This large playground in Hampton features a splash pad, a tiered aqueduct, a giant castle and plenty of shade for summer picnics. It was renovated in 2021
to include the water features, plus a whole raft of other impressive play areas and facilities.
Above: The splash pad at Thomas St South Reserve, Hampton
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The paved splash pad has around ten jets orientated at different angles, with two dragons at either end. The splash pad is relatively small, at only
a few metres across in both directions, but seems larger because it is open on one side for kids to run into and run out of the wet area.
To operate the splash pad, there is a large button on a stand at one end of the splash pad. It only operates for a very short time, but kids seem to enjoy being
in control of the regular re-starting of the water jets. The splash pad has a small rock wall on one side for kids to rest between dashes through the water.
Above: The tiered aqueduct at Thomas St South Reserve, Hampton
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The playground also has a large sandpit with an elevated wooden aqueduct. From a single button at the highest point on the aqueduct, a jet of water spurts out
and runs along each level before dropping down to the next level and finally into the sandpit.
Apart from the splash pad, a key attraction at this playground is the giant castle, which is an elaborate maze of passageways over several levels to climb and explore.
But the attractions do not stop there, with a flying fox, a rolling barrel, nature play areas, art sculptures, and a large grassy area for ball games.
Above: The castle at Thomas St South Reserve, Hampton
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Other Information Before You Go:
Thomas St, Hampton, 17 km (around 30 min drive) south-east of the Melbourne CBD
By car, Thomas St is off Bluff Road between South Road and Wickham Road. Bus route 708 runs along Bluff Road, with about a 500 metre walk from
the bus stop near Thomas St to the park. Bus 828 runs along Thomas St to the west of the park, with a stop near Edinburgh St, from which it is a 300 metre walk to the park.
For those driving, parking can be difficult to find on weekends, particularly when there are sporting events across the road
as well, so be patient and be prepared to walk from the surrounding streets to the park.
Toilets with baby change facilities, sheltered picnic tables, park benches, playground, drinking fountains, rubbish bins,
electric barbecues, car park, lawn area, a seniors exercise area.
There is a mix of shade sails and natural shade across various parts of the playground and picnic areas. Most picnic tables are shaded.
Wheelchair accessible paths and toilet, and priority parking for the disabled. The splash pad is wheelchair accessible. According to the managing authority,
you need a Master Locksmiths Access Key to access the changing places facility that includes an adult sized change table and a tracking ceiling hoist (BYO sling).
No golf, dogs must be on a leash, clean up after your dog
If you are visiting Melbourne and want to stay near this water feature, you can try the following options in and around Hampton.
All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Bayside City Council
Hampton Beach, just past the western end of Thomas St, about 1.6 km from the park.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the location of the water feature at the park.
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