Here Are 15 All Abilities Playgrounds In Melbourne You Need To Visit

Outdoor Dec 11, 2019

Finding a good place for your kids to play can be a hassle. Primarily, when the playgrounds you have found do not cater to their needs and abilities.

I have come up with a list of 15 playgrounds around Melbourne that are great for children of all abilities.

Feel free to jump straight to your region and find the perfect playground for your kids.

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Note, that some playgrounds may require a gold coin donation upon entering. This is usually to maintain the areas and facilities, especially the bathrooms.

Also, be aware that in the hotter months, especially out in nature, you may encounter snakes and other insects. Please ensure you inform yourself and your children on the safety precautions to know before venturing out to these areas.

Melbourne City Playgrounds

Royal Park’s Nature Play

  • Address: Flemington Rd & Gatehouse Street, Parkville VIC 3052
  • a 15-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A huge playground built near the Royal Children’s Hospital which integrates many elements of the natural environment and Aboriginal culture, specifically the seven Wurundjeri seasons, into its play areas and layout.

Water play is ideal, especially in the hot months. Labelled Australia’s best playground in 2016, this playspace is a great choice for kids of all ages and abilities for a fun day of play.


Birrarung Marr Playground

Located near Federation Square and on the banks of the Yarra River, this playground is convenient for those living or working in or near the CBD. This is the largest all-abilities playground in the City of Melbourne and has many accessible play areas, toilets and water taps.

If you wish to use the liberty swing, the key can be picked up from ArtPlay during its opening hours (see their website here).

Birrarung Marr Playground
Birrarung Marr Playground. Image source aspect-studios.com

North Melbourne Playgrounds

All Abilities Playground, Shepparton

  • Address: 25 Tom Collins Dr, Shepparton VIC 3630
  • a 2-hour drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A greatly accessible playground that is also fully fenced. Offers some shade for the hotter months, as well as a place to sit and have a barbecue.

There is sensory play equipment and all play structures cater for wheelchair access and special mobility needs, ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to play.

Toilets, changing rooms and free parking on site.


KidsTown Adventure Playground

  • Address: 7287 Midland Hwy, Mooroopna VIC 3629
  • a 2-hour drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A five-acre playground that is safely fenced and full of amazing equipment, accessible for a gold coin donation.

Enjoy a full day out with a picnic. There’s something there for everyone! A sensory play area, a maze, tree houses, cubby houses, toddlers’ area and even a miniature railway train that runs every weekend and on public holidays, with a carriage specifically for those with limited mobility needs.

You can take the KidsTown Train every weekend, public holidays and during school holidays, from 11 am until 3 pm.

Purchase tickets at the KidsTown Café at $3.50 per person per ride. Also, a 15-ride VIP Train pass is $38.50.

An unlimited all-day pass is $10 per person.

Carers and Companion card holders ride for free.

Check out operation times and fees at their website before you go there for any changes without notice.


Golden Sun Moth Park Playground

A unique play area with two separate playgrounds, one for younger kids of ages up to 4 and the other is ages 5 plus.

The older kids’ playground is constructed in the shape of a Golden Sun Moth, an endangered species of the area. This playground not only caters for an enjoyable play, but the kids can also learn something new about the Golden Sun Moth.

Both playgrounds have soft floor tiling. The top of the moth structure is accessible by a staircase.

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South Melbourne Playgrounds

Rye’s Up! Rye Foreshore Community Playground

  • Address: 2376 Point Nepean Rd, Rye 3941
  • a 1.5-hour drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

Nestled between the pier and the community centre lies Rye’s Up! Community Playground.

Fully fenced, this play area is great for those days when the weather isn’t too great, or the water is too cold to swim in.

With a theme that perfectly matches its seaside location, the playground has many types of equipment on offer, including slides, a ship model and fun art on the walls of the main wooden structure.

Benches line the fence wall for parents and carers to sit and watch the kids while they play.

For more information, visit the Mornington Peninsula Shire website.


