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INSIDE: A sneak peek at Albert Park Playground, the Magical Fairy Castle Playground.

Does your kid love to dress up?

Do they wear fairy dresses or pirate suits all day long?

Then put on your best costume and head to Albert Park Playground next to Albert Park Lake, near St Kilda.

Albert Park Playground is a Magical Timber Castle Fortress playground, one of the best Melbourne playgrounds around!

Take a sneak peek below.

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Insider’s Guide to Albert Park Playground Melbourne VIC

Albert Park playground is inside ALBERT PARK, near the Athletics Victoria centre. 

The Albert Park playground design was a collaborative effort between local kids and playground architects.

It’s the play space that every child dreams of!


  • hidey holes
  • tunnels
  • nooks
  • crannies
  • pathways, and
  • platforms.

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Best Playgrounds in Melbourne

It’s by far the best playground in Melbourne for a fabulous game of HIDE AND SEEK.

Bring a picnic of healthy snacks.

BYO digging tools and sandpit toys too. (We like these ones)

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Inside this Melbourne Playground in Albert Park 

Features include:

  • Giant X’s and O’s game
  • Wooden Fortress lookouts
  • Balance beams
  • Monkey bars
  • Swings

Hot tip: Visit the Neighbours “Ramsey St” set with exclusive access on this tour!

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More play equipment at Albert Park

  • Spiral slide
  • Straight slides
  • Rope bridges
  • Wonky bridges

If you are looking for good playgrounds in Melbourne, pop it on your bucket list.

It’s the perfect Melbourne playground for kids 2-12.

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Building the Albert Park Playground

This beautiful wooden playground is proof that community spirit is alive and well.

Built by volunteers over 5 days in 1993, over 3000 people worked shifts from 7am to 10pm at night:

  • sawing
  • sanding
  • painting
  • shaping
  • hammering and
  • nailing the timber.

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Team Effort

Mums and dads wheelbarrowed bark and mulch into place.

Local school kids scrubbed and sealed the tyres, and sanded the wood.

Yet others cooked free meals to feed and water the volunteer crew.

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Built by the local community

Local building businesses lent their tools.

Bigger companies donated building materials.

The rest was bought with donated money.

Roam the Gnome rates it of the top 10 playgrounds in Melbourne.

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Turrets & Paths

Some people call it the Fairy Castle Melbourne, because of these turrets. 

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Swing bridges & monkey grips

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Albert Park Adventure Playground

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Address: On the western side of Aughtie Drive, Albert Park.
Website: Click here
Entry Fees: Free
Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset

How to get to Albert Park Playground Melbourne

By Tram:

  • The easiest way to get to Albert Park from the city center is to take a tram.
  • It’s a 3km route on Melbourne tram route 96
  • Closest tram stops are Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre/Albert Road 131, or Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre light rail stop. 

By Car: Click here to add your location for google map directions

Albert Park parking

Yes, free on site street parking available, right outside the playground.

Map of Playground Albert Park

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Facilities at Albert Park playground

Toilets: Yes, including baby change table
Disability access: Limited. Wheelchair accessible ramp leads to inner fort.
Shade: Yes, trees and shade sails
Enclosed: Yes, fenced all round.
Ground cover: Bark soft fall, concrete pathways, grassy field
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes, bike paths in park nearby
Dogs: No

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Image credit: Jessica Cross via Flickr CC BY-2.0


Albert Park is a HUGE 560 acres big, yet just 3km from the Melbourne city centre.

World famous for the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit, it’s also home to many sporting facilities and parks activities.

Check out:

  • the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • the Albert Park golf course
  • Junction oval (historical sports ground)
  • Lakeside stadium (home of Athletics Victoria, and South Melbourne Football Club)
  • the Aquatower
  • Gunn Island 
  • Albert Park Lake lookout (pictured above)

No.1: Albert Park Golf Course

The Championship golf course is on Queens Rd &, Lakeside Dr, Melbourne.

Click here to find out more about playing a round on the golf course, golf lessons, and the golf club shop. 

No.2: Albert Park Mini Golf

There’s also a mini golf course at Albert Park.

Play 18 holes with the kids around obstacles, cubby houses, and more to get a hole in one!

Book here

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Image credit: Ken Hodge via Flickr CC BY-2.0

No.2: Albert Park Lake

How long is the walk around Albert Park Lake?

It’s a 4.8km track, popular with:

  • local runners
  • joggers and
  • mums with prams.

Stop for a drink at one of the water fountains, placed along the track every kilometre.

A common question is can you swim in Albert Park Lake?

The answer is no, not in this manmade lake.

It’s not advisable.

Head inside to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic centre for a dip instead. 

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Image credit: Cyclone Bill via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

No.3: Albert Park Cafe & Restaurants

Try these Albert Park restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner:

  • Carousel Cafe, or the Boatshed Cafe, both on the lake 
  • Sir Albert Cafe is near the roundabout at 30 Aughtie Dr, Albert Park. It’s a fancy Melbourne cafe with good coffee.
  • Jack the Geezer has delicious eggs benedict, and smoothie bowls, burgers, chips and coffee. It’s 3 minutes walk from the playground. 

Hungry? Book a 2 hour Foodies Tour of Queen Victoria Market. Kids 8+ welcome. 

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Toadstool Rating- Albert Park Community Playground

In Melbourne with kids?

Make a detour and travel to this family play area. 
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