Patterson Park, Metung
Regional VIC Splash Parks, Shallow Beaches, Lakes and Streams


 
Patterson Park in the heart of Metung village incorporates a large splash pad that is flanked by two artificial meandering streams, all bordered by a long, curved dry wooden deck on one side, and a non-slip path and lawn area on the other. This little park makes the most of every inch of space, and packs a huge amount of features for its size, but somehow still remains well balanced, open and seamlessly integrated into the surrounding village atmosphere. It is a great example of how a well designed park can breathe new life into a small country town. Metung Splash Pad Above: The splash pad at the Metung Splash Park

The splash pad has various gentle to moderate water jets and sprinklers of various heights, with plenty of room to move in and around the individual jets. The splash pad has a marine animal theme, with different sea creatures stencilled into the concrete floor. The pad is looped by the artificial stream, which children can follow upstream in both directions to the small water curtains from which the water originates.
To activate the water features, look for one of the three green buttons mounted on the wall next to each water curtain, and behind the splash pad. The artificial stream at Metung Splash Park Above: The artificial stream and start button at Metung Splash Park

I could easily spend a few hours here due to the range of activities on offer and the relaxed environment. The horizontal layout means that it is easy to supervise your kids in each of the three different water features at the same time, and for the mathematically minded like myself, the park has a certain symmetry that is visually appealing. There are barbecues on the decks on both flanks, a large lawn area with shady trees for a picnic, a large sandpit and rope/tree climbing area, and there is even a basketball ring hidden in the back left corner. When you sit on the lawn or deck, the park still feels connected to the surrounding village, where you can watch people coming and going about their laid back country or holiday routines.

Being this close to the lakes and sea side, the only drawback are the sea breezes, which can pick up in the afternoon. This can make it a little cold if you are wet, so try and visit in the morning or on still days, or bring lots of warm towels.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Corner of Metung Road and Kurnai Avenue, Metung, 310 km (approx. 3.5 hr drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.891749 Longitude:147.853138
Getting there: From Bairnsdale, follow the Princes Hwy (A1) to Swan Reach, then head south to Metung along the Metung Road (C606). Patterson Park is almost at the end of the Metung Road, opposite the village store. Parking is available along both Metung Road and Kurnai Avenue.
General facilities: Picnic tables, electric bbqs, drinking fountain, sand pit, climbing structures, lawn, basketball ring, decking with bench seating, cradle swing, rubbish bins, bicycle parking, public telephone. Note that the toilets are on the foreshore, about 100 metres away, up Kurnai Ave and then down and around to the left, out of site from the park.
Baby change facilities: No
Sun shade: Shade available in the playground, and on part of the lawn and decking, but not in the water play area.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Yes to the water features, but not to the playground or barbecues on the decking.
Prohibitions: No smoking within 10 metres of the playground
Accommodation options: If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can try accommodation in Metung
Managing authority: East Gippsland Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Tambo River at Sardine Flat picnic area.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the water features within Gallipoli Park.
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