Playgrounds literally come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, looks and fun factors. And while most tick the box when it comes to providing good, free fun for 30mins to a few hours. A playground can’t be everything to everyone! Some are simply going to suit your family better than others.

Strathfield Park find the right playground

But unless you have been to a TONNE of playgrounds (like us), it’s going to be a bit tricky to find just right one. You know the playgrounds that meets all your criteria, assuming it exists. Well not any more! You can now quiz the collective playground experience of ParraParents (all 260+ playgrounds across Western Sydney) using our expanded Find a Playground Search Tool.

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It includes more criteria to help make it easier to find just the playground you are looking for. Like finding out which local playgrounds have a big slide. Or ones with somewhere to ride a bike, picnic shelters and shade. We hope this makes it a million times easier to find just the right playground for your play date!


Find a Playground Extended Search Tool

  • Key Criteria (including age groups, seasons and key features)

  • Other Criteria (including location and key play equipment)

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Acacia Park – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Telopea


I have been driving past Acacia Park a few times a week for the last few years but only stopped for a play at the playground yesterday. My kids were too small for the play equipment until recently and now we are spoilt for choice, with lots of great larger playgrounds in the area. The playground […]

Acacia Park

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May 7, 2017


Alice Watkins Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Constitution Hill


We have walked the Redbank Track a few times now, starting at Robin Hood Park and walking along Toongabbie Creek to the bridge at Windsor Road. Little did we know that just on the other side of the bridge is another playground at Alice Watkins Reserve. It’s only a small playground and in need of some […]

Alice Watkins Reserve Constitution Hill

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August 1, 2018


Altrove Hilltop Park (Photos Only) | Schofields


Opening in April 2018, there was a LOT of excitement about the 30m metal slide at Hilltop Park. Our Facebook post reached over 220,000 people! Sadly though the slide closed after only about month and will be relocated. The new playground does still have a fenced play area for little ones, flying foxes, swings and rope […]

Altrove Hilltop Park Schofields

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July 28, 2018


Ambrose Hallen Park – Playground, Community Garden | Toongabbie


Ambrose Hallen Park is about 1km east of Toongabbie train station. It’s shaped like a J on the side, with the playground on the bottom hook and around the corner is a community garden. The play equipment at the park is accessed from Derbyshire Avenue. There is a set of swings first and behind is […]

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August 6, 2018


Anderson Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Ryde


Located in a lovely spot along Parramatta River, Anderson Park has a shaded, medium sized playground. There is a boat themed climbing play gym, swings, small rope climbing tower, rockers and twisters. The playground is best suited for kids 2-6yrs. Unfortunately the playground is not fenced and located next to a busy road and the river, so […]

Anderson Park top warm weather playgrounds summer

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October 24, 2016


Anna Maria King Park – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Dundas


There are times when you just need a good old safe and simple playground for a quick play. Anna Maria King Park is a small local playground in Dundas that fits that bill. There’s nothing overly special about this playground but it’s completely fenced and gated, it’s quiet, and it’s well maintained. This small fenced […]

Anna Maria King Park

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August 9, 2017


Anzac Park – Playground To Be Upgraded | West Ryde


A short walk from West Ryde station is the popular Anzac Park. There’s currently a small to medium sized, shaded playground near Anzac Ave. But the good news is that this playground is getting a much needed upgrade! Work was meant to start after ANZAC Day 2019, but there have been delays and further community […]

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June 7, 2019


Arrunga Street Reserve – Local Playground | Dundas


Arrunga Street Reserve is a small park that serves as a walkway between two quiet streets. There’s a lane way opposite the playground that leads to Dundas Public School. And I imagine the park is busy at school drop off/pick up times. It has some lovely established trees for natural shade but just two pieces of play […]

Arrunga Street Reserve Dundas

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August 9, 2018


Arthur Phillip Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Northmead


Arthur Phillip Park, also known as Redbank Park, is just off James Ruse Drive at Northmead. It’s a popular sportsfield and there is also a playground at the corner of Redbank Rd and Park St. Plus there is a walking track around the park, BBQs and exercise equipment. The playground is a nice spot for a […]

Arthur Phillip Park

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May 11, 2017


Auburn Botanic Gardens – Animals, Street Library, Playgrounds | Auburn


Auburn Botanic Gardens is a must visit for families! It is high on the list of places we recommend the most. While beautiful all year round, it is particularly gorgeous in spring with the blooming cherry blossoms and autumn with the changing leaves. And there is the annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival (17th to 26th August […]

Auburn Botanic Gardens

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September 23, 2016


Auburn Park – Regional Playground | Auburn


There is nothing better than seeing a park packed full of people enjoying time with their families and friends. That is what we found when we visited Auburn Park on a Saturday, soon after it re-opened to the public in 2017. The smell of delicious food cooking on the barbecues from a host of different […]

Auburn Park

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July 27, 2017


Balcombe Heights Estate Masonic Oval – Skate Park, Playground | Baulkham Hills


We love a park that ticks almost all the boxes and is for a range of ages. One where you can easily spend a few hours. Well Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills is such a park! It’s a large reserve with playgrounds for young and older kids, sports fields, walking paths, toilets, BBQs, picnic […]

Balcombe Heights Estate Baulkham Hills

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January 10, 2019


Bales Park Playground – Fenced District Playground | Chatswood


If your kids love trains then the fenced the Bales Park Playground is worth a visit….and even if they don’t, I am sure there is plenty to entertain a child aged 2-7 for an hour or two. Located in the back streets of Chatwoods, the medium sized Bales Park Playground has a great kid sized wooden train that […]

Bales Park Playground Chatswood

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July 28, 2016


Balmaringa Reserve – District Playground | South Turramurra


cliMy boys and I really like nature based playgrounds. I like them even better if they are fenced and there is a cafe nearby. Balmaringa Reserve ticks all those boxes…if you are happy to take a bit of a drive. The playground is located in South Turramurra, just under 20kms from Parramatta CBD, though it […]

Balmaringa Reserve South Turramurra

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September 27, 2016


Banjo Paterson Park – District Playground | Gladesville


Wow, what a gorgeous spot along Parramatta River and an awesome new playground. Banjo Paterson Park definitely has a LOT to offer families. There are plenty of picnic spots and facilities, walking paths along the river, toilets, playground to keep the kids happy and a bit for history buffs as well. Playground The playground was […]

Banjo Paterson Park

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November 4, 2016


Barton Park – Neighbourhood Playground | North Parramatta


Hidden in plain sight, the recently upgraded Barton Park playground is a lovely little place to stop for a play. It is a small, partially fenced playground on the edge of a large sporting field. The playground has a nice outlook across the sporting fields. Through the trees on the far edge you can see […]

Barton Park

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July 8, 2017


Battersea Park – Shaded Playground, Waterviews (Photos Only) | Abbotsford


Our full review of Battersea Park is coming. In the meantime, here are some photos. Finding Battersea Park Places of Interest Nearby Sydney Rowing Club, with Watergrill Restaurant Werrell Reserve Henry Lawson Park The Cove Dining Co

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August 20, 2018


Bay Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Wentworth Point


I must confess, I’ve been so focused on the (slow) development of Peninsula Park near Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf, that I completely missed there was another playground being built in Wentworth Point! The new playground at Bay Park, in One The Waterfront development, was officially opened on 14th February 2019, within 5000sqm of open community […]

Bay Park Wentworth Point

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February 16, 2019


Bayview Park – Shaded Playground on Parramatta River | Concord


We first visited Bayview Park back in March and quickly developed a crush. I mean look at the views out over Parramatta River! Plus, the ferry wharf is quaint, there is a sandy beach, shallow water, on-site parking, toilets, bbqs, fun playground, big trees to climb and a lovely path along the river. And it […]

Bayview Park Concord

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November 29, 2018


Beecroft Train Park (Railway Station Gardens) – Fenced Playground | Beecroft


It is no wonder Beecroft Train Park is a popular playground and a great place to meet for a play date with other families. It is fenced, right near Beecroft Village with all its lovely cafe and shops (including a great children’s bookstore) and has a nice range of play equipment for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, the new Beecroft […]

Beecroft Railway Station Gardens

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August 12, 2016


Belmore Park – Neighbourhood Playground | North Parramatta


Belmore Park is on Pennant Hills Road, near where it ends at Church Street in North Parramatta. It’s on the other side of Castle Street from Saint Patricks Cemetery. Within Belmore Park there is a sports field (known as Richie Benaud Oval) and playground. While there are lots of parking spots around, it’s next to […]

Belmore Park North Parramatta

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August 15, 2018



Berry Reserve – Awesome Fenced Playground, Tramshed Cafe and Swimming | Narrabeen


