The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

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Playgrounds Deluxe, don’t you love them! These are the best playgrounds in Sydney… at least the best that we’ve found so far!  I hope you enjoy  browsing through them.  

There can’t be a better city in the world for the variety and quality of its children’s playgrounds.

With three boys and a girl, all lively kids and two with ADHD diagnoses, I am not kidding when I say that Sydney’s playgrounds saved my sanity.

 

 

Click on the titles to read the full text of the post, with all the details you need to plan a visit, plus more photos.

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NB I have also a post called Sydney’s Best Playgrounds Listed By Suburb – it lists playgrounds we’ve been to plus others that have been recommended.

I have divided the playgrounds into areas. You can click on the name below to go straight to the area you’re interested in.

Please forgive me some of the dreadful photos with hideous watermarks. The more photography I do, the worse they look. I WILL one day get around to take better photos.

I do have some other posts listing playgrounds by attribute, you can check out:

The 15 Best Playgrounds in Western Sydney

The Best Bushy, Natural Playgrounds in Sydney

How To Find Great Fenced Playgrounds

Best Fenced Playgrounds – North

Best Fenced Playgrounds – East

Best Cafes Beside Playgrounds

To read more about the importance of playgrounds for children of all abilities, read  Inclusive Play Space and Touched By Olivia.

City + East

Bondi Beach Playground

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Darling Quarter Playground, Darling Harbour

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Grant Reserve, Coogee

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Lyne Park Playground, Rose Bay

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Maroubra Beach Playground and Skate Park, Maroubra

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Pirrama Park Playground at Pyrmont Point

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Robertson Park Playground, Watson’s Bay

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Rushcutters Bay Park Playground, Rushcutters Bay

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Sydney Park Playground, St Peters

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North

Anderson Park, Ryde

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Apex Park Playground, Mona Vale

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Balmoral Beach Playground

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Berry Island Reserve Playground, Wollstonecraft

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Bicentennial Park Playground, West Pymble

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Bilarong Reserve, Narrabeen Lake

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Blenheim Park, North Ryde 

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Blackman Park Playground, Lane Cove West

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Buffalo Creek Reserve Playground, Hunters Hill

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Clifton Gardens Playground

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Clontarf Beach Playground

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Collaroy Beach Playground, Collaroy

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Flying Fox Playground at Winnererremy Bay Park

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Governor Phillip Park Playground, Palm Beach

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Hallstrom Reserve Playground, Willoughby

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John Roche Playground, Northbridge

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O H Reid Reserve, Chatswood West

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Lagoon Park Playground, Queenscliff by Manly

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Lionel Watts Playground, Frenchs Forest

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Passmore Reserve Playground, Manly Vale

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Putney Park Playground, Putney

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Warners Park Playground, Northbridge

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Willoughby Park Playground, Willoughby

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 Inner West

Burwood Park Playground

 

Camperdown Memorial Rest Playground

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Elkington Park and Playground, Balmain

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Livvi’s Place, Timbrell Park, Five Dock

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Steel Park Playground, Marrickville

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West

Bicentennial Park Playground, Sydney Olympic Park 

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Blaxland Riverside Park Playground

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Central Gardens, Merrylands


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Fairfield Adventure Park

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Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands

 

Livvi’s Place Yamble Reserve Ryde

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 Lizard Log Playground, Horsley Park

 

Mt Annan Botanic Gardens Playground

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Parramatta Park Playgrounds

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Plough and Harrow Playground, Western Sydney Parklands

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Rouse Hill Playground

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South

Kyeemagh Beach Playground

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Shelly Beach Playground, Cronulla

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More We Need To Explore and Photograph

To plan a visit to these one,  Google the playgrounds, go to maps and then look at the street view. Click on the link given to read a little bit more. Full reports from us to come – I promise!!

If you visit any of these and can share information and photos, please do get in touch. I’d love to feature your pix and words!

Wahroonga Park Playground

W H Brothers Memorial Park Cremorne

The Backyard at Rouse Hill Town Centre

Livvi’s Place Macarthur Square Indoor Playground

Warriewood Valley District Playground 

Bobbin Head

Harold Moon Reserve

Ryde Park  

Parramatta Riverside Park

Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside

Fagan Park, Galston – excellent post and photos on the website Explore Australia With Kids here

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Parramatta Riverside park – thank you to Rebecca at Little Munch for sending this photo.

And Some Great Playgrounds We’ve Visited Outside Sydney!

If in Cairns, do not miss the fantastic Muddy’s Playground on the Esplanade.

When in Newcastle, visiting Speers Park Playground is a must.

Canberra’s Best Parks and Playgrounds is here

 

Oops! It looks like we’ve gone over the 50… and I bet there are more to add to this list.

Can you recommend a fantastic playground to other Sydney families?

If you’d like to send in any suggestions and photos I could add them to this list.

