Playgrounds Deluxe, don’t you love them! These are the best playgrounds in Sydney… at least the best that we’ve found so far! I hope you enjoy browsing through them.
There can’t be a better city in the world for the variety and quality of its children’s playgrounds.
With three boys and a girl, all lively kids and two with ADHD diagnoses, I am not kidding when I say that Sydney playgrounds saved my sanity.
To get us started, here’s a map showing all of the best playgrounds Sydney has to offer, which are described on this website. NB This map really does work better on laptop and desktop that on a phone.
Contents of this post
- Sydney City
- Eastern Suburbs
- Inner West
- Lower North Shore
- Balmoral Beach Playground
- Berry Island Reserve Playground, Wollstonecraft
- Blackman Park Playground, Lane Cove West
- Buffalo Creek Reserve Playground, Hunters Hill
- Clifton Gardens Playground
- Memorial Park Playground, Mosman
- Warners Park Playground, Northbridge
- Waverton Park – Merrett Playground
- Willoughby Park Playground, Willoughby
- Upper North Shore
- Northern Beaches
- Apex Park Playground, Mona Vale
- Bilarong Reserve, Narrabeen Lake
- Clontarf Beach Playground
- Collaroy Beach Playground, Collaroy
- Flying Fox Playground at Winnererremy Bay Park
- Governor Phillip Park Playground, Palm Beach
- Lagoon Park Playground, Queenscliff by Manly
- Lionel Watts Playground, Frenchs Forest
- Passmore Reserve Playground, Manly Vale
- Walter Gors Park in Dee Why
- Warriewood Valley Playgound – Rocket Park
- Northern Suburbs
- Hills District
- Western Sydney
- Bankstown City Gardens Livvi’s Place
- Bicentennial Park Playground, Sydney Olympic Park
- Blaxland Riverside Park Playground
- Bungarribee Park and Playground, Western Sydney Parklands
- Central Gardens, Merrylands
- Fairfield Adventure Park
- Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands
- Lizard Log Playground, Horsley Park
- Mt Annan Botanic Gardens Playground
- Parramatta Park Playgrounds
- Parramatta River Foreshore Playground
- Plough and Harrow Playground, Western Sydney Parklands
- Southern Sydney
NB I have also a post called Sydney’s Best Playgrounds Listed By Suburb – it lists kids’ playgrounds we’ve been to plus others that have been recommended.
Huge in size and popularity, this adventurous kids’ playground has something for all ages and is the best playground Sydney city has. The interactive water play areas are a winner in summer, there’s rope climbing structures for both young and older children, a long flying fox for thrill-seekers and plenty more.
Plus, this playground is surrounded by a huge assortment of cafes.
This is a groovy playground in Sydney with an inner-city feel, set right on Sydney Harbour. Kick a ball around the expanses of grass, dig in the sandpit or dodge the water spouts. Perfect on a hot day!
The kids will love the modern play equipment, and don’t forget to bring the bikes/scooters because there’s plenty of paths to explore.
This is perhaps the best located playground Sydney has to offer. It is shaded and fenced and has amazing views right over Bondi Beach. There is plenty of sand which gives it that beachy feel.
It’s one of the particularly good parks for toddlers and there is a more challenging climbing frame suitable for older children.
This is an expansive children playground with views over Coogee Beach. There are swings, slides, arched bridges and a huge spider web climbing frame. Littlies love the boat, rockers and tunnels.
There’s some really great parks for kids in the eastern suburbs. This one is ideal for a pre- or post-beach visit, with plenty of pathways for trike and bike riding.
These Eastern Suburbs playgrounds enjoy wonderful water views and this fenced playground is no exception with harbour views towards Shark Island. You can even watch the sea planes taking off and landing!
Younger kids will love the huge seesaw and wooden play ship and then relax and enjoy the views with a picnic on a grassy slope.
While the water at Maroubra Beach can be rough, young kids can have fun in safety in this terrific, fenced, nautical-themed playground. There are two large ship play structures and most of the other equipment has a wood and rope ‘rigging’ feel to it.
Older brothers and sisters will love the big skate park near the playground.
This is a great destination playground. Make an outing of it by taking a ferry from Circular Quay, swimming at Watsons Bay Baths and getting takeaway fish and chips from Doyle’s.
Have a play at the playground, enjoy views of the harbour and boats or take a sightseeing walk around The Gap.
This harbourside playground can be a whole morning out. Go for a walk to look at the boats bobbing on the harbour, have a play, then a sit down with a coffee or snack from the kiosk right next door.
