From wild adventures for animal lovers to family picnics in parks and gardens, here are our top 21 picks for families in the West.
Melbourne’s west has everything you need to keep the kids entertained. From wild adventures for animal lovers to family picnics in parks and gardens, and even hours of indoor fun, we guarantee you’ll head home with everyone entertained, plus loads of great memories.
Get ready to hear the roars and let your imagination run wild at Werribee Open Range Zoo [K Road, Werribee South]! Let the kids explore the African Village and spend the day venturing through the African savannah.
It’s hard not to notice the nine-metre rocket that towers over Buckingham Rocket Ship Reserve [9 Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West]. This playground will spark the imaginations of young and old as you blast off down the dual flying fox, up rock walls, and splash in the water play area.
When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like spending a sunny afternoon at the beach with the family. Just pack some snacks, and maybe a ball and a cricket bat, and the afternoon is set for beach cricket at Williamstown Beach [Esplanade, Williamstown].
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Located behind Essendon Airport, in a heritage listed aircraft hangar, Bounce INC [Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Road, Essendon Fields] is home to the Supertramp — Australia’s largest trampoline! The whole family will feel like they are bouncing around in space with the sound of planes taking off.
Want to try something new and energetic? Heathdale BMX Track and Wetlands [87 Derrimut Road, Werribee] may just be it! Take the family out for a ride or simply just enjoy the surrounding boardwalks and unique bird life.
Rain, hail or shine, Clip ‘n Climb [Warehouse 2, 134 Maddox Road, North Williamstown] is the newest hang out in the west. It’s the ultimate vertical challenge. Clip in and climb to new heights.
This new and contemporary playground is perfect for older, adventurous kids who love to climb. Jubilee Park [39 Memory Crescent, Wyndham Vale] is a great place to stop by to run off some steam.
When the weather is unkind, the Library at Newport Community Hub[13 Mason Street, Newport] is just the stop. Join in on a number of activities from Rhymetime, to Storytime and Wriggle and Read.
Looking for a place for the next family gathering? Look no further than R J Logan Reserve [Corner Pier Street and Esplanade, Altona] — it’s the ideal place for a family barbecue. Located near Altona Beach and the Esplanade, there is no better place to enjoy fish ‘n’ chips and an ice cream in the park.
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Bucket — check. Spade — check. Towel — check. You are now ready to spend time at the Sanctuary Lakes Regatta Beach Playground [Corner of Sanctuary Lakes Boulevard North and North Shore Drive, Point Cook]. This playground is surrounded on one side by a large sandbank and lake which is ideal for making sandcastles.
Haven Park [830 Leakes Road, Tarneit] is ideal for the whole family. Wander down to the Haven Estate and find a playground designed for the little kids and the big kids. Why not also fit in your own workout on the outdoor exercise equipment too.
Grab a coffee and wander around the beautiful grounds of Queens Park [Corner Mount Alexander Road and Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds]. It’s a great place for fresh air and beautiful scenery. Plus there is also a 50m outdoor pool on one edge of the park which is open over the warmer months.
Brimbank Park [Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East] is an expansive parkland with multiple picnic areas, an extensive network of walking and cycling trails, plus spots for fishing, canoeing and bird watching. There is also a play space with equipment for children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs.
Dive right into the pool at Aqua Pulse [80–82 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing] for family fun for everyone. The Aqua Play Park is ideal for the little ones to splash around in, while the bigger kids take turns to slip down the famous waterslides.
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Don’t go jumping to a conclusions. This is not an ordinary jumping castle. Cornerstone’s Jumping Pillow [383 Black Forest Road, Werribee] is hours of fun for the whole family.
Family picnics in the park are supreme at Presidents Park [370 McGrath Road, Wyndham Vale]. With ample amounts of play equipment, the kids will never run out of things to do as their imagination runs wild.
A wetland inspired oasis, Crocodile Park [Corner of City Bay Road and Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook] fully caters to every family need with boardwalks, play spaces and BBQ areas. Rumour has it that a big snappy crocodile spurts water from his mouth into a paddling pond which is perfect for splashing in.
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Take some time to smell the roses. Wander through Werribee Park [Gate 2, K Road, Werribee] and enjoy the beauty of the Victoria State Rose Garden. Pack a picnic and let the afternoon go by.
Make a splash at the Sunshine Leisure Centre [5 Kennedy Street, Sunshine] and have a swim with the whole family. During summer, make some new memories in the outdoor pool and children’s splash park.
A bluestone quarry turned bushland oasis, Newport Lakes Reserve [Lakes Drive, Newport] is a tranquil landscape perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle. Take a stroll around the lake or have a picnic with family and friends on a sunny day.
Sit back and enjoy the sea breeze rustling through the trees in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens [Corner Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown]. Nestled by the bay, these historic Victorian gardens are idyllic for picnics, reading in the park or simply daydreaming on the lawn.
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