The playground at Blaxland Riverside Park is pretty blooming spectacular.
If you ignore the fact that there’s very little shade, it’s really got the lot. There’s equipment for little kids, there’s water play and there’s some really challenging equipment for older kids and teenagers.
And it’s beside the Parramatta River and has terrific views. Plus there’s a cafe and all sorts of BBQ facilities.
Blaxland Riverside Park and its playground make a terrific family day out for Sydneysiders of all ages.
Here are a few photos, then follows all the practical details you need to plan a trip.
Blaxland Riverside Park
Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park
(The park is often described as being in Silverwater or Newington, but in fact is in the suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. You’ll find a Google map showing where it is at the bottom of this post.)
This is a huge and very modern playground set over three hectares.
There are no dry creeks or rocky sandpits here. It’s all bright colours and shiny surfaces, very high tech and with challenging equipment. My kids love it.
For myself, I loved the wide expanses of grass and the sweet rounded hills that look as if they come straight out of a Teletubbies set. Excellent for rolling down.
There are some huge BBQ areas, with lots of shelter, on the far side of the grass. There are also lots of picnic tables and BBQs right beside the river.
This would have been a NIGHTMARE for me when my hyper kids were little as the river is not fenced off. Beware if you have toddlers or wild kids.
The views over the river are lovely though. My photos were taken at a very cloudy part of the day so don’t do it justice at all.
As for the equipment, I will let the pictures do the talking.
Cycle paths: There are many places for cycling around the park and a path goes all the way to the main Sydney Olympic park area.
Shade: At the moment there is no shade over the play equipment so we were very glad to be there on a cloudy day.
Cafe: Yes, the Armory Wharf Cafe serves lovely grub, with indoor and outdoor seating, plus takeaway options.
Toilets: Toilets are down the hill near the river, west of the cafe.
Extra: Take bikes and trikes! Or hire them onsite, check info here.
These next two photos are by Dushan Hanuska who has great pix on Flickr.
So there you have it, a marvellous playground, especially for older children. It is not at all fenced, quite the opposite, so best for kids who won’t run off by themselves.
It can also get VERY hectic, so plan your trip time carefully.
And we’ll catch you there!
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