Across the road from the Showgrounds lies one of the better playgrounds around Melbourne, the adventure playground at Victory Park.
Victory Park Review
Victory Park isn’t much – an expanse of grass, some trees, a cenotaph – but tucked towards the rear is a great playground that is literally hours of fun. An older style playground, there are lots of towers, tunnels, bridges and slides packed into a large area. There are a few swings as well.
Every time we’ve gone to Victory Park it’s been a two hour visit at a minimum. There’s so much to climb on or through or run over or up or slide down that the novelty doesn’t wear off quickly.
This park is popular and on weekends rarely seems quiet and always feels busy. However, due to the size of the playground, it never feels too crowded as to be enjoyable. It can take a lot of kids.
Helpfully, there’s a fence around part of the playground to help make sure littler kids don’t wander off although it doesn’t go around the whole way. Also there are many places to hide and blind spots so if you’re taking a kid (or kids) that needs closer supervision then you’ll need to keep a closer eye on them.
Conveniently, if you’re having a BBQ or picnic in Victory Park, there is a shopping centre not far up the road (a five minute walk away) and barbecues under a gazebo next to the park. It’s certainly a good spot for it.
If you’re in need a very fun playground in the inner north west of Melbourne then check out Victory Park for the win.
Victory Park is at the corner of Langs Road and Epsom Road, Ascot Vale. The playground is towards the back corner of the park (closer to Langs Road) and next to the leisure centre building.
Best for kids of the age: 5 to 14 or whenever your kids get sick of playgrounds. It’s hard to not enjoy this playground at any time, however.
Toilets/Change table: None in the park itself. You might be able to use some at the leisure centre next door. However, if you (or your kids) can hold on there are public toilets and a change table (and parents room) in the shopping centre on the other side of the Showgrounds, approximately 300 metres south along Epsom Road (near the intersection with Union Road).
Facilities: There are several electric BBQs and some tables, including some under cover. Water fountains are right next to the playground.
Getting to Victory Park, Ascot Vale
Victory Park is accessible by public transport. The easiest way is to take the #57 tram to West Maribrynong. The #57 starts at the Elizabeth Street terminus by Flinders Street Station.
Victory Park is approximately 200 metres north of the nearest stop at the Showgrounds on Epsom Road, just before the tram turns off Epsom Road into Union Road. It’s approximately 35 minutes from the Elizabeth Street terminus.
You can also catch a Craigieburn train to Newmarket Station and catch the #57 tram from the adjacent Racecourse Road.
If you’re driving from the city you can get to Victory Park from Citylink if you get off at the Racecourse Road exit, then go west along Racecourse Road until the end, then turn north into Epsom Road. There’s street parking on Langs Road and parking in the car park of the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre which is next door.