I’m so glad we took a trip to Narrabeen Lake this week during the heatwave hitting Sydney – we had an absolute stunner of a day at Berry Reserve! Kids were asking to come back before we had even left.. and they got their wish when we went back again on New Years Day! I’ve […]

Berry Reserve Narrabeen

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December 31, 2018


Bicentennial Park – 2 Playgrounds + Tracks + Lake | Sydney Olympic Park


Bicentennial Park has so much to enjoy and for all ages. From two playgrounds (Village Green and Concord West), bushwalks and a lake with ducks to open grassed areas, bike/ scooter pathways, plenty of picnic tables and bbqs, water fountains, a bike hire shop and Water View Cafe. It is Western Sydney’s great equivalent to Centennial Park in the […]

Bicentennial Park

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October 3, 2016


Bicentennial Park West Pymble – Fenced Playground, Swimming, Bushwalks


We have been visiting Bicentennial Park West Pymble for a while now, drawn by the large fenced playground and swimming pools next door….because if one won’t wear out my kids, the combo of the two sure will! 😉 We were disappointed and very excited when we last visited in February to find the playground closed […]

Bicentennial Park West Pymble

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July 12, 2018


Bill Thomson Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Parramatta


I’m sure I drove past Bill Thomson Reserve hundreds of times before I knew it was there. Because even though it can be accessed from Victoria Road, there isn’t much street frontage and it’s full of lovely trees. The reserve can also be accessed from Henry Street. And is particularly lovely to visit in autumn, […]

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August 5, 2017


Binalong Park – Fenced, Shaded Playground | Old Toongabbie


Binalong Park is a popular sporting venue. And would be one of, if not the, largest sporting parks on the western side of the City of Parramatta. It takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning `toward the sky place or high world`. The drawcard for a lot of families though is the fenced and […]

Binalong Park Old Toongabbie

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June 12, 2018


Bingara Park – Small Playground | Beecroft


The upgrade of the playground at Bingara Park was completed late December 2018. This park has some nice mature trees, which thankfully were left in. And they should provide shade throughout the day. Within the new playground, which all sits at the top of the small reserve, you’ll find the same climbing play gym that has […]

Bingara Park Beecroft

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December 22, 2018


Biplane Park – Plane Playground | Rosehill


The main attraction at Biplane Park is definitely the biplane shaped play equipment. And I love the added touch of the runway! The park is small and about half of it is filled with play equipment. And the other half is a grassed area and a path around the walk, popular with walkers. There is […]

Biplane Park

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July 31, 2017


Birk Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Constitution Hill


The playground at Birk Park was a nice surprise to find, tucked in behind houses. At first I actually wasn’t sure there was a playground as you can’t see it from the road. And there is only a little of the park itself along Marie and Geoffrey streets that you access it from. The neighbourhood playground […]

Birk Park Constitution Hill

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August 22, 2018


Birriwa Reserve – Youth Playground (Photos Only) | Mount Annan


Birriwa Reserve has fabulous play equipment for toddlers through to teenagers. One of very few parks in Greater Sydney that does! We stop here on the way to strawberry picking at Berrylicious Strawberries or when visiting Australian Botanic Gardens in Mt Annan nearby. We’ve been meaning to share more of this playground for a while. […]

Birriwa Reserve Mount Annan

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July 28, 2018


Blackman Park -Regional Playground | Lane Cove West


Blackman Park, along the Lane Cove River, is one of my family’s favourite parks. We love the bush setting, fabulous playground, being able to go on a little bush walk, the picnic facilities and easy parking. It would make for a great place to have a birthday party. Like a LOT of the parks we go […]

Blackman Park

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November 10, 2016


Blankers-Koen Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Newington


Blankers-Koen Park is a lovely open space in Newington, just down from Newington Marketplace. And until very recently, there was no playground there. This makes Blankers-Koen Park the first brand new playground in the City of Parramatta in at least the last few years. All the other new playgrounds have been upgrades to existing playgrounds. […]

Blankers-Koen Park Newington

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November 20, 2018


Blaxland Riverside Park – Regional Playground | Newington


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 […]

Blaxland Riverside Park Newington Sydney Olympic Park

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January 2, 2017


Blenheim Park – Play, Picnic, Bikes, Dogs and Cars | North Ryde


Blenheim Park is a popular, large regional park –  one of five in the City of Ryde. And great for family get-togethers, particularly with kids of mixed ages. The Park has four main play areas, plus picnic facilities, fenced dog off leash area, remote control car race track and on-site parking. And all in a […]

Blenheim Park North Ryde

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February 16, 2018


Boronia Park – Shaded Great Playground, Gardens and More | Epping


A visit to Boronia Park should be a real delight for babies through to early primary school kids, and us parents – well it is for us every time we visit! With plenty of trees and open spaces, the park has a real tranquil bush feel about it. It’s also the only park we can […]

Boronia Park Epping

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February 10, 2019


Bradley Drive Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Carlingford


Bradley Drive Reserve is a small reserve, not far from Pennant Hills and Woodstock Roads. There is lots of grass to play on and a small playground, with some natural shade from the surrounding trees. Within the playground with a bark ground is a slide and two swings. At the back of the reserve is […]

Bradley Drive Reserve Carlingford

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July 28, 2018


Bressington Park – District Playground | Homebush


Bressington Park has undergone a major upgrade, with a new amenities block, sports field, playground and carpark. It re-opened in early December 2018. And is right next to Mason Park. We will write a full review later, but in the meantime here are some photos. New Playground 2nd Playground Other Facilities Finding Bressington Park Car entry […]

Bressington Park Homebush

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December 12, 2018


Bretby Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Rydalmere


I was a bit obsessed with finding fenced playgrounds about a year ago and not sure how I missed the one at Bretby Park! The key thing to keep in mind with this ‘fenced’ playground is that it is not gated. There is a passage opening – hard to explain – but the fence overlaps […]

Bretby Park

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July 18, 2017


Bruce Cole Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Winston Hills


Bruce Cole Reserve is a nice bush reserve, just south of the M2 and a bit west of Winston Hills Mall. The park can be accessed from Gibbon and Kindelan Roads. And there is also side entry from Hilary Street. There is a wooden fence running around most of the reserve but it isn’t fully […]

Bruce Cole Reserve Winston Hills

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July 30, 2018


Bruce Miller Reserve – Community Garden + Playground | Ermington


Bruce Miller Reserve is a bushy, grassy reserve on Trumper Street in Ermington. Set amongst trees, you will find a small playground in one corner. And over the other side of the reserve, is a gorgeous  street library and lovely community garden that you can visit at any time. Community Garden Bruce Miller Reserve is […]

Bruce Miller Reserve

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July 18, 2017


Buffalo Creek Reserve – Shaded District Playground + Bushwalks | Hunters Hill


The playground at Buffalo Creek Reserve has had an upgrade! There is still the fabulous large shade cloth covering the playground, but now the ground is soft fall and there is new equipment to play on. The new equipment includes: a sit on merry-go-round that can easily have six kids on it at one time. three […]

Buffalo Creek Reserve

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October 24, 2016


Bungarribee Park – Regional Playground + Sydney Zoo | Doonside


Oh boy we have lots of fun when visiting the playground at Bungarribee Park. To be honest, my expectations weren’t that high when we first went back in April 2017. There had been so much hype in the lead up to the opening of Bungarribee Park in March 2017, that I wasn’t sure it would […]

Bungarribee Park Western Sydney Parkland

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December 4, 2018


Burnside Gollan Reserve – Space Themed Neighbourhood Playground | Oatlands


The playground at Burnside Gollan Reserve has had a much needed, complete make over! It’s great to see a fun new design and unique space themed playground. At the playground you’ll find: 3 swings – including birds nest and baby bucket swings ‘Propeller’ rocket rocker Rocket ship climbing play gym with rope climbing, lookout windows, […]

Burnside Gollan Reserve Oatlands

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February 7, 2019


Buruwang Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Newington


There are currently three very different playgrounds along Newington Boulevard, with a new one set to be built at Blankers-Koen Park later this year. This one at Buruwang Park was a nice surprise, with wooden play equipment, lots of natural shade and challenging climbing equipment for young kids. Buruwang Park is set down from the road […]

Buruwang Park Newington

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August 23, 2018


Burwood Park – Regional Playground | Burwood


Burwood Park is a pleasantly surprising oasis right near Westfields and Burwood train station. The large park has a lot to offer with a cafe in the grounds, fenced and shaded playground, duck pond, picnic facilities, chess board and rotunda. And there is even a mobile playvan that visits on Thursday mornings during school term. […]

Burwood Park

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November 1, 2016


Cabarita Park – Play, Swimming and Picnics | Cabarita


Cabarita Park is probably our favourite warm weather park and such a gorgeous location. It has an awesome combo of a fantastic shaded playground, great toddler pool, yummy kiosk, swimmable river beach, BBQs with water views and you can get there by ferry (or by car). And now there is even a conservatory. The only downside is […]

