Nature & parks in Port Melbourne

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Parks & Nature in Port Melbourne

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  • Swell Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sandridge Beach is the last beach before you hit the Port of Melbourne, situated in Hobson's Bay [Port Phillip Bay]. New Beach is next door and after that Port Melbourne Beach, plus Princes and Station Piers respectively. Port Melbourne Beach was formerly labelled Sandridge Beach but changed its name. The name 'Sandridge' goes back to 1839 because this area used to be full of dunes/ridges.

    The beach is in the form of a crescent, with a promenade along the length of it. There are plenty of places to sit, and trees protect the foreshore, so the wind factor is lessened. The water is relatively shallow, but there is much seaweed, and with the shipping channels nearby it would be a personal choice in regards to swimming here. The beaches here get cleaned regularly and surfaces trowled to clear any dangerous objects in the sand.

    There is a kiosk connected to the newish Life-Saving Club, where you can buy snacks, get changed and there is a car park. There is parking along the road free or pay station - be sure to check the signs.

    It is a safe and popular place for kayaking, bike riding and other exercises. Quite a few people go fishing off the stone piers/lookouts. These lookouts are a stand out of this beach and give excellent panoramic views of the area—worth a visit.
    Written 16 October 2020
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,076 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The lake in Westgate Park turns pink in late summer, when the weather gets hot. Apparently it is an annual biological phenomena. It is a blush pink color, it is quite attractive. Westgate Park is a regenerated park, with native vegetation, Westgate Park is one of Melbourne's newest parks. Driving is best, although parking can be limited
    Written 18 January 2021
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Lagoon Reserve comes in two parts. The one closer to the sea has a large playing field, some toilets, BBQs and tables and chairs. There are native plantings around the periphery. Across Liardet Street it is called Edwards Park and has groves of palm trees forming a shady walkway and a large children's playground.
    Written 4 December 2017
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,923 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fact that the lake is no longer pink is not that relevant as this lake and the Westgate Park could be something very special, but it is not even good. It can be best described as scruffy bush and dead water or swamps under the West Gate Bridge and has so much potential. Sitting on the edge of the city this large area could become a feature of Melbourne with river views, the city sky-line and a fantastic recreation area. It falls so well short it is sad.
    Written 15 June 2021
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,494 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be confused with the excellent Buckingham reserve in sunshine this reserve was redeveloped last year and is one of the best in the area.

    New features include

    new play structure with a variety of play equipment such as slides, climbing nets, bridges, monkey bars, track glide, balance pommels, small climbing wall, tunnels, interactive panels, low ball basket hoop and cubby play under decks
    sand play area with accessible raised table, rock and log edging
    senior and junior swing frame with basket and toddler seat
    rocker and spinner
    picnic area, seating benches and informal seating logs and large stones
    Written 17 July 2021
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,494 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite amazing playspace with a bit of everything.Great for kids that love t climb.Love the water play areas and the boardwalk area nearby. Check out the nearby Sandridge Lookout for great views. Would be excellent if had more shade
    Written 4 February 2018
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,494 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing to really see here. Popular with locals and there dogs. Just grassed area either side of the tram line. One for the locals.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,729 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Fred Jackson Reserve is fairly basic. It has grass and some shade trees. There is a rotunda, but without seating. While Port Melbourne's Sandridge Beach is just over the Boulevarde, this is where you have to go for toilets and a playground.
    Written 2 February 2019
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