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



Grant Reserve, Coogee



Lyne Park Playground, Rose Bay

Lyne Park Playground Rose Bay


Maroubra Beach Playground and Skate Park, Maroubra

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Pirrama Park Playground at Pyrmont Point

Pirrama Point playground


Robertson Park Playground, Watson’s Bay

Robertson Park Playground, Watsons Bay


Rushcutters Bay Park Playground, Rushcutters Bay

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Sydney Park Playground, St Peters

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Anderson Park, Ryde

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Apex Park Playground, Mona Vale

Apex Park Mona Vale playground


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 

Blenheim Park North Ryde


Blackman Park Playground, Lane Cove West



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



O H Reid Reserve, Chatswood West

O H Reid playground


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

Five Dock

Steel Park Playground, Marrickville

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Bicentennial Park Playground, Sydney Olympic Park 

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Blaxland Riverside Park Playground



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




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

Sydney's best playgrounds parramatta

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