Cabarita Park

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September 19, 2016


Caber Park – District Playground | Winston Hills


This 3.6 hectare park is quite literally a hidden gem. Most of the park is bordered by houses and the playground areas are tucked in behind the tennis courts and well away from the road. Caber park has eight ‘play’ spaces that flow into each other, with something to entertain a large range of ages. […]

Caber Park: resident lizard

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July 26, 2016


Cafe on Ventura and Playground at Sorlie Avenue Reserve | Northmead


Considering how much coffee parents of young kids drink and our need to find fun little play outings, you really would think that there’d be more cafes near all the wonderful playgrounds we have around. But sadly they are rather rare. Thankfully the ones we do have are little gems, like Cafe on Ventura with […]

Cafe on Ventura Sorlie Avenue Reserve Northmead

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June 16, 2018


Carmen Drive Reserve – Playground Being Upgraded | Carlingford


The playground at Carmen Drive Reserve is currently being upgraded, as part of works to improve the Carmen Drive shops. We will update our review once it’s completed in October/ November. In the meantime, here are some photos of the old playground. Find Carmen Drive Reserve Carmen Drive Reserve is across the road from Carmen Drive […]

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September 14, 2019


Caroline Chisholm Park – Playgrounds, Cafe Nearby | Winston Hills


Across the road from Winston Hills Mall, and the yummy and family friendly Cafe El’s (yay!), is Caroline Chisholm Park. There you will find a small fenced playground great for 1-3yr olds, four tennis courts and an open playground well suited for 2-7yr olds. Plus there is a small room that can be hired. Fenced […]

Caroline Chisholm Park Winston Hills

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July 26, 2016


Carss Bush Park – Swimming, Cafe, Playground, Bushwalk | Georges River


I was surprised to learn recently that one of our favourite family spots, from when we lived in the Sutherland Shire, is actually only 28kms from Parramatta! The beautiful Carss Park is on the Georges River, not far from Hurstville, at Kogarah Bay. I used to visit here almost weekly when my now 5 year […]

Carss Park

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October 25, 2018


Castle Hill Heritage Park | Castle Hill


The playground at Castle Hill Heritage Park was upgraded in May 2018. We’ve visited a few times now, taking our bushwalking friends as well for a scroll around the park. Here are some photos, and we will provide more details in time. Keep in mind it gets busy on the weekends. Finding Castle Hill Heritage […]

Castle Hill Heritage Park

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July 29, 2019


Casula Parklands – NEW Adventure Playground | Casula


Casula Parklands is located along Powerhouse Road, just before you reach Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. We love that it’s a NEW adventure playground and the only one in the Liverpool City Council area! Plus, there’s a small playground for younger kids, climbing equipment and a BIG slide for older kids, a ninja exercise course for […]

Casula Parklands

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May 2, 2019


Cavanstone Park – Brickyard Park | Eastwood Brickworks


It’s likely that you have all driven past the two large smokestacks between Eastwood and Epping. Well guess what? There is a great playground and picnic spot nestled at the bottom of the smokestacks. The park is built on the site of the decommissioned Eastwood brickworks – definitely worth a visit with your little explorer! […]

Eastwood Brickworks Cavanstone Park Brickyard Park

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April 21, 2018


Centenary of Anzac Reserve – Scooter/ Bike Track, Fenced Playground (Photos Only) | Kellyville


Our review of Centenary of Anzac Reserve in Kellyville is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some photos. Finding Centenary of Anzac Reserve Places of Interest Nearby Kellyville Village, with the The Local Trade next to a fenced play area Livvi’s Place The Hills, Bernie Mullane Reserve

Centenary of Anzac Reserve Kellyville

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June 29, 2018


Central Gardens Reserve – Native Animals, Playgrounds | Merrylands


Central Gardens Nature Reserve is 12 hectares of natural bushland bordered by Merrylands Road, Cumberland Highway and Paton Street in Merrylands. It has a native animal enclosure, waterfall, two shaded playground areas, street library, bush school, picnic facilities, bushwalks and plenty of grass for the kids to run around on. Plus there is a playgroup that […]

Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands

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September 22, 2018



Charity Creek Cascades – Shaded Playground and Orchard | West Ryde


When we first started going to the West Ryde Wombats playgroup, we had to leave early to get home for naps. Now three and a bit years on, and no more naps, we have lots more time to explore the local area afterwards. I went looking for something new to do, reading through Ryde Council’s […]

Charity Creek Cascades

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November 26, 2017


Charles Herbert Reserve – Hidden Neighbourhood Playground | Northmead


You could live on Whitehaven Road and still not know that Charles Herbert Reserve exists. You access it down a grassed path in between houses 12 and 14. The back wall is a high sandstone wall, presumably from the old quarry that used to be in the area at Hourigans Quarry just behind the NBC […]

Charles Herbert Reserve

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August 27, 2018


Cheltenham Oval – NEW Playground, Multi-use Courts, Bushwalk


The iconic Cheltenham Oval, a favourite recreation spot for locals, has just been upgraded! It now has a BRAND NEW playground, new multi-purpose courts, amenities building, two cricket nets, football/ soccer oval and bushwalking track. And there’s an event to celebrate on Sunday 30th June from 8am to 5pm, with the official opening ceremony taking […]

Cheltenham Oval

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June 30, 2019


Chopin Park – NEW Playground (Photos Only) | Seven Hills


There’s a new playground at Chopin Park in Seven Hills, thanks to Blacktown City Council. It opened in September 2019. But we’re currently visiting way more ‘new’ places than we have time to write reviews for. So here are some photos of the new playground to give you a feel for what it’s like while […]

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September 11, 2019


Church Street Reserve – NEW Fun Playground | South Windsor


Church Street Reserve in South Windsor has a unique, inclusive play space, with elements reflecting the local indigenous cultures, the community and the history of the Windsor area. The playground has sand and water play, swings, flying fox, toilets, picnic shelters and more. And has that special something, which makes the drive worth it for […]

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June 27, 2019


Clifton Gardens Reserve and Beach | Mosman


There is a LOT to ♥ about Clifton Gardens…. Shaded playground near the beach ✔️ Quaint kiosk with gorgeous views over the beach ✔️ Shade on the beach ✔️ Plenty of sand to spread out on, build sand castles and collect shells ✔️ Beautiful bush setting, with lovely views of Sydney Harbour ✔️ Netted swimming area ✔️ Rocks to climb and bush […]

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January 23, 2017


Clontarf Reserve – Netted Beach, Playground, Cafe | Sydney Harbour


When we’ve asked other parents with young kids what their favourite Sydney beach is, Clontarf Reserve is always mentioned – and a few times at that! And its easy to see why, even though it’s the 14th closest beach to Parramatta… fun shaded playground yummy kiosk lovely sand on the beach netted swimming area with […]

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November 6, 2018


Concord West Playground – Bicentennial Park | Sydney Olympic Park


We discovered this playground a few years ago, following its upgrade in 2016. And after a bit of a gap in visiting, we’ve recently been going almost weekly thanks to Mini Park Rangers being there in term 3. We now prefer Concord West playground at Bicentennial Park over it’s sister playground at the Village Green […]

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September 8, 2019


Cook Park – Planes, Playgrounds, Beach, Cafe (Photos Only) | Kyeemagh


We love visiting Cook Park to watch the planes, enjoy yummy fish and chips from C-Side and play at the beach. Plus in April each year, there is a the FREE Sculptures at the Bay art exhibition. Think a mini version of Sculptures by the Sea without the crowds but still in a gorgeous location. […]

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April 13, 2019


Coolong Reserve – Scooter/ Bike Track | Castle Hill


Purpose built scooter/ bike tracks are all the rage at the moment. And Coolong Reserve in Castle Hill has one of the newest, with its dinky track opening in June 2018. But this park, just 10kms north of Parramatta, has a lot more to offer families. Next to the scooter/ bike track is a playground, BBQ […]

Coolong Reserve Castle Hill

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June 5, 2018


Cowell’s Lane Reserve – Fenced District Playground | Ermington


I’ve always known that Cowell’s Lane Reserve was a large off-leash dog park. What I didn’t know was there was a gated playground there. And this much loved local playground received a make over in August 2017. Not only is there a playground, you’ll also find exercise equipment, picnic shelters and BBQs. Sounds ideal and […]

Cowell's Lane Reserve

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August 16, 2017


Cox Park – Gardens, Sportsfields, Playground | Carlingford


Cox Park is located next to and behind the Carlingford Sports Club (or Carlo Bowlo as it is commonly known as). It’s a large park with a playground, playing fields, grassy area, bushland, amenities building and a secret garden. The entire park is to be upgraded as part of the Cox Park Masterplan, though we […]

