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Ahoy there, me hearties, you don't need to wait for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" which is held on the 19th of September each year to plunder Melbourne. Aarrr! Shiver me timbers! Me wooden leg has termites. No such calamities need to befall Melbourne kids since there is a treasure chest full of pirate booty throughout the city.

Riverside Park Pirate ShipTake a compass setting and sail out to some pirate playgrounds such as Riverside Park in Aberfeldie and board the "Black Sapphire". The ship is moored to a jetty in a sea of sand with access via a wooden bridge or thick rope bridge.

Roy Dore Reserve Pirate Ship CarrumSail the rough seas across to the mighty pirate ship at the Roy Dore Reserve playground in Carrum. This huge ship with mermaid figurehead atop its bow is headed for the Caribbean with sails billowing (shade sails that is since the ship and its pirates are well protected from the burning sun by huge shade sails).

Poking through the sides of the ship are three powerful cannons (well powerful enough to deposit a few cannon balls in the shaded sandpit at least). Either cross a long net walkway, scale a rope ladder or squeeze up an enclosed ladder to access the steering wheel and a chance to zoom down the two big wave slides. Is some-one disobeying the Captain? Then hang 'em from the yardarm or walk the plank on the ship.

The "Rotary Endeavour" at North Road Reserve playground in Brighton might need a name change such as "Grrr, Rotary Endeavour" but it does have rope scrambling walls for would be pirates to board and ransack.

Black Rock Playground Pirate ShipDown the coast is the "Jolly Black Rock" ship at the Black Rock Playground in Black Rock. It will be a black rock day when us pirates force the ship onto rocks and swarm aboard. We may even take a moment to play on the various educational panels - who said the only school pirates know is a school of fish!


Hoist the Jolly Roger over the Pirate Playground at Somerfield Drive North in Keysborough. The ship's bow has some musical instruments to play some sea shanties such as the Pirate Death Plank Walk.


Bayview Park Pirate ShipWalk the plank at the pirate ship in Bayview Park at Point Cook and descend down a frightening slide. The ride down will generate enough static electricity to power the Captain's cabin during the long winter nights.

The fully fenced Geelong Play Space in Geelong has a big pirate ship with the Jolly Roger flying proudly. There are a lot of other fun areas here including a musical bridge, sheep springers, bamboo tunnel, cottage ruin, sun dial, stepping stones of various shapes through the trees, sound machines scattered about, sandpits and big maze made from different coloured pavers.

Coogoorah Park Pirate ShipOther playgrounds with ships which pirates could commandeer are:
  • Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc which has a shaded play structure in the shape of a ship.
  • Mornington Park on Schnapper Point Drive in Mornington has a large pirate ship in a big park.
  • Fergusons Paddock in Hurstbridge has a pirate shaped structure within a massive playground area.
  • Coogoorah Park in Anglesea has buried treasure beside the shipwreck Inverlochy.
Polly Woodside Pirate Day
Board the Tall Ship Polly Woodside in central Melbourne on the first Sunday of each month for a Pirate Day. Bring along your scallywags and buccaneers for a day of adventures including a treasure hunt (every pirate enjoys a treasure hunt), scrubbing the decks (maybe practice on the kitchen floor at home beforehand), ringing the bell, having your face painted (with a skull and cross-bones of course) and participating in pirate games and arts and crafts.

Want to add a pirate eye-patch on top of a pirate themed birthday party? Invite Pirate McGee from Tony Bones Entertainment. He's searching for Pirate McQuinlan's buried treasure. He has the treasure map, but now he needs a trusty crew of young pirates to help him find it in an old fashioned pirate treasure hunt.

Oakleigh Recreational Centre Pirate ShipThere are plenty of other opportunities for pirate action including:

Go out and plunder, ye scurvy dogs.





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