Sydney’s Best Fenced Playgrounds – NORTH {Updated}

It was the search for the ideal fully fenced playground that set me off researching Sydney’s best places.

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.


Bales Park Playground

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

Click here for all the details.

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.

Click here for all the details.

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.

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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.

Click here for all the details.

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.

Click here for all the details.

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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.

Click here for all the details.

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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.

Click here for all the details.

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.

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.  

Spread the word!  

It’s how we mums and dads find out all our best info.

Happy playing,


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Posted on: September 19, 2018


  • Reply May 25, 2011


    Loved Bales Park when the kids were little (shame there is no coffee near by!). Another good park (note: not great!) is the one in Clanville Rd, Roseville. Great coffee and snacks near by though at Sous le Soleil! Probably only a good park for really little ones! Bike track outside fenced area for bigger ones though!

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    Allison Medor

    Hi, this is a great one too! I am a twin Mom, toddler boys and they loved it so did the friends we met up with. We are American Expats in Sydney for 4 years and I bought your book “straight away” it really helped me get acclimated and know where to go. Thank you!
    Grasmere Childrens Playground

    • Reply June 6, 2011


      Thanks so much for this and for your lovely words. There’s great scope for mums to share info, it’s what we all do when nattering in the playground!

    • Reply July 17, 2011


      PS Grasmere is lovely, small but has lots of good stuff and so handy. When we moved permanently to Sydney with one toddler in 1998 we rented a house in waters Road so were at Grasmere a lot.

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  • Reply July 15, 2011


    Fully fenced is great! I can tell you about one playground where I constantly lose my kids (I don’t even know why I keep on going there), but you probably wouldn’t be interested.

    • Reply July 17, 2011


      I think I’ve been to the same playground… or a few like that… mine are great at disappearing, the cheeky little monkeys.

  • Reply July 16, 2011


    this is very cool! will have to put some ideas up for the central coast too. off to check out the rest of your blog!

    • Reply July 17, 2011


      Yes, would be great to hear of some in the central coast… a list I could use them visiting there… we’re playground addicts.

  • Reply July 17, 2011


    This is a great list and, amazingly, I have only been to one park on your list! The excitement! New parks to explore! Thanks for Rewinding x

    • Reply July 17, 2011


      As a mum of twins, you’ll know the value of a nice high fence! Some of my fave playgrounds don’t have fences and they’re fine to visit these days… unless I have extra kids with me, in which case only a fenced one will do!

  • Reply July 17, 2011


    This is such a great idea, Seana. I really should do this for Tassie’s North-West.
    We’re heading to Sydney as a family later in the year, so I’ll be coming back here to check these out again. x

    • Reply July 17, 2011


      Please do it for Tassie’s North-West! Then I can use your list when I come to lovely Tassie one day with my tearaways!

  • Reply March 25, 2013

    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.

  • Reply March 29, 2013


    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.

    • Reply April 1, 2013


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

  • Reply May 25, 2013

    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

  • Reply June 13, 2013


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