Giant slide in Officer

This playground in Officer has the slide on a dedicated hill

This playground in Officer has the slide on a dedicated hill

There are new housing estates popping up in land developments everywhere across the country.  Most residential areas incorporate childrens’ playgrounds consisting of a couple of swings, something to climb and a slide.  In officer the playground design has gone to the next level, a very high level.  There’s a man-made hill, that’s steep and difficult for adults to climb, with a long slide that the kids love.

If you’re an adult and you do manage to climb to the top of the hill, the slide has been cleverly designed to make it almost impossible for grown-ups to access.
You’ll just have to make do with the view!

View from the top of the hill, looking down the slide and across the playground.

View from the top of the hill, looking down the slide and across the playground.

Looking across over new houses from the top of Officer's slide hill.

Looking across over new houses from the top of Officer’s slide hill.

Albert Park Lake

A cyclist rides along Ross Gregory Drive, the St Kilda end of Albert Park Lake with a view of the Melbourne skyline.

A cyclist rides along Ross Gregory Drive, the St Kilda end of Albert Park Lake.

A stones throw from the Melbourne CBD, Albert Park Lake is one of our city’s largest public parks.

We recently went for a stroll around the lake, see the full gallery HERE.

Please remember that our native Black Swans are currently raising their young on Albert Park Lake.

Please remember that our native Black Swans are currently raising their young.

Sailing on Albert Park Lake with an awesome view of the Melbourne city skyline.

Sailing on Albert Park Lake with an awesome view of the Melbourne skyline.

Public park land beside Melbourne's Albert Park Lake.

Public park land beside Albert Park Lake.

Winter Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens, Winter

Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens in Winter

Many people say that Autumn or Spring are the best seasons to see our parks and gardens.  True, the Autumn colours can look spectacular, but I also like walking through the city parks in Winter.  Without much foliage on the trees you can see all around, the city buildings become a back drop to the skeletal trees.  The grass is green from the Winter rains, with a scattering of orange and yellow leaves dancing around in the breeze.  With a little but of sunshine breaking through the clouds, I think the city parks and gardens in Winter can look just as nice as during the warmer months.

The picture above is taken in the Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens, looking towards the intersection of La Trobe and King Streets, in late June.

More Winter Flagstaff pics in this Gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Melbourne/City/2015/Flagstaff-Gardens-Winter

 

Beaconsfield Upper

Ash Wednesday Memorial Park, Beaconsfield Upper

Ash Wednesday Memorial Park

Regardless of whether you call it “Upper Beaconsfield”, or “Beaconsfield Upper”, this town on the eastern outskirts of Melbourne, is still remembered for being in the centre of the devastating 1983 “Ash Wednesday” bush fires.

See our picture gallery HERE of Upper Beaconsfield today.

Long picnic table at Tarwin Lower

Tarwin Lower’s extra long public picnic table

How’s this for a picnic table?

Head down towards the jetty in the Gippsland town of Tarwin Lower, and you’ll come across this public picnic table.  There’s room for you and around 50 friends to sit down here for a picnic.

A very long picnic table at Tarwin Lower

 

Longest park bench

The longest park bench I’ve ever seen!

Just behind those sunflowers I showed you yesterday, on Batman Avenue, is the longest park bench I’ve ever seen!

Have a seat and enjoy the view, to your left is Melbourne Park and the MCG, ahead is Birrarung Marr and to the right is the city skyline.