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Gallipoli Park, Marysville
Splash parks in north-east Victoria, Australia

Gallipoli Park in the main street of Marysville has a corner dedicated to water play. The path by which the water flows is likely to present a welcome challenge to younger kids and provides opportunities for teamwork. Firstly, a hand pump fills a circular basin at ground level. From here the water can be lifted using a spiral hand auger to an elevated tray, from which the water can travel in two directions. To one side it can flow into a third tray, whilst to the other side it turns a water wheel and spills back onto the ground. Sluice gates can be used to control the flow in each direction. Gallipoli Park, Marysville Above: The water pump and hand auger at Gallipoli Park, Marysville (Order this image)

In addition to this constructed water play area, Gallipoli Park has a huge bonus over other similar splash parks, particularly those in Melbourne. Wander behind the bushes at the northern end of the splash park and you will find a shallow, crystal clear pebbled stream that kids can also play in (under adult supervision). The Steavenson River runs alongside this edge of Gallipoli Park.

You can sit in the river on the downstream side of your kids and watch them frolic in the water. Grass leads up to the river bank, so you can easily step straight from the lawn into the stream. This is a mountain stream, so expect the water to be cold.
Bring a wetsuit or rashy vest to keep the cold at bay, not that your kids will feel it once they start running around. As with all rivers, conditions can change fast, so make sure you assess the conditions at the time of your visit before deciding whether to get into the water. The Steavenson River at Gallipoli Park Above: The Steavenson River, adjacent to Gallipoli Park (Order this image)

The rest of the playground has plenty of other great play equipment, including a sand pit, a huge climbing frame and a giant wooden lizard. For kids learning the alphabet, look around the playground for the small steel plaques with the first letter of the object they are attached to (e.g. T for tree).
Don't forget to walk across the bridge at the back of the play area, where you will find a longer steel slide and two long flying foxes that you can use for racing down the hill - as an adult I got a rush out of these too. Bring some snags to cook on the bbqs for lunch and you can easily spend a few hours here on a hot day.
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Marysville Road (C512), Marysville, 100 km (approx. 1 hr 45 min drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.509918 Longitude:145.748748
Getting there: Gallipoli Park is beside the Marysville Visitor Information Centre in the main street in town. Parking is available at the northern end of the park, next to the visitor centre.

General facilities: Toilets (at the car park), car park, picnic tables (some sheltered), sheltered electric bbqs, drinking fountain, alphabet plaques, flying foxes, sand pit, slides, merry-go-round, swings, sculptures and mosaics
Baby change facilities: Yes
Sun shade: Shade available under the gum trees and the sheltered picnic tables in the playground. Limited to no shade at the river.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Yes
Prohibitions: None stated on site
Managing authority: Murrindindi Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Steavenson Falls, Phantom Falls and Keppel Falls.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
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