Gazing upon images of an amazing park on Facebook, I wondered where on Earth this incredible playground was. Upon asking, I found out it was called Blaxland Riverside Park! I thought Blaxland was a bit far until I realised that it was in Newington, only a 5 minute drive from our place. Win!
This park is huge, spread over 3 hectares, and there’s LOTS to play on. Plus, there’s a great walking/ cycling track that goes all the way to Sydney Olympic Park. In fact, if you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one. The Armory Wharf Cafe is by the water and a great spot for lunch or brunch. And there is also another kiosk next to the water playground. Keep in mind though that parking can be an issue on weekends and during school holidays.
At the moment, you can also enjoy over 800 artworks by students from across NSW at the Operation Art Exhibition on at Newington Armory Gallery until Sunday 4th November. And the Armory Wharf Cafe is offering a special kids meal deal to celebrate the Operation Art Exhibition! Purchase any adults meal & mention the promo code #KIDSARTDEAL to receive a kids meal half price while the exhibition is on.
The playground consists of many swings (2 toddler, 4 normal and 1 round netted one), 3 metal slides (can get hot in summer) which you access by climbing or by walking up the side of the hill, a snake swing, nets to climb, a few long tunnels to crawl through, flying fox, water park and ample space to run around and kick a ball or fly a kite.
The playground isn’t shaded but if you get there early, you will be lucky enough to find some shade to sit under. There are a few BBQ facilities available however you cannot book them. First in first serve with the shelters.
If you have young toddlers and preschoolers, this park might not be one to attempt alone. It is definitely made to cater for the older kids as it is large and not gated. To have a similar experience for the younger children, I’d recommend visiting Livvi’s place in Ryde, especially if visiting alone.
Like heritage trains? Perfect. For $5 per person (free for children under 3), you can ride the rails. Each ride lasts for half an hour and starts at 11am and last trip is at 1:30pm. Riding the Rails takes visitors on a short ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot.
Nature lovers need not fret. The BirdLife Discovery Centre is located within the Armory. They provide a free guided bird walk on the last Sunday of every month between 10 and 11am.
Getting to Blaxland Riverside Park
- Ferry: You can catch a ferry to Sydney Olympic Park and take the track that goes to the Armory. It’s about a 2k walk from the ferry to Blaxland Riverside Park.
- Bus: Visit The NSW transport info website for more information.
- By Car: The park is on Jamieson St, Newington. Drive down Holker Street and turn left near the prison (yes it is right next to a prison) if coming from Silverwater Rd or right if coming the opposite direction. Parking can be hard to find if you go late on a weekend. I suggest getting there by 10am.