We’ve been visiting the Fairfield Leisure Centre, with its fun outdoor water playground, since my kids were little. And it’s hard to miss the awesome looking playground across the road. And oh boy, it should be named Fairfield ADVENTURE Park as there is so much adventure to be had! We easily spend hours there and even then my kids still aren’t ready to leave!
Fairfield Adventure Park opened in 2015 and has been very well play at since. But has also been well maintained. There’s not much noticeable difference since our first visits back in 2017 – in a good way!
Within the large bush park, there are three BIG slides, rope tower, four flying foxes, sand pit with a digger, mega fun obstacle course, life-sized foosball, mist fountain, toilets, BBQs, picnic shelters, sports fields, basketball court, on-site parking and a kiosk (seasonal opening hours). Plus an ice cream and coffee van sometimes visits.
You can clearly see that Fairfield Adventure Park has been designed with tweens (as well as adults) in mind, which is fantastic given how few playgrounds are. And it definitely seems to deliver on that by the number of 10-14yr olds we’ve seen playing there. But there’s still something for all ages! And it’s a climbers, mini ninja warriors heaven!
With the closure of the 30m slide at Hilltop Park in Schofields, Fairfield Adventure Park reclaims the title of biggest playground slide in Western Sydney. And there’s not one but three BIG slides!
The slides can only be accessed via a 11m rope tower… and it’s NOT for the faint-hearted! Nor little kids, unless there is a parent helping as there is a fair gap at the top to climb up into the pod…. even I struggle getting in.
Once at the top (and your legs have stopped shaking), you have the choice of going down a mostly straight slide or walking across a rope bridge to two more twisty slides. All slides end up at the sand pit and have shade sails over the bottom section.
We have only gone down these slides on a cool autumn day but I imagine they would get hot in summer, though you aren’t in them for long!
Now little ones aren’t left out when it comes to a slide or rope climbing, with a mini version for them just nearby. Plus there is a mini rope tower merry-go-round for the young kids as well.
Sand Pit and Swings
Around the bottom of the rope slide tower is a large sand pit, with a digger and mounds to climb over – or slide down! It’s worthwhile bringing along some sand toys, particularly if your kids are little.
In this area, you will find a large birds nest swing and flying foxes with sand underneath.
Thankfully there are a few shaded spots here under the shade sails over the bottom of the slides.
While the slides are definitely a draw card, the hidden surprise and what sets this park apart from others is the obstacle course. It opened at the end of 2016 and covers 7,500 square metres. Even when my kids were preschoolers, they loved spending a lot of time on the various obstacles. There are tyre and rope climbing walls, treetop walk, climbing mound, large walking see-saw and two more flying foxes.
Now there’s a sign saying the area is only for people 15yrs+… which is really strange. But guess it’s for insurance reasons for Council?? Either way, we doubt most people have read it (we didn’t notice it until we’d played there a few times) and it’s completely ignored.
Exercise Equipment and Foosball
In between the slide and sand pit area and the obstacle course, is an exercise area as well as life-size foosball.
Fairfield Adventure Park has a number of BBQs and picnic shelters, mostly near the slides. You can book a shelter through Fairfield City Council and understandably they are very popular for birthday parties. There is also lots of space to spread out a picnic rug.
The toilets are near the obstacle course and there’s a water re-fill station there as well. In between the obstacle course area and baseball field, is the kiosk. It seems to only be open when there is a game on. Plus there’s another toilet here.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Parking can fill up quickly on the weekend.
- The play equipment is spread across a large area and there isn’t line of sight between some sections.
- Toilets are down the back of the playground, along with the bubbler.
- Kids 5yrs and under will likely need an adult or older sibling to help them up the rope down to get to the big slides.
- There’s good natural shade over parts of the playground, but the slides and sand pit are mostly in the sun.
- The main, large picnic shelters can be booked.
- The Youth and Community Centre next door used to hold free Open Days on the 1st Sunday of each month (11am to 3/4pm). Hopefully they return post-covid.
Finding Fairfield Adventure Park
Fairfield Adventure Park is about 10kms south-west of Parramatta. There is free on-site parking, with a 6 hour limit. But it does fill up quickly on weekends! The park is also about a 700m walk from Fairfield train station.