We’re fortunate to live in a cul de sac in the bush. Garigal National Park is our backyard and some beautiful misty mornings, the trees completely take our breath away.
Natural spaces are so good for us all, it’s been proven that living amongst nature improves mental health, physical health and even symptoms of ADHD in children (definitely true for my two with ADHD.)
We’re so lucky in Sydney to have an abundance of natural spaces to explore and enjoy. There’s the beautiful harbour, it’s beaches and pools, and our ocean beaches with beautiful coastal walks linking them.
Then we have Sydney Harbour National Park, and the other national parks which ring the sprawling suburbs; to the south the Royal National Park, to the North Ku-ring-gai Chase and to the west the Blue Mountains NP. And there are state forests too.
But when you have young kids, on many days, you just aren’t going to head off hiking into the wilds. You might only have the energy to pack a sandwich and head to a playground, preferably a fenced one that the kids can’t escape from.
There are some excellent, very natural and bushy playgrounds in Sydney and I’ve listed my favourites below. I’m sure there are more and I’d love to hear from readers about their own favourites; I’ll add them to this list.
Yes, I know that there are a zillion very modern, brightly coloured and very funky playgrounds in Sydney (check out my Sydney’s 50 Best Playgrounds post here). They can be thrilling to visit, but they won’t feed the soul the way a visit to a natural playground will.
My Top Four Tree-Tastic, Natural Playgrounds
(click on the names to read full descriptions of each playground)
These playgrounds are within beautiful parks, by gorgeous trees or have a lovely natural area within them – or all three!
I know that my teens and twins all benefit from being close to nature. I’ve always encouraged them to climb trees, play with sticks, get their hands very dirty. They all spent lots of time in bushy playgrounds when they were little. As they got older we dragged them out on bush walks, which they always enjoyed even if they whinged at first.
Long walks by the sea or in the bush are the best thing in the world. But when kids are little and you don’t have much time, at least there are some excellent places to connect with our natural world and to soothe the soul.
The playgrounds I’ve listed above are great places for day trips and excursions, worth making a trip for, to let the kids run wild and your mind run free. And don’t forget to read the 10 Reasons The Bush Is Good For Your Health.
Do you know another excellent bushy playground in Sydney?
How does being amongst trees make you feel?
And the kids?