If you’ve written about a great playground, please do leave a link in the comments.

Does your family have a passion for playgrounds too?

Happy playtime.

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Posted on: September 23, 2015

38 Comments

  • Reply April 9, 2014

    Corinne

    If you want to visit an exceptional park 2hrs north of Sydney, then drop into Speers Point in Lake Macquarie. Good rest stop for you and the kids on the drive further north. http://www.lakemac.com.au/variety-playground

    • Reply April 9, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Oh yes, it’s brilliant and in fact we have been and wrote this post about it: http://www.hellosydneykids.com.au/?p=4087 I Should pop that down at the bottom and a link to our fave one down the coast. We are so spoiled here in Oz.

    • Reply August 20, 2015

      Kelly

      There’s a fantastic park down at Umina Beach. It’s probably one of the best I’ve ever seen. There is a fenced playing area for the littlie’s. There is a massive flying fox, a huge climbing spider thingy. There is number little areas for kids of all ages to explore. There is also adult exercise equipment attached to it so you guys can work out whilst the kids play. Which is another bonus it’s also attached to a soccer/football field on one side. There is also a fully fledged skate park attached, the beach is just across from it, so there is also the surf club kiosk who sells food & drink easily. There is an abundance of parking for it. It’s fantastic. A must see!!

      • Reply August 20, 2015

        Seana Smith

        Oh that sounds fabulous. I’ve stayed at the Holiday Park at Umina beach years ago, I was pregnant with the twins so it must be almost 10 years ago. It was fab but I didn’t get to any playgrounds. Note taken! Thanks so much for sharing your top tips.

  • Reply April 9, 2014

    Alexandra

    I was surprised that the Rocket Park in Warriewood (Warriewood District Playground) is not on the list. It\\\’s so much better than the Governor Phillip Park Playground at Palm Beach.
    Then I found it at the very end of your list and I understood that you haven\\\’t made pictures about it yet.
    That explains it :)I can highly recommend it as one of the best playgrounds on the Northern Beaches 🙂

    • Reply April 9, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Good to hear you give it the thumbs up. I feel daft as I live fairly close – in fact I drove through Warriewood tonight – but I haven’t gone yet. Might try to pop in there on Friday, won’t have kids but it’d be good to see it and then I can do a proper post on it. before the twins went to school we visited new playgrounds all the time but these days it’s trickier. Thanks for popping over.

  • Reply April 10, 2014

    Rebecca (Little Munch)

    Out here in them thar Hills of Sydney some good ones are Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills; Winston Hills Lions Park; Bernie Mullane in Kellyville; The Brickpit playground at Pennant Hills x

    • Reply April 10, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Thank you Rebecca, that’s great and I will check them out and add to the list.

  • Reply April 10, 2014

    Sophie

    Very useful post. Playgrounds are absolute lifesavers. Some of these in Sydney look very creative. My youngest is 12 now, but she still enjoys playgrounds every now and then; although usually just to hang about in the swings, chatting with friends.

    • Reply April 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      My twins are almost 8 and still love a good playground, there are so many here that still work well for older kids. More for the littlies but lots are still good for us in school holidays – which started today – hooray.

  • Reply April 10, 2014

    Marcia

    Great roundup, Seana. Don\’t you sometimes wish adults had playgrounds like these too? I love some of the names. Lizard Log\’s my favorite and the photo you showed almost had me think of a log.

    • Reply April 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Hi Marcia, some of these are big enough for teens and adults too… but I can never keep up with my little kids! Lots of great outdoor places for the adults here too tho’ I had a lovely swim in a rock pool down at one of the beaches today, and the water felt warm, amazing for autumn.

  • Reply April 10, 2014

    Phoebe

    What a useful list and one I’ll certainly make the most of next time I visit Sydney (though when that’ll be I’m not sure!) I lived for many years in Sydney all over the Eastern Suburbs and Inner West but it was pre-kids and I can honestly say I never noticed any of these places!! Now I’d make a bee-line for them with children in tow. Funny how we notice or don’t notice things depending on our mindset.

    • Reply April 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      I was the same when I lived in Sydney the first time, without kids… never saw a playground… after I moved back with a toddler, they miraculously appeared.

  • Reply April 11, 2014

    budget jan

    It is mind boggling the amount and variety of playgrounds you have at your disposal in Sydney. We live in a smallish city and when our kids were little, playgrounds were their thing. If we didn’t want to stop or wanted to save an argument about so, we had to plan our route to avoid the sight of playgrounds. Ah – those were the days 🙂 This will be a great resource for young families in Sydney. I bet your kids loved the research 🙂

    • Reply April 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Thanks jan, and guess what< I knocked another one off today, without my kids sadly though. I visited one in warriewood, it's fab and I will post pix soon, only issue was no toilets - bad for me today!