The sea-inspired sculptures are a unique touch here – look out for beautifully carved crabs and sea horses. Kid-proof art!
West of the city is where you can find some really cool parks in Sydney and older kids and even teens will love this vast playground.
Sydney Park is a large green space covering over 40 hectares with the playground on one side and a cycling centre on the other. Everything is huge here with long slides going down the side of hills and sky-high climbing structures and wobbly rope bridge.
The kiosk is an absolute winner and bring the bikes/scooters to learn the road rules at the cycling centre. This is one of the best parks for kids in Sydney.
Burwood Park has a wonderful community feel with plenty of space and a large duck pond. Have a scooter around the paths and watch people playing chess.
Under 5s will find plenty to enjoy at this lovely fenced and shaded playground.
This green oasis in the inner city is a beautiful natural environment – very bushy with a lot of wooden structures. Bring a bucket and spade to play in the sandpits and there’s plenty of cafes and shops in nearby, super cool King St, Newtown.
Elkington Park is the prettiest of the parks in Balmain. There are lovely stroller walks, excellent views of the sparkling harbour and the most gorgeous old trees to relax under. There’s even a beautiful old bandstand.
This Sydney playground has a small and simple play structure, ideal for younger children. There are four swing sets outside the fenced part of the playground too. The Dawn Fraser Pool is at the end of the park to combine a play with a swim.
This is a vibrant playground with murals and equipment in bright colours. It is one of the best kids parks in Sydney as it is a modern and inclusive play space, which aims to cater for all members of the community, including those with vision, hearing and mobility impairments, as well as people with autism spectrum disorder.
This means that as well as your typical climbing structures and swings, there are musical instruments to play, different textures and a quiet bushy natural environment to discover. Plus a cafe!
Steel Park features a fun playground and a water play area amongst lots of shady trees. A picturesque part of the Cook River flows by, with a bike track alongside. There are sprawling sporting grounds surrounding the park, giving it a wonderful feeling of space.
The kids will particularly love splashing the stream and water jets, and zooming along on the flying fox.
Newly renovated and with equipment for all ages, including some amazing huge slides, this is a local favourite and one of the best Sydney parks for kids. You could spend hours here!
There are two playgrounds, so all ages are covered, but the absolute highlight is the adventure play area. With three sky towers, three big slides, a climbing net and wall, and triple flying fox, your children will probably spend most of the time in this area.
This is a lovely, shaded playground for kids by one of Sydney’s favourite beaches, ideal for combining with a paddle in the harbour and some sandcastle building. The equipment and fencing make it perfect for the under 5s. And there’s lots of cafes nearby to grab a coffee or snack.
This is one of those wonderful destination playgrounds that has plenty to do for all ages. Once an island it has long been joined to the mainland, but retains a natural, bushy environment. There is a scenic walk around the island complete with Aboriginal carvings.
The playground is fenced with equipment made from wood and sandstone for both adventurous and imaginative play. Older children will not be bored here!
Tucked away amongst suburban streets, past a series of sports grounds is this treasure of a playground. Plenty of space means there’s ample open grass and picnic areas, as well as bush to explore by foot or bike/scooter.
This park in Sydney has something for everyone from baby friendly swings, a modern merry-go-round and a fun play structure for preschoolers to several other large play structures with climbing frames, slippery dips and even a fabulous flying fox to delight primary aged kids.
This playground is particularly excellent for adventurous kids with a long flying fox in addition to the shaded play equipment. The playground has everything under 5s might require including twist slides, spicas, monkey bars, swings. There’s also a large wooden cubby house nearby.
This is an oasis of fun for kids of all ages and one of the best beachside kids playgrounds Sydney can lay claim to. The harbour beach has a gentle slope and is partially netted with a lovely view out to the bobbing boats. Bring the sports gear because there’s heaps of grass to kick a ball. Perfect for get-togethers with family or friends.
The play equipment is imaginative and challenging, with a fenced toddler area as well as a huge sandy-floored zone for big kids.
This is a terrific playground for young children. It has simple play structures and plenty of shade and places to sit down. The shops and cafes of Mosman’s Military Road are very close by.
A shady, bushy environment welcomes you to this playground tucked in between Northbridge and Castlecrag. With lots of meandering paths and creative play equipment throughout, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy.
Waverton Park enjoys stunning views across Sydney Harbour to the Harbour Bridge. Quite spectacular!
