Manningham is fortunate to have more than 150 playspaces to enjoy with friends and family.
You've told us which playspaces in Manningham are your favourite, and here are your top 5 revealed.
5. Manna Gum Playground
Have fun and play amongst the trees
Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road, Doncaster East
(next to Beasley's Nursery)
This is a great space for families. Enjoy running through the dry creek bed, hopping between rocks and meeting the giant platypus in the sand pit. You can also try the slides, swings, spinners, see-saw, monkey bars and giant climbing web. It’s a perfect place for hide and seek with plenty of shade when you need a rest.
Are you hungry? Visit nearby Beasley’s nursery and café or pack your own lunch. There’s a picnic shelter and plenty of trees to sit under and eat.
Make a day of it - to get there, park your car further away and walk or cycle along the Mullum Mullum Trail.
Visit Manna Gum Playground.
4. Warrandyte River Reserve – Federation Playspace
Enjoy a trip down Gold Rush memory lane.
Yarra Street, Warrandyte
The Federation play space gives the nod to Warrandyte's gold rush past with delightful gold train and trailer, a mineshaft (slide) and tunnels. Set on the picturesque banks of the Yarra River and just a stone’s throw from the Warrandyte Bakery, this playground is a winner with both children and families.
The shade sail and picnic shelter make this playground an option for all year round picnics and outdoor play
3. Currawong Bush Park
The perfect wilderness experience close to home
Reynolds Road, Doncaster East
This is a great place for kids to explore and immerse themselves in the outside world.
Discover the sculptures dotted around the trails in the bush. Landscapers, sculptors and artists have helped create a natural play space for kids to explore at Currawong Bush Park. Can you spot the kangaroo? Play in the woven cubby, curl up in the giant nest or count the ants the echidna is about to eat.
You can even stay overnight and camp under the stars.
Your imagination can take you anywhere with the play opportunities at this park. The balancing trail with rocks, logs and ropes is all part of the challenge and of course, fun. It’s a little piece of wilderness – close to home.
Visit Currawong Bush Park.
2. Finns Reserve - Wombat Bend
A sanctuary for nature and art
Duncan Street, Lower Templestowe
With a fully fenced playground, children can run wild along pathways and the native forest walk. Slides, swings, cubbies and a sandpit provide lots of options for play. The toddler friendly flying foxes and bat winged spinning wheel are hot favourites. This play space is suitable for children of all abilities, with elements to nurture creative minds and encourage independent play. If you’re hungry, pack a picnic basket and sit by the Yarra. You can even make use of the onsite barbeque facilities.
At Wombat Bend, you can also enjoy riding your bike or walking along the Yarra trail. This is a playful landscape that gives children and families the opportunities to be one with nature.
Visit Finns Reserve - Wombat Bend.
1. Ruffey Lake Park – Victoria Street
Loved by locals and visitors - it’s the park that has it all
Victoria Street, Doncaster East
Set amongst the tranquil walking tracks, you won’t want to leave this adventurous playground.
Offering more than a swing and a slide, this play space includes a tyre swing, monkey bars, rock-climbing facilities, fireman poles, swinging rope and chain ladders. So bring your sense of adventure!
Keep your children and family entertained with a flying fox, sand pit, climbing challenges, bridges and even a tower.
During the warmer months, enjoy a playful rock feature and river bed with water pumps and gates.
With plenty of barbeques, picnic tables and toilets, visit Ruffey Lake Park and make it a full day outing with your family.
Visit Ruffey Lake Park.