parks and playgrounds in melbourne's east
The East boasts some beautiful parks spanning right across our suburbs. Each is unique and best of all, packed with free fun for the whole family. Mamma's parks and playgrounds picks have all the inspiration you need to get you out of the house and include a handy map, making it easier to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
The Wyeth-McNamara Park - or what Mamma heard a local call it - The Rainbow Park, is everything you need in a playground after a long drive in the car
Check out the size of this climbing pyramid. This is a GIANT rope structure and is the pride and joy of the Lawford Street Reserve - if fact, we can’t think of a playground that has a taller climbing frame!
This fresh playground is found in Gardinders Creek Reserve. Set next to the off-leash dog area, this playground is a great area for toddler and preschooler play. There is plenty to bounce, spin and climb on - the kind of park to go to when you need to get some fresh air and get out of the house.
Calling all wannabe ninja warriors. Mamma had the crew have an outdoor junior (AND senior course) for YOU! Tucked in to the Berwick Springs wetlands you will find a recreation reserve with all the necessary training equipment to inspire your little daredevils.
Hooray! This is exactly what the Dandenongs needed. A regional sized playground with some of the most amazing features. The playspace is massive with heaps to explore, including plenty of natural elements.
The playground that runs along the boundary of the footy oval has a single climbing structure with monkey-bar rings, a slide and, as always, the tan-bark cafe underneath. However, the highlights for this little guy are a tie between the sandpit - complete with building table and tools - and the spinning double swing.
Mamma has been so excited about this playground update. Not just because of all the wizzy-dizzy equipment or the rocking sea saw seats with extra table or surfboard in the middle.
Parents of toddlers and prewalkers know that not all playgrounds are quite equal - but Wantirna Reserve is pretty perfect!
What a great improvement! The fences have been removed at Buchanan Park in Berwick and we raced down to test it out.
Talk about pretty! Civic Park in Warragul is an awesome little playground with plenty to do and space to stretch your legs, especially if you are driving through.
Traralgon has to have the biggest regional playground space Mamma has seen. Newman Park has 4 playground structures, plus a sandpit, a rocking car AND an old school flying fox.
Queens Park is loved by so many and this brand new playground upgrade has already been so well received already. The equipment has been designed to work with the existing trees and in autumn, the place simply glows!
Occasionally it isn’t the playground that Mamma is drawn to when we head outdoors for an adventure. In the case of Talaskia Reserve, it is the multi sports area that we LOVE.
Attention kids of Boroondara! The highly anticipated Ferndale Park is NOW OPEN. This is a brilliant upgrade to the local playground and now has a resident ogre that is watching over all the action.
Mamma and the fam have dozens of little playgrounds that we have christened with our own little names. In the case of this fresh and new park in at Templeton Reserve in Wantirna South - may we introduce you to … WOMBAT PARK.
Mamma LOVES this beautiful wooden playground! Surrounded by stunning large trees and with so much to do, it’s a place you can play the day away.
We can’t help ourselves. Whenever we spy a playground with a train, we gotta give it a test run. When it is a playground that is fully enclosed with a GATE then we definitely have to stop for a play.
There ain’t nothing sweeter than a little street park that pays respect to its little page in history? The Warburton Road Reserve playground is located right next door to The Sullivan House.
Overlooking the Yarra River in Hawthorn, Fairveiw Park has a great fenced playground right at its centre. It is your classic play space with all your family favourites.
This is as cute as can be. Gordon Street Reserve has had a makeover and the park is ready for action.
Watch out for the lions - they’ll get cha! Well, if you use them as a tunnel that is. Welcome to Central Reserve Playground.
Planes, trains and automobiles! Kids seem to love them all and it is a popular choice of playground designers to include all sorts of transportation amongst the fun at your local playground. Here are the ones Mamma has uncovered in the east. TOOT-TOOT!
Next time you are heading to the Train Park, ensure you pack the bikes and the scooters! There is a new traffic school in town.
