Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – John Roche Park, Northbridge

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A lovely lady saved my sanity when the twins were born. She lives and works near this playground so it’s the ideal place to visit with her.  She brings her current charges and all the kids run, swing and scoot around.

My little ones still love her very much and I do too.  How can I persuade her to come back to work with us??!!

John Roche Playground

Roche Lane, off Woonona Road, Northbridge  2063

This fully enclosed playground feels open and bushy and has lovely views over Northbridge Golf Course and over to Cammeray and Middle Harbour.   It is tucked behind Northbridge Public School and is a popular spot for local families to get together.

There is a bike track all the way round, ideal for learner cyclists and scooter enthusiasts.  The equipment suits older and younger children, a little slide for the wee ones, a challenging wood and rope climbing frame for the elders.

The big sandpit with wooden bridge and decking is gorgeous.  There are swings and spicas and a nice grassy space for running races.

The climbing frame is pretty challenging. My five year olds adore it.

This feels a very relaxing spot, with the twitter of birds and chatter of mums and dads and no other noises to be heard.  You can sit in a sunny spot in winter and shady in summer.  Lovely.

Nearest takeaway coffee: There are cafes on Sailors Bay Road, short walk away.

Toilets/ Baby change: No (shockers!) and the cafes on Sailors Bay are too far for emergency dashes…. there are plenty useful bushes though.

Shade: no shadecloth, but shade from trees.

A couple of swings get a lot of use.

Enclosed: Yes, with a super-high fence alongside the golf course side to protect kids from errant golf balls.

Mum’s report: I’d love to see a toilet here, but honestly that’s my only mini-gripe.  The kids love whizzing around with their friends.  I love the sense we’re surrounded by nature, the trees, the grasses and bushes for them to play in.  If I remember the sand toys and scooters it’s a big bonus!

The spicas are popular with those who love to get dizzy.


Parking: Street parking on Woonona Road.

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Map: Find the playground on Google Maps here.


Little Ms loves pink but is a tomboy too.

Can’t have a piccy of one twin without the other.

Gorgeous spot in Sydney’s north for any sunny day.


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Posted on: July 4, 2011

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