|The Ballarat City Council region incudes the areas of Alfredton, Ballarat, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Black Hill, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Canadian, Creswick, Delacombe, Golden Point, Invermay, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Mitchell Park, Mount Clear, Mount Helen, Mount Pleasant, Newington, Redan, Sebastopol, Soldiers Hill and Wendouree.
Family activities in Ballarat include the Ballarat Wildlife Park (collection of Australian native animals and reptiles), Kryal Castle (Medieval themed attractions), Sovereign Hill (recreated goldfields township set over 25 hectares), Gold Rush Mini Golf (18 hole indoor and outdoor themed courses), Ballarat Botanic Gardens (40 hectares of gardens divided into a range of zones with interesting exhibits) and the Ballarat Tramway Museum (ride on one of the 90 year old trams).
The best playgrounds in this region are:
Alfredton Recreation Reserve Playground, Cuthberts Road, Alfredton
Extensive playground which has a structure with two wave slides, shop front, rope climbing wall, binoculars, steps, steering wheel, inclined balance beam, steering wheel panel, spiders web rope climbing frame and flying fox. Also a plastic tyre swing, stand-on spinner, see-saw, standard swings and metal pipes to hit a clanger against. Grassy area to play and a shelter with table and BBQ plus an unshaded table.
Eureka Playground, Cnr Stawell St South and Eureka St, Ballarat East
Located next to the Eureka Centre. Large wooden playground with a Eureka Stockade theme which is complete with wooden troopers standing guard. There are lots of ramps going in all directions, very high slightly slanted climbing wall, disks on a vertical pole, panels, two wave slides of different heights, full size wooden statue of a horse laying on the ground, wooden dray, lots of equipment to make different sounds, tunnels, interesting tic-tac-toe and chain ladder. See-saw and swings without safety chain.
Located in a big park with a shelter containing BBQs and tables, large pond with ducks plus shaded tables and seats. Water tap.
Western Oval Reserve Playground, Cnr Pleasant St Sth and Urquhart St, Ballarat
Big structure next to an oval with dual wave slides, single wave slide, rope bridge, spiral ladder, straight ladder, steering wheel, clock panel, shop front and steps. Twisted rope climbing frame, see-saw, birds nest swing, standard swings, skateboard springer and sandpit with digger. Unshaded table.
Doug Dean Reserve Playground, Nandiriog Drive, Delacombe
Something to keep most ages entertained. There is a big climbing structure with traverses ending in a wave slide for older kids. For younger kids there is a low structure with curved slide, spiral ladder, steps, hanging disks, stepping stones, cubby, shop front, abacus, bridges and panels. A frog see-saw, swings, sit-on carousel set at an angle and a birds nest swing.
Next to a lake with water birds. Toilets. Shelter with two tables and BBQ. There are areas with big rocks for climbing and a big gravel circuit with a rock every few metres - ideal for rockhound racing. A big grassy area and next to a BMX Track and Skate Park.
Windmill Drive Adventure Playground, Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree
Large wooden adventure playground with great range of levels, nooks and crannies. Plenty of narrow corridors, traverses, tic-tac-toe, walkways, balance beams and slides (tunnel and wave) plus monkey rungs, flying fox, sandpit and eight swings (only a few with safety chains). Liberty swing.
An area next to the playground has shaded and unshaded tables, shelter with BBQ and water tap.
Indigenous Playspace, Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree
A lovely playspace with indigenous themes throughout, Beautiful features include mosaic animals in the path, eagles flying above on poles, big wooden platypus, little sandpit, stories on information boards such as Bunjil the Eagle and Baarlijan the Platypus. Some lovely unusual musical instruments, wooden seats and more modern (dare I say garish) orange slide plus swings.
Around this area are plenty of tables with some shade. 100m away is a huge shelter with BBQs, table and plenty of seats around the outside. There is a great adventure playground close by.
Livvis Place Playground, Victoria Park, Sturt Street, Newington
A super play space which provides all abilities access to all the play equipment with a wide range of play elements including a water play space. Play items include a large sandy area with five swings including a birds nest swing, fun rope cone on a spinning disk, lotus leaf spinner with hand wheel, large family sized see-saw, spinning stand-up carousel, vertical logs with climbing holds, logs of different heights to jump across, digger, surfboard springer, sand play equipment, an elevated sandpit, huge striking wooden structure set in sand, some lovely musical instruments to make music, a significant play structure in sand with four swings and a birds nest swing and a flying fox with a disk seat and another with a harness seat.
In the corner is a water play area with water spray, some water play tables with various metal taps, sprays and valves and a large concrete area cut with channels which the water flows along. There are little metal flappers which can be used to control the channels which the water flows down.
The play elements are centred around an oval grassy area with shelters containing tables and BBQs on the edge. Near the entrance are toilets and water taps. There are more shelters with tables and BBQs in the huge grassy park outside the fenced area.
Weeramar Park Playground, Cnr Norman St and Gillies St Nth, Wendouree
Fully fenced playground (with a couple of gaps) which has ramp access to a platform with a tunnel slide, dual wave slides, climbing wall, climbing chains, tree ladder with leaf steps, "Tell the Time" panel, "Find the Animal" panel, steps and tunnel. Another structure with rubber covered chains with hanging ladder, chain tunnel, wave slide, chain bridge, steering wheel and chain ropes. Also a wall with direction and alphabet panels, springer, see-saw, four swings, abacus and skateboard springer.
Shelter with two tables and BBQ, water tap, unshaded seats, toilets and grassy areas.
Reviews of all playgrounds, Skateparks and BMX Tracks in the Ballarat City council region are here:
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