Cox Park Carlingford

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August 11, 2018


Crestwood Reserve – Playgrounds + Scooter/ Bike Track | Baulkham Hills


We headed out to Crestwood Reserve to see how the new scooter track was progressing. I thought it would be a good way to spend the afternoon after being stuck indoors with sick kids, now that our home ‘quarantine’ period had ended. And the kids were over the moon to find it finished! They loved […]

Crestwood Reserve Baulkham Hills

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June 26, 2018



Cumberland Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Newington


Tucked away in Newington is a brand new small, local playground at Cumberland Park. It’s not far from Newington Marketplace and the larger Pierre de Coubertin Park. Now the first thing you will probably notice is that there is just one path leading into the playground. And around the sides are sandstone blocks and landscaping […]

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July 31, 2018


Curry Reserve – Biggest and Best FREE Water Playground in Greater Sydney


We have a bit of a water playground crush at the moment – well for the last few years! Just love the fact that as a family we can go down to a park and cool off – no floaties or payment required! So we couldn’t wait to try out the newest free water playground […]

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January 9, 2019


Darvall Park – Playgrounds and Bushwalks | Denistone


When we first moved to the area in 2014, I spent a lot of time looking at Google Maps for large green spots, aka parks, that were near were we were going. I would hope had a playground that was fenced or set back from the road and where my toddler could play somewhat independently […]

Darvall Park Denistone

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January 30, 2018


David Hamilton Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Eastwood


I must confess that I didn’t know parts of Eastwood were actually within the City of Parramatta. Well not until we stopped for a play one day at David Hamilton Reserve and noticed it had a City of Parramatta Council sign. I have passed this bush reserve countless times while driving along Terry Road and […]

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September 28, 2018


David Scott Reserve – District Playground | Epping


David Scott Reserve is located on a large corner block, where Midson Road and Wyralla Avenue intersect. It consists of a fully fenced circular area with play equipment, a swing set (one toddler), some picnic tables and bench seats. The rest of the block is a large grassy area. All nestled under large trees looking […]

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November 11, 2017


Deakin Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Silverwater


Deakin Park lies just north of the M4, along Silverwater Road. It used to be in the Auburn Council area but not resides within the City of Parramatta. The park has a large fenced dog area, plus a playground. The playground is set in the back corner away from Silverwater Road. It enjoys some natural […]

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August 15, 2018


Domain Creek Playground – Regional Park | Parramatta Park


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. […]

Domain Creek Playground Parramatta Park

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July 30, 2016


Don Moore Reserve – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground (To Be Upgraded) | North Rocks


It would be easy to not know that Don Moore Reserve exists. It’s tucked behind North Rocks Public School, next to the Muirfield Golf Club. Even once you drive in and park at the on-site car park, you may miss the fenced playground tucked behind the amenities block. And while it’s a fun little playground, […]

Don Moore Reserve

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July 23, 2017


Doris Sargeant Park – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Old Toongabbie


Just down the road from the popular Binalong Park, you’ll find the lovely Doris Sargeant Park in Old Toongabbie. It’s a gated playground, with a grassed area at the back. Keep in mind though that there is a gap in the fence, at the front right corner for vehicle access. There is a lovely big […]

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June 9, 2018


Douglass Avenue Reserve – Small Playground | Carlingford


Douglass Avenue Reserve is a small playground set in a nice bush reserve. It’s located amongst houses in Carlingford in between Jenkins and Pennant Hills Roads, near North Rocks Road. It runs from Woodstock Road on the north end, along Douglass Avenue and down to Kirk Place.  The playground is most directly accessed from the […]

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July 31, 2017


Doyle Ground – Fenced District Playground | North Parramatta


The fenced playground at Doyle Ground is the second closest to Parramatta CBD. It is a great medium sized playground with shade cloths over the play equipment, but not the whole fenced area – so nice on a hot and cool day. It is best suited for kids 2-6yrs and has: swings monkey bars large […]

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October 14, 2016


Dunbar Park – Nature Based Playground | Marsfield


Dunbar Park is best known as the home of Little Athletics Ryde. But there is a great, somewhat new, nature based playground nestled under trees in the back corner. And the fact that it over looks the athletics field, makes this small to medium sized playground feel spacious. With lots of things to climb and balance on, […]

Dunbar Park

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February 20, 2018


Dundas Park – Water Playground, Sports Fields, Cafe | Dundas Valley


Dundas Park was our local park for a few years – we literally lived across the road from it. I loved hearing the shrills of kids playing in the water playground travelling across the oval, though don’t miss the 7am soccer matches…. The park is actually known by a few different names. The whole park […]

Dundas Park

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March 7, 2019


Dunlop Reserve – Waterfront Fenced Playground | Birkenhead Point


I lived in Drummoyne for a while pre-kids. And would visit Birkenhead Point regularly. I remember walking along the marina and sitting on the ‘beach’, but don’t remember the playground. But then how many people without kids play attention to playgrounds. And it looks like it has been there a while. Now Birkenhead Point Outlet […]

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October 1, 2018


Dunrossil Park – Shaded Neighbourhood Playground | Carlingford


Dunrossil Park has recently had a little face lift. And shade sails have also now been installed – yay! Plus the park boasts a lovely large, grassed open space and tennis courts. And its not too far from Carlingford Court and North Carlingford shops. The playground is unfenced but it’s set back from the street. […]

Dunrossil Park Carlingford

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December 8, 2018


Eastwood Park – District Playground (Photos Only) | Eastwood


Our review of Eastwood Park is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some photos. Lakeside Road Playground Finding Eastwood Park Places of Interest Nearby CCA Toy Library Eastwood Library Eastwood Train Station Eastwood Town Centre and Shops

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November 24, 2017


Eccles Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Ermington


Hidden down an alleyway, off Spurway Street in Ermington, is a lovely little park known as Eccles Park. Containing new play equipment it’s definitely a local favourite of ours. There is a slide, a small climbing wall, 2 swings, a shelter, exercise equipment and a large field. Finding Eccles Park At 68 Spurway Street, you will […]

Eccles Park Ermington

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June 9, 2016


Edward Bennett Oval – District Playground (Photos Only) | Cherrybrook


Our full review of Edward Bennett Oval is coming. In the meantime, here are some photos from our recent visit. Finding Edward Bennett Oval The playground at Edward Bennett Oval is located along Neale Avenue, in between where it intersects with Edward Bennett Drive and Bowerman Place. There is street parking available. Or you can park at […]

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August 21, 2018


Edwards Park – Fenced District Playground | Concord


Edwards Park has a brand new medium sized, fenced and partially shaded playground. It is a great place to meet for a play in the park before heading across to The Backyard at Briars or checking out the strip of cafes and restaurants along Majors Bay Road. The playground is a climbers delight, with a couple […]

Edwards Park

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February 27, 2017


Elizabeth Macarthur Park – Playground and Bushwalk | Telopea


Elizabeth Macarthur is an important figure in the history of Parramatta. She was the colonist, pioneer, wife and mother of the now well known Elizabeth Farm. Elizabeth Macarthur Park in Telopea is named in her honour. It’s a 2.4 hectare bush reserve, with Vineyard Creek running through it and next to Vineyard Creek Reserve with a kid […]

Elizabeth Macarthur Park Telopea

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October 15, 2017


Elouera Reserve – District Playground | Opposite Macquarie Centre


Kids are in for a blooming good time at the newly upgraded Elouera Reserve….thanks to a gorgeous flower bud climbing structure, almost vertical slide, in-ground trampolines, flying fox, large mound slides and nature based play elements. My boys and I were really impressed by so much of what the new playground has to offer. Loving […]

Elouera Reserve

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February 2, 2018


ELS Hall Park – Nature Inspired District Playground | North Ryde


There’s a new nature inspired playground at ELS Hall Park in North Ryde! And it gets a thumbs up from us. Also perfect timing for lots of fun these spring school holidays! Well done City of Ryde Council. There is a great mix of play equipment, which should be fun for toddlers through to primary school […]

ELS Hall Park North Ryde

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September 27, 2018


Endeavour Park – District Playground | Kings Langley


We’ve visited Endeavour Park a few times now. But haven’t yet gotten around to writing up our review. So we thought we would share some photos and a little info to give you a feel for what it’s like while you wait for our full review. The design of Endeavour Park is inspired by Captain […]

Endeavour Park Kings Langley

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August 6, 2019


Epping Oval – Fenced District Playground | North Epping


One of our favourite parks to visit is Epping Oval because of its fantastic fenced playground. It is located in the quiet, leafy area of North Epping on the other side of the M2. I’m always amazed at how quiet this park is on weekdays, considering everything it has going for it! It would be […]

