Western Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – 15 and counting

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Please welcome guest poster Rebecca from the terrific blog Little Munch, my very favourite blog about eating out with kids in Sydney.  Rebecca writes really detailed posts, with everything you need to know before you visit cafes with kids.

Here’s Rebecca’s list of her family’s favourite playgrounds in Western Sydney. They’re listed alphabetically by suburb.

Can you add to it?

 

Western Sydney’s Best Playgrounds

The one thing that Western Sydney has is a fair bit space – so there are some seriously good playgrounds to be found in most suburbs out here.

From large bushland parks to suburban playgrounds there are so many to explore.

So slip slop slap everyone, and head out west to enjoy some of these awesome playgrounds!

 

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Plough & Harrow ParkAbbotsbury

There is so much to love about this awesome playground that is part of the Western Sydney Parklands. It has equipment for all ages and it right next to a restaurant that also has kiosk where you can totally caffeinate yourself! Read Seana and family’s review of Plough and Harrow playground here.

Address: Elizabeth Dr, Abbotsbury NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Not much

BBQs: Yes

 

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Lizard Log playground

Lizard Log – Abbotsbury

Flying foxes, giant swings, slides, balancing beams, water play, and a cycle way – if you haven’t been you really should!

It’s in the Western Sydney Parklands, just like Plough & Harrow playground above. And there are picnic spots galore. Read Seana’s review of Lizard Log playground here.

Address: Cnr The Horsley Drive & Cowpasture Rds, Abbotsbury NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: No

Shade: Some

BBQs: Yes

Auburn Botanic Garden Japanese Garden_

Auburn Botanic Gardens

Auburn Botanic Gardens – Auburn

So this is actually a garden and not a park (but let’s not get fussy) as it covers almost 10ha in outdoor space and includes two lakes, a waterfall, bridges over duck ponds, pretty gardens (especially in Spring), a maze, fauna reserve and it has a playground – which is a tad dated in comparison to the other super duper cool playgrounds listed in this article.

Address: Chisholm Rd & Chiswick Rd, Auburn NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Some

BBQs: Yes

Francis Park playground

Francis Park playground

Francis Park Playground

Francis Park playground

Francis ParkBlacktown

This is one of Western Sydney’s best playgrounds. It is part of the Blacktown Showground Precinct and has everything from a community garden to train spotting available in it. There are actually 3 different playgrounds within the park.

There is a fabulous all ages water park that operates from spring to autumn; a junior playground for little kids that has swings, balance beams and so many climbing apparatuses; and the senior playground for big kids has a flying fox, slides, things to climb on and over plus loads more.

There is a ton of space to ride scooters and bikes and you can pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many shelters scattered throughout the park. Or if you can’t be bothered bringing food from home, grab a bite to eat in the café that is on site.

Address: Cnr Richmond & Balmoral Rds, Blacktown NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes

BBQs: Yes

Francis Park playground

Francis Park playground

Bungarribee Park – Bungarribee (Western Sydney Parklands)

Read all about this seriously awesome playground here!

Address: Intersection of Holbeche and Doonside Roads, Bungarribee NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

 

Bungarribee playground

 

nurragingy Reserve playground

Nurragingy Reserve Playgrounds

Nurragingy ReserveDoonside

This 63 ha. reserve has so many hidden delights within its parameters. There is a stunning Chinese garden, a beautiful lake where you can feed the ducks, a small waterfall, 4 different playgrounds and a kiosk that is open every day.

The playgrounds within the reserve are spaced well apart and you can easily walk between them, or drive if you have a sleepy little one in the back of the car.

Most of the playgrounds have your typical equipment, but the one that will excite kids the most will with be the water splash park.

Under the protection of sun sails, the brightly coloured splash park will keep your kids occupied for hours – but be warned it is very popular in the warmer months, so arrive early!

Address: Knox Rd, Doonside NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Some

BBQs: Yes

Nurragingy reserve playground

Nurragingy Reserve Playgrounds

Halvorsen Park – Ermington

This park has lovely views of the Parramatta River. The nautical themed play equipment is suitable for kids under the age of about 9 years of age. You will find your usual playground equipment such as swings and slides as well as some climbing frames, whirly gigs and loads of things for little people to safely climb up and over.

