50 of the Best Playgrounds in Sydney

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Nothing spells FREE family fun quite like a day at an adventurous playground in Sydney! We just love exploring all the creative and adrenaline-pumping playgrounds that Sydney has to offer.

And since we believe that the best play takes place outdoors while taking advantage of the amazing Australian weather (FREE immunity-boosting vitamin D included!), we've rounded up all of our favourite outdoor playgrounds to make the most of our amazing city. How many can you tick off the list?

50 of the Best Playgrounds in Sydney

Inner Suburbs

1. Wulaba Park

Wulaba Park playground
Welcome to Wulaba Park - it's cool, it's colourful and it promises a whole tonne of fun!


Families just love the Wonka-esque playground that is Wulaba Park. With one of the most epic super slides you've ever seen (it stands at 3-stories high!), colourful climbing towers, multiple observation decks, climbing nets, swings, and a large nearby lawned area with a handball court and two tennis tables, Wulaba Park is one of Sydney's most creative playgrounds. Read our Wulaba Park Review.

Location: Amelia St, Waterloo

2. The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park 

With two outdoor playgrounds catering to under 6s and kids aged 6-12, EQ in Moore Park is the ideal place for the kids to blow off some energy. Both parks are fenced off and keep the rays away thanks to shade sails. Plenty of seating is available for parents to take a load off.  

Location: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park 

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3. Darling Quarter Playground, Darling Harbour

There is a world of play to be had at Darling Harbour. The playground here has an 8-metre long big slide, suspended balancing ropes, a 21-metre flying fox, a giant swing that rocks in all directions, an octanet, sand diggers, a supanova, mini slides built onto a hill, swings, climbing webs positioned close to the ground, and HEAPS of water play. The only question that needs to be asked is, what should children begin with?!

Location: Darling Harbour

4. Chelsea Street Playground

This Redfern playground is small but full of community spirit and was re-designed with help from kids at the local primary school.

Location: 39/43 Chelsea St, Redfern

5. Barangaroo Reserve

Nestled between Millers Point and Barangaroo Reserve (at the end of Merriman St) you'll find the tiny but oh-so-beautiful Clyne Reserve. While the playground is a little on the small side, it's location overlooking Sydney Harbour is absolutely stunning and the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic while the kids play. BBQ facilities, tables, and shade are offered, and while you're in the area you may as well go for a wander around Barangaroo Reserve.

Location: Hickson Rd, Barangaroo

6. Pirrama Park

Pirrama Park is just a stone’s throw away from harbourside waters in Pyrmont. The un-fenced playground has spectacular views, water play, swings, sand play, ropes, and a roundabout. Call Me Harris Cafe is right next to the playground for that essential coffee.

7. Strathfield Park Playground

Strathfield Park Playground
Slide lovers - Strathfield Park Playground is for you!


Your kids won't want to leave this epic playground at Strathfield! Boasting 3 monster super slides projecting off tall climbing towers, a massive flying fox, a netted suspension bridge, and equipment for little ones too, this Sydney playground has adventure written all over it. Whether your kids are big or little, they will find something at Strathfield Park Playground to keep them entertained. Read our Strathfield Park Playground Review.

Location: Chalmers &, Homebush Rd, Strathfield

8. Marrickville Park Playground

This could be the inner west's best kept secret! This little park was given a major refurb about a year ago but still remains a local hangout. It's got in-ground trampolines (that the adults love bouncing on too), a climbing structure and slide, a toddler cubby house, paths for bike riding, an outdoor gym and BBQs. Plus really great coffee across the road. Just lacks shade at certain times of the day, so be prepared with hats and sunscreen. 

9. Enmore Park Playground

Marrickville Park
Check out the rocketship at Enmore Park!


An old favourite of ours, and a great hang out after you go for a splash at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre. We especially love the rocket slide and there are great bike paths surrounding the park. Grab a coffee at nearby Petty Cash Cafe and make a day of it - oh and the Magic Yellow Bus Mobile Playgroup visits every Thursday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. 

