Loved by locals and visitors and flaunted as the park that ‘has it all’. Ruffey Lake Park is popular for social gatherings and family reunions. There are three picnic areas which have all the facilities to make your visit stress-free including playgrounds, car parks, toilets, shade, electric barbecues and large picnic shelters. The picnic shelters and barbecues are popular and are available on a 'first come, first serve' basis and sharing is encouraged.
Victoria Street Playground
99 Victoria Street, Doncaster East
Set amongst the tranquil walking tracks, families won’t want to leave this adventurous playground.
Offering more than a swing and a slide, the play space includes a tyre swing, monkey bars, rock-climbing facilities, fireman poles, swinging rope and chain ladders to delight the more adventurous members of the family. Slides galore, flying fox, sand play, climbing challenges, bridges and a tower are all part of the fun and will keep children entertained for their whole visit.
During the warmer months, a playful rock feature, and river bed channel with water play gates is among the favourites. With plenty of barbecues, picnic tables and toilets, families can make Ruffey Lake Park a whole day’s outing.
You can park in the Victoria Street car park, or enjoy the local scenery and arrive by bike.
The Boulevarde Playground
The Boulevarde, Doncaster
Packed full of play opportunities, The shaded Boulevarde playground has something for 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 grassed area for you to enjoy picnics or a game of catch.
Hungry? Why not stay for a bite to eat and enjoy a picnic in the shade, or cook something on the barbecues onsite.
You can park the car in the Boulevard, or enjoy the local scenery and arrive by bike.
Church Road North Playground
Ruffey Lake Park’s Church Road North playground provides a different experience to the other playgrpunds 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.
Cook something on the electric barbecues and enjoy a bite to eat in the large picnic shelter, or on the many picnic tables.
You can park the car in Church Road North.
More special activities and attractions to enjoy at Ruffey Lake Park
- Hill Top Circuit (3.6 kms). Ruffey Lake Park Map (145.48 KB)
- Enjoy the Ruffey Lake Park Heritage Trail (3 kms), or also visit Schramms Cottage on the A Clearing in the Forest Guide (1.45 MB)
- Enjoy a stroll with the family and take the Fruit Frogs and Family Fun Guide (764.33 KB)
- A A Wheel Pleasure Guide (833.07 KB) includes an accessible walk suitable for families and wheelchairs
- Grab your bikes and ride the Ruffey Trail, an easy 3.0 kilometre off-road ride that will take your family directly to Finns reserve and Wombat Bend Playspace.
- Enjoy a game of disc golf
Take your dog to Ruffey Lake Park
Dogs are welcome at Ruffey Lake Park and there are off lead and on lead areas for you and your furry friend. There are also some areas in the park fenced for revegetation where dogs are not allowed so that we can keep the park beautiful. Ruffey Plan your visit with your dog, visit Ruffey Lake Park Dog Controls (4.94 MB)
Getting to Ruffey Lake Park and car parking
You can park your car at any of the locations below:
- Victoria Street
- The Boulevarde
- Church Road North
Don't forget that the gates to the park close at the end of the day 10.00 pm during day light savings otherwise gates close at 8.00 pm