There are shade sails that offer some sun protection but you won’t find any toilets or picnic facilities here sadly. On the first Saturday of the month, the delightful Market By The River is held here as well.

Address: Seamist Ave, Ermington NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: No

Shade: Yes

BBQs: No

 

Halvorsen Park – Ermington (Image Credit: www.syntheticgrass.com.au)

 

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Fairfield Adventure Park

Fairfield Adventure Park – Fairfield

I think it’s pretty safe to say that this is one of Sydney’s coolest playground! Brand spanking new, Fairfield City Council have spent a whopping $1.4 million creating this masterpiece.

With a huge climbing tower, freaky looking slides and more, this playground is an awesome way to keep your older kids happy in the holidays. For more information click about Fairfield Adventure park, click here.

Address: Vine St, Fairfield NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Not much

BBQs: Yes

 

Glenmore Park Playground

Glenmore Park Playground

Glenmore Park Playground

Glenmore Park Playground

Glenmore Park Child & Family PrecinctGlenmore Park

Being located right next to a lovely cafe is a major drawcard of this playground, as is the modern playground equipment that is kept spotlessly clean because it sits alongside a childcare centre.

Swings are there of course, as is a large sand pit, slippery slides, climbing frames, mirrors that distort the body, balancing equipment and a scooter pathway.

Unfortunately the playground is rather exposed to the sun, so if you visiting in the summer months plan your visit to arrive early in order to avoid the heat.

Address: 31 Blue Hills Drive, Glenmore Park

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: No

Endeavour Park – Kings Langley (Image Credit: Blacktown Council)

Endeavour Park – Kings Langley

This brand spanking new park (Sept 2017) honours James Cook’s journey to Australia onboard his ship the Endeavour.

The whole design of the playground features elements that reflect the voyage, like a sandpit in the shape of Tahiti, boat sail like swings, rubber matting in a full sized outline of the 30m ship, and a kids ride that looks like a goat (as this four legged creature came on the ship with Cook to Australia)!

Address: Cnr of James Cook Drive & Shanke Crescent, Kings Langley

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

Central Gardens Merrylands

Central Gardens Merrylands

Central Gardens – Merrylands

With two playgrounds and animal enclosures, this is the ideal spot visit when you are light on cash but still want to give your kidlets a great day out – because it is absolutely free! Check this blog post of a review of Central Gardens playgrounds ere.

Address: Cnr Cumberland Hwy & Merrylands Rd, Merrylands NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Kiosk on weekends

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes

BBQs: Yes

 

Holroyd gardens playground Merrylands

Holroyd gardens playground Merrylands

Holroyd Gardens Playgrounds Merrylands

There are two playgrounds here, plus a great bike track. See Seana’s full post with photos about Holroyd Gardens playgrounds here.

Address:  Aka Walpole Street Playground, Walpole Street Merrylands NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes, some

BBQs: Yes

Birriwa Reserve (Image Credit: Camden Council)

Birriwa Reserve Outdoor Youth Space – Mount Annan

This action packed playground in south western Sydney has specifically desing for older kids to encourage them to get outside and be active more.

There’s also some play equipment for young kids like swings and whirly gigs and of course there are scooter paths and loads of space to kick a ball and fly a kite.

Address:  Cnr Waterworth & Welling Drs, Mount Annan NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

 

Blaxland Riverside Park Playground 1

Blaxland Riverside Park Playground

Blaxland Riverside Park – Newington

This huge and very modern park has great equipment for all ages, plus a cafe and views over the river. Read more about Blaxland Riverside Park on our review here.

Address:  Jamieson Street, Newington NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Some, but lots of the playground has no shade

BBQs: Yes

 

Lake Parramatta Reserve

Lake Parramatta Reserve

Lake Parramatta ReserveNorth Parramatta

If you like to get your kids out and about and into nature, then you will love a visit to Lake Parramatta and its playground. Set practically in the bush, the reserve has many activities such as bush walks, duck feeding and even swimming within its 75 ha.

After you have finished exploring the lake and its surrounds, you can grab a take away from the café on site and head to the playground with the kids. The playground has a bike path, boulder climb, slippery slides, musical instruments, swings and even a mobility swing.