10. Sydney Park

Pretty much the mecca for inner west playground goers! Sydney Park has everything and more. Superslides, sand-play, loads of swings, synthetic hill climbs, a huge dog walking area, a cafe and miles of paths for exploring on bikes, scooters or on foot. We find something new here every time we go. Take a picnic and search for the duck pond or bring the bikes and make tracks for the purpose built learners cycleway, complete with real roads, streets and fully working traffic lights. 

Location: 416 Sydney Park Rd, Alexandria

Eastern Suburbs

11. Ian Potter's WILD PLAY Garden

Ian Potter WIldplay Playground
The perfect destination for adventure and nature-loving young ones, this playground encourages them to go wild!


This all-abilities playground designed with children aged 2-12 in mind has been created to engage the five senses and reconnect children to nature, as well as providing them with a chance to take safe risks and get their hands dirty! Features of Ian Potter's WILD PLAY Garden include 10-metre long Banksia Scrub tunnels, artesian water play with jets for the warm weather, wobbly rope bridges leading up to a climbing tower and cubby house with a super slide to bring kids back to ground level. Plus teepees, a swamp area, dry creek beds, and lots more. Go wild!

Read our Ian Potter's WILD PLAY Garden ReviewPlease note: the playground closes for a month of maintenance in August every year. 

Location: Off Grand Dr, Centennial Park

12. Bondi Beach Playground

How could you go past those views or that location? Bondi Beach Playground has an awesome shaded sandpit and is most suitable for children aged 0-4 years. 

Location: Bondi Beach

13. Parsley Bay Reserve

Parsley Bay
You can't beat the view from Parsley Bay reserve ​​​​​​.


This idyllic park-beach-playground combo in Vaucluse has recently received an upgrade making it one of the best inclusive playgrounds in the east. The rope tunnels, merry-go-round, ladders, swings, and elevated pathways will keep the kids entertained for hours. 

14. Marks Park

An idyllic spot overlooking the water just off Marks Lane in Tamarama, Marks Park recently underwent a renovation but is now open for a good play in the sun.

Location: Marks Lane/ Kenneth St Bondi, Fletcher St, Tamarama

15. Arthur Byrne Reserve Playground 

This one located right by Maroubra Beach has great views and kids will love the pirate ship. Also if you're in the area, the Malabar beach playground is another with killer views! 

Location: 307 Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra

16. Bronte Park Playground

Nestled right next to Bronte Beach, Bronte Playground has plenty of grass for little ones to run, play and ride, plus a super-cool wooden climbing tower. 

Location: Bronte Beach

17. Grant Reserve

Grant Reserve Playground
Play before an ocean dip, anyone? This epic Coogee playground is super close to the water!


Grant Reserve in Coogee is the perfect adventure playground for summer as it's right by the beach! Take the coastal walk right up to this awesome playground, which has an epic spider's web in its heart (the reason why it's known as 'spider park' by the locals!). At Grant Reserve you'll find small slides for little ones, swings, climbing areas, musical play elements, a boat-shaped play structure, a spinning wheel, fun mirrors, and more. In a great location near toilets, shaded picnic areas, shops, cafes and the beach, what more could you ask for on a summer's day with kids? Read our Grant Reserve Review.

Location: 151-191R Beach St, Coogee

18. Cook and Phillip Park Playground

And something for the older children! In the city’s centre is this fenced Cook and Phillip Park, suitable for kids five years and up.

Location: 51 Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo

19. Eddie Ward Park Playground

There are two playgrounds at Eddie Wark Park with the fenced one for toddlers located away from the road. The older kids park, though unfenced, has a skate bowl!

Location: 9/57 Marlborough St, Surry Hills

20. Bieler Reserve 

This gem in Randwick is fully enclosed and is not too big and not too small. It has kiddie-friendly equipment ideal for younger tots, and its giant climbing spider’s web will definitely appeal to older kids. It's only a short walk to local cafes and shops for a much-needed coffee fix.

