mckenzie reserve, yarra glen

Mamma’s got a new family favourite – complete with sand, water and dung beetles. McKenzie Reserve lies in the heart of Yarra Glen and is a wonderful, hands on playground with something for everyone. The equipment is suitable for both the big kids and the little crawlers with great ramps and wooden steps leading up to the slides. The sandpit is Mamma’s spot to hang out, complete with its own water fountain. Perfect for making those sticky kinda sand castles! Musical toys are hidden amongst the playground as well as some wine barrels to play Donkey Kong over the top. There are heaps of swings including the largest bird nest swing in the Yarra Valley (I think). The playspace is littered with amazing oversized bug sculptures – watch out if you’re not a fan of the creepy crawlies. The Reserve is also home to a half basketball court, skate bowl and stacks of open grass for ball games.

Mamma’s special mentions: pack the buckets and spade, and be prepared to chill out in the sand pit for an hour or two (a change of clothes might be in order as well). The Yarra Glen Living & Learning Centre is just next door which run fantastic programs for the whole family including Mums & Bubs yoga. Or simply drop into the reading room for some chill out time. Find out more about the centre here. Or if a sugar hit is what you are after, jump in the car head to the Yarra Valley Chocolateire!

the nitty gritty

public toilets - BBQs - shelters - bench seating - pram access - shaded - community house - basketball court - skate park - water play  

Bell Street, Yarra Glen 

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