Parramatta Park Playgrounds: Domain Creek and Paperbark Playground at Pavilion Flat

Parramatta Park has two terrific playgrounds, Domain Creek and Paperbark Playground at Pavilion Flat. Read all about them here and find the details you need to plan a family trip that works.

Domain Creek playground at Parramatta Park
The amazing slide at Domain Creek playground. Don’t you think it looks like a giant mosquito?

Have you been for a visit to Parramatta Park recently?  Whaaat!??  

Well, come on, start packing the picnic stuff, get the stroller folded up and get over there. Parramatta Park is a beautiful spot and very significant in the history of Sydney.

There are two playgrounds to visit.  On the west side of the park there is the Domain Creek playground and on the east is Paperbark Playground at Pavilion Flat.

Parramatta Park Playgrounds

O’Connell Street, Parramatta 2150

Parramatta Park website here

Park map here.

Paperbark Playground at Pavilion Flat

Paperbark Playground Pavilion Flat was completely updated with an opening in July 2019. We haven’t gone to take photos ourselves yet, so for the best description pop over to

There is a wide variety of play equipment and wonderful water and sand play at Paperbark. 

Check out the equipment on this video.

You can enjoy a lovely high tea at the Gatehouse Tearooms at the entrance to Parramatta Park, check out the website here. And here’s a photo from that website, isn’t the building lovely? Takeaway coffee and snacks are available too.


Domain Creek playground 

Domain Creek playground has lots of equipment that will delight older children and teens.

Check out some of the delights of Domain Creek in this gallery.

Parramatta Park Playgrounds – The Details

Nearest takeaway coffee: Yes, Gatehouse Tearoom 

Toilets: Toilets at the Tudor Gatehouse, toilets by Park Avenue Gate.

Shade: Yes

Enclosed: No

Mum’s report: The picturesque setting by the river and the screeching of cockatoos are an added attraction to the Paperbark Playground. Both playgrounds are good places to have a rest after visiting or walking in the park.

Domain Creek has great equipment, kids love the water play. But it has little shade so far so beware the sun and heat on hot days.

Extra: Old Government House is interesting and the other delights of the park, see website here.

Read about more things to do in Parramatta Park on the website here.

Parking: Parking spaces by the Pavilion Flat playground, two-hour time limit Monday to Friday, three hours at the weekend. If driving in from Macquarie Street drive right around the park to get to these parking bays.

There is a pay carpark just inside the park near the Macquarie Street entrance but using it means having to push the stroller along the road for some distance.

Parking available near to Domain Creek and then you walk across the grassy areas to the play equipment.

Nearest station: Parramatta is a 20–25 minute walk away

Nearest ferry: Parramatta Wharf is a 20–25 minute walk away

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Parramatta Park Playgrounds Map

For more photos and info on the Paperbark Playground see this post on the Parraparents website.

Creative Playground Games for Children: Fostering Fun and Imagination

Playgrounds provide a stimulating environment where children can engage in physical activity, develop social skills, and exercise their imagination through creative play. In this article, we explore a range of innovative game ideas that can be enjoyed in a playground setting, designed to promote fun, teamwork, and inventive thinking among children of various age groups.

1. Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt is an exciting and collaborative game that fosters problem-solving skills, cooperation, and a sense of adventure. Parents or caregivers can hide small tokens or objects around the playground, while children work together to find them by following a series of clues, riddles, or even a simple map. The treasure hunt can be tailored to suit different age groups, with more straightforward clues for younger children and more challenging riddles for older kids.

2. Obstacle Course

Creating an obstacle course is an inventive way to make use of a playground’s existing equipment and encourage physical activity. Children can navigate a series of challenges, such as climbing up a slide, swinging across monkey bars, or balancing on a beam, in a race against the clock or as part of a team relay. This game can be adapted to cater to different skill levels and abilities, ensuring that all participants feel included and challenged.

3. Playground Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool for nurturing children’s imagination and language development. In this game, children take turns to create a collective story, using the playground as their setting and inspiration. Each child adds a sentence or a segment to the narrative, building on the contributions of their peers. Parents or caregivers can initiate the story, provide prompts or suggestions, and help guide the narrative if required.

4. The Floor is Lava

This classic game taps into children’s creativity and encourages them to think strategically as they navigate the playground without touching the ground. The aim is to move from one piece of equipment to another using only their hands and feet, pretending that the ground is molten lava that must be avoided at all costs. This game can be played individually or as a cooperative effort, where children work together to find the safest and most efficient route through the “lava field”.

5. Playground Art Gallery

In this imaginative game, children transform the playground into an art gallery by creating their own temporary artworks using natural materials found in the environment, such as leaves, sticks, or stones. Once their masterpieces are complete, they can take turns presenting their work to their peers, explaining their creative process and the inspiration behind their creations. This activity fosters artistic expression, communication skills, and an appreciation for nature.

6. Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag is an engaging team game that encourages cooperation, strategic thinking, and physical activity. The playground is divided into two territories, with each team tasked with protecting their own flag while attempting to capture the opposing team’s flag. The objective is to outmanoeuvre the other team, devising tactics to infiltrate their territory and return their flag to their own base.

This game can be adapted to suit the size of the playground and the number of participants, providing endless opportunities for excitement and challenge.

7. Human Sculptures

This creative game invites children to work together in pairs or small groups to create living sculptures using their own bodies. One child acts as the “sculptor”, arranging their teammates into various positions to form a statue, while the “statues” must remain still and maintain their pose. This activity promotes teamwork, communication, and self-expression, as children explore different ways to convey ideas and emotions through their body language.

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  1. says: Emily

    Looks like a fabulous park! We’ve got a similar triple-barrelled one near us in Melbourne – it’s at Queens Park in Moonee Ponds, if you ever head this way! #teamIBOT

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Noted, noted… I’ve just been doing a wee writing job about things to do in Melbourne with kids and am itching to get down south again… when it’s warmer.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Got to say that my twins are now ten and very agile so we need to find those playgrounds that are better for older kids… luckily there are a few.

  2. I haven’t been to Parramatta Park in years, not since having the girls. But I keep seeing so much about all the things they have on now so I think it’s going to be worth a trip with the girls. Our favourite park is a tiny one around the corner from our place that is almost always empty (unless there is soccer training happening, at which time we avoid it!), and another good park on the main road between Richmond & Windsor, across the road from the RAAF Base that we like to go to. There is a walking track that is great for bikes, and the park is fully fenced. The visitor info centre is next to the park and they have finally reopened the cafe there. It’s a good little park for all ages.

    1. says: The Pavilion Flat playground i

      We visited the The Pavilion Flat playground on 31 December 2016 and were disappointed with the facilities for young kids. There was no slides or play equipment for toddlers in that side of the park.
      Please update your photos as it can be misleading.

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