McElligott’s Reserve – Ninja Course Playground | Springfield | Review

McElligott’s Quarry Ninja Course Playground in Springfield

A brand new ninja course that’s actually suitable for smaller kids is now open in McElligott’s Quarry Reserve – and it even has it’s own hand-crank powered digital timer! Perfect  for kids to race and challenge themselves over the multiple obstacles.

Review by Claire Davill

With a defined start and finish line, the ninja course includes everything you’d want from an obstacle course -angled stepping stones, cargo nets, wobbly logs and steps, monkey bars and of course, a warped wall!

Even better, the equipment is sized so that even smaller kids can tackle the course – with the exception of the monkey bars. These are a little high, but are easily skipped for shorter competitors. There are even soft fall “mounds” at certain obstacles to give kids a boost.

The start line features a digital timer. Crank the handle to charge it up, and press start – then you’re off and racing! The angled stepping stones are followed by a cargo net, then wobbly stepping stones, monkey bars, another cargo net, wobbly logs and then a warped wall. A choice of fireman’s pole or climbing wall rounds out the course before the finish line.

When we visited, poles for a shade sail had only just been installed (September 2023). Once in place, this will be a well shaded play space, perfect for repeated laps trying to better your time.

Adults have also been catered to in the redevelopment, with lots of high quality exercise equipment adjacent to the ninja course. These are sized so that older kids can use the equipment as well. You’ll find leg press, recumbent bike, lat pull-down, chin up and dip bars, all with instructive signs attached.

The reserve is fenced on all sides except the side facing the car park, and features a large, flat lawned area to run about. There is also a sheltered picnic area and barbeques, but unfortunately no toilets.

The reserve is accessed via the end of Carrick Hill Drive, where you will find a large car park. This area is also used by many to access several trails in the area, including the Yurebilla Trail. Carrick Hill with it’s beautiful gardens and Storybook Trail is just down the road. There are also fantastic views of the city and southern suburbs from here.


48 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield (southern end of Carrick Hill Drive)

Open between 7am and 9:30pm (carpark closed to vehicles outside of these hours)

You can read more about McElligott’s Quarry Reserve and hiking with kids in our review here.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Mitcham website

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