Pools, water slides and general water play is perfect for hot days. Whether you take the kids or just want to cool off with your mates, there’s plenty of places to check out in Melbourne this summer. Read below for our thoughts on the best water parks in Melbourne as the temperature rises.
Summer in Melbourne: 8 places for Water Play in 2020
One of the best things about water play is that it’s free!
We consider water play as parks or dedicated spaces that provide fountains, man-made streams, spray jets, water pipes and other wet things.
Beachside in Albert Park you’ll find the Plum Garland Playground. It features timed water jets and a working water piper amongst a lot of sand, digging equipment and pipes. Best of all the water play area is shaded so it’s suitable all day, even in the warmest of days.
Inner-city you can find the Ian Potter Children’s Garden in the Botanical Gardens. Timed water jets are fun to splash in and there is a long, gentle waterway that runs through the garden. Great for floating leaves and getting your feet cool.
A new addition to the water play scene is the Norris Bank Reserve in Bundoora. Which alongside an epic playground (adult flying fox!!) has fountains and water pumps to explore and play with.
As Victoria’s only water, theme and wildlife park, there’s plenty of things to keep you busy at Gumbuya World. Water-wise, there is a family wave pool, 4-lane racer and water slides for those who prefer some more action. You can also surf, bathe in the heated rockpools or float down the lazy river in a donut. A multi-level splash playground, Typhoon Island, is great for all children. You can also book day beds for a mid-afternoon snooze or cabanas for a private space to escape the sun. Annual passes offer exceptional value and allow for multiple visits all year long.
On the other side of the city, try UrbnSurf, newly opened in Tullamarine as of January 2020. As Australia’s first surf park, expect waves and lots of them alongside hot tubs, plenty of grass lawns, kids playground and day beds. If you don’t surf, there’s a spectator pass available so you can still check out the fun. Casual visits or memberships inclusive of surf lessons are also available.
8 places for Water Play in 2020 (cont.)
Melbourne is blessed with some seriously fun pools all around the greater region. MSAC’s elite athlete training facilities offer indoor, outdoor, multi-use and diving pools. There’s a wave pool and waterslide for extra fun.
WaterMarc in Greensborough has 2 waterslides. One, Tantrum Alley, also features light and sound and ample water playground space. There is also a huge pool inflatable available on certain dates – it’s like a water jumping castle meets ninja warrior.
The Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, in Bentleigh East also makes our list for its 2 waterslides, Pirate’s Cove leisure pool and the Wipeout Zone with a huge inflatable, aqua roller and plenty of family-friendly games.