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Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park

We asked for reviews of recommended Australian playgrounds and received some fantastic contributions from visitors to the site. We hope you find one to visit and enjoy soon. If you have a playground to recommend, please add it in the Comments section below and share the fun around!  Our first review is of

Danks Street, Victoria Avenue Playground and Plum Garland Memorial Park Playground, Albert Park, Victoria

by Julia Dixon

This is a fantastic outing with the kids on a sunny day. Start out on Victoria Avenue picking up supplies at the IGA or grabbing a coffee from one of the cafes near Danks Street. Then head to the Danks St/Victoria Avenue playground where you can relax or catch up with friends whilst the kids explore the toddler-friendly playspaces and equipment including a birds nest swing.

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Located on the median strip and fully fenced, this is a great playground for under-fives and a nice spot to just hang out with the kids. There is a table setting for lunch and several bench seats with good visibility of the whole playground. From here you can walk down Danks Street and visit the other playground near the corner of Mills Street. This is another great playspace and it features a rocking tram that the kids will love.

Now it's time for a walk. Put the kids in the pram and head up Mills Street, cross over Beaconsfield Parade and walk along the beach until you come to the Plum Garland Memorial Park near Victoria Avenue. This is another great playground for under-fives as it's right on the beach and well covered with shade sails. Being all sand means the kids can kick off their shoes and you don't have to worry about the little ones falling over and hurting themselves.

My kids loved the wooden boat with its wheel house and passenger seats, plus the cubby structure where they could scoop up the sand and haul it up to the top level via a pulley system. Being right on the beach means this site can get a bit windy and of course quite hot on a sunny day, but it’s a great spot and the kids will love it. If you're still there at dinner time, it would be worth checking out the fish n' chip shops on Victoria Avenue. Otherwise take a walk down Victoria Avenue to Bridport Street or to St Vincent Gardens where there is another great playground and some nice picnic spots.