Water playgrounds are a great way for all kids to cool down on a warm day. Plus, parents can enjoy them too – I know I do! They normally have fountains, tipping buckets, water jets and sprays, plus other interactive water features. And the awesome bit is that these are splash areas so kids don’t need to know how to swim!

Curry Reserve water playground camden
Curry Reserve in Camden

There are now 17 water playgrounds across Western Sydney. Five are within fully fenced playgrounds and 10 are within 15kms of Parramatta CBD.

Most water playgrounds have operating hours (listed below) and the water is usually turned off over winter. Keep in mind that regulations were updated a few years ago to ensure that water playgrounds have to meet the same standards as public pools – so yes the water is chlorinated and clean!

NOTE: we understand a few water playgrounds have not reopened in spring 2020 like normal, possibly due to covid19. But unfortunately not all Councils have provided clear information on their websites. We’re doing our best to find out when each will open.

James Ruse Reserve Parramatta
James Ruse Reserve in Parramatta

And if you are looking for other free ways to cool off outdoors for free, then check out our ultimate water fun guide.

Map of Water Playgrounds in Western Sydney

List of Water Playgrounds in Western Sydney

There are currently 17 water playgrounds in parks from Ryde to Penrith and Camden to the Hills. Here we list them in order of distance from Parramatta CBD. NOTE: We can confirm that water has been turned back on at water playgrounds in the City of Parramatta and Hills Shire areas. But waiting on confirmation in other Council areas.

1Ollie Webb Reserve [OPEN] | Parramatta

This is the newest water playground in the City of Parramatta, opening mid February 2019. And is the only fenced water playground, being within the fenced Livvi’s Place at Ollie Webb Reserve.

  • Open: 9am to 8pm, September through to May.
  • Address: Glebe Street, Parramatta (near Pitt Street)

2James Ruse Reserve [OPEN] | Parramatta

This is the largest water playground in the Parramatta area. And should easily keep little ones through to primary school kids splashing around for a good while! The park contains seating, picnic tables and BBQs, a skate park and a small metered off street car park. There’s also a playground, with a little natural shade, with swings, slides, rockers and rope climbing tower. Unfortunately it’s the only water playground without permanent toilets, though there are port-a-loos. Keep in mind it can be very difficult to find a car spot nearby during school holidays and on weekends.

3Granville Park [CLOSED until mid 2021] | Merrylands

Granville Park in Merrylands is yet another favourite – and has lots of on-site free parking! There are two sections, one aimed more at little ones with things to hold onto and the other for older kids with big water jets, tipping buckets and big fountains. There are toilets within the park (but about 150m away) as well as sheltered picnic tables, plus a playground (not shaded) with swings, climbing play gym and slide. NOTE: the water playground at Granville Park is CLOSED while upgrade work happens to the sports field and the pump station is relocated. These are expected to be completed by December 2020.

This large park has one of the smallest water playgrounds. But it will still keep kids of all ages happy and cool for a while. There are toilets at this park (about a 5min walk away), bbqs, sheltered picnic tables and a small, shaded playground with swings, slide and things to climb. And there’s a path around the whole park to walk on or for the kids to ride on. Plus there are two food options within easy walking distance – Daisys By The Park and Vikings Sports Club.

5Blaxland Riverside Park [Temporarily CLOSED] | Sydney Olympic Park

A large and awesome park, Blaxland Riverside Park is best suited for kids 4+. It has a fantastic water playground section as well, but there is no shade. If you are looking to visit on the weekend, best to get in before 10am as parking is difficult. There are toilets, bbqs, a kiosk and shaded sitting areas nearby, plus a sand pit for the little ones.

6Bay Park | Wentworth Point

This is probably the smallest water playground on the list, with a few water jets coming up from the ground. But it’s still a fun, quick way to cool off, particularly for little ones.

7Putney Park [OPEN] | Putney

Putney Park is a fantastic park, found along Parramatta River in Putney. There is a great, free water play area suitable for young children. Unlike the other water playgrounds, this is more like toddler pools. There are no water fountains and tipping buckets, just two shallow pools connected by a pebble creek bed. There are also two other playgrounds in the park and two LARGE slides.

8Francis Park | Blacktown Showground Precinct

There is plenty to keep the kids happily occupied at this large, popular park. From traditional play equipment and a fully shaded water playground to a flying fox, nature based play elements, plenty of grass to play on and bush to explore. Thankfully most of the play equipment has a shade cloth over it. The park is within walking distance from Blacktown Train Station and Bus Interchange and free parking is available. The Grounds Keeper Cafe is right near the water playground and open everyday except Tuesday.

9Livvi’s Place, Bernie Mullane Reserve [OPEN] | Kellyville

This is the first and currently only water playground in the Hills. It’s in the fenced Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane Reserve. And thankfully shade sails are now over the water area and swings. This water playground is only one of three within a fully fenced playground. There are also BBQs, grassed area for picnics and toilets within the Sports Complex next door. And there is a variety of play equipment for kids of all abilities.

10Bigge Park | Liverpool

The water playground at Bigge Park opened in late 2017 and shade sails were installed early 2018. It has a giant soaker bucket, a water ring tunnel and water cannons. And in 2019 received a further upgrade, with the addition of a new accessible toilet block. Plus work is underway to have a cafe at the park.

  • Water operates: 10am to 7pm from October to March. And 11am to 4pm from April to September.
  • Address: 124 Bigge St, Liverpool

11Nurragingy Reserve | Doonside

Nurragingy Reserve is a lovely spot to visit year round! There’s picnic shelters, natural bushland, beautiful Chinese Gardens, waterfall, duck pond, a water playground and three other playgrounds.

  • Water operates: September through to May. In summer, the hours are 9am to 6.30pm and all other months from 10am to 5pm.
  • Address: Knox Road, Doonside

12Phoenix Reserve | Erskine Park, Penrith Area

Phoenix Reserve, Erskine Park  (Photo credit: Penrith City Council)

The popular reserve boasts a splash pad to help everyone keep cool this summer and is part of a broader range of improvements that includes new pathways, picnic shelters, new furniture and landscaping.

13Livvi’s Place Elara | Marsden Park

The newest water playground in Western Sydney can be found at Livvis’s Place Elara in Marsden Park. It has shade sails over it and consists of water jets coming up from the ground. There’s a button on the floor to start the water.

Photo credit: Bump Into Mums

This large reserve near Penrith has a gorgeous lake, cycle/ pathways, picnic facilities, exercise equipment, a shaded playground and splash pad. The small water play area has water spouts to help the kids cool off, but unfortunately is not shaded.

15Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs | Penrith

Photo credit: Daily Telegraph

This large, fenced playground near Penrith opened in 2016. Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs has several interactive spaces, including a water play area with 6 water jets. But it’s not your average water play area – kids need to work/ play for the water to come out! There’s also a sandpit, trampolines, swings, performance stage and picnic areas.

This is one of only three water playgrounds that is within a fenced playground – yay! The playground is smaller than Livvi’s Place the Hills but has lovely views of the Hawkesbury River, natural shade and is short drive from Windsor cafes and shops, plus Anderson Farm and Australiana Pioneer Village.

17Curry Reserve | Camden

The water playground at Curry Reserve in Camden is the biggest and best on the list. It takes about 50mins to drive to from Parramatta. There’s on-site parking, BBQs, picnic shelter, playground, toilets and change rooms. And a very fun water playground packed with water fountains, tipping buckets, water splash channel, tunnels and water sprayers.