Inverlochy Playground
Inverlochy Playground
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Kerrynp
Lavington, Australia35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
This is a fun playground in a beautiful natural location. It’s pretty exposed so bring hats and sunscreen. There are barbecues and a bubbler.
Written 5 October 2019
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FionaG913
Victoria, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
River walk, play, equipment and space to run. All good.
We walked up from the main road, had a play and then across the river and back down the other side to a coffee at the shops.
Written 26 April 2019
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John M
Geelong, Australia1,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Imaginative equipment allowing for free use of playground skills, and encouraging activity and action, are the highlights of this feature. It is almost right on the beach at the edge of a large car park, so is easy to get to. Lots of fun for kids, and good for adults to see them enjoying so much.
Written 16 January 2019
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia11,945 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Business
I've been coming here for years. And why not? Who doesn't like a pirate themed park?
It's an easy paddle, work, ride or drive to the Coogoorah Park and I remember coming here well before it wasn't erected. What a delight when things were constructed and then I had children who could come and enjoy it. Named after a local shipwreck this has something for everyone.
You can walk the plank - beware of the sharks. Find the treasure map and dig for the hidden treasure in the sand.
There are great swings, spinning rocking things, the ever popular ship structure and more.
For those who'd like to bbq here, there is a shelter undercover and heaps of grass area to lay around on.
This is on the wetlands and nature reserve so if you have little ones who can't swim, keep an eye on them. I've taken many groups on the water and although not deep it can be boggy under foot.
There are lots of bridges to explore the area and is somewhat of an adventure in itself.
There is a tap here for fresh water, toilets available, wheelchair friendly, kid friendly, good parking.
Enjoy.
Written 10 March 2018
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Beck & Steven X
Melbourne, Australia4,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
The year was 1902 & the sailing vessel named 'Inverlochy' had departed Liverpool, England bound for Hobart with in-excess of two tonnes of general cargo. Having finally sighted Cape Otway, Captain Kendrick set course for Port Philip Heads.

[The History Behind the Playground]:
Records indicate that their progress was impeded by easterly winds forcing Inverlochy to tack along the Otway Coast. At approximately 10:00pm the wind fell away suddenly & the ship was left to drift. An hour later the call went out that breakers lay ahead so the anchors were dropped, but to no avail. The Inverlochy struck the reef & with the swells significant, the ships cables strained & seeing the masts swaying & shaking the decision was taken to evacuate.

Thankfully there was no loss of life with all aboard surviving the long trip to shore through the combination of rough seas & torrential rain. Initial attempts to salvage the ship bore little fruitage & eventually the decision was made to focus on retrieving as much of the stricken cargo as possible, leaving the vessel itself to the mercy of the seas. Scavengers made 'unofficial visits' to the wreck to snatch up what they could & locals would gather up those many items that washed ashore including large casks of ale & spirits as well as the ships bell. In 1903 with more than half of the cargo still believed to be remaining in the hull a request was made by its new owners to blow up the Inverlochy thus preventing further looting & avoiding the cost of maintaining the site under guard.

The history & legend of the Wreck of the Inverlochy is quite substantial & I recommend that my fellow travellers may wish to partake in their own research. The actual log book is said to be on display in the Museum of the Anglesea and District Historical Society suggesting that may be a great place from which to start.

[ Now we know a bit about the Legend, let us discuss this Magnificent Playground ]:

Located in Anglesea the Inverlochy Playground is by far one of the most impressive community focused facilities I have ever seen. A wooden replica of the ship has been laid as the foundation with its wrecked pieces created in such a way as to allow for climbing, sliding, treasure hunting, crawling & walking the plank. In addition you can enjoy a rest in the hammock, have a turn on the swings & take in the gorgeous view across the large waterways from the ships 'crows nest'.

Sheltered BBQ's are provided in addition to a separate play area for younger ones with a number of picnic tables & chairs placed at various locations. Public toilets are situated near the car park which is also quite large.

With elaborate bush walking tracks nearby that also allow ample space for bike riders & the Anglesea River at its doorstep this park could easily entertain for an entire day.

Include a Football, Cricket Bat, Frisbee, Kite or even your favourite book then prepare a packed lunch & you won't need to go anywhere else. Please respect the fact that dogs are NOT permitted in the play area & smoking is banned from within ten [10] metres of this playground as well.

[Summary]:
At just under ninety [90] minutes drive from central Melbourne to Anglesea this site makes for the perfect destination whatever the Season. The history behind this playground being built to imitate a shipwrecked vessel is a bonus & with it being next to the river one really can get the illusion that she is still setting sail today.
An abundance of birdlife adds to the attraction & the drive through the preceding ferntrees & bushland leading up to the entrance is in itself relaxing & picturesque.
I hope that you enjoy the experience as much as I did!

Thank you for reading this review, I hope that it has been helpful. Please also refer to the photographs I have attached as they form a part of this review.

**Directions: As if travelling from Melbourne.
Drive along the Great Ocean Road and cross over the Anglesea River. You will find yourself immediately at a roundabout.
To your left is signage advertising the hire of Paddle Boats & Canoes.
Directly ahead the Great Ocean Road continues with a green road sign pointing & saying Lorne & Apollo Bay.
On you Right the signage will read "Noble Street" and you should see three old white boat sheds sitting riverside.

Please turn right into Noble Street. Keep a very close look out as just after having turned right into Noble Street you will be wanting to take the very next sharp right turn again, this time into "River Reserve Road'. Those boat sheds should still be on your right.

Follow River Reserve Road straight for approximately 500 metres & you will reach a large gravel car park with signage referring to the Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve.

This is your destination and you should be able to see the large wooden "Inverlochy" from where you park. Enjoy!
Written 17 December 2017
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Gregg D
Anglesea, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This place has a fantastic playground for the kids and plenty of BBQ's for a cook up. The kids love it and have a great time every time we go down there.
Written 7 December 2017
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