Marlow Park (AKA Dinosaur Park), St Clair, Dunedin


Suitable for all ages

Set right besides the beach and locally referred to as the ‘Dino park’ this is a great destination playground to visit as a half or full day trip. For younger kids some of the playground equipment is themed around dinosaurs e.g. a Stegosaurus slide! There is also a more traditional slide/tunnel/wobbly bridge structure with lots of climbing opportunities.

For kids with wheels, there’s an extensive mini road system which is concreted over for all weather use. There are signs and road markings for kids on scooters or bikes to learn road safety and practise their skills. There’s also a skateboard area between the playground equipment and cycle system.

And you can walk for miles down St Kilda beach – take sand equipment for digging with or build forts out of driftwood, paddle in the summer if you’re prepared with swimming things or a change of clothes.

Operating over the summer, you can also take a full size steam or diesel train along the Ocean Beach Railway line for a 15 minute return journey (approximately 1km including a 1:50 hill climb!) from St Kilda Station. See their website here or better yet, give them a call to check if the trains will be operating (tel: 03 455 2798).

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Contact Information

Address: on the corner of John Wilson Ocean Drive and Kettle Park Road, St Clair, South Dunedin

Price: The Ocean Beach Railway operate trains from approx Labour Day Weekend to Anzac Weekend (end of October – end of April) for the following fares: Adults $7, Kids $5, Family Pass (2A+up to 4K) $20. Unlimited travel on the trains is permitted for the day of purchase. Trains go from St Kilda Station, John Wilson Drive.