Parks & Playgrounds Kids Activities Melbourne
Booran Reserve in Glen Huntly is a massive water-inspired playground on the site of a former Melbourne Water service reservoir and is finally open for play! Glen Eira has always nailed parks and playgrounds and this one is no exception (a sensational $10.8 million dollars worth) and it really delivers. The Herald Sun has already hailed it as 'Melbourne's Best Playground' - we'll let it do. There's a huge range of play equipment and a variety of play areas within the park, including the hallmark ten metre high slide (which you can only get into by climbing up a rope structure) and it's no joke if you've got more than one child you'll need eyes in the back of your head! The reserve is huge, it's a beautiful space but the no fences makes for some nervous playtime!
We love that the park retains parts of the former reservoir structure, including a visually striking, several metres tall section of stone wall on Booran Road, a giant water pipe tunnel and a few other pieces scattered throughout the park.
We explore what's on offer:
Water Play - in one section of the playground you'll find a large splash pad with water sprays and fountains complete with adequate seating plus shade. Then there's a water trough and water trickle area which is closer to the big blue slide/sand play area of the playground. The water meanders its way under a bridge, through several stone boulders and runs into a swamp area. Whatever you do, pack a towel and change of clothes as you're going to get wet!
Grass Area - this vast area adjacent to the water play area is perfect for ball play and to let loose for a run around.
Sports Area - you can't miss this 'patch' in the park, just look for the bright murals on the back wall. Shoot some hoops, play some cricket and whatever other ball sports that take your fancy or jump on the double flying fox - whheeeeee......
The Playground - adventurers can climb to the top of the super slide via a spider web and climbing ropes or if you're not up to tackling the super slide there's two smaller slides, one with mini trampolines at the bottom, then there's a maze with musical elements, a sand play area, a few spinners, swings, a basket swing and a huge tunnel.
- Wheelchair accessible paths and toilets
- BBQs and picnic shelters
- Bike stands
- Drinking fountain
- Limited shade coverage
- Water play
- A Community Open Day is scheduled for Sunday 9th April from 12-3pm
Corner Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly Victoria 3162
It’s expected the opening weeks will be very busy, especially during the school holiday period.
To avoid delays and congestion, Glen Eira City Council recommends you plan your journey to Booran Reserve and utilise nearby public transport services:
Taking the train to Glen Huntly station — 300 metres away on Glenhuntly Road.
Taking a tram to stop 58 on Glenhuntly Road, which is directly in front of the main entrance to Booran Reserve.
Taking the bus to nearby Neerim Road.
Limited car parking is also available off Alamar Avenue, and additional all-day car parking is available at nearby Glen Huntly Park (250 metres). Please remember to check the signs as parking restrictions apply in local streets.