Epping Oval

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June 2, 2017


Eric Mobbs Reserve – Fenced Playground, Platypus Track | Castle Hill


We’ve known about the Platypus Track, that starts behind Eric Mobbs Reserve, for a while now. But at just over 2kms, we waited until the kids legs were a little longer, and more willing, before attempting it. And what a gem! The Platypus Track is definitely one of our favourite bushwalks now to do with […]

Eric Mobbs Reserve Castle Hill

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September 29, 2019


Eric Primrose Reserve – River Views, Playground, Bike Track, BBQs | Rydalmere


Eric Primrose Reserve has a prime position along Parramatta River. And after the upgrades over the 18 months, is now a great spot for a family picnic and outing. And to celebrate the upgrades, there’s a family fun day on Saturday 21st September from 10am to 2pm. Eric Primrose Reserve is about 1km along, going […]

Eric Primrose Reserve Rydalmere

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September 3, 2019


Fagan Park – Beautiful Gardens, Playgrounds, Lake (Photos Only) | Galston


Fagan Park is a beautiful, large regional park just over 20kms north of Parramatta. There are gardens, a lake, two playgrounds, eco garden, historical homestead, picnic facilities and on-site parking. Plus a coffee van on weekends. It makes for a great spot for a picnic and day out with the family. We’ve enjoyed visiting Fagan […]

Fagan Park

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April 24, 2019


Fairfield Adventure Park – Awesome Playground for Older Kids | Fairfield


We have been visiting the Fairfield Leisure Centre, with its fun outdoor water playground, for about 2 years now. And it’s hard to miss the awesome looking Fairfield Adventure Park across the road. While we have popped over for a look, we have all been too exhausted after swimming for a play. Plus it’s not […]

Fairfield Adventure Park

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May 28, 2018


Fairwater Park – Scooter/ Bike Track, Cafe, Ducks | Blacktown


Fairwater Park has a bike/ scooter track, nature based play, cafe, walking paths and duck pond. Just 2km from Blacktown Shopping Centre and Train station, this little oasis is worth a visit, particularly with young kids. Keep in mind that the estate around the park is still being built. So there is a lot of […]

Fairwater Park Blacktown

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June 4, 2018


Fontenoy Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Macquarie Park


Fontenoy Park is a welcome green oasis amongst the medium-high density townhouse and apartment complexes that dominate this part of Macquarie Park. It has a large sports field and two playgrounds catering to toddlers through to primary-school aged children. When the amenities block upgrade is complete (later this year), families will discover Fontenoy Park ticks […]

Fontenoy Park

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November 17, 2017


Forest Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Epping


The playground upgrade at Forest Park was completed mid-October 2018. It’s an improvement on the old one, which was damaged and worn. And the new playground is more in keeping with the overall feel of the park. But sadly it’s only slightly larger than the old playground, even though there are been significant increase in […]

Forest Park Epping

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October 14, 2018


Forrester Park – Playground, Bushwalk | Eastwood


Forrester Park is right near Terrys Creek and the start of the kid-friendly bushwalk along it. So you can enjoy a play before/ after going on the walk. The highlight of the bushwalk is the waterfall. And if you have the energy, you can follow the track all the way to the back of Epping Aquatic Centre […]

Forrester Park

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April 12, 2018


Francis Park – Regional Playground | Blacktown Showground Precinct


There is plenty to keep the kids happily occupied at the large, popular Francis Park in the Blacktown Showground Precinct. From traditional play equipment and a water playground to a flying fox, nature based play elements, plenty of grass to play on and bush to explore. Plus there is The Grounds Keeper Cafe. The Council […]

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October 14, 2016


Frank Hayes Playground – Shaded District Playground | Wentworthville


I found this great little playground by accident recently and quickly grabbed some photos to share. Frank Hayes playground is near Wentworthville Library, which we visit often, so I look forward to taking my boys there for a play test soon. The playground is set in a top corner of the park and has a shade […]

Frank Hayes Playground Wentworthville

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April 21, 2017


Freame Park (Photos Only) | Mays Hill


Cumberland Council has built a brand new playground in Freame Park, next to the basketball courts. It opened in July 2019. Here are some photos and hope to provide a more detailed review soon. Finding Freame Park The playground is accessed from the end of Rees Street in Mays Hill. There is on-site and street […]

Freame Park Mays Hill

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July 22, 2019


Fred Robertson Reserve – Playground, Cafe, Street Library, Bushwalks | Oatlands


Set amongst the bush, the playground at Fred Robertson Park looks right at home. Next to the playground is a large bush area that is a wonderful spot for building teepees, with lots of fallen branches to use and there are a few already there that you can renovate and add to. From here you […]

Fred Robertson Reserve

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May 6, 2017


FS Garside Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Granville


You may noticed the sports field along Parramatta Road. But did you know there is a good playground at FS Garside Park on the other side of the sports field? The playground is on the corner of Onslow and Gray Streets. And it looks like it was upgraded in the last few years. The ground is a […]

FS Garside Park Granville

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September 3, 2018


Gallery Gardens – Playground, Tennis Courts | Old Toongabbie


Gallery Gardens is best known for its tennis courts. But there is a nice small playground and lots of bush to explore as well. The playground is near Picasso Crescent and has a small wooden log fence along the road but it won’t hold back fast little runners. There is some natural shade over the […]

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May 10, 2018



George Gollan Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Oatlands


George Gollan Reserve is bordered by five streets in Oatlands. And the playground sits in the back bottom corner at the intersection of Prindle and Phillip Streets. The park is a lovely bushy one, with hills and lots of room for the kids to wander. The playground consists of a swing set and medium sized […]

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February 1, 2018


George Kendall Riverside Park – District Playground and Multi-Purpose Courts | Ermington


George Kendall Riverside Park is a very large reserve along Parramatta River in Ermington, with views across to Sydney Olympic Park. It’s hard to miss the park when looking at Google Maps for the area. There are LOTS of wide open spaces to run around, a new playground and new sports courts to enjoy. As […]

George Kendall Riverside Park Ermington

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December 22, 2018


George Thornton Reserve – Regional Playground | West Pennant Hills


For us, George Thornton Reserve is the total package. Large fenced playground with nature play, walking track around the ovals that is good for bikes and scooters too, lots of natural shade, bushland background, bbqs and toilets. Plus it’s nice and peaceful. It’s also home to the West Pennant Hills Community Centre and sports fields. We […]

George Thornton Reserve West Pennant Hills

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November 12, 2018


Glades Bay and Wulaba Track | Gladesville


We have had Glades Bay and the Wulaba Track walk on our bucket list for a while. And was disappointed to have missed out recently on guided walks organised by City of Ryde Council as part of NAIDOC week. So when I heard that there of a new playground around the corner at Peel Park, […]

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July 24, 2018


Glenorie Fairy Forest – Where Magic Happens


I loved looking for fairies when I was a kid. And now some lovely mums are helping create a little magic for kids by creating the Glenorie Fairy Forest. It’s next to Glenorie Creek, behind a small playground. The playground is accessed from either a path between 23 and 27 Cairnes Road, or Wirra Place […]

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February 11, 2019


Golden Jubilee Field Playground – District Playground | Wahroonga


We are always on the lookout for playgrounds that are a little bit different and have interesting and unusual equipment and structures. Golden Jubilee Field Playground in Wahroonga really delivers on that. Whilst it is a bit of a drive, it is a perfect playground on a sunny winters day and is suitable for crawling […]

Golden Jubilee Field Playground

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June 17, 2017


Governor Phillip Park – Regional Playground | Windsor


Governor Phillip Park is a popular regional park, with lovely views of the Hawkesbury River. There are also walking/cycle paths, BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and large grassy areas. Plus an awesome new fenced playground opening on Sunday 29th July, as part of Hawkesbury Fest. We love going on little outings to Windsor and there is […]

Governor Phillip Park

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July 22, 2018


Granny Smith Memorial Park – District Playground | Eastwood


So you’ve reached that moment where your little one is walking and wants to explore. Brilliant! Time to hit the local parks to play, right? Well, sometimes it’s not as simple as that. You will quickly discover that many of the play structures with stairs and slides are too tricky for new walkers and you […]

Granny Smith Memorial Park

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June 24, 2017


Granville Park – Water Playground [CLOSED] + Skate Park | Merrylands


A visit to Granville Park is a regular weekday outing for us on a warm day….though we are a little spoilt for choice now when it comes to free ways to cool off with kids. It is just a few minutes south of Parramatta and 500m from Merrylands station. We really love the water playground […]

Granville Park Merrylands

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November 7, 2016


Greenleaf Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Constitution Hill


Greenleaf Park is mostly a playground with a small grassed area around the outside. The playground is only a year or two old and is located next door to Constitution Hill library and shops. You will find Watch Your Fingers Patisserie at the shops and we have heard wonderful things about their cakes and high tea. […]