Calling all adventure buddies! This playground is for you! The NEW Eltham North Adventure playground is an undercover superstar and is just like the original with just a little more sparkle!
You can’t beat a park with a helicopter. Or petrol pump. Or a tram! Lucky for this spot, it’s got all three. Foley Reserve in Kew is one of the most adorable play spaces in the east.
Wesburn Park has the MOST incredible views of the mountains and now has a GREAT little playground to match. This little pocket of space, at the back of the ovals and close to the toilets, has a nice fresh playground of red, yellow and orange.
Mamma has a little daredevils on her hands and when it comes to parks and playgrounds the bigger the slide the higher the tower the better the ride! Right?
These double swings are IDEAL for bubbies and small kiddos as they sit opposite their responsible adult and you get to swing with them, watching their faces the whole time. The smiles will reach from ear to ear!
Let’s go on an adventure into the forest and play amongst the trees! Harmony Place in Officer is a great little neighbourhood play space that will leave you feeling a little tiny. The animals here are super-sized and watch out, someone has left their eggs on the ground!
Mamma LOVED this classic community playground before the upgrade, but now it is EVEN BETTER! The Cardinia Community Playground is based on a classic wooden framed play space with heaps of twists and turns and things to climb over.
Ladies and Gents, start your engines. Pop on a helmet. Ding those bells. GET READY TO RACE! There is a BRAND NEW Grand Prix themed playground and it is just made for riding.
Need a break from all those animals, let the kids play safely amongst nature or just a spot to grab a coffee and watch the kids play? Healesville Sanctuary have thought of us all with a BRAND NEW Nature Playspace.
It is the simple places that can bring out the imagination of your little ones. Hartwell Station Reserve is exactly that type of playground. The fully fenced playground is ideal for your train lover and gets a bit thumbs up for having coffee nearby at Fordahm’s Milk Bar.
It is almost like Mamma is starting to sniff out all of these brilliant little and HIDDEN playspaces, packed with such great goodies. Samada Street Reserve in Notting Hill has a fantastic little playground with ALL of Mamma's favourites.
Playgrounds are Mamma's favourite! Let the kids run free to explore their environment, take risks and get active. Even better when the playspace caters for a number of ages, plus has a gate from the road.
Who on earth could this nest belong to? An eagle? An almighty condor? Maybe Dr Dr Seuss’ Horton when he needs to sit on an egg? All Mamma knows is, that THIS nest is the largest one she has ever seen. Plus the twin green slides are the TALLEST we have ever slid down!
This playground has been dubbed the 'Green Park' in our house as pretty much all the equipment is, you guessed it, GREEN. The linear playspace has heaps to climb on and test those ninja skills.
Mamma's little daredevil LOVES a super fast slide. She is in her complete element here at the Village Square Park. The main green slippery dip is one of the fastest we have encountered and has a brilliant view from up the top.
There is nothing more special than an old school wooden playground. One filled to the brim with its own unique treasures, custom made for the space, and Mamma bets, has featured in plenty of family photos over the years.
Space lovers are going to be in heaven when they blast off into the giant space-themed playground, disembark down the huge twisty slide and even power the spaceship through the control station!
The Box Hill Gardens is an incredibly beautiful public space and with the addition of this fancy new playspace, it is certainly the place to be. There are flying foxes, tonnes of things to climb, shiny musical drums, an inbuilt trampoline and spinny things galore
This is an exciting discovery. A playground within stones throw of a cafe. Mamma has full-on heart eye emojis for this combo!
This park is a staple of the Maroondah community and the latest upgrade will ensure families will continue for years to come! Slides, sand, swings and sensory play!
The locals LOVE this park. The cutest little pocket of community heart is found in one of the most unlikely places - the back corner of the Kew Junction carpark. No need to worry though, the reserve is fully fenced! Double win!
The playground that lies right next door to the Gembrook Railway Station is EXACTLY as you expected. A little train themed park.