This playground is part of an extensive open space network that includes the BP Parklands, Balls Head Reserve and the former Coal Loader/Caltex site. It is small, but away from the water and fenced. There’s lots of grassy open space and you can take a walk to the old BP site and see the vast curved area where the oil tanks used to be.
This is one of our favourite playgrounds on Sydney’s north shore with heaps of space and great equipment for kids of all ages. It’s a peaceful, shady environment with an adjoining oval and bike track.
Equipment includes a large tunnel under the hillside slides, a big sandpit, swings, balancing beams, a roundabout and more.
Set in the midst of Bicentennial Park, it offers two substantial playgrounds, electric BBQs and undercover picnic tables. With an extensive area beyond the playgrounds to explore, you could easily spend a day here.
A gigantic maze of monkey bars, a challenging seven-foot-high climbing wall, platform and swing-like see saw with soft fall mulch is sure to excite the young athlete.
Bobbin Head, located on the shores of the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is an excellent spot for a family day trip. There is so much to do and it’d take a day to discover all that this place has to offer.
The playground equipment is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers with a sandy floor to dig in. The surrounding area offers water activities like fishing, kayaking, paddle boating and canoeing, plus some easy bush walks like the scenic Mangrove Boardwalk.
Wahroonga Park ticks all the boxes. Big enough to have all the modern equipment to keep the kids busy, but small enough to be able to keep your eyes on them. There’s a pirate ship and crows nest for bigger kids to explore and a little train and house for the younger ones.
This is a large playground with a small bike track alongside, which is best for younger kids. The extensive equipment includes roundabouts, sandpit, climbing frames, spicas, spring rockets and much more.
Don’t miss The Bronze Kiosk across the road.
There’s lots of fabulous Northern Beaches playgrounds, but this one is very popular.
On the shores of Narrabeen Lake, this adventurous playground offers fab views, excellent play equipment and wonderful stone sculptures of wondrous mythical beasts. There is a fantastic sandpit/dry creek bed that big kids will love to scramble around and a fenced area for little ones.
Clontarf is a firm family favourite amongst Sydney beach lovers. It is one of the best parks for birthday parties Sydney has, ideal for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and primary-school aged kids. But in the cooler weather kids can splash in the water, dig in the sand and play in this fabulous playground.
This is a large playground with plenty of shade, equipment for all ages and stunning harbour views.
What a paradise Sydney is for young families with playgrounds like this set right next to the sand of a gorgeous beach. Our faves here are the rope climbing frame, the water play area, the musical instruments and the large flat swings. It’s great to have the bike track within the enclosed park area too.
Is this the best kids park in Sydney? Set on the picturesque shores of the Pittwater there is heaps of space here to play cricket or kick a footy, and the equipment for the kids is seriously fantastic.
Older children will adore the more adventurous play area with its long flying fox, large spider’s web climber and cool skateboard-like play equipment. There’s an area for younger children, with boat-shaped play structure and other equipment.
Palm Beach is a great spot for a day trip and this playground, although small, is just one of the many activities to do in the area. A replica of the cutter Governor Arthur Phillip sailed on, as he passed these shores in 1788, defines the layout of the park. And the beach itself is the set of Home and Away and the fictional parklands of Summer Bay.
This large enclosed playground is beside Manly Lagoon and near Queenscliff beach. It is lovely and quiet with plenty of modern playground equipment, including swings and a spider web climbing frame, plus a sandpit.
This excellent playground has a bushy feel with large trees casting acres of shade. There are junior and senior play structures, swings, picnic tables and barbecues inside the playground, a dry creek with a little wooden bridge and the essential swings.
With lots of wooden play structures and plenty of space for playing, we thought this was the best kids playground when our kids were younger. This is where their imaginations, as well as their little bodies, can run wild and free.
We love the bushy feel of this fully-enclosed playground. It’s large, with so much equipment as well as the natural areas to explore.
Brand new in 2017, this park with playground features: a large grassed area, children’s play equipment, nature play area, community herb garden, outdoor fitness and kitchen area, improved seating, accessible toilets, water feature and multiple trees and other plants.
Known fondly as Rocket Park, this is one of the best playgrounds Northern Beaches locals love. It is a playground that suits all ages, great to visit if you have a range of kids with you. It’s also excellent for family get togethers, parties and mothers’ groups. There are BBQs and shaded shelters , grassy areas to play and not too many cars going by.
This playground was updated and extended in 2018 and is a state of the art play space suitable for kids from toddlers to teenagers.
Check out the cool equipment and find all the details you need to plan your trip on this post.