Greenleaf Park

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February 11, 2017


Halliday Park – Fenced, Shaded Playground (Photos Only) | Five Dock


Halliday Park looks across to Bayview Park, over Parramatta River. It is one of over 20 playgrounds along Parramatta River but one of only a few that is fenced and shaded. Here are some photos and we will write our full review later. Finding Halliday Park Places of Interest Nearby

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March 27, 2018


Halvorsen Park – District Playground | Ermington


Toddlers and preschoolers will have a fantastic time at the playground in Halvorsen Park, that opened late 2016. And there are a few things to keep older kids entertained as well. My Mr 3 and Mr 2 absolutely love it there and we enjoy going for a scooter along the river afterwards. It has a […]

Halvorsen Park Ermington

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July 22, 2019


Hannibal Macarthur Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Rydalmere


Hannibal Macarthur Park is a nice, typical local playground on a quiet street. It has the added benefit of being about 350m from the kid friendly Caleidoscope Cafe. Around the outside of the playground is a little path that kids can ride their bikes or scooters on. And inside the playground, the play equipment consists of: […]

Hannibal Macarthur Park

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July 30, 2017


Hardy Park – Fenced Dinosaur Playground | Ryde


Hardy Park is on the busy Buffalo Road, but thankfully is fenced. The small park has a nice local fenced playground. And something a little special for any budding palaeontologists! The play equipment at Hardy Park includes: Two swings climbing wall rope spider web double slide bucket and pulley chain There is also a sandpit […]

Hardy Park Ryde

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October 20, 2016


Harold Moon Reserve – District Playground | Auburn


I don’t know about you, but I love medium-sized playgrounds. With two kids to watch (mine are aged 4 and just under 2), the mere thought of bringing them to big playgrounds such as Domain Creek Playground and Blaxland Riverside Park by myself is enough to make me curl into a ball and bury my car […]

harold moon reserve playground auburn near parramatta with bike scooter track rotating seesaw steamroller car basketball court swings picnic shelters bbq toilets construction theme playground for preschoolers

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August 8, 2017


Hazel Ryan Oval/ Speers Road Reserve | North Rocks


We found out about this hidden gem only through attending Gumnut Toddle in May, a free activity for preschoolers organised by City of Parramatta Council. While the playground is only small, the combination of interesting play equipment, bushwalk nearby and open space set back from the road makes it a fun place to visit with young […]

Hazel Ryan Oval

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July 28, 2018


Heatley Reserve – Fenced Playground | East Ryde


I wish there were more little fenced, shaded playgrounds like this one at Heatley Reserve. It would have made having two under two a LOT easier. For a small playground, there is a great range of play equipment for kids 1 to 4yrs, including: merry-go-round swings climbing play gym with ramp and slide twirling see-saw park […]

Heatley Reserve

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October 14, 2016


Henry Brigg Playground – Shaded Seaside Themed Playground | Epping


The little pocket park on the corner of Essex St and Maida Road in Epping was transformed in August 2017 into the new Henry Brigg Playground. And I think it has that white picket fence look of perfection about it. And we love the new bright green shade sail that City of Parramatta Council installed […]

Henry Brigg Playground Epping

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December 22, 2018


Hillcrest Avenue Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Winston Hills


The playground at Hillcrest Avenue Reserve opened in December 2017. And chances are this lovely little playground will become a favourite with locals families. The playground has a: climbing play gym with monkey bars, stairs, slide, fire pole and spiderweb rope climbing; swing set with two swings (including a toddler seat) and a Spider web […]

Hillcrest Avenue Reserve

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November 13, 2017


Holroyd Gardens – Regional Playground, Learn to Ride Track | Merrylands


You can easily spend an hour or all day at Holroyd Gardens. Riding on the purpose built bike training track, playing in the two playgrounds, wandering the grounds, having a picnic or bbq, exploring the old brickworks, flying a kite or just generally relaxing in the park. Playgrounds There are two great playgrounds, right next […]

Holroyd Gardens Merrylands

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September 14, 2016


Homelands Reserve – NEW Playground | Telopea


The new playground at Homelands Reserve in Telopea is finally open for play! I noticed the fences down on the way home today so quickly grabbed some photos. I will write up a full review once we play test. The new playground is being built in the same location as the old one, though looks […]

Homelands Reserve Telopea

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October 20, 2019


Hoskins Reserve – Shaded Neighbourhood Playground | Rhodes


Close to Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre is a great park, with a new community garden. It’s the perfect place to stop if the kids need to burn some energy off on the way to/from the shops. Or part of a general visit to Rhodes, which has a lovely foreshore to walk/ ride along and lots […]

Hoskins Reserve Rhodes

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March 8, 2018


Hughes Avenue Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Ermington


Located on Hughes Avenue, between Swane Street and Hope Street, is a lovely local playground with a cafe nearby. On one side, is a large grassy area to run around. Then there is play equipment in the middle. And on the other side, there is lots of trees and plants. My children loved exploring under the […]

Hughes Avenue Reserve Ermington

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March 1, 2018



Hunts Creek Reserve East – Local Playground + Bushwalk | Carlingford


Hunts Creek Reserve now has two fun playgrounds, great for preschoolers and young primary school kids. One on the western end on Northam Drive in North Rocks and this newly upgraded one on the east side on Lesley Avenue. Both have paths that take you to Balaka Falls. The fences came down on the new playground […]

Hunts Creek Reserve East playground Carlingford

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August 17, 2018


Irving Street Playground – Neighbourhood Playground | Parramatta


Irving Street Playground has recently been upgraded with brand new play equipment. This lovely little park has a large grassed area, swings, a play tower, large sandstone blocks, balancing logs and a picnic table. The play tower, in nice citrus colours of yellow, orange and green, has: metal slide rope climbing wall Steps an angled […]

Irving Street Playground Parramatta

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May 17, 2018


Ismay Reserve – NEW Playground under WestConnex | Homebush


Ismay Reserve opened at the end of September and is a new green space and playground in Homebush. Here are some photos until we write up our full review. Make sure though to read our info below on finding Ismay Reserve before setting off! Finding Ismay Reserve Be WARNED your GPS may want to take […]

Ismay Reserve Homebush

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October 18, 2019


James Hoskin Reserve – NEW Playground | Carlingford, Eastwood


There is more to James Hoskin Reserve than what you first see. Beyond the play equipment and the picnics tables, near Raimonde Road, is a large grassy area sloping down a hill and further along is another little spot to stop for a play. The main playground at James Hoskin Reserve was upgraded in mid […]

James Hoskins Reserve Carlingford Eastwood

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September 14, 2019


James Ruse Reserve – Water Playground, Skate Park and More | Parramatta


James Ruse Reserve has a lot to offer families. There is a fantastic water playground, great ‘dry’ playground, skate park and picnic facilities. And all within walking distance of Parramatta CBD. The downsides are parking and the port-a-loos. We’ve spent a lot of time at James Ruse Reserve over the last few summers but used […]

James Ruse Reserve Parramatta

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October 30, 2016


Jason Place Reserve – Scooter/ Bike Track | North Rocks


There are a fair few new small playgrounds around. Most aren’t worth going out of your way to visit. But if you have young kids who like to ride, or are learning to ride, then you may just want to visit the new playground at Jason Place Reserve in North Rocks. Around the outside of […]

Jason Place Reserve North Rocks

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December 21, 2018


Jenkins Reserve – Local Playground | Dundas/ Ermington


We often read about the large and medium size playgrounds that tend to get quite busy. I’d like to tell you about a small playground my family stumbled upon whilst stalking properties listed for sale, Jenkins Reserve. This one has been a local secret for quite some time. Jenkins Reserve is a cute little playground on […]

Playground at Jenkins Reserve

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June 29, 2017



John Berger Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Winston Hills


When a local mum told us about a cute sounding ‘Mushroom’ Park in Winston Hills, we just had to go check it out. What we found was John Berger Reserve – a peaceful park with a lovely, small playground perfect for little ones. The playground is set back from the road in the middle corner […]

John Berger Reserve

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July 25, 2017


John Carver Reserve – Local Playground | Rydalmere


I have driven passed John Carver Reserve probably hundreds of times without really noticing the playground. It’s only small but there is enough for the kids to burn off some energy after a shop across at Aldi. Or before/ during dinner at one of the restaurants right next to the playground (our favourite is the […]

John Carver Reserve RYdalmere

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November 17, 2016


John Curtin Reserve – Playground, Bushwalks, Hall | Winston Hills


We recently parked at the Moxham Park carpark in Northmead (opposite Northmead Primary School) and started exploring. We were bushwalking along Water Dragon Way when we passed a man walking his dog. I asked him if there was a playground nearby. He said if we were happy to cross the creek, there was one on […]