Location: 56 Gilderthorpe Ave, Randwick

21. Queens Park 

Located on Darley Road in Randwick, Queens Park is nestled among endless green parklands. It has rubber flooring on the ground and loads of equipment including swings, a shaded sandpit and a sit-on sand digger.

Location: 207 Darley Rd, Randwick 

Western Suburbs & Greater West

22. Livvi's Place, Elara

Livvi's Place
There's so much to love about Livvi's Place.


Are you even a parent in Sydney if you've never been to Livvi's Place? Possibly one of the most well-known playgrounds in Sydney, Livvi's Place is 7,400-square-metres of total outdoor fun with so much for kids to do including a water play zone, a flying fox, slides, swings, climbing nets, a carousel, fun glider, trampoline loop and even a basketball half-court!

Location: Marsden Park

23. Domain Creek Playground

Situated inside Parramatta Park, the Domain Creek playground was a $2 million investment. There’s a double flying fox, spinning carousels, tall slides that kids need to climb rope ladders to get to, and a climbing net that is strung low to the ground. The whole playground is connected by walkways and ramps, meaning wheelchairs and prams can get around smoothly. There are sandpits, small trampolines built into the ground and water pumps for hot days! 

Location: Park Ave & Park Parade, Westmead

24. Casula Parklands

Casula Parklands
This adventure wonderland will be a huge hit with kids of all ages!


Western Sydney's newest multi-million dollar adventure playground, Casula Parklands, was designed for inclusivity, accessibility and lots of fun, so there really is something for everyone! At Casula Parklands, little ones have their own play space with slides, a mini rock climbing wall, tunnels and a ropes course, and older kids will love the 8-metre-long Sky Walk, climbing tower, huge tunnel slide, swings and merry-go-round. Casula Parklands is an expansive Sydney playground that also boasts a ninja course and double flying fox that adds to the impressive array of equipment.

The playground is well equipped for a full day of family fun with a dog park, walking track, and shaded picnic areas, plus the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is next door! 

Location: Powerhouse Rd, Casula

25. Bungarribee Park

Bungarribee Park
Ensconced in beautiful parklands, Bungarribee playground is unmissable for adventure-loving littles!

 

Touted as the largest park in Sydney, the $15-million, 200-hectare Bungarribee Park is a wide, open oasis of natural green spaces and interesting places to explore, as well as an awesome state-of-the-art playground that includes a jaw-dropping 50-metre flying fox and an epic 14-metre tall climbing tower, slides, plus giant swings, balance beams and a water play area. There also BBQs and picnic shelters, and walking and cycling tracks and one of Sydney's largest off-leash dog zones. The surrounding parklands at Bungarribee Park are perfect for picnics and free play, and the surrounding wetland is home to thousands of native trees and wildflowers to discover.

Location: Doonside Rd &, Holbeche Rd, Bungarribee

26. Lizard Log

Lizard Log Playground
Let's just say, Lizard Log Playground is award-winning for a reason!

 

This award-winning nature playground (it was voted the BEST playground in NSW) has been designed to blend into the natural environment - so be careful you don't miss it! There are water play elements (exactly what you'll need this summer) as well as a rock-climbing wall, logs to balance on, a big sandpit with diggers, a nest swing, a super slide, a flying fox and lots more. As far as Sydney playgrounds go, Lizard Log really is one of the favourites. Read our Lizard Log Review.

Location: The Horsley Dr &, Cowpasture Rd, Abbotsbury

27. Fairfield Adventure Park

Fairfield Adventure Playground
The slides speak for themselves at Fairfield Adventure Park!

 

Fairfield Adventure Park has been around for a few years but is one that impresses the young kids and the tweens too! When the 30-metre slide at Hilltop Park in Schofields closed down due to safety concerns, Fairfield Adventure Park took back its title of biggest playground slide in Western Sydney. It twirls and glistens in the sun and simply has to be seen to be believed. Add this Sydney adventure playground to your weekend itinerary and you'll never look back. Read our Fairfield Adventure Park Review.

