Added almost 10 years ago
|All abilities||Fully fenced|
|Bike path||Sun shade|
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written over 4 years ago
The new Eltham Lower Park is a celebration of two of my favourite topics: inclusiveness and indigenous flora and fauna. The park's theme is the Eltham Copper Butterfly and if you read all the information panels you'll come away with a pretty good knowledge of the unique relationship between the butterfly, the sweet bursaria tree and ants!
The playground is beautifully designed and ticks all the boxes for inclusiveness. You can park right out the front where you'll see beautiful landscaping and some pretty impressive looking public toilets which are fully accessible. Once through the stunning gate (with childproof latch) you can follow a pathway that is dotted with tactile panels with Braille and Auslan symbols; they're fascinating.
The playground is large, with plenty of space between each piece of equipment. There's a wheelchair-accessible carousel, a nest swing, regular swings, a lumpy hill to climb with a tunnel slide down the other side, a whirligig and a double flying fox (one with pommel, the other a harness seat).
The theme makes for a beautiful play space with caterpillar shaped platforms and sculptures, ants, and a stunning copper butterfly climbing wall. There is a dry creek bed sandpit with accompanying elevated sand tables and a water pump. And if you haven't had enough fun by now, have a look at yourself and your kids in the wobbly mirrors!
Throughout the park there are tables, chairs and covered barbecues. The trees provide dappled shade for much of the playground, although the climbing butterfly is quite exposed to sun. There are quite a few new plantings of indigenous grasses and of course the sweet bursaria.
This is truly a stunning playground and is well worth travelling to.
written over 5 years ago
This playground has been totally renovated (early 2013)
It is now a brand new access all abilities playground. New playground is fully fenced. Has a great sandpit and water play area. Very popular swings and flying fox. Seemed good for all ages. Very natural setting, with bush surrounds and statues to explore.
Generally speaking was quite busy and very crowded, but a great park. Not sure why they only put one slide, because there was even a queue for that! I guess lots of people go there after seeing the trains. They are still awesome and highly recommended!
written over 8 years ago
The best because of the train (Diamond Valley Miniature Railway). There are a couple of nice ovals for playing sports or flying a kite, but the miniature train is exceptional. I wouldn't be surprised if it is the best you'll find in Australia. You can take the kids on a ride, there are lots of trains running so they can see steam trains, diesel, etc. The Trains only run on Sundays and some other days though.
written almost 10 years ago
The main attraction of this playground is probably the miniature railway, which operates most Sundays 11am to 5pm. Just $3 (kids under 2 free) buys you a 15min trip including mini tunnels, railway crossings and stations, so it's not surprising that it's pretty popular for both parties and family fun. That said, the queue to get on the trains moved relatively quickly. The ticket queue was separate and that moved a bit more slowly.
There are some permanent shelters but these are usually taken very early in the morning. There is nowhere to buy food so be prepared to take a packed lunch.
The day we were there there were also pony rides near the railway.
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