John Curtin Reserve Winston Hills

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November 19, 2017


John Hourigan Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Northmead


The playground at John Hourigan Reserve is set underneath some lovely tall trees. And has a backdrop of trees as well, along the Darling Mills Creek. The ground under the play equipment is bark. The play equipment consists of: set of swings rocker stand-on spinner stepping pads climbing play gym with slide abacus There is […]

John Hourigan Reserve Northmead

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August 10, 2018


John Wearn Reserve – Being Upgraded | Carlingford


When my now Mr 2 was born, we spent many a morning at John Wearn Reserve here while he slept or feed and Mr then 18mos happily played – and I didn’t need to worry about him running off. Due to recent boundary changes, this reserve has been transferred to the City of Parramatta from […]

John Wearn Reserve

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September 14, 2019


Jones Park – NEW Dinky Track NOW OPEN | Parramatta


Jones Park is a large sports ground, across from Ollie Webb Reserve, with cricket, football, soccer and croquet played there. Until recently, there was a small fenced playground in the north-west corner of the park. It has now been removed and a new playground built next to the carpark, in the middle of the park. […]

Jones Park Parramatta Merrylands

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August 7, 2019


Joseph Knox Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Pendle Hill


Joseph Knox Park is a nice playground for little ones, with natural shade, synthetic grass and a fenced along the front. Behind the play equipment is a small grassed area. Keep in mind that the fence is not gated, it’s a parallel fence entrance. There are park benches and the small park would make for […]

Joseph Knox Park Pendle Hill

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August 1, 2018


Jubilee Park – District Playground | Parramatta


Jubilee Park in Parramatta CBD was upgraded in late 2016. It is a lovely oasis in the Parramatta CBD, with open green space, trees to climb, nature based play playground and a path to walk/ ride on. Playground The playground is at the Jubilee Lane end of the park. The mostly wooden play equipment is best […]

Jubilee Park

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November 1, 2016


Katrina Park – NEW Playground (Photos Only) | Seven Hills


There’s a new playground at Katrina Park in Seven Hills, thanks to Blacktown City Council. It opened in September 2019. But we’re currently visiting way more ‘new’ places than we have time to write reviews for. So here are some photos of the new playground to give you a feel for what it’s like while […]

Katrina Park Seven Hills

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September 11, 2019


Ken Newman Park – Neighbourhood Playground | Ermington


If you have been to Ermington favourites – Halvorsen Park or River Park – then you have very likely driven passed Ken Newman Park. The park is a rather large reserve (3.7 hectares), going from Spurway Street to Hilder Road and all the way down to Parramatta River. But it isn’t that visible from the road as […]

Ken Newman Park

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July 24, 2017


Kilpack Park – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Carlingford


We usually visit the fully fenced Kilpack Park after gymnastics at YMCA Epping and it is great for my boys to burn off a bit more energy before heading home. Kilpack Park is best access at 28 Darwin Street, Carlingford, just down the hill from Carlingford Court Shopping Centre. The park has a lot of pedestrian […]

Kilpack Park Carlingford

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January 26, 2018


Kim Rutherford Reserve – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Epping


Kim Rutherford Reserve is tucked away in a suburban street, surrounded by houses. It is a cute park to visit with toddlers and preschoolers if you are in the area or wanting to meet up with other families for a little play with little ones. It is sadly rather rare to find a fenced playground […]

Kim Rutherford Reserve

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March 25, 2018


Kimberley Playground (Photos Only) | Lane Cove


Kimberley Playground was upgraded in mid 2019. There’s now lovely wooden play equipment set amongst the trees. Plus a street library for kids and parents to enjoy. Here are some photos from our visit, and we will provide more details later. Finding Kimberley Playground Kimberley Playground can be accessed via Kimberley Ave or the end […]

Kimberley Playground Lane Cove

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August 29, 2019


King George Park – District Playground | Rozelle


Positioned in a gorgeous spot overlooking Rozelle Bay and the Bay Run/ Walk, is the Constellation Playground in King George Park. Not surprisingly, as the name suggests, it has a space theme design and equipment! There is a variety of equipment to suit a range of ages. Little ones can enjoy the swings, sandpit and slides, while older […]

King George Park Constellation Playground Rozelle

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October 25, 2016


Kingsford Smith Oval – Bill Bryan Playground (Photos Only) | Longueville


The new Bill Bryan playground opened at Kingsford Smith Oval in June 2019. Here are some photos from our play there, while we write up our full review. Finding Kingsford Smith Oval The new Bill Bryan Playground at Kingsford Smith Oval is on the corner of William Edward Street and Stuart Street. There is street […]

Kingsford Smith Oval Bill Bryan Playground Longueville

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August 22, 2019


Kingsford Smith Park – Neighbourhood Playground (Photos Only) | Lane Cove North


Kingsford Smith Park is a nice neighbourhood playground in Lane Cove, not far from Mowbray Road. We stumbled upon it by accident when looking for a new playground at a park with a similar name – Kingsford Smith Oval. The main attraction is the aeroplane and we love that the sand pit has toys in […]

Kingsford Smith Park Lane Cove North

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May 14, 2019


Kissing Point Park – District Playground, Wharf | Putney


I love being near water so am grateful Parramatta River is just down the road. And while there aren’t many cafes along the river, there are a number of parks with good vantage points. Kissing Point Park is definitely one of our favourites and has a lot going for it. There are the views out […]

Kissing Point Park Putney

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September 7, 2019


Lachlan’s Line Central Park – Playground and Skate Park | Macquarie Park


We remember driving along Epping Road a few years ago and seeing a new playground being built near Office Works and the foot bridge. And then completely forgot about it, as it got hidden behind the new Lachlan Line apartments being built along Epping Road. Well it opened back in March 2017, at the Lights […]

Lachlan's Line Park Macquarie Park

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July 11, 2019


Lake Parramatta Reserve – Swimming, Bushwalks, Playground, Cafe | North Parramatta


If you have driven along James Ruse Drive you will have gone passed Lake Parramatta, probably without realising that there is a beautiful bush oasis just there. It’s the perfect place to escape city life for a while (well minus a few occasional background traffic noises). If you and your kids like being out in […]

Lake Parramatta Reserve

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January 15, 2019


Lakes Edge Park (Photos Only) | The Ponds


Lakes Edge Park has a fun playground, with a big slide. And the lake is nice to walk around. Here are some photos of our visit and our full review will come later. Finding Lakes Edge Park Lakes Edge Park is a short drive from Rouse Hill. The playground is next to the neighbourhood centre on […]

Lakes Edge Park The Ponds

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April 25, 2018


Lardelli Park – District Playground | Putney Hill


You may have driven past the new Putney Hill residences when heading to Putney Park or driving through Putney. This large complex hosts many apartments, townhouses and detached homes. As part of the project they also have a lovely small public park, with a man made lake that has ducks! The lake is lovely and my kids […]

Lardelli Park Playground

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April 23, 2017


Larry Bolitho Reserve – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Carlingford


What makes Larry Bolitho Reserve unique is that the whole park is fenced, not just the playground inside. I can only think of one other park in the area that has a large grassed fenced area that you can kick a ball around without worrying about it rolling onto the road. The playground has shade […]

Larry Bolitho Reserve

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September 18, 2016


Lidcombe Remembrance Park – Fenced District Playground (To Be Upgraded) | Lidcombe


A fenced playground with cafes close by is one of the best inventions for sleep-deprived parents. The playground in Lidcombe Remembrance Park fits that bill perfectly. We enjoyed a lovely morning brunch at The Smelly Cheesecake Cafe, followed by a play in the park, and everyone had a fun and relaxed morning. Lidcombe Remembrance Park […]

Lidcombe Remembrance Park

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July 5, 2017


Lindisfarne Reserve – Local Playground | Carlingford


As part of the NSW Gov’t Stronger Communities Fund, a number of parks in the former Hills Shire Council area are getting upgraded/ new playgrounds in 2018/19. This includes the new playground at Lindisfarne Reserve, which opened mid-August 2018. The playground sits at the top of the reserve, near Lime Grove, under power lines, and […]

Lindisfarne Reserve Carlingford

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August 17, 2018


Lions Park – District Playground | West Ryde


We sometimes pop in to Lions Park on our way home from playgroup or go for a little afternoon play. My boys love the sand pit and scooter track, particularly coming around the bend and down the little hill. And the playground is even more fun now that the sand pit has been refilled and the digger […]

Lions Park West Ryde

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September 13, 2016


Livvi’s Place Bankstown – Fenced, Regional Playground | Bankstown City Gardens


Now when it comes to favourite playgrounds, Livvi’s Places are always high on our list. These inclusive play spaces for kids of all abilities are developed by the wonderful Touched By Olivia Foundation, in partnership with local council and community organisations, such as Variety. Local kids inform the design and they demonstrate best practice in […]

Livvi's Place Bankstown

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October 1, 2018


Livvi’s Place Five Dock – Fenced Regional Playground (Photos Only) | Timbrell Park


