Lake view at Ruffey Lake Park

Ruffey Lake Park is large (68 hectares) and one of the most popular parks in Manningham.

Ruffey Creek crosses the park and large expanses of grass are dotted with a mixture of native and exotic trees. Four picnic areas on the periphery of the gardens provide good views over the Ruffey Creek valley. There are two large playgrounds, a third smaller playground, a lake, a jogging track and a disc golf course.

The three playspaces within the park both have access to full amenities including car parks, toilets, shade, electric barbecues and large picnic shelters. The picnic shelters and barbecues are popular with groups and cannot be booked. These public facilities are available for private functions on a 'first come, first served' basis and sharing is encouraged.

Gate Closing Times

Daylight saving - 10.00 pm, otherwise - 8.00 pm

Special Attractions

Playgrounds, Picnic and Barbecue Areas

The Boulevarde

Packed full of play opportunities, The Boulevarde playground has something to offer everyone. From artistic totems to traditional play equipment including a track glide, cubby, swings, slides, rockers, climbing unit and wobble bridge. There are also shady open grassed areas for picnics and ball games. Suitable age group: 2 to 12 years.

  • Playground (shade sail
  • Toilets
  • 3 picnic shelters with 9 picnic tables
  • Electric barbecues
  • Off street carpark and bicycle parking 
  • Drink fountains
  • Path network

Victoria Street

The Victoria Street adventure playground is one of Manningham's most popular play areas and provides a fun outing for the whole family. Fantastic swings, slides, flying fox, sand play, climbing challenges, bridges and a majestic tower, designed to represent the tower that became the icon of Doncaster Road in the early 1900s are all part of the fun. The playground is architecturally impressive, built using timber and steel with corrugated iron features. A playful rock feature with a water pump and river bed channel with water play gates and a giant sculptural gecko was added in 2017 and enhance the mix of opportunities.

Suitable for all ages. 

  • Adventure playground (shade sail) with a water play feature
  • Accessible toilets
  • 14 picnic tables under three large shelters
  • 10 electric barbecues
  • Drink fountains
  • Off street carpark

Church Road North

Ruffey Lake Park’s Church Road North playspace provides a different experience to the other playspaces in the park. Smaller and set amongst mature shade trees, the playground focuses on playing in the natural landscape and features a rock labyrinth, see-saw, swing suitable for all ages, junior see-saw and a cubby. 

There is a large picnic shelter with plenty of informal rock seating and picnic tables to cater for groups. 

  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • 4 electric barbecues
  • Off street carpark
  • Drink fountain
  • Disc golf course

Dog Controls

Dog controls in Ruffey Lake Park vary between off lead areas, on lead areas and dog prohibited areas. Please refer to attached Icon for application/pdf Ruffey Lake Park Dog Controls (4.94 MB) map for specific details.

Ruffey Lake Park
99 Victoria Street
Templestowe VIC 3106