bollygum park, kinglake

One summer’s day we took the babe and the family for a country drive and cruised up the hills to Kinglake. This Mamma’s eyes almost popped out as we passed this magnificent playspace. The playground is amazing. It features the characters from Garry Fleming's story Bollygum and the different sections around the space are named after the characters and settings in the book. It is a fantastic wooden park with great of options for your little ones (which Mamma always loves) and heaps of things to move through to keep things interesting. It is a very noisy park as well with STACKS of musical structures, things to bash, crash, hit and stomp on. The top of the park is great for imaginative play with Platypus's house and a dry river bed that runs down into the centre of the playground (even some fishing rods set up to catch some dinner!). Heaps of climbing and typical park features, including a great swing set up with a roped birds nest swing (much easier to hold on to). 

Mamma’s special mentions: what we love the most was the little touches. The animal tracks and leaves that were etched into the concrete. The signs on the walls labeling the different 'houses'. The carvings and stone creatures hidden on the walls. The coloured glass peep holes that ran along the bridges. As well as the steel bower bird's nest that you could explore as you entered the park.

Throughout the year on the second Sunday of the month (with a break during winter), the Bollygum Community Market is held here. The Christmas market is always a brilliant event with the market and community carols happening all at once!

the nitty gritty

BBQs - great shaded areas - skate park - public toilets - amphitheater seating - sandpit -pram access - nature trails  

Whittlesea Kinglake Rd, Kinglake

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