Riverwalk Splash Park, Werribee, VIC
Ankle Deep Water for Kids in Melbourne
Land developers have built a large splash park to help attract new home buyers to the Riverwalk development in Werribee. It's a great addition to the
traditional park that sits alongside it in this hot and dry part of Melbourne's fringe. The splash park is open to everyone for free and includes lots of
great features including push button water cannons, water jets and sprinklers of various sizes, rain clouds and a range of hand operated pumps, collectors
and diverters. There is also a smaller rock garden near the north-west entrance to the park that incorporates around a dozen water jets on a splash pad
that you can also walk through.
Above: The main splash park on a sunny day
This splash park is best suited to pre-schoolers and above who are able to walk, because the surface can be a bit harsh on toddlers'
crawling kneecaps and because the sudden regular but unexpected start of the sprinklers and water jets from the park surface can tend to frighten them.
Children who can walk will love climbing over the troughs and trays, dancing through the sprinklers and walking through the steel bamboo poles.
To activate the water jets you can use the hand sensors located around the splash park. See below for a photo of one. It is actually the button in
the middle that you need to press, but kids who are tall enough can simply press their whole hand onto the sensor.
There are several signs advising users
not to drink the water coming from the play equipment, although the reasons for this and potential health risks were not outlined on the signs.
To be safe, make sure you take the time to explain to your child not to drink this water. If anyone wants a drink, there are several drinking water
fountains, including one right next to the splash park.
Above: The control button at one of the splash pads
The broader park, known as Riverwalk Village Centre Park, is small but packs a lot in. It includes a playground, a village green, some skate ramps,
a basketball court and a small wetland. There are barbecues and sheltered picnic tables if you want to have a picnic there.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Newmarket Road, Werribee, 38 km (around 30 min drive)
south-west of the Melbourne CBD
By car, take the Princes Fwy towards Geelong and take the Riverwalk exit (at the western end
of route C109). From the freeway exit, take the overpass across the freeway, straight through the first
roundabout then right at the second roundabout. Newmarket Rd is about 1 km along C109 (Geelong Rd) after
the roundabout. The splash park is 300 metres from C109. By public transport, take bus 441 from
Werribee Railway Station towards Westleigh Gardens. Get off at Westleigh Drive/Newmarket Road and walk along
Newmarket Road to the splash park.
Toilets, sheltered picnic tables, park benches, playground, drinking fountains, rubbish bins,
electric barbecues, basketball court, skate ramps, lawn area, bike racks, constructed wetland
Baby change facilities:
No shade available at the splash park. Full shade available under the picnic shelters adjacent to the splash park.
Always open. Water features operate 9am to 8pm from Oct to Mar, and 10am to 5pm Apr to Sep
Wheelchair accessible paths and toilet. Water feature is wheelchair accessible.
No running, no glass, no pushing, do not drink water from water features, children must be
supervised by an adult at all times
Places Victoria, City of Wyndham, Melbourne Water - all of them claim involvement but being given the
run around on the phone at the time of visiting, none of them were able to adequately answer questions about what happens if
you drink the water, so it's not 100% clear who is actually managing this park.
Nearby attractions: Werribee Open Range Zoo
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
The marker indicates the location of the splash park.
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