Melanie Cross has been out exploring Sydney with her three and a half year old daughter and almost two year old son. Today they show us around Nurragingy Reserve and its playgrounds. Thank you, Mel.
Nurragingy Reserve and Playground
Knox Road, Doonside
Nurragingy Reserve is a deceptively modest looking park from the entrance gate, however once you drive in this 63 hectare reserve is an amazing place to bring your kids. It’s easy to see why it attracts over 1 million visitors a year.
The largest parking area is close to the entrance by the kiosk and wedding reception venue. Behind which are the formal international gardens, lakes, well paved bike tracks and footpaths, open areas large enough for ball games and shaded seating areas.
Driving past this well-manicured area you enter a far more natural landscape that seems to go on forever!
Despite its enormous size, the layout of Nurragingy means that it is easy to find an area for any size of gathering.
Roads within the reserve wind around the natural bushland passing the many different picnic areas, most with BBQs both push button and wood burning (wood provided in some), some with children’s play areas of varying sizes and many with shaded picnic tables.
We tend to go to the Ibis picnic area for most of our visits as it has a fun playground in a big sandpit that my kids love. It is also not too close to any of the open water areas, has BBQs and picnic tables and is well shaded.
This of course makes it popular with families with small children and on one recent visit we found we had been beaten there by a princess party, two large family reunions and a number of other picnickers so we continued driving!
We wound around until found the Kookaburra picnic area, new to us, far less crowded and with a play area that was perfect for Miss 3 and Mr soon-to-be 2.
By the time we had spread out our blanket our little people were happily checking out the small climbing frame, slide and swings.
Older children love the bushwalking tracks that snake through the reserve and the footpaths are busy with bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller-blades.
Nurragingy Water Play Playground
Located in the Wren Picnic Area in Nurragingy Reserve, the water play area is open:
SUMMER: DECEMBER – FEBRUARY: 9:00AM to 6:30PM
AUTUMN: MARCH – MAY: 10:00AM to 3:30PM
WINTER: JUNE – AUGUST: CLOSED
SPRING: SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER: 10:00AM TO 3.30PM
Toilets/Baby change: There are 5 toilet blocks within the reserve, some with baby change
Nearest takeaway coffee: The Lakeside Kiosk serves coffee, hot food, drinks and snacks (they do a roaring trade in ice cream!)
Enclosed playgrounds: No
Shade: Yes, both trees and shelters
Parking: There are many parking areas in the Reserve
Mum’s report: An amazing location, however supervision for small children needs to be vigilant as there are a number of open water areas and roads run throughout the park often close to the playgrounds
Extra: The Lomandra picnic area has a disability swing
Sounds like a great place to have a picnic and a play with family and friends, thank you Melanie!
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Enjoy exploring Sydney with the kids!