One of the reasons Melbourne continually tops lists of ‘the most liveable cities’ is the opportunity we have to enjoy the outdoors. Every suburb has a range of outdoor spaces that makes spending time outdoors, whether with or without children, easy and enjoyable.
Mentone is fortunate enough to be beachside, so a walk along the sands is a great way to get outdoors. For those who are not beach-lovers or for when the weather is not ideal for the beach, these are our favourite spaces in Mentone.
Southern Road Reserve Playground
Located on Southern Road between Broome and Acacia Avenues, this is a family friendly venue which also provides a small area of off-the-leash fun for your fur children. A playground which is fenced off with a lockable gate is great safe play for the littlies, while a picnic are with a table and BBQ will keep the dads busy.
Phillips Street Reserve
At the end of Flinders Street and right on the train line, this little playground is great for your fans of Thomas and friends. They can wave to all the trains and drivers as they rush between Cheltenham and Mentone stations. The playground is completely fenced off and the trees provide shaded areas for rest breaks from hectic playing.
Mentone Racecourse Reserve
This is a gem of a park – one with the lot. It’s a huge space with play equipment BBQ facilities and there is even a lake with ducks and fish. As the name suggests, the area was once a horse facility and this explains the horse theme throughout. The play equipment includes slides, swings and climbing frames – perfect for hours of fun for the little (and bug) kids. There are other options too with a basketball court and football and soccer goals. The picnic area offers a BBQ with shaded and unshaded areas.