade of the Pines, enjoy the lake views at the Elms, or watch the children enjoying the playground at Stringybark or Yabbie Hill.
Corner Hawthorn and Balaclava Roads, Caulfield
Glen Eira's playgrounds offer hours of fun and can be combined with a picnic or barbecue to make a great day out. It's where we frequent a lot. The playgrounds are really great fun for all ages and the 'wiggles' car (as most call it) is a major draw card! There's a huge fenced oval and the lake makes for an easy walk around after your picnic (just beware of hungry geese).
- All Abilities playground
- BBQ Facilities
- Dog off leash
- Running Track
Ashburton - Victory Boulevard
Has a walking track, toilets, tables and seats and the amazing play equipment is fenced in! THE BEST!
Picnic on the Green Hill Beside ArtPlay. It has lovely view of the river, a huge colourful playground just steps away, plenty of car-free road for bikes and trikes and a beaut coffee shop (Riverland) nearby if you need a caffeine fix! Bit of an oasis in the city really.
The park has several sheltered picnic areas which are very popular on weekends. These are open to all the general public.
Undercover gas BBQ's and wood BBQ's are also provided for free.
- River Red Gum Picnic Reserve
- Playground Picnic Reserve
- Wetlands Picnic Reserve
- The Kite Run Picnic Reserve
Whilst the BBQ is sizzling, let the kids burn off some energy on the swings, slides and monkey bars.
- Fairway Playground
- Playground Picnic Reserve
- Hays Paddock
A peaceful spot for picnic'ing, a stroll through the grounds, a walk in the conservatory and a swing in the playground. The perfect afternoon!
Toilets with disabled access, conservatory, playground, giant chessboard and chess tables, gazebo, pond, glasshouse, Ecocentre and take-away coffee on Blessington Street.
With a playground, bicycle path, barbecue area and ample space to kick the footy, there is plenty to keep the family entertained. Como is popular among the locals and is home to Stonnington's Carols by Candlelight each year.
We'll be constantly updating our growing list of favourite picnic spots but if you've found a great spot to picnic we'd love an email. Thanks to everyone on our facebook page for these suggestions.