Location: Vine Street, Fairfield

28. Blaxland Riverside Park 

Blaxland Playground
A huge water play area is a huge drawcard to this Blaxland playground!


This Blaxland playground sure does have the WOW factor. It will feel like you've entered the Teletubbies world with purple and green astroturf hills and endless play spaces surrounding you. Sydney's popular adventure playground offers hidden slides and tunnels cut into hillsides, climbing nets, a massive spinning satellite dish, a Viking swing, a double flying fox, and a HUGE water play area where kids can get totally soaked. Just be mindful - there's no shade, so on summer days, make sure the kids have hats and sunscreen!

Location: Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park

29. Livvi’s Place, Ryde

Everyone's favourite playground in Yamble Reserve is sure to be a hit with your kids. The colours, the architecture, the game playing, the climbing, the fun - you can see why it's one of the most popular playgrounds in Sydney!

Location: 194 Quarry Rd, Ryde

30. Phoenix Park, Rhodes

Playgrounds in Sydney
Phoenix Park is heaven for little ones. 


For really little ones, this playground in Sydney is a wonderful play space. In close proximity to the Parramatta River, the theme of Phoenix Park is fishing, hence the super cool net rope structure. Equipment is based on challenging children's balance, coordination, agility and strength whilst engaging all their five senses through a range of materials and artworks used in the construction.

Location: 47 Shoreline Dr, Rhodes

31. Willowdale Park

Willowdale Regional Park
Bursting with natural play elements, Willowdale Park playground is a firm favourite among south-west families.


This new regional park within a community estate in southwest Sydney offers an amazing adventure playground with striking wooden features and fun natural play elements. Willowdale Park features an impressive bicycle and scooter challenge plus two 40m flying foxes. There is also a bespoke cubby house (made of recycled timber from the site) with an aerial walkway and a slide into the sandpit below, plus an amphitheatre, balance beams, swings and water play - aka adventure playground heaven! There is plenty of open space for ball games and running around, plus electric BBQs,  picnic shelters and beautiful surrounds. 

Location: Jamboree &, Baden Powell Ave, Denham Court

32. Oran Park

Oran Park
Oran Park features one of the largest skate parks in Sydney.


A whopping $9-million went into the development of Oran Park, which took 2 years to build but was well worth the wait! Oran Park offers up adventures in droves at the Dawson-Damer Park and Julia Reserve Youth Precinct. Water play, adventure play, sports, group games and more are on offer in the sprawling 2.5-hectare Oran Park. Welcome to adventure playground central!

Location: Corner of Dick Johnson Drive and O'Toole Avenue, Oran Park

South Sydney

33. Oatley Park 

Oatley Park Adventure Playground
This ultra-inclusive playspace is the perfect destination for nature-loving playmates!

 

As part of the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play Program, this inclusive play space located along Southern Sydney's Georges River is one of the biggest we've ever seen! Oatley Park Adventure Playground is a nature-lovers dream utilising the natural landscape of the park's bushland setting and adding equipment constructed predominantly from natural materials. At Oatley Playground, there are plenty of trees to provide shady spots and loads of fun features to keep active kids busy. 

Oatley Playground's centrepiece is a huge three-storey timber structure with a winding slippery dip, ropes, ladders, tunnels and more. The play tower promises lots of adventure for brave kids! There's a smaller slide on the bottom level for the littlies plus a climbing net, lower play deck, worm tunnel and gangplank. Other cool features of the adventure playground include a Flying Fox and a stationary steam train.

Location: 1 Dame Mary Gilmore Rd, Oatley

34. Carss Bush Playground

You can do it all at Carss Bush playground! Here you'll find a fully fenced toddler area with a swing, slide and plenty to climb, as well as two long flying foxes with a boarding platform, a giant slide, a large circular climbing frame, a sandpit, an onsite cafe, and just about everything else. A play in the playground surrounded by bushland will be topped off perfectly with a paddle in the foreshore of Kogarah Bay. Read our Carss Bush Park & Playground Review.

