Carss Park, actually officially known as Carss Bush Park, is a magnificent place to spend a day with the family. Carss Park scores the family friendly trifecta having a wonderful playground; a terrific cafe/restaurant, the Carss Park Cafe and Grill, right beside the playground, with delightful views over the water; a beach and enclosed swimming area on the Georges River; and plenty of space to picnic and play, plus some small bush walks good for all ages of the family.
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Carss Bush Park
Carwar Avenue, Carss Bush ParkNSW 2221
Parking: There’s a car park at the Kogarah Swimming Pool on Carwar Avenue and that’s where I have always parked. You can also enter the park from Bunyala Street and there is a car park within the park there.
In both cases there’s a short walk into the park to get to the cafe, playground and beach, no problems at all for strollers.
NB Like all excellent parks in Sydney, Carss Park can be VERY busy, especially on sunny weekends and public holidays. Do get there early!
Cars Park Toilets: There are public toilets close to the playground
Dog-friendliness: A dog friendly area is located opposite to Parkside Drive Reserve with entry available on Carlton Crescent.
Carss Park Map
Carss Park Playground
There are two sections of the playground, the original enclosed toddler play area, then the newer very bushy, all-abilities playground beside it. The enclosed space is great for little kids, it’s great there’s an enclosed section as the water is just a toddler dash away.
There’s some really interesting play equipment.
The all abilities roundabout is small but the kids love it.
Love all the rope and wood used in building this playground.
Plenty of challenging equipment for the older children.
The Liberty swing is fully enclosed, I don’t know why this is needed.
Great slide at Carss Park playground!
The always popular flying fox.
Plenty of areas to climb, jump and just play.
Why swing alone?
The musical instruments are very cool and blend in well.
And, yes, there are swings too.
Carss Park Cafe and Grill
Right alongside the playground, this delightful cafe serves breakfast and lunch. The best seating is outside where you can watch older kids play in the playground and soak up the Georges River and Kogarah Bay views.
See more photos of Carss Park Cafe and Grill on our separate post here.
You’ll find shaded picnic tables and BBQs throughout the park. You cannot book these facilities so it’s first come, first served.
Beach and Baths for Swimming
The beach and Carss Point Baths are terrific for children, being shallow and very calm. It’s a good spot to play at any time of year. The netted baths can be used year round but are more popular in summer.
There are flat paths on the lower part of the park which are fine for trikes, bikes and strollers. We didn’t walk up to the lookout but I believe there are steps. You can easily do some nice short bush walks within the park and the views would be lovely.
Carss Park History
This lovely area on the Georges River is a suburb of its own, between Kogarah Bay and Blakehurst. Carss Park itself was a bush and farming area until the 20th century owned from 1863 by the Scottish immigrant William Carss. William Carss home is at Carss Park, now known as Carss Cottage and it is the museum for the Kogarah Historical Society, it is open on Sundays.
50 acres of the original Carss estate became public parkland in 1924. Read more about the history here.
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