Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

I do love an inner-city playground, don’t you?   It’s great to know that kids from our most urban areas can find a bit of green, even a tiny taste of the bush in their own backyard.

This playground is just a few steps from trendy, edgy King Street in Newtown, but it’s a world away.  It’s visited weekly by the Magic Yellow Bus; what’s not to love?
camperdown memorial rest playground

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park Playground

Between Australia and Lennox Streets,  Newtown 2042

Website:, Environment, Parks and Reserves

A very large, peaceful bushy spot for the kids in gritty, groovy downtown Newtown. This is a large, rectangular playground which has been beautifully landscaped with bushy plants, sandstone, and wood. Some of the play structures are wooden and there are good sandpits. It all feels very natural which is lovely to see in the inner city.

There are swings, a great wobble bridge and several play structures. There are plenty benches and picnic tables inside the playground too.

Nearest takeaway coffee: Cafes on King Street, a few minutes walk away

Toilets: No

Shade: Some

Enclosed: Yes

Mum’s report: The equipment is great—there’s something for all ages. BYO bucket and spade and get set to stay for a long time.

Extra: There are good paths in the park for walking and for bikes. The groovy cafes and shops on King Street are very close by. The Magic Yellow Bus comes here.

Map reference: Gregory’s 17 F10, Sydway 296 N7, UBD 255 H5

Parking: Street parking on Australia Street and other streets by the park

Nearest station: Newtown is a 10–15 minute walk away

Bus stop nearby: Yes

camperdown memorial rest playground

The huge sandpits and climbing frames are great for older under fives and siblings.

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Have you got a favourite place in Newtown?  

Is there anywhere to eat that you can recommend to other families?

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Posted on: June 8, 2011


  • Reply June 9, 2011


    Sigh, sadly my favourite place in Newtown is a local Thai restaurant (BEST pad thai imagineable!). I used to live a short walk from here once upon a time, in my “BC” – before children 🙂

  • Reply June 9, 2011


    Oh do tell us where Donna… lets start a great places to go in Sydney WITHOUT the kids list!

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