Location: Carwar Ave, Carss Park

35. Como Pleasure Grounds

Como Pleasure Grounds is one of those beautiful outdoor locations you could spend the whole day at, just relishing the sunshine, nature, and stunning waterfront location. The pirate-themed playground is a riot for adventurous kids who'll love pretending to 'walk the plank' in the pirate ship, or burning lots of energy on the giant climbing net. Make a day of it by going for a stroll along the pedestrian bridge that runs over the water and looks down at the Marina and the boats. There's also great coffee nearby.

Location: 2A Cremona Rd, Como

36. L’Estrange Park Mascot

With PLENTY of room to move and a spongy floor for children to run around, L'Estrange Park Mascot is the place to be. There are 2 sides to the playground, one being age-appropriate for up to 6-year-olds, the other for up to 12-year-olds. You’ll find a sandpit, water play items, bike track with road signs, climbing webs, slides, jungle gyms and more!

Location: King &, Sutherland St, Mascot

37. Bonna Point Reserve

Bonna Point Reserve
Welcome to Sydney's highest slides!


If your little ones love heights, they're going to love adventuring to new heights at Bonna Point Reserve. Bonna Point Reserve only opened in 2020 and is already exciting little adventure seekers with the playground's Sky-pods, a labyrinth of elevated rope walkways, and the epic 4.5m slide!

Location: 310-312 Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell

38. Bexley Park

Our kids didn’t want to leave this playground! This playground is surrounded by lots of lush, green, open spaces, perfect for a big run around or a family picnic. There are wooden structures to climb, swings, slides, a flying fox, and a merry-go-round. Bring your bikes to ride on the track, or use the quirky vintage style 2-way telephones that keep children occupied for surprisingly longer than you’d expect. 

Location: Cnr Stoney Creek Road and, Henderson Rd, Bexley

39. Shelly Beach Playground

In Cronulla, you’ll find sea views and equipment for younger and older children to swing, slide and climb at Shelly Beach. There’s a liberty swing for disabled children too.

Location: 70-110 Ewos Parade, Cronulla

North Shore & Northern Beaches

40. Clifton Gardens

Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens is a secluded seaside spot in the backstreets of Mosman.


Modern seesaws, swings, climbing structures, a dedicated toddler area, plenty of shade, and coffee nearby – it’s easy to see why Mosman’s Clifton Gardens is such a popular spot for families.

Location: Morella Rd, Mosman

41. Bobbin Head Playground

Bobbin Head
Imaginative play at Bobbin Head Playground.


Bobbin Head is one of the newest playgrounds on the North Shore and is a nature-lovers dream spot, with lovely wooden features throughout, including a wooden cabana, wooden log maze, climbing structure, swings, play tunnels and a giant platypus.

Location: 1002 Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra

42. Waitara Oval 

After undergoing a return in 2019, Waitara Oval is now an inclusive - and fenced - space with shade sails and artwork by local communities - adorable!

Location: 22 Waitara Ave, Waitara

43. Bicentennial Park West Pymble

We love the huge fenced ‘Golden Grove’ inclusive playground (new in 2018) with soft-fall paths and an all-abilities swing seat and slide.

Location: Prince Of Wales Dr, West Pymble

44. Wahroonga Park

This park was renovated back in September 2014 and remains in great shape. There's equipment for little kids including mini trains, toddler swings, slides and springers as well as entertainment for the older kids including a flying fox, a moving roundabout, a half-sunken pirate ship and lots more. 

Location: Coonanbarra Rd, Wahroonga

45. Flying Fox Park

Playgrounds in Sydney
Flying Fox Park in Winnererremmy Bay. 


