Ruffey Lake Park

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
  • shaded areas
  • electric barbecues
  • large picnic shelters.

The picnic shelters and barbecues are popular. They are available on a 'first come, first serve' basis, with sharing encouraged.

Facilities for hire

Ruffey Lake Park offers hire for Disc Golf course and School bookings for Cross Country events. Contact us for bookings and fees. 

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Victoria Street Playground

99 Victoria Street, Doncaster East
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Set among the tranquil walking tracks, families won’t want to leave this adventurous playground which includes:

  • swing and tyre swing
  • slides galore
  • monkey bars
  • rock-climbing facilities
  • fireman poles
  • swinging rope
  • chain ladders
  • flying fox
  • sand play
  • climbing challenges
  • bridges and a tower.

Plenty to see and do, which will keep children entertained 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.

Getting there

You can park in the Victoria Street car park, or enjoy the local scenery and arrive by bike.

The Boulevarde Playground

The Boulevarde, Doncaster 

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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.

Getting there

You can park the car in the Boulevard, or enjoy the local scenery and arrive by bike.

Church Road North Playground

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Ruffey Lake Park’s Church Road North playground provides a different experience to the other playgrounds 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. 

Getting there

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).   Icon for application/pdf Ruffey Lake Park Map (145.48 KB)
  • Enjoy the Ruffey Lake Park Heritage Trail (3 kms), or also visit Schramms Cottage on theIcon for application/pdf A Clearing in the Forest Guide (1.45 MB)
  • Enjoy a stroll with the family and take the Icon for application/pdf Fruit Frogs and Family Fun Guide (764.33 KB)
  • A Icon for application/pdf 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.

Plan your visit with your dog, see Icon for application/pdf 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.

99 Victoria Street
Templestowe VIC 3106

Get involved

We are developing a new landscape masterplan for Ruffey Lake Park and we want to hear your ideas. 

The masterplan will provide clear direction for the future design, development and management of the park over the next 15 years.


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