Sydney’s Best Parks – Elkington Park, Balmain {Updated}

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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.

Elkington Park is the prettiest of the parks Balmain, it isn’t huge or special in itself, but the area is divine.  Lovely stroller walks around the park, excellent views of the sparkling harbour and the most gorgeous old trees to relax under.
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Elkington Park Playground
White Street
Balmain 2041
Website: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au, Recreation

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

Enclosed: Yes

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.

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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:

The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

Which is your favourite Sydney playground with a view?

Catch you on the swings someday soon.

Take it easy

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Posted on: July 28, 2014

4 Comments

  • Reply November 5, 2011

    cityhippyfarmgirl

    I’m loving any playgrounds like this with a whole bunch of shade at the moment…actually probably for the next 5 months!

    • Reply November 5, 2011

      Seana

      Yes, shady playgrounds a must in summer, my nearest one is really great, in Frenchs Forest. Chilly in winter but shade-tastic in summer. There’s nothing better than lying on the grass in the shade on a hot day… ideally near the beach. Hello Balmoral beach. Are there any beaches near you that have shade on the sand at all??

  • Hi Seana, a friend from Noosa is moving to Sydney in Jan. I will tell her about your blog so she doesn’t flounder around aimlessly but can head stay to the Seana Smith approved parks;)

  • Reply August 2, 2014

    Jennifer Smart

    I’m very lucky to live just across the road from here and it really is a fbulous spot – we had a neighbourhood Easter Egg hunt here and it’s a favourite kid’s party location. It’s great for a sunset picnic as the views west are stunning.
    Unfortunately though, the Elliot St wharf is closed. I fyou don’t mind a scenic stroll through and a play at Mort St park – also good playground, I’d catch the ferry to Thames St.

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