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Royal Park Nature Play Playground, Parkville

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Royal Park Nature Play Playground, Parkville

The City of Melbourne and Victorian Government have opened reinstated parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital in Royal Park. The parkland creates a gateway to Royal Park.

The community contributed to the design of the parkland through an extensive community engagement process where they expressed their ideas and vision for the site.

The reinstated parkland reflects the broader landscape of Royal Park with gullies, grasslands and woodlands.

The features of the park, such as plants and play elements, represent the seven Wurundjeri seasons, as a way to encourage discovery and understanding of Indigenous Melbourne.

Features of the parkland include:

  • open grassy lawns
  • natural vegetation
  • a nature-based play space
  • seating
  • drink fountains
  • picnic tables
  • BBQs
  • networks of paths invite you to explore further into Royal Park.

The accessible, nature-based play space includes a climbing forest, a rocky escarpment with slides, swings and water play elements.

This is a new and growing landscape. Great attention has been given to preparing optimum conditions for planting. Plants and shrubs have been chosen with an emphasis on ensuring a healthy and robust landscape that may be enjoyed by many generations of park users to come.

Parent Reviews and Comments

This is a brand new playground near the Children Hospital in Parkville and it is excellent!

You could spent the whole day here : lots of swings, slides, sandpits, water play, climbing frames etc.

It caters very for young babies up to older kids. It is highly recommended to bring some swimmers, a towel and some change as the play area is a lot of fun. 

There also are picnic tables, drinking foutain and two BBQ areas. Parking is free and available on Gatehouse St.

The only downside of the park is that there are no toilets near by. 

It's in my opinion the best playground of inner melbourne and well worth the drive. You could spend hours there!


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