This terrific and very modern playground is best for school aged children as it is not fenced and has equipment that is exciting for the older ones.
It is right across the road from the Macquarie Centre so super handy before or after a shopping trip.
This isn’t a huge playground but it’s well built and in a lovely location by the Parramatta River. There are three swings, rope climbing frame, groovy spring rockers, spicas and boat-themed play equipment. These won’t challenge older children at all but the under 5s will love it.
There are so many things to do here that you won’t know where to start! This play area and park is designed to suit every member of the family, even the dog who can bound and bark in a fenced-off dog exercise area.
Older children will love the flying fox and can bring their radio control cars to play in a dirt track area.
The water features here make this one of the best kids parks Sydney has for under 5s. Especially on a warm day.
The water play area has two landscaped paddling pools linked by a little river. There is a bubble beach area and lots of space for kids to splash about, plus huge coloured squares, pyramids and balls dotted here and there which the kids can play around. The humungous slide is a big draw for the older children, little ones need to sit on mum or dad’s lap though, it’s pretty scary.
What a wonderful spot, possibly the best park for kids in the Northern Suburbs. There’s a lovely playground, a fantastic kids’ bike and scooter track plus the delightful Grounds Keeper Cafe.
The bike/scooter track is quite amazing. There are traffic signs, several roundabouts, traffic lights, zebra crossings, a racing section and even parking spots with the same signs that you can find in the street.
Yamble Reserve is a huge park, with vast areas of smooth lawns and within it is this enormous and very beautiful playground. It is an inclusive playspace meaning that is is aimed at all members of the community, young and old, of all abilities and with all and any needs.
The range of play equipment here is dizzying. There is a very long double flying fox, one of the seats has a full harness, a large rope pyramid roundabout and a lower roundabout too. There is a large sandpit, a birds nest swing, a spinning dish, a musical play area and a car to climb all over! There’s a tunnel to play in and a large area covered with rubber soft fall with handholds, excellent for people with mobility issues.
Tucked far away from the bustling Sydney CBD, Fagan Park is perfect for a day trip. In spring and autumn, the park is like a mosaic of bright colours. There are two playgrounds, endless bike paths and acres of grassy space for running around and kicking a ball.
As perhaps the most diverse kids playground Sydney has, you can travel the world at the Gardens of Many Nations, feed the ducks at the lagoon, visit Netherby Cottage, the original Fagan family homestead or go to the Eco Garden and learn about sustainable gardening.
The Backyard is a brightly coloured playground is meant to resemble a backyard. Best for under 9s, there are mounds to climb over and sensory boards to keep little fingers occupied. Bigger kids will love the balance beams, climbing nets and slippery dip.
It is sandwiched between two cafes at the Rouse Hills Town Centre, where there is also a second playground called the Play Terrace and a water splash area.
The Livvi’s Place playgrounds really are very special places. They are inclusive playspaces, so are ideal for all levels of mobility and ability, young and old too. The playground is also fully fenced to help protect your little explorers.
As well as the usual equipment, this wonderful playground has two large multi-featured climbing forts with slides, bridges, ladders and interactive panels, a waterpark, in ground trampolines, musical features, a soft fall covered climbing hill and a small track that would be ideal for small scooters.
This was one of the best Sydney playgrounds however it is currently in disrepair and we can’t recommend a visit until it is upgraded.
This playground opened in late 2018 and is a marvellous place for people of all ages and abilities, adults too! There are some excellent pieces of play equipment like double flying fox, embankment slide, a giant basket plus cradle swings.
There is a sensory garden and BBQs and plenty of space all around.
Read all about Livvi’s Place Bankstown here.
Sydney Olympic Park is one of the best parks Western Sydney offers. The Village Green playground has lots of shade and equipment for teenagers as well as younger children. There is a junior play structure with a viewing bubble, shop cubby, bead panel, a bridge, slides and tunnels and two small swings. You can visit the ducks at the nearby pond.
The Concord West picnic area playground is beautifully landscaped with plants, sandstone boulders and little walks through the trees. There is a small children’s bike track with road
Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the best parks in Sydney for kids and makes for a terrific family day out for Sydneysiders of all ages.
This is a huge and very modern playground set over three hectares. There are no dry creeks or rocky sandpits here. It’s all bright colours and shiny surfaces, very high tech and with challenging equipment.
It’s a marvellous playground, especially for older children, and there are many places for cycling around the park.
Touted as the largest park in Western Sydney, this playground is quite striking with the central feature being an enormous 14 m high climbing tower, suitable for all ages, but appealing for any tweens you have in your group when you visit.