Dotted throughout the playground are some pretty cool rock carvings of local wildlife, which kids will love to climb over.

Address: Enter from Lackey St (via Bourke St) North Parramatta NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

Thornton Playground – the “smaller” one! (Image Credit: www.landcom.com.au)

Thornton Playground – North Penrith

There are actually 2 playgrounds here, with the bigger one being best for young kids who are developing all of their “outdoor” skills. Kids will love the splash pad and all the equipment they can climb up and over.

The smaller playground is actually completely inter-generational. In other words, it is for both older and younger people, especially those with mobility and coordination issues. There’s fitness equipment and other special apparatuses that target motor skills, coordination and balance.

Address: Lord Sheffield Circuit (accessed from Sydney Smith Drive, off Coreen Avenue), North Penrith NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

Davison Reserve (Image Credit: Blacktown Council)

Davison Reserve – Parklea

A newly upgraded playground, this nature style play space has a flying fox, a fortress, loads of things to climb up and over as well as a basket swing and play hut.

Address: Satinash Street, Parklea NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: No

Shade: No

BBQs: No

 

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Domain Creek Playground

Domain Creek Playground

Domain Creek Playground

Parramatta Park – Parramatta

This park is home to the very grand Old Government House as well as a couple of delightful cafes and playgrounds.

The brand new Domain Creek playground has also just opened inside the park, and it is home to some very snazzy playground equipment that kids of all ages will love. Read Seana’s original review of Parramatta Park here.

Address: Cnr Pitt & Macquarie Sts, Parramatta NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Some

BBQs: Yes

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Domain Creek Playground

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Splash ParkParramatta

One thing about Western Sydney is that it does get darn hot in summer! And instead of heading to the beach, locals can just cool down at the local splash park just like this awesome one in Parramatta.

James Ruse Splash Park is relatively new and is a favourite of kids of all ages. There are water buckets, squirters and sprays that will keep kidlets cool and it’s all under cover which is a bonus.

What isn’t under cover is the fab country style playground that is right next to it. This play area has spring loaded roosters, slippery slides (which may burn little bottomss in summer), climbing frames, swings and more.

There is even a skate park right next to it, so throw the skateboards and scooters in the back of the car.

The big negative of this Reserve is that there aren’t any toilets – so think carefully before you throw down a picnic rug next to any trees (if you know what I mean!)

Address: Cnr Hassall & Parkes St, Parramatta NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No – pick one up at Lil Miss Collins before you go.

Toilets: No

Shade: Yes

BBQs: Yes

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Splash Park

 

CBD Foreshore Park Parramatta

CBD Foreshore Park Parramatta

CBD River Foreshore PlaygroundParramatta

If you have any little chimpanzees amongst your brood then this park is for them. Located on the northern bank of the Parramatta River, this park is a little climber’s paradise.

With super long slides that you have to climb up to get to, as well as commando nets and a rope bridge, kids will have loads of fun swinging from one to another.

And don’t worry if you have any little safety Sams in the clan, they will have fun back down on Earth, pumping water into the sand pit.

Address: Elizabeth St Footbridge, Parramatta NSW

Parking: Yes (Phillip St on south side of river or Elizabeth St on north side)

Café: No – grab one at the brand new River Cafe on the way

Toilets: No

Shade: No

BBQs: No

CBD Foreshore Park Parramatta

CBD Foreshore Park Parramatta

Jamison Park – South Penrith

This brightly coloured playground will keep kids under the age of about 10 years entertained for a fair while. It’s only about 12 months old and it has a nice spongy ground, slides, swings, twirly gigs, climbing frame, scooter path and a crocodile, lizard and spider are lurking on the ground!

Bigger kids might have fun kicking a footy at the oval next door or going for a hoon in the skate park that is also on site. And if you are desperate for a caffeine fix head diagonally across the road from the playground to the nearest café.

Address: Batt St, South Penrith NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Across the road

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes

BBQs: No

Jamison Park Playground

 

Riverside Playground – Spring Farm (Camden)

Another brand spanking new playground for Western Sydney, this huge playspace is located in the Camden area.