Rocket Playground, Ray Bastin Reserve

  • Address: 10 Norfolk Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3805
  • a 50-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

With a fun rocket theme sure, Rocket Playground to appeal to all the sciency and adventurous kids out there.

This fabulous place for kids was created to enjoy, with slides, sculptures, a sandpit and a cool model spaceship control panel to interact with.

An enjoyable location for the whole family for cooler days, as there’s not much shade and the metal equipment can get hot in the summer sun.

You can find BBQs, toilets and parking on its site.

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East Melbourne Playgrounds

Phoenix Park Playground

  • Address: Ivanhoe Grove, Malvern East VIC 3145
  • a 30-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A fairy tale themed playground with a medieval castle that kids will love exploring the nooks and crannies of.

Includes a sensory play area with musical activities. Fenced, with the names of volunteers who helped build the playground, or donated a wood panel for the fence, written on each panel.

The playground is also close to a grass area and skate park, and there’s a cafe and toilets. There’s also free parking.


Hays Paddock Park

  • Address: Leason St, Kew East VIC 3102
  • a 25-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

Known for being one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne, Hays Paddock is a lovely all-abilities park that is safely fenced and beautifully constructed, with ample play areas and picnic facilities such as barbecues, water taps, tables, accessible public toilets and free parking.

There are swing sets for kids of all ages and abilities, an accessible carousel, a large sandpit, wide slides, hammocks and more.


Wombat Bend Playspace

  • Address: Finns Reserve, Templestowe Road & Union Street, Templestowe Lower VIC 3107
  • a 30-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

Wombat Bend is a charming playground located in a majestic bushland setting. Better for picnics, featuring barbecues, toilets, lots of shade, water fountains and more.

Fully fenced, and with statues that add a quirky art element to the park. Very accessible, catering for wheelchairs (with liberty swing and accessible paths). The sensory activities and funny mirrors are a nice addition.

You can find more information about this playground here:

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Bairnsdale All Abilities Playground

  • Address: Main St, Bairnsdale VIC 3875
  • a 3.5-hour drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A fully fenced, very spacious playground for kids of all ages and abilities.

Easy to move around in, with many pieces of play equipment such as a sandpit, swings (including a liberty swing, keys for which can be borrowed from the nearby police station), slides, an inclusive merry-go-round and more. Also has toilets and barbecue facilities with tables and some shelter. Parking is free.

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West Melbourne Playgrounds

Brimbank Park Playscape

  • Address: Park Dr, Keilor East VIC 3033
  • a 30-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

A very spacious playground surrounded by native bushland, which combines elements of Indigenous culture, art and nature, with many exciting and interactive features like the maze, the cubby house, unique sculptures, an accessible sandpit and swings.

Perfect for children of all ages and abilities, including wheelchairs and kids with cognitive and/or sensory disabilities. There are also paths nearby for those wanting to go for a walk, and lots of BBQ’s, seating and shade for a picnic.


Alice’s Playspace

  • Address: Errington Reserve, St Albans Victoria
  • a 30-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

An all-abilities playground developed by Touched By Olivia Foundation. With lots of space, play equipment for everyone and all the necessary facilities including BBQs, water fountains, toilets and shelter.

The playground has so much equipment like the flying fox, a pirate ship, water play areas and so much more! A perfect location for a fantastic day out with the whole family.


Taylors Hill Recreation Reserve Playground

  • Address: 121 Calder Park Dr, Taylors Hill VIC 3037
  • a 40-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. 📍Get directions here.
  • All ages and abilities

Located behind the Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre is a fun, bright playground for kids of all abilities.

Lots of sensory equipment and games including tic tac toe, abacus, a music maker, a steering wheel and more, mostly suited for younger kids.

Ramps and smooth paths allow for easy movement around the area.

It is fully fenced with facilities (toilets, BBQs, etc.) outside the fence.

Taylors Hill Recreation Reserve Playground
Taylors Hill Recreation Reserve Playground. Image source: melbourneplaygrounds.com.au

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Elena

A Melbourne gal, mum and wife who loves sharing ideas about kids' education, exciting places, healthy food, and school holidays activities across Australia.

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