Thinking of visiting Wangaratta over the school holidays? There are some great playground facilities to keep the kids occupied and active throughout the year. During our last visit we hit the streets to check some of them out and were very impressed with what we found.
Located less than 5 minutes walk from The Murdoch is a recently updated playground perfect for a quick half hour break with the kids. Well shaded and fully fenced you can relax and enjoy the nearby One Mile Creek before or after stopping in at Coles supermarket around the corner on Perry Street.
A little bit more out of the way but well worth a visit is the also newly refitted Bachelor’s Green playground. Tucked in behind the police station, off Wangaratta Road, this is a well shaded playground with a good variety of equipment, particularly for younger kids. The accompanying BBQ area is also excellently positioned for visibility if you’re looking for somewhere to have a peaceful meal. This playground also has a rubberised floor in case your little ones are feeling adventurous with heights.
Probably one of the more well known parks in Wangaratta less than 10 minutes from The Murdoch towards Reid Street. The huge gum trees that fill this park are deservedly popular for picnics and BBQs all year round. The playground here is location near the car park at the bottom of the main entrance and whilst large is not fully fenced or particularly well shaded so will require a bit more attention to keep younger kids safe. It is large though and when you factor in the nearby Kaluna Park bushwalk area is the perfect place to spend an extended family lunch or afternoon.
King George Gardens
Located across from the recently renovated Wangaratta Co-Store and surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is the perfect playground to visit with a coffee or lunch if you’re busy in town. The equipment is top notch and shady but there is no fencing except that around the gardens so keep an eye out. The council also holds a number of events in the gardens so it would be worth checking out if you’re after something to do.
Another recently updated playground perfectly positioned to take advantage of the new Ovens Riverside Precinct. Just over the Ovens River from the CBD is a massive parkland suitable for all sorts of activities. Parking near the bridge makes it easy to duck into one of the great nearby cafes before walking over to one of the largest playgrounds in the area. With heaps of equipment for all ages, fully fenced and well shaded this is our number one choice when looking for a relaxing hour or so to enjoy a coffee with the kids.
Now including the newly opened Mitchell Avenue Splash Park, this is the perfect place to bring the kids during the warmer months. The playground itself is large, well shaded and fully fenced offering a great place to let the kids run wild, but if the sun is even looking like being out good luck keeping them away from the splash park. Tunnels, water cannons, hills, dumping buckets and a stack of other stuff will keep them cool and this place popular.
The Wangaratta Council has a good list of playgrounds and parks on their website if you're looking for more places.