You will find equipment for toddlers as well as loads of fun things for older kids to play on like flying foxes, awesome slides, climbing equipment and see-saws.

The playground is wheelchair accessible too which is a bonus. There are BBQ and picnic areas but unfortunately no loos!

Address: 1 Burrell Rd, Spring Farm NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Not yet

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

Riverside Park – Spring Farm (Image Credit: The Cornish Group)

Strathfield Park – Strathfield

We might have a contender for Western’s Sydney best playground when this little (actually not so little) beauty is completed!

With magnificent looking slides and climbing fortresses, bike paths and so many different apparatuses to climb on and jump on and play on, this all abilities playground will no doubt draw families in from all over Sydney! Stay tuned for more information…

Address: Cnr of Chalmers & Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW

Parking: Yes

Cafe: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQS: Yes

Strathfield Park (Image Credit: Strathfield Council)

Cathy Freeman Park – Sydney Olympic Park

The iconic Olympic Cauldron is the centre piece of this fab space. When the water is turned on kids will love getting soaked (so pack a towel), and they will also love having fun in the play areas.

You will find two playgrounds here, one for your little ones and one for your bigger kdlets. There’s heaps of beautiful green space to enjoy a picnic or just grab something from one of the nearby eateries.

Address: Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes

BBQs: Yes

Cathy Freeman Park (Image Credit: Sydney Olympic Park)

Piddington Street Playground – The Ponds

With a giant treehouse, in-ground trampolines, super slide, flying fox, climbing webs, wheelchair accessible equipment and toddler play equipment, this brand new playground has fabulous equipment for all members of the family. It has picnic facilities but sadly there is no sun protection as yet or loos!

Address: Piddington St, The Ponds NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: No

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

Piddington Street Playground (Image Credit: www.realestate.com.au)

Werrington Lakes ReserveWerrington

Werrington Lakes is a sprawling reserve that is home to a lake (obviously), cycle tracks, walking paths picnic facilities and outdoor gym equipment.

There is also a pretty good playground with a water splash pad where kids will love to cool off after running amok in the park. The splash pad is only small, but kids will still have loads of fun getting themselves wet.

The playground is covered and has a fort, swings, things to climb up on, a fireman’s pole and other apparatuses to test out your kids balance and coordination.

Address: Burton St, Werrington NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: Yes

BBQs: Yes

 

Werrington Lakes playground splash water

Splash Pad at Werrington Lakes Playground

 

Macquarie park Windsor

Macquarie Park Windsor

Macquarie ParkWindsor

This park is located on the banks of the mighty Hawkesbury River – just across the Macquarie Bridge from Windsor. There is ample parking, excellent toilet facilities and if the weather is nice you can even go for a dip in the river like all of the locals do.

The playground facilities are perfect for kids of all ages with climbing frames, slippery slides, swings, bike paths and quite a few picnic shelters. You just need to keep an eye on wandering kids as the car park and playground are right next to each and there isn’t a fence between them.

Also as the river is very easily accessible, you do need to keep your offspring in view at all times.

The café on site is currently closed so make sure you drop into Café Red in Windsor to pick up a takeaway before you head across the bridge to the park!

Address: Bridge St, Windsor NSW

Parking: Yes

Café: No

Toilets: Yes

Shade: No

BBQs: Yes

 

To find fantastic playgrounds in other areas of Sydney read this post:

The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

 

Are there any other fabulous playgrounds in Western Sydney that we have missed?

I’m sure there are many more!

 

 


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Posted on: September 4, 2015

4 Comments

  • September 22, 2015

    Sofia

    Wow! These playgrounds look great. I wish I had known about these playgrounds when my daughter was little. Fortunately we did have Speers Point park in Lake Macquarie which is close by.

    • September 23, 2015

      Seana Smith

      It’s absolutely fantastic Speers Point. A great place to stop off for any families travelling past.

  • September 27, 2015

    Kellie

    Glad to see that there are still a few great playgrounds that we haven’t explored yet!

    I would definitely like to see Blaxland Riverside Park added to this list as well as Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park and possibly Auburn Botanic Gardens.

    • September 28, 2015

      Seana Smith

      OK yes, good idea Kellie, I will add these in. Happy exploring and please do pop back and say which you like best… and tell us of any more!