Sydney’s Fenced Playgrounds – Best in the NORTH

There was a time when I needed to kow all the best fenced playgrounds Sydney has to offer.

I had a really wild, hyper boy-child who was a serial bolter.  I could run faster than him for the first couple of years.

Then I was pregnant with number two son and it became just too dangerous to go anywhere he could escape from.

After that, the twin factor kept us safely inside fenced playgrounds.

For all those mums, dads and carers of active boys, toddler-baby combinations, twins, triplets and quads and also kids with special needs, here’s my list of the best fenced playgrounds in Sydney’s north. 

For Best Fenced Playgrounds in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs click here.

PS Click here to find fenced playgrounds in other areas of Sydney.

North fenced playgrounds

Bales Park Playground

Stanley Street, Chatswood; excellent equipment including a great train, right by an oval, good shade, fabby place for littler ones.

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L2L Paul at Bales Park
Bales Park: the train

Bicentennial Park Playground, West Pymble

Lofberg Road, West Pymble; superb new equipment, other play areas for older kids, grassy spaces, bike track outside, pool nearby.

See our post on this website here.

Collaroy Beach Playround

Birdwood Avenue, Collaroy; wonderful views and very large playrgound with excellent equipment, bike track, cafes quite near.

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Collaroy playground
Collaroy Playground, soon to be updated but still terrific.


Dee Why Beach Playground

On the reserve above the playground, excellent for younger kids.

Read about the beach and playground here.

Dee Why 1


Grasmere Children’s Park, Cremorne

One readers favourite, see comments below. Thank you!

Council website here.

John Roche Park, Northbridge

This is a lovely playground with great views and good equipment, but no toilet!!

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Part of John Roche playground, there’s a terrific sandpit there too.


Lagoon Park Playground, Manly

Cameron Avenue, Queenscliff; fab views, good play equipment and large size, cafes quite near, near to beach.

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Lagoon Park Play equip
Lagoon Park Playground Manly, main play area.


Mosman War Memorial Children’s Playground

Cnr Gouldsbury Street and The Crescent, Mosman; handy for shops and cafes, good size, top equipment, bike tracks inside play area.

Council website here.


Passmore Reserve Playground, Manly Vale

Campbell Parade, Manly Vale; very large fenced area, by ovals, bike track, dry creek area, fantastic bushy feel.

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One of the many play areas at Passmore Reserve


Warners Park Playground, Northbridge

A real hidden gem, with some lovely equipment and a bushy feel.

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Warners Park is lovely for younger children, especially toddlers and preschoolers.


Winnererremy Bay Playground

Mona Street, Mona Vale; huge area of play equipment inside fence, cafe right beside playground, bike track and grassy spaces outside, beaut views.

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The flying fox at this excellent playground


Willoughby Park Playground

Excellent equipment for older and younger children, plus a huge oval with a bike track all around.
Read all the details here.

For Best Fenced Playgrounds in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs click here.

What are the benefits of taking your kids to a fenced playground?

Playgrounds are an essential part of a child’s growth and development. They provide a safe and stimulating environment where kids can play, socialize, and explore the world around them. Fenced playgrounds, in particular, offer numerous benefits that make them an ideal choice for parents. In this listicle, we will explore some of the key benefits of taking your kids to a fenced playground.

1.Safety and Security

Fenced playgrounds provide an extra layer of safety and security for children. With a physical barrier surrounding the play area, parents can be assured that their children are less likely to wander off or get lost. Fences also help to keep children away from potential hazards such as busy roads or bodies of water. This sense of security allows parents to relax and enjoy watching their kids play without constant worry.

2. Peace of Mind

As a parent, your primary concern is your child’s safety and well-being. Fenced playgrounds give parents peace of mind, knowing that their children are playing in a safe environment. With no fear of children running off or getting lost, parents can enjoy quality time with their kids without worrying about accidents or injuries.

3. Socialization

Fenced playgrounds provide an excellent opportunity for children to socialize with their peers. With a designated play area, kids can interact and make friends with other children in a safe and secure environment. This socialization is essential for a child’s development, as it helps to build their confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills.

4. Physical Exercise

Physical exercise is essential for a child’s growth and development. Fenced playgrounds provide a safe and fun space for kids to engage in physical activity. From climbing structures to swings and slides, there are plenty of opportunities for children to run, jump, climb, and play. This physical exercise is not only essential for keeping children healthy, but it also helps to develop their gross motor skills.

5. Fresh Air and Nature

Fenced playgrounds are typically located in outdoor spaces such as parks or recreational areas. This means that children can enjoy the benefits of fresh air and nature while they play. Exposure to natural elements such as sunlight, fresh air, and greenery has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improved mood and cognitive function.

6. Sensory Stimulation

Fenced playgrounds provide a variety of sensory experiences for children. From the textures of different play structures to the sounds and smells of the outdoor environment, children are constantly exposed to new sensations. This sensory stimulation is essential for a child’s development, as it helps to build their cognitive, emotional, and social skills.

7. Creativity and Imagination

Fenced playgrounds offer endless opportunities for children to exercise their creativity and imagination. From pretending to be pirates on a climbing frame to building a fort out of sticks and leaves, children are free to explore and create their own games and activities. This creativity and imagination are crucial for a child’s development, as it helps to foster their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

9. Education and Learning

Fenced playgrounds provide a valuable educational opportunity for children. From learning about cause and effect through playing with water and sand to developing spatial awareness through climbing and balancing, children can learn valuable skills while having fun. This type of learning is essential for a child’s development, as it helps to build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

In conclusion, fenced playgrounds provide numerous benefits for both children and parents. From safety and security to socialization, physical exercise, and education, fenced playgrounds offer a safe and stimulating environment where children can grow and develop. So next time you’re looking for a fun and safe place to take your kids, consider a fenced playground – you won’t regret it!

These are the ones that are worth making a trip for, worth meeting friends at.  

And I would absolutely LOVE to hear your additions to this list.  

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Happy playing,

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  1. says: Desire Empire

    My two picks from your list are the park at Collaroy and the one at Winereremy Bay. Both have lots of apply memories for me and my kids.

  2. says: Kate

    Yamble Reserve in Ryde has been updated and now has a Livvi’s Place playground – one of the all inclusive playgrounds and it is all fully enclosed. A fantastic place.

    1. says: Seana

      Thank you Kate, I will add it to my list of playgrounds to visit. Love the Livvi’s Place playgrounds, they are fantastic.

  3. says: Hotly Spiced

    I know some of these playgrounds very well. I was often at the Winn??? (can’t spell it) playground and it was always a challenge getting away. Would have to drag my son kicking and screaming away from that flying fox xx

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