Top 10 Play Parks / Playgrounds in
Sydney has hundreds of play parks or playgrounds for
the kids. Where ever you are staying, there is bound
to be one within 5 minutes drive, or if you're lucky,
walking distance. A lot of the time, the kids don't
need anything more than the standard swings, slide and
climbing frame, but for us mums and dads, some of the
optional extras, like a source of good coffee, and a
great view of the harbour or the ocean, make a visit
to the park more desirable.
- Flying Fox Park, Mona Vale, Sydney's Northern Beaches
Located at the Winnererremy Bay Foreshore Reserve,
the Flying Fox Park has plenty of activities for
the younger and older kids. For the little ones
there's a modern baby slide, swing, things to bounce
on and a boat to climb on. There's also room to
ride trikes and ride ons in the park.
The older kids can climb the spider's web, spin
around, use the skate board type sliding things
(!), clamber across various structures, or use the
Flying Fox. Actually the flying fox is fun for all
ages. I go on with my 2 year old, and my 4 year
old is just brave enough to do it alone!
The Reserve itself has a walking/bike path, plenty
of picnic tables and barbques, and best of all,
the Flying Fox Cafe is right next door, so you can
get your coffee, or even stay for lunch.
The only downside is this park gets very popular
in summer, and is a regular spot for children's
parties, so you need to get in early if you want
the best table.
- Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens is not far from the Zoo in Mosman.
It's located at the bottom of Morella Road, right
by the Harbour, so you can combine a paddle in the
sea, a picnic and a play, all while admiring the
view across Sydney Harbour.
The playground includes rope climbers, nets, a
big slide, spring rockers and swings, as well as
a small climber with a slide for the littlies. The
toddler area is fenced and there are toilets nearby.
The park is in a large grassed area back from the
beach with plenty of space for ball games and picnic
tables, or a coffee shop and restaurant at Chowder
Parking is pay and display, unless you go for the
local streets, which are up the hill a bit.
On Boxing Day this is a fantastic (and popular)
spot to watch the Sydney to Hobart ships go by.
- Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
There is a relatively new park here, with equipment
for all ages. There are small slides and climbing
frames for your toddlers, and a larger rope climbing
frame for the older kids. There is also a rope and
timber bridge, a larger slide, roundabout, swings
and pringy ride-ons.
The whole area has been landscaped with some sandy
areas and some softfall, rock walls to jump off,
paths to run around and plants to hide behind. The
kids can use their imaginations and play for hours,
and the playground is fully fenced with child proof
gates, so mums and dads can sit back and relax.
The surrounding park is huge and grassy, and a
great spot for a picnic. The only thing that's lacking
is a toilet, so make sure you go before you set
- Bicentenial Park (Jubilee Park), Annandale
This large playground is between Annandale and
Blackwattle Bay. The equipment is great, and suits
all ages. There is a huge conveyer-belt style slippery
dip, large sand pits with construction diggers and
a boat on springs that holds 5 or 6 kids There is
a castle, a bridge over the sand and a smaller slide
into the sand pit area.
For older kids there is an enormous rope pyramid,
a rope hammock and very large wooden ship with all
manner of climbing equipment. There are long paths
perfect for bike riding, with gentle slopes up and
Next to the playground there is a large covered
picnic area with gas fired barbeques and toilets,
or you can picnic on the small grassed area inside
the fenced playground.
Bicentennial Park joins on with Jubilee Park next
to Blackwattle Bay, so when you've finished playing
and picnicing you can watch the boats coming in
and out of the harbour, or just admire the views
of the Anzac bridge and in the distance, the Harbour
- Collaroy Beach
The play park at Collaroy Beach is located at
the south end of the beach near the Surf Life
Saving Club. It has a section for the toddlers,
and slightly older children, and even has an area
designed for the over 12s. It also has a disabled
swing and room to ride your scooter or ride on.
There are picnic tables in and around the playpark
and barbques near by.
The park is just across the carpark from the
beach and close to the rock baths, so it's perfect
for a day out. Picnic on the grass, play in the
park, have a swim in the pool or jump in the waves,
collect shells and wander 5 minutes up the beach
to get a coffee on 'The Deck' at the north end
of the Surf Rock Hotel.
Other coffee shops and restaurants are located
just across Pittwater Road.
- Willoughby Park
The playground at Willoughby park is fully fenced
and nicely shaded. The equipment is relatively new
and caters for all ages from todders to teenagers.
The older kids love the designer roundabout and
for the young ones the sandpit, tunnels and slide
are a big draw.
The playground is right next to an oval so there's
plenty of space to kick a ball or have a run around.
There is also a bike path for the kids, with mini
zebra crossings and road markings. Great for learning
There are barbeques and a covered gazebo if you
want shelter for a picnic. Toilets can be found
in the Willoughby Park Centre next door.
- Buffalo Creek Reserve, Hunters Hills
A great park for the younger children, including
a flying fox, a bike track, picnic tables, barbque
facilities and toilets.
Also walking trails along the Lane Cove River.
- Darling Harbour
If you're at Darling Harbour for the day, take
some time for the kids to let off steam at the play
park, located at the south end towards the Chinese
Garden of Friendship.
The playground is unfenced, a little chaotic and
somebody is bound to get hurt. That said, the kids
love it. You'll find coffee nearby, best collected
before you let the kids loose. You are advised to
keep a close eye on them or they may disappear from
view. The huge slide needs to be scrambled up with
ropes, there are structures to climb, huge sandpits,
water fun is at hand, foot, head everyone gets soaked
really and, while we were there, there was an entertainer
blowing giant soap bubbles. Ideally, a visit requires
at least two adults for adequate supervision. In
case you are thinking, "Darling Harbour - that'll
cost then" it won't - it's free. The playground
is located behind the Imax Theatre. Just listen
out for the screams of excited kids.
- Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head is part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National
Park and is easily reached by taking Bobbin Head
Road through North Turramurra.
The playground is probably nothing special on its
own, but combined with a beautiful location for
a picnic or barbque, and a walk along the mangrove
boardwalk, or along the river it is a great place
for a day out.
The playground has a range of equipment of different
sizes to suit all age children. It's all in sand,
so bring a bucket and spade.
The marina is nearby, as is the tourist information
centre and the Bobbin Head Inn where you can get
lunch or a coffee. There are toilet and barbeque
- Parramatta Lakes reserve, North Parramatta
New playground within the parramatta lakes reserve
with equipment suitable for older and younger kids.
The lakes offer toilets, BBQ areas, a cafe, bushwalking
tracks and of course the stunning lakes and ducks
galore. A beautiful setting.