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.

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Have you visited Parramatta Park lately?

Which playground works best for your children?

Happy travelling,


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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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