I visited Crocodile Park in Point Cook on an overcast day in October on the way back from Werribee. I had packed swimming costumes and some towels, but
decided to leave them in the car, because it wasn't really warm enough to play in the water. My kids were remarkably restrained when they were patting
the metal crocodile, and didn't attempt to put even their hands near the water spout or the elevated trough that it flowed into. When my eldest
wandered off and started jumping across the flat stepping stones in the middle of the paved stream, I believed her when she promised me that she
wouldn't fall in.
Above: The crocodile spurting water into a shallow trough at Crocodile Park
Even when she decided to leap from the paved lip on one side of the stream to the gently sloping area on the other side, she cleared it like an
excitable fawn, bolting upwards and clear over the water to dry land. Wow, I was impressed, but could my luck hold out with such acts of daring?
Let's go down to take a look at the splash pad, I suggested, which was hidden around the corner behind the little pumping shed. But before I had
taken two steps I heard the frolicking fawn falling short as she took it upon herself to leap backwards across the stream, from the low side to the
high side, and sneakers, socks and trouser cuffs plunged into the water. It's alright daddy, she said, and indeed it was.
Above: The stepping stones in the shallow stream at Crocodile Park
I was impressed with the design of this extended water feature because it offers several different interactive experiences with the water, it is
clear on both sides for adult supervision, and it is well integrated with surrounding areas of the park. At the time of my visit, the broader park was
still under construction, but the wetlands, boardwalks, playground and water feature were all complete. The playground has a large sandpit, a grassy knoll,
two slides on separate mounds, and bright blue spongy paths that are a delight to walk on. I also liked the seating on the edge of the constructed stream
that allows adults to place their feet in the water. The only drawbacks were that there were a few mosquitos (bring
some insect repellant, particularly if the sky is overcast), the currently available toilets are a few hundred metre walk away, and the trees will
take a few years to grow to provide adequate shade. The splash park did have some teething problems initially with kids putting sand in the crocodile's
mouth that ground the water pumps to a halt, so please discourage them from doing this. On my visit the crocodile was smiling wide, teeth glistening
from the uninterrupted water spray.
Here is a Splash-Rascals video of Crocodile Park, featuring Splash-Rascal Mother Duck and her baby ducks going
for a paddle, but watch out - there are crocodiles around.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Corner of Saltwater Promenade and Citybay Drive, Point Cook, 30 km (approx. 40 min. drive)
south-west of the Melbourne CBD
Getting there: By car, from Melbourne head along the Princes Fwy (M1) towards Geelong and exit at Point Cook Road. Drive
south for 4-5 km and turn east into Saltwater Promenade. Saltwater Promenade takes a right angle bend about 500 metres before
you reach the park. By public transport, take the Werribee line train to Williams Landing, then bus 497 to Point Cook. There is a bus
stop within sight of the park.
General facilities: Public toilets (across the boardwalk, a few hundred metres along Citybay Drive), barbecues,
playground, sandpit, lawn areas, park benches, sheltered picnic tables, amphitheatre, wetlands, boardwalks, rubbish bins,
Baby change facilities: None
Sun shade: Shade is very limited, but will improve as the newly planted trees grow.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair accessible paths and toilets.
Prohibitions: Clean barbecues after use, take excess rubbish with you, don't feed the birds, animals not permitted within
15 metres of the water play area or the playground, do not dump sand in the water play elements, do not drink the water from the
water play elements, children under 10 years must be supervised by an adult at all times, no glass.
Managing authority: Saltwater Coast Sales Office
Nearby attractions:Werribee Open Range Zoo,
Riverwalk Splash Park
The marker indicates the location of the water feature at the park.
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