If you’re after some inspiration for summer fun, look no further. Here are some our favourite summer hangouts on the westside.
The Sunvale Community Park [20 Neil Street, Sunshine] has recently been upgraded to a new and improved location for locals. Not only does the park feature a playground, skatepark, large grassy areas and an edible garden, it also has a water play space to cool down on those hot summer days. The water play area includes large overhead sprinklers over a splash pad and a water pump leading to a small creek that twists around the main playground. With BBQ facilities also available bring a packed lunch and spend the day here.
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Located along the Hobsons Bay Coastal trail, the Williamstown beach [Esplanade, Williamstown] is the perfect spot to stop off mid-walk for a dip. Who knows, maybe you’ll ditch the end of the walk and enjoy some fish and chips from the The Kiosk while you lie on the sand and take in the views. The beach stretches approximately 500m along the Esplanade, with plenty of other eatery options along the way for you to enjoy. During the summer months the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, to ensure you can swim safely all day long.
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If the beach isn’t your thing, then why not try the Werribee Outdoor Pool [Chirnside Park, 220 Watton Street]. Filled with shaded grassy areas adding to the relaxing ambience, you can also swim freely as sharks are not welcome here. Swim some laps in the 50m heated pool or enjoy some family time in the family-friendly leisure pool. If you start to get peckish, food is available from the kiosk to purchase. The pool also has BBQ facilities and welcomes any picnic goers. An adult day pass will set you back $5.40, which is a small price to pay on a 40-degree day!
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To the west of the Williamstown beach you’ll find the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary [29 Sandpiper Place, Williamstown]. Named after its shape, the sanctuary is a haven for coastal and marine life. Which means, there is plenty to see and do. Spend hours rock pooling to see if you can spot sea stars, urchins, crabs or the pink and green coralline algae that line the inside of the pools. Or, if you prefer to get a little closer to the action, Jawbone is also great place to snorkel.
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Escape the heat with hours of indoor fun at Wyn City Bowl and Entertainment [36 Wallace Avenue, Point Cook]. You won’t know where to start with so many fun activities on offer. Bowl a strike in ten-pin bowling, putt a hole-in-one at glow mini-golf or win the highest points in laser tag. Believe it or not, but the fun doesn’t stop there. You can also get involved in arcade games, bumper cars and the 9D cinema – yes, I said 9D! And when everyone is tuckered out and hungry, end your day by grabbing a feed at the onsite restaurant.
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If you’re after something a little quieter than Williamstown Beach head down to Altona Beach [Esplanade, Altona], where there are less people but just as much fun to be had. Take a dip or be a little daring by jumping off the 500m long pier. For those who want to take the adventure up a notch, the beach is home to many recreational activities such as kite surfing and paddle boarding. Nearby you’ll find a playground and plenty of shady trees and grass to escape the sun. Take a seat and enjoy the stunning sunset views over Port Phillip Bay.
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With three different sized pools on offer at Queens Park Pool [Pascoe Vale Road & The Strand, Moonee Ponds] there is something for everyone to enjoy. The big kids can splash around in the 50m outdoor solar heated pool, the little ones can cool down in the 20m junior pool and the bubbas and toddlers can play in the toddler pool, which includes a frog slide – fun! Pay $17.50 for a family day pass (2 adults & 2 Kids) and spend the day together swimming.
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Let’s take it back to the ‘70s for a moment at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre [38 McIntyre Road, Sunshine]. If you prefer to roll than walk, come check out this place for day. Skate in style with the latest music tracks and try your hand at a round of roller limbo. If you're not so skilled in the skating department there is a learner’s rink with qualified instructors to help you out; not to mention all the equipment you need is available to hire. Check out the website for session times and booking details. See you at the rink!
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See the wild animals up close and personal at the Werribee Open Range Zoo [K Road, Werribee]. This taste of a real-life safari allows you to be within metres from your favourite species – think lions, giraffes and zebras. However, during the summer time you’ll find the main attraction by the hippo enclosure at Hippo Beach. When the temperatures rise above 25 degrees, frolic amongst the hippos (note: not the real-life hippos) as water fountains and jets turn on to bring Hippo Beach to life. Your little ones will have fun changing the ebb and flow of the water through a series of wooden channels and pumps. They might even get a little mischievous and spin the wheel that triggers water to spray out of one of the hippos behinds! (again, not a real hippo).
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