The fantastic large, fenced and partially shaded playground at Livvis Place Five Dock is a real treat for both young kids and parents. It full of things to keep the kids happily entertained and right next door is Livvi’s Place Café. Also, if you go on a Monday you can join storytime at 10am. Here […]

Livvi's Place Five Dock

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February 14, 2019


Livvi’s Place Ryde – Regional Fenced Playground (Photos Only) | Yamble Reserve


Our review of the fabulous Livvi’s Place Ryde is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some photos. Finding Livvi’s Place Ryde Places of Interest Nearby Henri Dunant Park Quarry Road Shops Street Library Top Ryde City Shopping Centre Midway Shops Santa Rosa Community garden Watts Park

Livvi's Place Ryde Yamble Reserve

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February 14, 2018


Livvi’s Place the Hills – Large Fenced Playground | Bernie Mullane Reserve, Kellyville


The already popular, fenced playground at Bernie Mullane Reserve is now even better! With the addition of a shaded water playground and expanded play space, making it more inclusive of kids of all abilities. Plus it’s the only free, shaded water playground in Sydney that is within a gated space. There’s something so stress relieving […]

Bernie Mullane Reserve Livvi's Place The Hills

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October 26, 2016


Livvis’s Place Elara – NEW Fenced Playground | Marsden Park


Opening on 18th April, Livvi’s Place Elara brings the number of inclusive playgrounds by Touched by Olivia in Sydney to six – yay! You’ll find it on the corner of Elara Boulevard and Northbourne Drive, Marsden Park These large fenced playgrounds are for kids of all abilities and are part of the Everyone Can Play […]

Livvis's Place Elara Marsden Park

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April 19, 2019



Lockyer Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Ermington


It was hard to find the name for this reserve at first. And we only found out about Lockyer Reserve thanks to Parramatta Rocks. It runs between Flinders and Stevens Streets in Ermington and it long and narrow. The playground is set back a good distance from the road. There is natural shade at some […]

Lockyer Reserve

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July 24, 2017


Loftus Square Park – District Playground | Epping


We often visit Loftus Square Park as we live locally and it is well used by many of the neighbourhood kids. The park is actually the oldest park in the Epping District, established in 1881. It is on both sides of Willoughby Street in Epping. On the southern side is the playground. And on the […]

Loftus Square Park

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July 9, 2017


Lynbrae Avenue Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Beecroft


Lynbrae Avenue Reserve until recently only had a swing set. Thanks to the NSW Gov’t Stronger Communities Fund a new playground has been built. Last time we visited, the fences were still up. But we have heard that it is now open for play! The new playground has: disc swing balance beams climbing play gym […]

Lynbrae Avenue Reserve Beecroft

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July 18, 2018


Lyne Road Reserve – Fenced Neighbourhood Playground | Cheltenham


Lyne Road Reserve is a peaceful haven that backs onto the busy M2 motorway in the small suburb of Cheltenham. We didn’t expect to find such a fun, fully fenced nature-based playground there but stumbled upon it one day by accident. The playground is fenced as there is a large, green grassy area next to […]

Lyne Road Reserve

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May 18, 2017


Lynelle Park – Pirate Playground | Eastwood


We drive along Balaclava Road in Eastwood very frequently, particularly in summer on the way to the beach. So we were excited to see Lynelle Park transform over the last few months. From a run down, old style playground to a brand spanking new one, which opened in December 2017. And it is a vast […]

Lynelle Park Eastwood

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January 31, 2018


Lytton Street Park – District Playground, Community Garden | Wentworthville


Lytton Street Park runs almost the entire way from Wentworthville Mall to the Wentworthville train station. Not that you would know it walking and playing within the park. It is incredibly peaceful considering how close you are to everything. There is a floodway running through Lytton Street Park, with paths and parkland on either side. On […]

Lytton Street Park

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July 20, 2018


Macquarie Park – River Beach and Playground (Photos Only) | Windsor


Our review of Macquarie Park and Windsor Beach is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some photos. Playground River Beach Please be very careful of varying depths in the water. Finding Macquarie Park and Windsor Beach

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November 10, 2017


Manly Dam – Swimming, Bushwalks, Picnics and Lots More | Manly Vale


I love that there is still so much to explore and be amazed by in Sydney. And Manly Dam is definitely now high on my list of hidden gems and beautiful places to take my family to. With calm waters to swim in, fenced playground (soon to be upgraded), picnic areas, lots of shade, bushwalks, […]

Manly Dam

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February 12, 2018


Marri Badoo Reserve – Playground, Ponds Creek Walking Track | Rydalmere


I thought I had been to all the playgrounds in Rydalmere. But then a local mum mentioned that there was a playground at the end of Christina Street, just up from Park Road along the Ponds Creek Walk. I was very keen to check it out as we regularly do the nice Ponds Creek Walk […]

Marri Badoo Reserve

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November 21, 2017


Mason Park – Shaded District Playground | Homebush


The playground at Mason Park got a make over at the end of 2017. It’s one of Strathfield’s four significant parks and a popular sporting park. It’s hard to imagine it was once a tidal mangrove swamp and garbage tip! Mason Park ticks a lot of boxes for us for a great medium sized playground – […]

Mason Park Homebush

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July 7, 2018


McCoy Park – Scooter Track and Playground | Toongabbie


Well we found McCoy Park by accident, thanks to Active Parramatta sharing some of their favourite local parks for Parks Week. It is a great little known, hidden gem. So much so that even though the bike track was added in 2012, it still looks rather new! The main drawcard for McCoy Park is the […]

McCoy Park

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March 22, 2018


McIlwaine Park and Brays Bay Reserve – Regional Playground | Rhodes


This was one of the first fenced playgrounds I took my little ones to when we moved to the Parra area (when we didn’t know about the fenced playgrounds actually in Parramatta!). And we have been coming back regularly ever since. My boys now enjoy all three playgrounds, while I get to soak up the […]

McIlwaine Park Brays Bay Reserve

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August 29, 2017


McMillian Avenue Reserve – Neighbourhood Playground | Winston Hills


McMillian Avenue Reserve has a small playground set back from the road. There are a few mature trees that provide shade over the play equipment some times during the day. The ground is synthetic grass. And in between the road and the playground, is a grassed area. The play equipment consists of: climbing play gym […]

McMillian Avenue Reserve Winston Hills

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July 30, 2018


McMullen Avenue Park – Small Playground | Carlingford


McMullen Avenue Park had a very sad playground. Just a slide and swing…and they were broken! Thankfully it’s now been upgraded and opened for play late December 2018. Within the new playground, you’ll find: small climbing play gym two swings, one with a bucket seat small merry-go-round seahorse rocker McMullen Avenue Park is only a […]

McMullen Avenue Park

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December 22, 2018


Meadowbank Park – 4 Playgrounds + NEW Youth Space | Meadowbank


The large Meadowbank Park, along Parramatta River, has four playgrounds and a BRAND NEW exciting youth space! All set amongst 10 sporting fields, tennis courts and netball courts. There are lots of path to ride and walk on, wide open spaces and picnic facilities, plus a nice breeze off the river. Meadowbank Park is easily […]

Outdoor Youth Space Meadowbank Park

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October 24, 2016


Meehan Street Park/ Wallawa Reserve – NEW Neighbourhood Playground| Granville


Meehan Street Park, also known as Wallawa Reserve, is a small reserve with a little grassed area and playground in the corner. It’s bordered by apartments on the north and east side, which provide some shade over the park. Plus there are a number of mature native trees. With so few playgrounds in this part […]

Meehan Street Park Wallawa Reserve Granville

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April 15, 2019


Melbourne Road Reserve – Local Playground | Winston Hills


Melbourne Road Reserve is a small playground on the corner of Melbourne Road and Russell Avenue in Winston Hills. There is a lovely big gum tree on the corner, providing natural shade at some times of the day. The play equipment is simply a set of swings and a small climbing play gym with a […]

Melbourne Road Reserve

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August 9, 2018


Melrose Park Playground – Neighbourhood Playground | Melrose Park


There is another lovely new playground along the Parramatta River – this time in Melrose Park, along the Ryde River Walk. It is located between Meadowbank Park and George Kendall Reserve, on the border between Ryde and Parramatta Councils. Set amongst trees and next to mangroves, with glimpses of Parramatta river, this nature based playground […]

Melrose Park Playground

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October 11, 2016


Memorial Park – District Playground | Meadowbank


Overlooking Parramatta River and Rhodes is Memorial Park. It runs down a hill in between the T1 Northern train line and Meadowbank Park. The lovely, tranquil bushlands of the park contain a great nature based playground, bbqs, picnic facilities and a war memorial. Playground The playground opened in April 2015 and is in the middle of […]

Memorial Park meadowbank