Ever wonder what are some of the best parks in Sydney for kids? When you have kids and you are looking for things to do in Sydney, the park and a great playground will be high on your list. Most of the time they are free and they are a great way to get exercise and fresh air. Here are 17 of the best parks and playgrounds that we have found but let us know if you’ve come across any we’ve missed. Why not check out Yardgames before you head out for some extra fun things to do while you are there.
Abbotsbury: Lizard Log (Cnr Cowpasture Road and The Horsley Drive) – This park has recently had a $3.5 million upgrade. It has large picnic shelters and free BBQs. There are toilets and a children’s nature playground with interactive water feature and double flying fox.
Auburn: Auburn Botanical Gardens (Chiswick Rd) – You will find beautiful gardens here, including a Japanese garden, a scented garden and a sensory play area. Facilities also include toilets, free parking and wheel chair/pram accessible. You will need to pay a small fee on weekends, school holidays, public holidays and festivals otherwise free
Balmoral: Balmoral Beach Playground (Cnr The Esplanade & Botanic Rd) – The playground equipmentis great for younger kids but not fenced in. There is metred parking and it can be hard to find at some times of the day. The best part of this play is that it is right on the beach and there are loads of cafes and restaurants near by. The modern toilets and changing facilities are also a good thing when you are with kids.
Coogee Beach: Grant Reserve (South end, Beach Street) – You’ll be able to look out at the spectacular ocean views while the kids play on the nautical themed play area. There are tables and BBQ facilities close by. Also, there is free parking but can be hard to find at popular times. Cafes, restaurants and toilets just a stroll away and a large grass area as well.
Cremorne: Grasmere Park Children’s Park (Young St) – This is a good park for young kids as it is fenced in. It has cute stepping stone pathways that give it a magical feel. It also has a grassy area which is good for picnics and little sculptures hidden within the park for kids to discover. Parking is free and on the street. Bring your own coffee as there are no cafes close.
Darling Harbour: Darling Quarter Playground – This is a spectacular free park in the centre of Sydney. It has a huge water area, sand pits, climbing ropes, swings, slides, and a flying fox to keep the kids entertained for hours. It does get very busy but because of its size it’s able to cope. There are toilets and cafes close at hand and you are just a stones throw away from the city. There are a number of parking stations in the area otherwise you can use public transport or park in nearby streets, if you are lucky.
Miranda: Sutherland Shire Centenary Park (Karimbla Road) – One of the largest parks in the Sutherland Shire, this park has BBQs and seating, a bike track, flying fox, slide, sand and water play, swings and much of it under shade and fenced. There is parking and toilets but no café so plan ahead and bring your own.
Mona Vale: Winnererremy Park (Mona St), – Set alongside beautiful waters, there is a great fenced in play area that has something for the little ones as well as older kids. There are swings, a flying fox and slides. The park is situated right next to the Flying Fox Café which caters for kids and there are toilets, bike and walk tracks and grass area with BBQ facilities.
Oatley: Oatley Park (Oatley Park Avenue) – This is a great park for picnics with good BBQ and seating facilities. Large open spaces and a playground plus on old steamroller that that kids will love to climb on. It is close to Jew fish Bay which is great for exploring.
Parramatta: Parramatta Park (Entrance off Pitt Street) – A very large park with two play areas on either side of the park, a duck pond, BBQ and picnic area with tables. The bike and walking track makes its way around the whole park and there is also a café within the park. Parramatta Park is filled with a number of historic sites including Old Government House which is open for tours. There is parking within the park but some of it has time limits.
Putney: Putney Park (Pellisier Road) – Positioned right on the water, this park has a lot to offer. There are two play areas at either end of the park. Great facilities such as BBQ and picnic areas, toilets and bike and walking tracks. The northern side playground has excellent climbing structures that will keep older kids amused for hours as well as a fun water area and shade.
Riverwood: SaltPan Creek Wetlands (Off Henry Lawson Dr) – This park has recently been upgraded from an under used paddock to a colourful playground and wetlands. There are BBQ facilities, tables and toilets. You can also feed the ducks and there is a bike track.
Rouse Hill: Rouse Hill Regional Park (Worcester Road) – This is a great park with lots of things for kids to do including a huge maze, a flying fox, rope bridge, bike track and toilets , BBQ and table area but no café. There is even a horse riding circuit and loads of open space.
Ryde: Livvi’s Place, Yamble Reserve (Quarry Rd) – This modern park has everything; an excellent fenced in play area great for all age levels including flying fox, swings, sand and water play and some great climbing equipment. It is bright, fun and inviting. There is a car park, toilet and BBQ facilities with plenty of seating and grass for ball games and running around buy BYO coffee.
Silverwater: Blaxland Riverside Park (Jamieson St) – Known to many as Telly Tubby land, this park has something for everyone. It has a huge play area with multiple swings, lots of slides, climbing ropes and double flying fox. There is lots of room with multiple BBQ and picnic areas with tables, a small café along side the excellent water play area and another café by the Parramatta River. There is also an extensive bike track and plenty of grass. There is free parking near by, but this park can get very busy on weekends so best to be early. The Newington Armoury is also on site and is open for tours on weekends.
St Peters: Sydney Park (Sydney Park Rd) – If your kids love riding their bikes then this is the park for them as it has an excellent bike track with working traffic lights. The playground has lots of things for kids to climb up and slide down. Alan Davidson Oval is close by and there are extensive wetlands to explore. This park is dog friendly and café, BBQ facilities and toilets are also available in the park.
West Pymble: Ku-ring-gai Bi-Centennial Park, – Set in gorgeous bushland this playground is fenced and shaded which is great for young kids. There is a sand and water play area, and a flying fox for older children. There are BBQ facilities, tables and toilets and parking is easy.
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