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!

There should hopefully be 14 water playgrounds across Western Sydney by the end of the year, with 13 currently. Three are within fully fenced playgrounds and nine 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 last year to ensure that water playgrounds have to meet the same standards as public pools – so yes the water is chlorinated and clean!

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 Current Water Playgrounds in Western Sydney

There are currently 13 water playgrounds in parks from Ryde to Penrith and Liverpool to the Hills. Here we list them in order of distance from Parramatta CBD.

1James Ruse Reserve | 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 while. The park contains seating, picnic tables and BBQs, a skate park and metered off street car park. There is also a playground, with a little natural shade, with swings, slides, rockers and rope climbing tower. Unfortunately it is the only water playground without permanent toilets, though Council usually sets up two port-a-loos.

2Granville Park | Merrylands

Granville Park in Merrylands is yet another favourite amongst the community. The shaded water playground is a fantastic place to go on a warm day. 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.

This large park has the newest water playground in the Parramatta area and is a firm favourite with local families. While one of the smallest water playgrounds, 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. Plus this water playground has two food options within easy walking distance – The Container cafe and Vikings Sports Club.

4Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Olympic Park

Blaxland Riverside Park water playground (Photo credit: surfacedesigns.com)

A large and awesome park, Blaxland Riverside Park is best suited for kids 4+. It has a fantastic water playground section as well, though 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.

5Putney Park | 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 VERY large slides.

6Francis 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. Note: when we visited this playground in 2017, it was in need of some TLC. 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.

7Livvi’s Place, Bernie Mullane Reserve | Kellyville

This is the first and only water playground in the Hills. It’s in the fenced Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane Reserve. And thankfully shade sails were recently installed over the water area. 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.

8Bigge Park | Liverpool

Photo credit: Outdoor Design Source

The new water playground at Bigge Park opened in late 2017 and shade sails were installed early 2018. The zero-depth waterplay zone has a giant soaker bucket, a water ring tunnel and water cannons. The water is treated and recycled, just like any pool facility.

9Nurragingy Reserve | Doonside

This lovely Reserve contains 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

10Phoenix Reserve | Erskine Park, Penrith Area

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

The reserve boasts a new splash pad (opened mid December 2016) 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.

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.

12Livvi’s Place | Jordan Springs

Photo credit: Daily Telegraph

This large, fenced playground near Penrith opened in October 2016. Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs is a state-of-the-art play space with several interactive spaces, including a large water play area with 6 water jets. Plus, there’s a sandpit, trampolines, swings, a range of play equipment, a performance stage and picnic areas.

The newest water playground on the list and one of only three that are 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.

New Water Playgrounds Coming Soon

Work should begin soon on the City of Parramatta’s first Livvi’s Place at Ollie Webb Reserve. And hopefully Cumberland Council will include a water playground in the upgrade of Central Gardens and/ or Auburn Botanic Gardens.

14Ollie Webb Reserve | Parramatta

Current playground that will soon be upgraded into a Livvi’s Place with a water playground

The new Livvi’s Place that is to be built at Ollie Webb Reserve later this year will have a water splash area.