Hays Paddock

Hays Paddock

12 rating
Added 16 years ago


Wheelchair 15 All abilities Fence 15 Fully fenced
Toddler Toddler friendly Toilet 15 Toilets
Car 15 Car parking Bbq 15 BBQ
Seats Seats Picnic site 15 Tables
Bicycle 15 Bike path Shelter 15 Sun shade


written over 16 years ago

Hays Paddock is the grand pinnacle of playgrounds; they simply don't come better than this. The playground was designed to fill the need for a play environment where disabled and able-bodied children can play together. It has been hugely successful since its creation in 1998, as proven by the busloads of children that regularly arrived from all around Melbourne.

Great attention has been paid to every detail in this hugely innovative playground. The play equipment has been cleverly placed around existing trees, and subsequent plantings of hardy shrubs, grasses and ground covers create a playground that not only merges beautifully with the surrounding environment, but also creates many more play opportunities for the children. Rubber turf paths weave in and out of pockets of native shrubs and trees and each copse has benches to sit on tucked underneath the canopy of the surrounding trees. Signs with drawings suggesting things to do and places to look are dotted throughout the playground and are repeated in braille.

Hays Paddock contains a huge variety of equipment to play on. There are the regular slides, swings and ride-on bouncers, but that is all that is regular. An extra-wide see-saw means kids can sit side-by-side, as they can on the double-width slide. There is a hammock to rock and bounce on, a spider's web trampoline that is overseen by a huge redback spider painted on the rubber turf, and a ring of toadstools to jump on or leap-frog over.

The sandpit is most impressive and is protected from the sun by two huge super-sails. There is a collection of tall, short, wide and narrow pipes that make for quite an orchestral sound when there are a few kids 'bonging' them together. There is also a row of musical tubes which invite banging along a ramp leading up to a tree house-style lookout where the surrounding parklands and billabong can be seen.

Chairs and benches are spaced throughout the playground, although some of these are in full sun at all times of day. There is a barbecue with more tables and chairs just next to the playground, overseeing the billabong. Dogs can run leash-free in the parklands and sports grounds and there is a large toilet block with a separate baby change room. The large carpark is adequate during the week, but typically overflows into the surrounding streets on sunny weekends. A short bike path runs from Hays Paddock to nearby Stradbroke Park.

Quite certainly this is the most well designed playground that I have ever seen.

written over 16 years ago

I love this playground as does my little girl. There is so much to do, discover, explore and enjoy. Our favourite playground we have discovered thus far.

written over 12 years ago

Very impressive playground. My 3yo enjoyed it and I will surely go there again. Plently of shaded areas, perfect for sunny days. Located in a quiet neighbourhood.

written over 10 years ago

"A huge and safe place for kids of all ages"

written over 9 years ago

Our favourite playground in the eastern suburbs. Truly meets its objectives of being accessible for all abilities. It is always packed but there is so much equipment that it is never over-crowded.

written over 9 years ago

It is great ... BUT ONLY if you have children under 7 yrs. Took my 12 yr old step daughter there and she unfortunately was bored very quickly, but usually loves playgrounds. Really great for 7 yrs and under.

written over 9 years ago

Awesome! Kids 1.5 - 6 years loved every minute :)

written over 8 years ago

I thought yep ok i will go, but one thing I noticed is that it is for younger kids between the ages of 0 to 7. I watched my brother play while I sat around.

written over 6 years ago

My favourite playground to take the kids. Best for kids from babes to junior primary.

written over 5 years ago

This is one of the best playgrounds I've found in the East. It's got heaps of equipment for younger aged kids and has a few grass areas on the side for you to pull out a picnic blanket. Wheelchair friendly too. It's fully gated as well. There is surrounding parkland so if the kids want to bring a soccer ball or play some cricket it's in the same vicinity as well.

written over 4 years ago

Fantastic playground. Spent a very happy morning there with two toddlers - lots of variety and everything cleverly designed to accommodate a range of skills and ages. One of the best we've seen in Melbourne!

written over 2 years ago

Golly gosh what a gem of a park hidden amongst the gorgeous homes of Kew East.
Thanks to playgroundfinder.com we easily located this park.
Nestled amongst the native Australian trees, shaded from the heat of the Aussie sun.
Plenty of things to see and play on for all ages. Great toilet and changes facilities.
A bonus is there is an off leash dog area so you can take your furbabies as well.


Longstaff Street Enter Leason Street from Kilby Road, turn into Longstaff Street and enter the driveway to the carpark. The entrance is well signposted from Kilby Road.
3102 Kew East , VIC