J.A.C. Russell Park is the town's main reserve in the middle of town
The Alistair Knox Reserve in Eltham is a hub for community life. It's where mammas and little ones come together during the week for playdates. Where galahs and cockatoos sing.
McAlpine Park is a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon with the family for a play in the playground, waddle around with the ducks and cut laps on the bikes and scooters. This reserve is immaculately kept with stunning gardens, and is filled with sprawling lawns for ball games and picnics.
Do you remember rolling in a big pile of leaves when you were little? This park will bring all of those memories right back!
Big kids who love to climb will love playing here.
The Tullamore Estate as a wonderful new playground complete with tunnels, ladders, trampolines and sand!
Land ahoy! This park will spark the imagination of all of your little pirates!
Parks under the gums are Mamma's favourite
On your marks ... Get set ... GO!
You need to check out this spinning swing!
Has Fireman Sam left his truck on Matisse Drive in Templestowe? Let’s hope he has forgotten it because it makes a great place to play.
The old faithful playground where you know everyone will have a good time.
Let's go on an adventure!
Mamma totally gets it. A fenced playground is worth its weight in gold.
Woodhouse Grove has a beautiful playground waiting for new visitors.
Stop the car. Stretch the legs and have a play at the station!
A cute park with plenty of space to run and city views!
It is a two for one deal in Burwood - A cafe and a playground in the one trip.
Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and even Arthur Streeton used to come to this area of bush in the late 1800s to camp and paint. Just imagine what it might have been like!
Nature elements, giant gumnuts and wrought iron native friends are all found here at Bushy Creek Reserve.
Barkly Gardens is one of those great community parks that's perfect for the whole family.
Head out for snack in the park, a cruise down the slides and then discover a world of fairies, gnomes and elves!
Hello there NEW purple playground!
If you want to let the kids have a run around, give the dogs some exercise or simply run on the track yourself - Kimberly Place has enough to have the whole family moving.
A new addition to the Pinks Reserve makes Kilsyth a great place to explore outdoors!
Shiny new make over ALERT!
A cute little street park perfect for running off the energy from morning tea or working up an appetite.
Bright, colourful, with a flying fox and a beautiful view!
Go visit the giant gecko at Napier Park with your little ones today!
There is a quiet little spot where the frogs do hop and the kids all shout with glee!
This latest playground update has Mamma's favourite things - water play, nature zones and plenty of space for the imagination.
This is one of those brilliant playspaces - heaps of room, some good morning shade, things for all ages and fully fenced.
When simple is all you need - the street park is your go to spot.
Fenced + sand + water = FUN
There is a lot of heart in this playground and is GREAT fun for all the kids. Pack your towels and change of clothes too - you will most likely end up in that river!
Sweet dreams are made of cheese - and so is this playground and community space!
Hidden treasures are Mamma's absolute favourite!
Give me a playground among the gum trees.
This great community space is huge! Heaps of different sections for a range of age groups and abilities - but most importantly - a TRAIN!
When the sun is shining in the Yarra Valley, the locals know to head to the coolest spot around - the Seville Water Play
If there ever is a playground that is a hidden gem - it is this one!
On Monday he ate through one strawberry. On Tuesday he ate through two pears and on Wednesday Mamma went for a drive and found this INCREDIBLE playspace.
Ruffey Lake Park has got three playgrounds - THREE! This one is best for the juniors!
Looking for an awesome playground that has something for ALL the family. Best to give this one a whirl!
It is hard to go past stopping for a play when there is a cafe right next door.
Markham Reserve is a wicked playspace overlooked by four cheeky kookaburras
Calling all bush buddies and nature kids - has Mamma got the spot for you!
You get to discover two playspaces for the price of one in this little hidden street park.
Kalorama playspace has had a little work done and she is looking mighty fine.
Block Park is pretty simple and that is what Mamma LOVES about it - kids will find the fun.
Nature is the name of the game here at the sanctuary - and so it should be with so much life nestled amongst the greenery.
