It’s daft to live in Sydney and not enjoy the water views, but you don’t have to move the family to a harbourfront mansion to do so.
There are loads of parks and playgrounds where you can enjoy the views for free. All you need is a blanket and a picnic and don’t forget your baby, toddler or preschooler.
Set under the huge spreading branches of native fig trees in lovely Elkington Park, this playground has a small and simple play structure, ideal for younger childen. There are four swing sets outside the fenced part of the playground too.
We visit Elkington Park for its gorgeous harbour views and its plethora of paths which are great for walking with the stroller and good for bikes and trikes. Within the park a headland juts out into Sydney Harbour, it’s a wonderful place to stop for a while, soak in the vistas and some sunshine, to smell the (salty) roses.
There’s a beautiful old bandstand int he Park too, a great spot for imaginative play.
The only thing you need to be careful of is the proximity to the water as you walk around the park. Keep an eye on wayward toddlers and preschoolers. The playground itself is fenced though.
Nearest takeaway coffee: BYO… and an entire picnic.
Toilets: Toilet block beside the playground
Shade: Plenty from the tree
Mum’s report: It’s hard to beat the serenity and the water views. A great place to come for a picnic with your baby and young toddlers
Extra: The Dawn Fraser Pool is at the end of the park. This is one of the prettiest and most historic of harbour swimming spots, best for little kids at low tide. Read all about Dawn Fraser Baths here.
Map reference: Gregory’s 7 A6, Sydway 276 M11, UBD 235 F3
Parking: Street parking on White Street and surrounding streets
Nearest ferry: Elliot Street Wharf is a 10–15 minute walk away. There are four services a day.
For more photos of Elkington Park, and playground, do a Google images search and you will find plenty.
For other great Sydney playgrounds check out my post:
Which is your favourite Sydney playground with a view?
Catch you on the swings someday soon.
Take it easy