Ankle Deep Water
Shallow Water Play Areas for Kids
Keep the kids entertained with these fun water play areas in Australia. Guaranteed to excite and hopefully wear the little tackers out with heaps of running, jumping, scooping and splashing. Ankle Deep Water is my collection of very shallow water play areas for kids (including toddlers and pre-schoolers) that I collated incidentally while compiling the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes for grown ups. I have visited and enjoyed all of these sites with my own children.

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Click or tap on your city or region below to find out about shallow water play areas near you. Here are some great spots around Melbourne, including several free splash parks and splash pads, shallow entry beaches and shallow entry lakes. I've also included a guide to toddler pools in public pools around Melbourne… Here are some free splash parks, splash pads, shallow entry beaches and lakes in regional Victoria, typically more than a 90 minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. This can be a great reference list if you are planning a holiday away with the kids… Here are some splash parks and toddler friendly beaches in southern New South Wales. 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… It's probably the number one destination in the world for holidaying with kids. The weather is warm, the people are friendly and there's plenty to see and do. Here are some 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…
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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 safety information provided for each region. In addition to your own independent planning, risk management and safety measures, I suggest that if you are visiting these spots, bring a swimming nappy (if your child is not yet toilet trained), bathers, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, a pair of crocs or sandals for your kid's feet, a set of warm clothes for them to change into, a bucket and spade, and some floating toys. Pack a pair of bathers and sandals for yourself so you can supervise your child in the water. You can also visit many of these spots in winter if everyone is wearing gumboots.

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