Although the Burwood Skyline Drive In has long gone, the memory remains on the site with this gorgeous little play spot.
Hidden little treasures are what Mamma loves best! Treasures that suit toddlers right up to soccer loving big kids are even better.
Somewhere....hidden between Boronia and Ferntree Gully .... lies a little kingdom and it is AMAZING!
Coldstream have gone and scored themselves a BRAND NEW playspace! Halley Supple Reserve now features a brilliant updates play space with stacks of room to play, natural elements, a skate park and equipment suitable for toddlers.
Hidden treasures are one thing - but this is something completely different. Wonga Park has been hiding this one from Mamma!
This is a park that has a little bit of everything and it is very adorable!
This is one for the adventurous kind! Welcome to Valley Reserve - winner of the 2016 best new major playspace in Victoria in the Parks and Leisure Australia awards. A quiet and *almost* hidden treasure in Mount Waverley.
This park has heaps on offer with bike tacks, heaps of equipment and space to RUN!
Trains are everywhere! Trains on the tracks. Trains in the sheds. Trains in the park! I have a feeling there is a theme going on at the Elgar Park.
A playspace with a message - the significance of the Eltham Copper Butterfly.
Beckett Park is set in the most beautiful of leafy suburbs with a tower ready for a knight to climb and rescue his princess.
New estates are always great hunting grounds for playgrounds. This one is no different - cute little park next to the wetlands.
Boroondara Park is full of wheels, tooting and flying. The transport themed playground is a great play space with lots of corners and colours to explore.
Wyreena is an amazing and AWARD WINNING playspace!
We think Mamma is going to rename this funky little space in the new Chirnside Park Cloverlea Estate - Pencil Park!
Wombat Bend has got a wonderful reputation - Mamma can see why. It has everything!!!
This is one for the BIG kids and the BRAVE
127 hectares of parkland in the middle of Wheelers Hill this is a picnicker's dream.
If its adventure they want, ADVENTURE they get. This fantastic adventure playground in East Kew caters for everyone, of all ages and capabilities.
Seville is now set for all year round, family fun. The brand new playspace has JUST opened right next door to the Seville Water Play and it is brilliant!
The ants go marching one-by-one - Harrah! Harrah! That is what you will be humming to yourself as you enter this forest-floor inspired playspace. This recently updated park, Wally Tew in Ferntree Gully is teaming with buggy goodness.
The locals of Warrandyte are always on to a good thing. Federation Playspace always has a bunch of kids running around the boards.
Mamma’s got a new family favourite – complete with sand, water and dung beetles.
A playspace that is in perfect condition, that has great easy stairs to climb and is full of train themed equipment, is a total winner in Mamma’s book.
Montrose Community Playground has to be one of the most delightful community places Mamma has ever visited. This huge park has three distinct sections and caters for all ages. There is the 'big kid' area with great big climbing structures, slides and swings.
The Basin Triangle playground is a magnificent space with plenty to entertain, including its own stage
As Mamma randomly explored another little corner of Mount Evelyn, we found Morrison Reserve and THE most spectacular view!
Elizabeth Bridge Reserve is a great space for all. Great for littlies and even has two tunnels!
This Mamma’s eyes almost popped out as we passed this magnificent playspace in the heart of Kinglake.
This is a hidden gem in the Maroondah area. Federation Estate is home to ‘Amazing Space’ - an AMAZING sensory playground woven into the pristine gardens.
Another park etched into Mamma's memory is the classic Melba Park in Lilydale.
It is always special to bring your little ones to the places you spent your childhood growing up. Halliday Park (or holiday park if you lived in our house) is one of those special places, only difference is, now its even better.
Under the watchful eye of the cockatoos, sits a playspace that welcomes both big and little thrill seekers. X & Y Space at Croydon Park is a play ground, skate park and parkour park all in one.
Need a break from all those animals or just a spot to grab a coffee and watch the kids play? Healesville Sanctuary have thought of us all with Nature Play.