Here’s a gem of a playground on Sydney’s North Shore, adored by the locals in Willoughby and Chatswood.
Bales Park playground is terrific for toddlers and preschoolers, and is justly beloved by mothers’ groups.
Bales Park Playground
Stanley Street , Chatswood 2067
Website: Click here for council website, more pix, but not a child in sight!
A large and spacious playground beside the grassy playing fields of Bales Park. The extensive play equipment is suitable for little ones and for the more adventurous.
Play equipment includes: swings, slides, climbing frame, spinner, trike track and sandpit.
For many children the main attraction is the big wooden train with its engine and two carriages. They can get inside, drive the train, crawl all over it and sit at little tables inside the carriages.
Some paths are good for bikes and trikes, but they are not very long. The playing fields are right beside the playground and children can fly kites and charge around madly. There are picnic tables and seats in the playground.
The only major drawback is that there are no toilets very close, you have to walk across the playing fields to get to the nearest ones, a massive pain if you have multiple children in tow.
Nearest takeaway coffee: BYO
Toilets: Public toilets in the building across the oval
Shade: Only from trees but there are well-placed large ones
Mum’s report: Look out for fights over whose turn it is to drive the train!
Map reference: Gregory’s 285 C10, Sydway 257 C6, UBD 195 N10 See Google map here.
Parking: Street parking on Stanley Street and surrounding streets