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Royal Park Nature Playground, Gatehouse Street, Parkville

A fantastic new playground with natural play elements including an area of high rope traverses, large climbing structure made from logs and ropes, water play area and landscaped areas.

In the centre of an amphitheatre with rock step sides is a wonderful ropes course with rope traverses, elevated horizontal logs and ladder and rope net. The elements are at different heights but some of the course is high enough to give Mum a few nervous twitches. On the sides of this amphitheatre are three metal slides - one slide is steep, fast and twisty, another slide is shorter but very steep and the third slide is wide with a gentler pace. Located above this area are six swings (some with safety chains) and overlooking the whole playground is a steep grassy hill which provides endless fun rolling down the side of the hill.

There is a lovely water play area with hand pumps, a couple of water sprays and channels to control the flow of water down to the sandpit below.

At the lower part of the playground is a huge log and rope climbing structure, another (dry) sandpit since it is separate from the water play area, birds nest swing and metal skeleton of a dinosaur. Other elements include a metal and tree branch hut, lots of natural play elements such as huge rocks and logs and a large area landscaped with native and indigenous plants and bushes with paths winding through them.

The playground is most suited to older kids (at least five years old).

There are two areas with picnic tables, water taps and BBQs plus unshaded seats scattered about. There are no shelters or shade and toilets have now been added.

Parking can be a bit problematic during the week but is free and more available on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. The surrounding areas have one or two hour parking during the week.

The playground is located immediately to the east of the Royal Children's Hospital and provides a wonderful resource for patients and visitors to the hospital.


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Cnr Gatehouse Street and Story Street,  Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Map: 2A Ref: K5

  Reader Feedback  

brenda lowrie      Posted:    1:12 AM December 31, 2017

I have been reading some of the comments suggesting they have this and that in the park. I just wish we had a park like this here (Scotland) for kids in the ASD.
Brian      Posted:    10:54 AM November 20, 2017

Great park but needs shelter, shade sails etc near the water play area , young children are playing outside in water with no shade
Jem      Posted:    2:23 PM March 26, 2017

This is our favourite park to go to, with kids of all ages... My only gripe however is that there is very little shade, i would love to suggest a shade/sail set up over the sandpit and water play area. Even though my kids are wearing sun protection, we are always there longer than anticipated especially as they never want to leave.
Lyn Jeffrey      Posted:    8:54 PM October 21, 2016

There are now toilets in the vicinity of the playground on the Gatehouse Street side near the BBQs. This is an excellent park and playground for all ages. The landscaping with Australian native plants is a lovely feature too.
souzy      Posted:    3:48 PM November 18, 2015

Great park but i wish there was some cover around the BBQ area.. eg sails or a gazebo just help out with cooking..thanks
SYNTAX      Posted:    1:20 PM March 22, 2015

Oh, and as for the Toilets, follow the path towards the Children's Hospital for the large rotating doors that lead you to proper well maintained Toilets, that are far superior to 'public' toilets you'll find at any other playground!! *8v) Also of note is the huge open grassy area that surrounds the place, perfect for picnics, frisbees, ball games, kites, etc! Or, if you are inclined, there is McDonalds, Sushi and pasta down the hall of the afore mentioned big doors of the Hospital. Certainly a Top location for family fun! (only possible negative I could think of is the central location means that it will probably Always be crowded... But this could be equally considered a Positive!!) *8vD
SYNTAX      Posted:    1:11 PM March 22, 2015

Amazing playground! They have truly done a Magical job of uniting entertainment with aesthetics. Can't believe there aren't daily bone breakages on all the wood and rope courses!! But they are Heaps fun! For ppl looking to go on a ropes course, but aren't sure about the dizzying heights, this park has an excellent low level High Ropes Course for you to practice on!! The rope & log obstacle bridge thing is also heaps fun for playing chasey whilst breaking bones! (read, Not breaking bones) Then there is the Water feature sandpit with the magic sand that drinks the water!! Get in quick while it's still working! These things rarely last!!! On hot days you've got the water fountains to run through and the afore mentioned water features to entertain you! On top of all this, there are traditional swings, and slides, including an special wobbly slide that Has to be experienced!! But if ropes, logs, sand, water, bridges, or fountains aren't your thing, then you've got to go up the hill and taken in the spectacular view of the Cityscape and surrounds!! Then roll down!! Of course! This is what parks are all about! *8vD
Peter H      Posted:    11:20 AM March 18, 2015

Fantastic park, but there are no public toilets within the immediate vicinity. The nearest toilets are at the Royal Children's Hospital. I hope this is fixed sooner rather than later given the park's popularity.

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