It includes a fantastic water play area which is a favourite with the toddlers and preschoolers. It also has seesaws, 50m long flying foxes, balance beams, swings, a spinning chair and spinning dish style ride.
Central Gardens is a large parkland with great playgrounds close to both entrances and a huge open space in the centre. The playgrounds are shaded with some fun equipment and nearby is a huge pond full of ducks and other birdlife, plus two fountains and a waterfall.
Within the park are also an aviary and animal enclosures. The animals on view include wallabies, hens, cockatoos, budgies and waterfowl.
This is arguably the absolute best playground in Sydney and certainly has the wow factor.
The star of the teenagers’ playground is the 11 m tall spider web climbing frame that provides access to three long tube slides. This zone has a double 33 metre long flying fox, different types of swings, a balancing rope, a sandpit, two different types of spinning wheels and a little trampoline.
There is a nature-inspired with an industrial-feel playground area that is ideal for primary school aged children. And in between the teenagers’ playground and the nature-based playground is an area that is suitable for young children.
There are really three play areas in this park. The under 5s have a colourful and bright playground with a slide, climbing wall, roundabout and climbing frames.
The seriously adventurous adventure playground has big forts, very long slides, loop-the-loop slides, long tube slides, flying foxes, swaying suspension bridges, tyre walks, Roman rings and a lot more.
And nearby is the Road Safety Training Track, a very elaborate bike track with a real road layout.
This is a spacious playground, located within a bushland setting, a real escape into nature from the city. Lizard Log has equipment best suited to children 4+, there is good stuff for teenagers here.
There’s a cafe on site and plenty of parking, it’s a top spot but can get busy. Not great for boiling hot days though.
This awesome playground is set amongst the beautiful Botanic Gardens at Mt Annan, perhaps the best park in Sydney. Within the fully fenced play space there’s a section for the smaller ones with a short slide and a see saw, a sand pit complete with little buckets on pulleys, two sets of swings, a timber and rope bridge and a flying fox.
Across the small road is the newest section of the Botanic Gardens and is stunning to wander through. The kids love running around in “the jungle”, while Mum and Dad can admire the beautiful gardens. You can even spot some big lizards lounging on the rocks in the sun.
There are two playgrounds to visit here in one of our favourite parks for kids. On the west side of the park is Domain Creek playground and on the east is Pavilion Flat playground. Pavilion Flat playground is not huge, but has a good variety of play equipment with swings, spring rockers, a rope climbing web, playhouse, slides and more. A large wooden boat-shaped area is great for creative play. The Grounds Keeper Cafe is nearby.
Domain Creek playground, possibly the best Sydney playground, has mazes, water pumps and sand diggers, sunken trampolines and a flying fox that will delight older children and teens.
As this scenic playground sits on the foreshore of the Parramatta River, you could even travel there by Rivercat from Circular Quay. Built on a steep slope, this playground is terrific for teenagers, older children and bold younger ones. There’s a long and steep slide, a smaller slide, a climbing wall and a challenging steep rope net.
This playground and picnic area is very close to Tree Top Adventure Park and makes a great add-on to a visit there. It is a really large playground with equipment to suit children of all ages in one of the most fun parks Sydney offers.
Older children will love whirling around in the rotor, the water play area and the big circular swings structure. The rope bridges, larger climbing frames and flying fox are delightful for the older kids. By the sandpit is some toddler playground equipment, with little cubby and slide.
When you’re looking for a beachside kids park Sydney has plenty, but a unique feature of this fenced playground is the great airport views. You can watch planes taking off and landing for hours. Make a day of it with the netted baths, gently sloping beach, Cook Park and playground.
Bring the bikes to ride along the seafront on the bike track that runs all the way south alongside Botany Bay. Cafes are close by and there are picnic tables and barbecues.
In the winter it’s well worth a visit just for the playground, in summer there’s the lovely beach, the rock pool and the large park to enjoy as well.
A really wonderful playground, fully fenced with marvellous equipment and a bushy feel. There are lovely artworks dotted about, stone sculptures and a terrific colour scheme.
I do have some other posts listing playgrounds by attribute, you can check out:
And Some Great Playgrounds We’ve Visited Outside Sydney!
If in Cairns, do not miss the fantastic Muddy’s Playground on the Esplanade.
When in Newcastle, visiting Speers Park Playground is a must.
Oops! It looks like we’ve gone over the 50… and I bet there are more to add to this list.
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