We love playgrounds in a bush setting with nature based play elements and a variety of equipment for the kids to play with. And this is exactly what the fab Domain Creek playground at Parramatta Park has in spades.
I must confess that it took us a year to warm up to this new playground. I guess because we really loved the old one at Salter Fields. It felt like a comfy pair of ugg boots, compared with the new one which was all shiny and bright and more suitable for slightly older kids. Now my Mr 4 and Mr 3 regularly request going to Parramatta Park and have a fantastic time at the lovely Domain Creek playground.
Set well back from the road, the Domain Creek playground has a number of different areas, created by the change in flooring and equipment, which appeal to kids of different ages and interests and are all connected by walkways.
Looking at the playground from the road, it is like the equipment increases in the age it is most suitable for as you move through the playground from right to left.
At the right end, there is a sand pit enclosed on one side by a low rock wall great for the little kids to walk on.
On the left side of the playground, about 100 metres away, is a flying fox that can be enjoyed by adults and kids of all abilities. And we love the addition of the self locking mechanism on the flying foxes. Definitely makes it so much easier to get on and means it can stay at the top until the next person wants a turn! Just remember to pull down to move it.
In between there are a host of things to play with. From in-ground trampolines, merry-go-round, spinning chair, sit on diggers, water pumps, horizontal climbing net, musical instruments and swings.
To small slide, walking see saw, tall ‘elephant’ slide, bush cubby house and a big birds nest swing.
While I think Domain Creek playground is best suited for kids aged 2-12yrs, there are still things to keep the littler and bigger kids entertained.
Please keep in mind that there are two water pumps right in the middle of the playground. They are great on a hot summers day but a bit annoying in the winter months. There is also not a lot of shade, except some provided by the surrounding trees. So the metal equipment can get very hot on a summers day.
There is plenty of open space to kick a ball around, fly a kite or just run around. BBQs and picnic tables (which can be reserved) are situated right near the playground. There is also a new amenities block there as well.
Unfortunately due to a fire in December 2016, Parramatta Park Cafe closed. Thankfully The Grounds Keeper Cafe is not too far away on the other side of Parramatta Park, at the George Street Gatehouse. And it’s near the other, older playground at Pavilion Flat, which is being upgraded and set to re-open by June 2019.
Parramatta Park also sometimes has food trucks near Domain Creek playground.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Pavilion Flat playground – currently closed for a major upgrade. Will re-open by June 2019.
- The Grounds Keeper Cafe, Parramatta Park
- Lachlan’s Old Government House
- Wentworthville Book and Toy Library
- Westfield Parramatta
Finding Domain Creek Playground
Domain Creek playground is located on the Westmead side of Parramatta Park. There are two car entry points into the park. One at the corner of Pitt and Macquarie Streets and another at the end of Queens Road. The playground is located right near the Queens Road entry. There is free parking within the park, though it can be difficult finding a spot later on the weekend. The Parramatta transport interchange is just under 2kms away and the Ferry Wharf is just over 2kms walk.