Continually ranked as one of the top kids' playgrounds on the Northern Beaches, Flying Fox Park in Mona Vale and the adjacent Winnererremmy Bay have so much to offer kids and families. The park itself is completely fenced in and spacious enough for kids to feel like they’ve got space to run, jump and play. The 2 highlights of the park – the giant climbing net, and the giant flying fox – will keep kids entertained for hours, plus there are swings, slides, giant ships, and a scooter/bike track. Winnererremmy Bay is an expansive park and little beach next to the park that’s perfect for playing sports, bike riding, picnics and birthday parties. The onsite Flying Fox Cafe is always open for that necessary caffeine hit.

Location: Mona St, Mona Vale

46. Rocketship Park, Warriewood

Rocketship Park
The famous Rocketship Park in Warriewood.


While this Northern Beaches playground isn’t fenced in, that doesn’t stop kids from having a fabulous time out in the sun. What makes Rocket Park special is its 2 separate play areas for toddlers and bigger kids. The giant (and we mean GIANT!) rocket ship and slippery-dip in the middle of the park will certainly entice older kids, while the toddler play area with jungle gyms, mini swings and mini slides will keep little tots happy and active. Another giant feature of the park is the giant slides that even parents will want to have a go on. 

Location: Casuarina Drive, Warriewood.

47. Collaroy Beach Park, Collaroy

Another popular beachside playground, Collaroy Beach Park offers stunning views of Collaroy Beach as well as plenty of entertainment for the little ones. The playground is a great size and offers something for big kids as well as little ones new to the playground scene. With climbing walls, swings, slides, percussion instruments, a merry-go-round, seesaw, and giant climbing tower, the kids won’t know what to play on first! There’s also a Liberty Swing for less abled children. Toilets are available at the nearby surf club as well as parking in the adjacent beach car park, though this can get full on weekends.

Location: 10 Birdwood Avenue, Collaroy

48. Berry Reserve, Narrabeen

Berry Reserve
The affectionately named Tramshed Playground.


Quickly climbing the ranks as the best playground on the Northern Beaches, Berry Reserve Playground is one of the newer playgrounds on the Beaches and has been drawing in the crowds since it opened in 2018. Also referred to as the Tramshed Cafe Playground, this tram-themed playground is oodles of fun for all train-obsessed kiddies, and the views of the adjacent Narrabeen Lake don’t suck either! Featuring a giant wooden climbing castle, slides, tram tracks, mini ticket booth, mini trampolines, swings, mini train platform, percussion instruments, and sand play area, the kids are in for hours of tram-themed action. The Tramshed Cafe is right next door and serves yummy coffees, breakfast and lunch.

Location: 1395 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

49. Dee Why Beach Playground

A trip to Dee Why Beach simply isn’t complete without a play at Dee Why Beach Playground. It might be a little smaller than other Northern Beaches spots, but Dee Why Beach Playground (officially named Michaela Howie Playground) is always buzzing with happy and active kids. Located on the southern tip of Dee Why Beach Park, the playground features a jungle gym, slides, and swings. There’s plenty of seating nearby plus the sprawling hilltop of Dee Why Beach Park, ideal for family picnics and birthday parties. As an added bonus, there are loads of cafes right across the street serving great coffee. 

Location: 137 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why

50. St Ives Playground

St Ives Playground
A mega skywalk for adventurous kids. 


For kids who aren't afraid to scale to new heights, St Ives Playground is a huge spot with some pretty huge slides! Located at St Ives Showground, this relatively new play space has epic slides, a toddler play area, merry-go-round, flying foxes, and plenty more!

Location: St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives

EXTRA: Lemur Forest Adventure, Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo Playground
There's so much to love at the Taronga Zoo Playground.


Little lemur lovers will love this animalistic playground at Taronga Zoo! There's a densely packed multi-layered forest, a moat, a waterfall, climbing pods, balance challenges, insect sculptures and lots more. We also love that this playground is also directed towards older children through to the early teens because we believe there's definitely not enough challenging equipment around Sydney for them.

Taronga Zoo has another amazing playground right in the heart of the petting zoo with climbing structures, slides, water play and plenty more!

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