INSIDE: Playground Antics at Birrarung Marr Playground Melbourne.
Next to the Flinders trail that runs along the Yarra River, but hidden amongst leaves and greenery, is the unique Birrarung Marr Playground.
Finding a playground just a few hundred metres from Flinders Street station is nothing short of a miracle.
This one is well hidden, and known only to locals.
- 1 Finding Birrarung Marr Park Melbourne
- 2 Play Equipment at Artplay Playground Birrarung Marr Melbourne
- 3 Photos of Birrarung Marr Playground
- 4 Photos of Birrarung Park
- 5 Things to Do at Birrarung Marr Melbourne
- 6 Art Play Birrarung Marr
- 7 Birrarung Marr Bells
- 8 Birrarung Marr Night Noodle Market
- 9 The Inside Scoop – Birrarung Park
- 10 Birrarung Marr Map
- 11 Toadstool Rating for Birrarung Marr playground
- 12 Looking For More Things to Do in Melbourne with Kids?
Finding Birrarung Marr Park Melbourne
Wander down towards the river from Federation Square and turn left.
You’ll find the playground just a few hundred metres along.
Play Equipment at Artplay Playground Birrarung Marr Melbourne
The Birrarung Marr playground features:
- a wooden ramp elevated walkway and stairs
- netted bridges
- giant scramble net pyramid for rope climbing
- two super-slippery tube slides to race down
- a liberty swing
- swinging hammocks
- activity panels
- balance beams
Brightly coloured, the Birrarung Marr playspace also lots of natural elements.
Kids have plenty of grass to run around on. At one end sits a semi-circle of Sacred Stones, reminiscent of Stone Henge. Kids love to climb these giant rocks.
The only downside is it’s not fenced, and there’s multiple entrances and exits. Keep a close eye on those quick runaway toddlers.
Photos of Birrarung Marr Playground
Photos of Birrarung Park
Things to Do at Birrarung Marr Melbourne
This Melbourne park is one of our favourites. It’s hard to believe it is in inner city Melbourne, as it’s peaceful and there’s lots of space. Being riverside brings a breeze. There’s also lots to do here.
Art Play Birrarung Marr
There’s a gorgeous brick building smack bang in the middle of Birrarung Marr park. One of the last remaining structures from the Jolimont railyards, this heritage building has been converted into a children’s art and cultural centre called ArtPlay.
Opened in 2004, children from babies to 12 year olds, and their families, can join in creative arts workshops on weekends, and during school holidays. They support kids to explore their creativity and share unique artistic experiences with professional artists.
With over 300 workshops, events and performances a year, with teachers from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, you will definitely find something fun to do.
Bookings are required for most workshops, however there are also free drop-in events available.
Birrarung Marr Bells
You’ll hear the Birrarung Marr Bells before you see them. The Federation Bells sit on the middle terrace and you access them via the ramp.
There are 39 inverted bells, and they sound something like a church bell symphony. Controlled automatically by a computer, they play a range of compositions.
The best bit? You can download a player from Federation Bells and compose and submit your own works online!
Birrarung Marr Night Noodle Market
Love noodles? Get on down to Melbourne’s annual Asian Noodle market at Birrarung Marr.
Try your favourite noodle dishes and street foods from Japan, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and more from November 8th to November 25th.
Here’s some of the noodle market stalls you’ll find:
- Donburi station
- the Original Korean Twisto Potato
- Mr Miyagi
- Sambal Kampung
- Bangkok Street Food
- Chinese Dim Sum King
- Bao Brothers
- Oriental Tea House
- Puffle’s Egg Waffles
- Korean Tacos
- Teppanyaki noodles
- Hoy Pinoy skewer sticks
Night Noodle Markets Opening Hours:
- Mon – Tue 5pm – 9pm
- Wed – Thu 5pm – 10pm
- Fri 5pm – 11pm
- Sat 4pm – 10pm
- Sun 4pm – 9pm
Entry is free. Event is cashless. All major cards accepted.
The Inside Scoop – Birrarung Park
What does Birrarung Marr mean? “River of mists” and “river bank” in the Woiwurrung language of the local Wurundjeri people.
Where is Birrarung Marr Melbourne?
- The park lies south-east of the Melbourne CBD, between Flinders street and the north bank of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr is directly behind Federation Square and you can walk to the playground and ArtPlay via the Flinders Walk riverside trail from the city. Alternative access via Batman Avenue.
Opening hours: Sunrise to late afternoon.
Entry fees: Free
Car parking near Birrarung Marr:
- Parking at Birrarung Marr can be hard work. Try the Federation Square carpark. Our last visit, we scored a park near the William Barrack Bridge and walked in via the bridge.
Birrarung Marr Map
Toilets: Yes including baby change table
Disability access: Yes
Shade: Yes, trees and shade sails.
Ground cover: Rubber soft fall, concrete pathways, grassy field
Picnic tables: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Birrarung Marr Playground was last reviewed in October 2018.
Toadstool Rating for Birrarung Marr playground
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