|The Bass Coast Shire Council region incudes the towns of Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Pioneer Bay, Grantville, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Bass, Kilcunda, San Remo and Phillip Island. The best playgrounds in this area are:
Guide Park, Graham Street, Wonthaggi
Fully fenced playground set in a large grassy area with a full set of facilities such as shelters, unshaded tables, toilets, BBQs and water tap.
There is a biggish structure with dual wave slides, single wave slide, twisted climbing sheet, abacus, small climbing mat wall, inclined walkways, bridges, monkey rungs, stepping stones, monkey bars, chain traverse, flying fox and hanging disks. Also a toddler area with tic-tac-toe, shop front and abacus. There is also a lotus leaf spinner with hand wheel, huge Bertie Beatle springer, small four seat rocker and modern climbing structure with curved ladder, climbing wall and balance slide. Swings including one with a big plastic seat.
Erehwon Point, Cnr The Esplanade and Steele St, Cowes
Wooden structure with spiral slide, scrambling wall, fireman's pole, ladder, inclined rope bridge, inclined balance beam, balance beam with obstacles, monkey bars, curved slide, shop front and steps. There is a separate area with a steering wheel panel, height check board and metal pipes (missing clanger). Also a huge pipe balance see-saw, yacht springer, little rocker, two person pommel bounce, two whale springers, three swings and big stand-on carousel.
Shelters with BBQs, shaded and unshaded tables, unshaded seats, little exercise station and water tap. Minimal grassy area and nice views over the water. There are wooden steps down to the beach.
Richard Grayden Park, Marine Pde, San Remo
Located on the San Remo foreshore near the bridge to Phillip Island. Colourful pirate ship shaped structure with lots of educational panels, curved slide, large climbing frame, climbing net, climbing rope, monkey bars and flying fox. Smaller structure with small slide, tunnel, cubby and steps. Two springers, family sized see-saw, two stand-on spinners, unusual climbing frame and swings.
Shelter with BBQs and tables. Near water and road so need to be vigilant. Seats with and without shade.
Reviews of all playgrounds in the Bass Coast Shire region are here:
Other family activities in the Bass Coast Shire include the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi (above ground or underground tours of the black coal mine), Bass Coast Flipp'n Out Play Centre in Wonthaggi (slides, climbing deck, ball play area, spinners and toddler play area), Bunurong Environment Centre in Inverloch (range of holiday activities including reef walking, dinosaur discovery and spot-lighting), Inverloch Shell Museum (over 6,000 specimens on display) and George Bass Coastal Walk (a 7km cliff top walk that stretches from the outskirts of San Remo to Kilcunda).
Family activities on Phillip Island include A Maze'N Things (huge maze, maxi-golf, Illusion Rooms and Puzzle Island), Churchill Island (step back in time at an historic island farm), Koala Conservation Centre (stroll through this eucalypt woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat), National Vietnam Veterans Museum (collection of around 6000 artefacts), Penguin Parade (experience the wonder of Little Penguins coming ashore after a day’s fishing at sea), Phillip Island Chocolate Factory (see how chocolate is made and view the Statue of David made from chocolate, a mural of Dame Edna consisting of 12,000 chocolate pieces, a Chocolate Fall made from 400 litres of chocolate and the chocolate village where even the buildings are made of chocolate), Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Go Kart Track (single and tandem karts), Phillip Island Helicopters (scenic flights over the coastline), Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre (tenpin bowling, laser tag and amusement games), Phillip Island Wildlife Park (home to over 100 different species of Australian animals), Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm (catch a rainbow trout in either a lake or an indoor “Rainforest Pool”), The Nobbies (wander along the boardwalks to the blowhole with a chance to spot penguins and seals) and Wildlife Coast Cruises (cruise to one of Australia's largest wild Fur Seal Island colonies).