  • We were very impressed with the playgrounds in Sydney during our visit there. They were everywhere! And they were so nice with lots of fun equipment. We found one on the way to dinner during our last night that the kids absolutely loved.

    • Reply April 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Good to hear! These ones are all over the city, I must do a list one day of playgrounds that are close to the centre and to places visitors would go to. I took photos of another excellent one today, didn’t have the kids with me sadly.

  • Reply April 13, 2014

    Nancie

    Hi Seana! Fantastic resource for anyone with kids. Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday this week.

    • Reply April 13, 2014

      Seana Smith

      My pleasure, I like to link up when I know I’ll have time to read around a bit, and that’s not so often during the times I am home alone with the kids when husband is working away. Hope you had a good weekend. And now I remember that I fogot to leave a link to you – oh no!

  • Reply September 14, 2014

    Mansi

    The Rhodes park is lovely too… Lots of fun activities for kids of different ages 🙂

    • Reply September 15, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Hello Mansi, is that the playground as you come over the bridge from the north, it’s on the left hand side?? I can’t remember the name of the park. Could you let me know and I must get over there sometimes.

  • Reply November 22, 2014

    Jay A

    Seana – Thanks so much for posting these! We are a family from Brooklyn, NY, traveling in Australia – yay! – and your playground reviews were extremely helpful. I particularly liked the attention you paid to shade and the distance to coffee 🙂 – Jay, Miranda, Lake & Finn http://www.milesfrombrooklyn.com

    • Reply November 23, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Oh thank you! That’s great to hear, I ;ove getting feedback from folks who find the blog handy. I’ll pop over to visit you at your blog once I get my own kids in bed, or tomorrow. Hope that you continue to have a fantastic trip.

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  • Reply August 3, 2015

    Diem

    I never noticed it before I had a child but I recently visited Shannon Reserve Surry Hills. Although there is no café in the playground, there are some great cafés and ice cream shops across the park. There is a write up and some pics in this link
    http://sydney.kidtown.com.au/top-kid-friendly-activities-in-crown-street-surry-hills/

    • Reply August 4, 2015

      Seana Smith

      I must check it out next time I’m over that way. Thanks for your tip!

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    Gourmet Getaways

    Totally agree on this!! Loads and heaps of not just playgrounds but creative ones set in awesome environments! Thank you for gathering all these great info for us, Seana!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply December 6, 2015

    Bree

    Just moved to the Blue Mountains and was wondering if you had any ideas for great parks out this way? I used to frequent many of the parks on your list now I’m at a loss to know where to go. Thanks

  • Reply January 15, 2016

    Adele

    This is an awesome list that you have produced Seana. I have three girls and I also love exploring new parks and playgrounds. We are so lucky in Sydney as there are what feels like hundreds of mind blowing playgrounds all around Sydney. Plus they only get better with more state of the art equipment being built.

    • Reply January 17, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Totally agree, we have wonderful places and they are free – love an egalitarian outdoors space… like our beaches too.

  • Reply August 10, 2016

    Jenny

    Hi Seana,
    What a great website you have. We are planning our trip to Australia with our 4-year old son. Now we are already enjoying all the possibilities while we’re still in the Netherlands. Thank you so much!
    greetings Jenny

    • Reply August 11, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Thank you so much. I keep meaning to add more info specifically for people planning a visit… how long will be stay in Sydney??

      • Reply August 20, 2016

        Jenny

        We’re not sure yet. Still orientating. We are planning to make a trip, probably from Sydney, via Canberra, Melbourne, maybe to Adelaide (kangaroo Island) or Tasmania. Next week we’re trying to make it more specific.It’s finding a way to combine our wishes (visiting national parks, enjoy walks in beautiful nature) with the wishes of our fouryear-old who likes to play with other kids and really enjoys telling en playing stories.

  • Reply October 3, 2016

    Joy Adan @joyadanwrites

    Awesome website! Just came across it from the Aussie Bloggers Facebook group and can’t wait to check out your recommendations with our two boys. There’s a massive playground and water park in Sydney’s west at The Blacktown Showground precinct – totally perfect to cool down on a hot sunny day or for a family picnic/party. There’s a cafe too. Just wrote did a write up (with pics) – hope you get to visit: http://joyadanwrites.com/blacktown-showground-precinct-francis-park/

    • Reply October 3, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Spooky! I’ve just had a post and pix emailed to me about this playground by a contributor. Will pop over to visit your blog too. Cheers

  • Reply November 7, 2016

    Maddie's PlayLife

    Hi,
    You have a great website. We have been using your website to find great playgrounds for our YouTube Channel and for other family recreation activities. It’s easier and more effective than looking at council websites.

    Check out our videos on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaYXtOvBYUVXuej4jDStBIg?sub_confirmation=1.

    We will post more playground videos as well.

    Hopefully this isn’t considered a spam? lol

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