Adventure playgrounds

The City of Port Phillip's adventure playgrounds are designed for children five to 12 years, with climbing structures, natural play spaces and more. We value community engagement and we are proud that the adventure playgrounds have been Port Phillip's urban backyards for over 40 years.

COVID-19 update: South Melbourne (Skinners) Adventure Playground and St Kilda Adventure Playground have reopened to the public.

Capacity limits are in place, in line with Victorian Government restrictions for outdoor gatherings. Please contact the playgrounds directly with any enquiries.

Adventure Playgrounds are places where children can use their imagination, run, climb, jump, create and play.

Our service is unique thanks to our passionate and creative staff. Our staff are professional, resourceful, dedicated and caring. They work to uphold Child Safety Standards, reduce the sites carbon footprint, engage various families and support our young members. For our members both sites run (enrolled) engagement programs, school attendance support, we offer healthy snacks, encourage leadership and we promote positive role modelling to young people.

Some of our member activities include:

  • art and cultural programs
  • club nights
  • community dinners, with most meals made from rescued supermarket food from food aid agencies
  • homework support
  • leadership development
  • risk taking play.

We are proud that the sites are open for public visits during operating hours too.

We focus on three key elements to provide a complete experience:

  • recreation opportunities (engagement)
  • support systems (resilience)
  • leadership and participation activities (empowerment)

Both playgrounds are staffed during opening times. We recommend all children are supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

We have membership based enrolled programming at both sites for local families.

We welcome visiting families from all over.

Children under five years must always be actively supervised by a parent or guardian due to the nature and height of the play equipment.

St Kilda Adventure Playground and South Melbourne (Skinners) Adventure Playground

Opening hours

South Melbourne (Open 7 Days)

Monday to Friday 3.30 - 5.30 pm
Weekends 12 midday - 4.30 pm
School Holidays 12 midday - 4.30 pm

St Kilda (Closed Mondays)

Tuesday to Friday 3.30 - 5.30 pm
Weekends 12 midday - 4.30 pm
School Holidays 12 midday - 4.30 pm

We recommend calling the playgrounds to check opening times to avoid disappointment (0432005346 Business Hours Only).

The playgrounds may be closed:

  • when the temperature exceeds 35 degrees or the forecast temperature is 38 degrees or above
  • if the temperature reaches 35 degrees while the playgrounds are open
  • during hail, heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms
  • poor air quality due to smoke from bushfires
  • for maintenance, safety audits, staff training and targeted activities
  • when programs and activities for specific groups of children are being hosted at the Playground
  • hours generated automatically on search engines such as Google or listed in Blogs/Articles are not always accurate.

School holiday hours

Both Adventure Playgrounds are open during school holidays from 12 midday to 4.30 pm.

St Kilda Adventure Playground does not open Mondays.

Public visitors are welcome.

Conditions of entry

The City of Port Phillip follows Child Safe Standards and all visitors are to follow the conditions of entry:

  • The playgrounds are a child-friendly zone.
  • Adults are only permitted in the playgrounds when accompanying a child or children.
  • No alcohol, smoking, drugs or anti-social behaviour permitted in or around the playgrounds.
  • No dogs/pets are permitted in the playgrounds (service dogs only).
  • Respect others privacy by only taking photos of you and your family or group in the playgrounds.
  • The Playgrounds are a 'Junk Food Free Zone'. To promote healthy lifestyles with local children, all sweet, fatty or fast food or drink must be consumed before entering.
  • The Playgrounds care for the environment. Please use the correct bins and do not drop rubbish on the ground.
  • The Adventure Playgrounds are a complete nut free zone. We recommend members and visitors with any form of special or restricted dietary requirement bring all of their own food/snacks/meals.

Family Support

Council provides support and referral for family, youth and children.

Both Playgrounds have 'Lead Workers' that can offer varied support, guidance and service connection. Appointments with these workers can be arranged by emailing Middle Years Support Program: mysupport@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Please see the Family Support section of the City of Port Phillip website for additional information. Adventure Playground staff onsite can assist with connecting community to support staff, please ask friendly staff for additional information.

Playground upgrades

Regular inspections occur at both adventure playgrounds. Where required, actions and playground upgrades will be taken to manage risk and maintain safety, while still recognising and preserving the unique environment of our adventure playgrounds.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during our consultation process regarding pending minor upgrade works. This information is being considered in the concept design plans for the Adventure Playgrounds upgrade projects.

We have committed $2.7m in the 2017-27 financial plan for the playgrounds. This will fund minor upgrades and maintenance work.

Further input will be sought from the community when concept designs have been developed. We appreciate your support and hope you will enjoy visiting the Adventure Playgrounds in the meantime.

Changes to play equipment

St Kilda Aeroplane

As part of our commitment to preserving and restoring the Adventure Playgrounds sites are inspected on a regular basis to ensure equipment meets public safety standards.

The Aeroplane has had many refurbishments over the past decades. Due to its age and wear and tear, it has been identified the aeroplane is sadly beyond repair. The aeroplane has been a key feature of the quirky play equipment over the past decades. We acknowledge the symbolic aspect of the aeroplane. We are taking steps to ensure some of the artistic features of the aeroplane are being retained if possible - we hope to keep a 'souvenir' memento that can become an art piece in the future.

Other playgrounds

To find other playgrounds in your area, visit find parks and playgrounds.

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