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.
There are two great playgrounds, right next to each other, in Holroyd Gardens that cater for a range of ages (from 2yr through to about 12yrs) as well as varying abilities.
Accessible Playground for Under 5s
The first playground is called Home Away from Home and is perfect for preschoolers. It is partially fenced and shaded (some photos were taken before the new shade cloth was installed).
The ground is soft fall and there is a range of climbing equipment, musical instruments and swings.
The other more adventurous playground is great for preschoolers and primary aged kids.
- suspension rope bridges;
- large slides;
- flying fox;
- climbing wall
- a donut turning ring;
- bird nest swing; and
- a off the ground castle style cubby house.
Unfortunately there is no shade, except under the climbing structures in this playground. This means it can get very hot on a warm day, with the metal slides becoming unusable as they turn burning hot.
Bike Training Track
The bike training track at Holroyd Gardens is best explained as a mini set of suburban roads and is complete with a roundabout, pedestrian crossing and proper road markings.
It’s perfect for teaching kids road rules, practising riding a bike or scooter, or just letting your kids have fun pretending to be mum or dad driving around.
There are park benches throughout Holroyd Gardens, and near the playgrounds, as well as three picnic shelters, bbqs and toilets.
Just a short walk through the park, going south down Pitt Street, is Stockland Mall Merrylands where you will find plenty of food options as well as Kmart, Big W, Target, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and numerous speciality stores. On level 1 in the mall, near Target, is also a free kids play area.
If you head east out of the gardens, near the playgrounds, you will find the Old Bricksworks and a pond that has ducks and some lovely looking eels.
You can wander around the remains of the old brickworks, see some heavy machinery and learn how bricks used to be made.
I think this would make for a great rustic cafe and funnily enough there are some bbqs there and sheltered picnic tables.
Finding Holroyd Gardens
Holroyd Gardens is located about 2.5kms south of Parramatta CBD, just near the M4. It is within walking distance of Merrylands train station. There is plenty of off-street parking, accessed from Walpole Street, that is right next to the bike training track and toilet block.