Rushcutters Bay Playground and Cafe – Updated

Now just hold me back here.  I am looking at these photos of the gorgeous sculptures in the playground at Rushcutters Bay and am seized with a frantic desire to leap into the car and zoom over there.

On a sunny day, with the yachts bobbing just over there on the Harbour, and the kids clambering all over the sculptures, there’s nowhere quite like it.

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Enclosed playground at Rushcutters Bay
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Wide shot of the playground
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Watch out for the claws on the crabs!

Rushcutters Bay Playground

Address: New Beach Road, Darling Point 2027

It’s gorgeous, divine, perfect! This is a bijoux little playground, fenced and full of wonderful things in beautiful Rushcutters Bay Park, slap bang next to the kiosk—hurrah!

The equipment has a nautical theme and includes a playboat and fish sculptures. There are plenty of swings and some seats for the weary. Terrific.

Nearest takeaway cappuccino: The kiosk alongside.

Toilets/ Baby change: Toilets by cafe

Shade: Yes

Enclosed: Yes

Mum’s report: I’d been coming to the kiosk for ten years with my children, yes, I’ve got a few. The kiosk had toys but this playground adds so much more. It’s a whole morning out for us, we go for a walk to see the boats, play and have a coffee. We love it.

Parking: Street parking along New Beach Road

Nearest station: Edgecliff is a five-minute walk away

Nearest ferry: Darling Point Wharf is a 15–20 minute walk away

Bus stop nearby: Yes

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The seahorse, my favourite

And here’s the scoop on the lovely kiosk with plenty of tables outdoors just beside the playground.


Rushcutters Bay Kiosk

Rushcutters Bay Park, New Beach Road, Darling Point 2027

Phone: 9331 3119

Open: Monday–Friday 7.30am–4.30pm; Saturday–Sunday 7.30am–5.00pm

The kiosk is right in the middle of the park with tables and chairs set outside, there’s also a lovely playground close by. The tone is very casual. There is plenty of room around the tables to put strollers. A tree beside the seating area gives some shade but not a great deal.

Children can play on the grass without getting too close to the road, which is far enough away to be safe for all but the speediest bolters. The yacht-cluttered Rushcutters Bay provides splendid views and is a safe distance away. Like the road, the water’s edge is not securely fenced although there is a seawall.

The sandwiches, grills, toasts, sausage rolls, hot and cold drinks make good breakfast, lunch or snack fare and the prices are aimed at families.

Toilets/Baby change: Toilets by cafe

Highchairs: No, but some child-sized chairs

Children’s menu: No, but plenty of items suitable for children

Mum’s report: There are lots of pigeons about to pick up crumbs and be chased by the children. This is a wonderful spot on sunny days when it is not too hot, but it can be a bit exposed on windy days.

Extra: Rushcutters Bay Playground (see page 141). Dogs can be tied up.

Parking: Street parking along New Beach Road

Nearest station: Edgecliff is a five-minute walk away

Nearest ferry: Darling Point Wharf is a 5–20 minute walk away

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Do not delay, grab the kids and a trike and head over to Rushcutters Bay today!

Do your kids enjoy  Harbour view or is it all about the playground for them?

My boys have all loved running around the wide grassy spaces in this park over the years.

No wonder it’s an Eastern Suburbs family favourite.

Here’s my list of all the best fenced playground sin Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Do you have a favourite Sydney playground with a view?

Happy travelling.


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