Ankle Deep Water is my compilation of shallow water recreation areas for inexperienced swimmers including splash parks, splash pads,
shallow entry beaches, shallow lakes, estuaries and streams. I collated this list incidentally while writing
Swimming Hole Heaven
for experienced swimmers. I have personally visited and enjoyed playing in the water at all of these sites.
They are suitable for children wanting to splash about, or adults wanting to cool off their feet without having to fully commit to
Browse by city or region below, or alternatively search by map
or for the young and young at heart follow your favourite Splash-Rascal
Browse by City or Region:
Melbourne is fortunate to now have numerous free splash parks, splash pads, water fountains and artificial streams. This
list also includes shallow entry beaches along Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula, as well as several botanic
gardens with water features for a water-based picnic…
These free splash parks, splash pads, shallow entry beaches and lakes in regional Victoria are typically more than a 90
minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. This can be a great reference list if you are planning a weekend or holiday
away during summer on hot days…
These splash parks and shallow entry beaches along the south coast of New South Wales are again, a handy reference list if you are
planning a holiday away from Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra, or if you are lucky enough to live in the region. Some of the best
estuaries in Australia for frolicking in shallow water…
It's probably the number one international destination for family holidays. The weather is warm, the people are friendly and there's
plenty to see and do. Here are some shallow entry beaches and water parks that I have visited in Fiji with my kids, which might help you plan your
holiday to this South Pacific archapeligo…
Browse by Splash-Rascal:
The Splash-Rascals bring to life many of Ankle Deep Water's shallow water recreation areas. You can find links to each
Splash-Rascal's adventures below.
Splash-Rascal Turtle loves paddling and swimming in freshwater lakes, and spending time
on lakeside beaches. Turtle is gentle, patient and safety conscious. You can find Splash-Rascal
Turtle's debut at Lake Fyans
Splash-Rascal Mother Duck looks after her ducklings with the greatest of care and love, but she can't watch them all the time.
Occasionally her ducklings wander off to explore on their own. Mother Duck can be found swimming around in shallow meandering
streams and lakes. Splash-Rascal Mother Duck's debut is at Crocodile Park
Splash-Rascal Froggy likes to leap around rivers and rock-hop across artificial streams. Froggy is athletic, courageous and daring, and doesn't
mind getting a little bit wet. Froggy also enjoys playing hide and seek. Splash-Rascal Froggy's debut is at Harleston Park
Splash-Rascal Bunny Rabbit loves playing practical jokes and pushing buttons to see what happens. Bunny Rabbit can
usually be found near splash parks and splash pads, but occasionally pops up elsewhere if trouble can be found.
Splash-Rascal Bunny Rabbit's debut is at Booran Reserve
Splash-Rascal Penguin enjoys swimming in shallow entry ocean beaches. Penguin likes to bask in the sunshine on
rocks at the water's edge, and dive into the water to chase little fish. Splash-Rascal Penguin's debut is coming soon…
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
In addition to your own independent planning, risk management and safety measures, I suggest that if you are visiting these spots,
bring bathers, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, a pair of crocs or sandals, a set of warm clothes, a bucket and spade, and any inflatables
that you want. Bring a swimming nappy if your child is not yet toilet trained.
You can also visit some of these spots in winter if everyone is wearing gumboots.
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