The Sebastopol Aquatic Playspace is a free water play area in Sebastopol, south of the Ballarat city centre, that includes
colourful spray hoops, tipping buckets, water cannons and various sprinklers in a parkland setting. The smaller sprinklers, both
at ground level and those elevated by up to a metre, seemed to be the main attraction here. There was good separation of these
relatively gentle, playful features from the more ferocious tipping buckets, which allowed kids of different ages to gravitate towards
different parts of the splash pad. To operate the water features, there is a button on a waist high orange pole on the edge of the
water play area, which gives you 15 minutes of water play before you will need to press the button again.
Above: A tipping bucket in action at Sebastopol Aquatic Playspace in Ballarat
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The splash pad is concrete under foot, with a wonderfully spongey artificial grass border that is a pleasure to walk on in bare feet.
Apart from the water features, my kids enjoyed dipping their feet in the smaller sprinklers, and then leaving a trail of wet footprints
on the dry concrete nearby.
On a hot day they can do this endlessly, as the footprints evaporate by the time they have gone back to wet their feet again. Apart
from the water cannons, there were no manually operated water features. I observed that, after the initial excitement, the water
play area tended to not hold the attention of children for long periods of time, any many of them drifted off to other more challenging
parts of the park after a short while.
These more challenging areas include a dry playground with swings and a small climbing structure, and some
exercise equipment that is probably targetted at older kids or adults, but which many younger kids were still willing to have a go at.
Above: Preparing to take on the line of sprinklers and hoops at Sebastopol Aquatic Playspace in Ballarat
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The two shade marquees provide good sun protection along the edge of the water play area, and are lined on the ground
with artificial grass, so you won't necessarily need a picnic rug or mat here. The park is enclosed with a fence. The only
downside with the layout was that the toilets were in the back corner of the park, with no direct path from the water play area to the toilets. The
walk across the dry grass and gravel path was a bit uncomfortable in bare feet, so have some thongs or sandals on hand if you think you
are going to be making regular trips here. I couldn't spot any drinking fountains so I suggest you also bring your
own water. The park has well established trees and good sheltered barbecue facilities, and would be the preferred spot of the two
free water play areas in Ballarat if you are planning a picnic.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Sebastopol Aquatic Playspace, Victory Park, Vickers St, Sebastopol, 120 km (approx. 70-90 min drive)
west of the Melbourne CBD.
From the Ballarat city centre, head south along the Midland Hwy and turn right at Vickers St.
The park is 300 metres along Vickers St. To get to Ballarat from Melbourne, head along the Western Freeway (M8) then
take the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Rd (C805) exit west. Follow C805 until you reach the Midland Hwy (A300), which you can follow
south for 4 km to Vickers St. There is parking available in a small car park in front of the water play area.
If travelling by public transport within Ballarat, bus route No. 19 runs along Vickers St with a stop outside the park.
Toilets, car parking, shade marquee, dry playground (swings, slides, etc.), exercise equipment,
sheltered electric bbqs, picnic tables, rubbish bins.
Baby change facilities:
Shade available under the marquees and under several large trees near the dry playground. No shade
available on the water play area itself.
Nov-Apr, 7 days a week, 9am to 9pm, except Christmas Day when the water feature doesn't operate.
Yes, including wheelchair accessible toilets, paths and no steps up to the water features.
No running, do not drink the water (it is non-potable), no climbing, no gum or glass or food on the water play area itself,
children who are not toilet trained must wear a swimming nappy, do not use the water play area if you are suffering from any type of
skin sores, infections, or illness including common colds and flu or diarrhoea. Adult supervision is required. Management reserves the
right to deny anyone entry to the water play area.
If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in Ballarat
with the suburb of Sebastopol being the closest to this water park.
City of Ballarat
Nearby attractions: Midlands Aquatic Playspace
, a similar water
park, located 10 minutes away on the other side of Ballarat.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
The marker indicates the location of the car park in front of the water play area.
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