When my eldest child was learning to walk, I was excited to start introducing her to the joys of playgrounds. I was keen to find playgrounds where she could enjoy crawling, climbing, sliding and interacting on equipment. I searched long and hard trying to find a list of good playgrounds for babies to enjoy. But I was unsuccessful at the time! Fast forward a few years and….

Good news, parents of babies and young toddlers! We have a special playground list for you! We’ve been busy exploring to find the best playgrounds for babies in the City of Parramatta and beyond. All of these playgrounds have elements suited to crawling babies or young toddlers learning to walk*. Some of them also cater to older children as well. Perfect if you have more than one child!

My First Playground
Boronia Park, Epping

The playgrounds listed beyond the City of Parramatta all have something a little bit special. This makes them worth the travel to visit. And they’re still within a 20km radius of Parramatta.

The playgrounds are not ranked as they will suit families differently. So make sure you look through the whole list to find the ones most suited to you! At the end, we have listed outdoor playgrounds found in shopping centres that are also suitable for babies. We hope you have fun getting out and about with your littlest explorers!

*It was surprisingly difficult to find fantastic playgrounds for babies and early walkers. Most playgrounds, especially in the City of Parramatta, are best suited to preschoolers and primary school kids (even though kids aged 0-4yrs are the largest group of young people in the area). We hope in time that this will change. But it will require more parents to share what they want to see in our playgrounds.


Top Playgrounds for Babies in the City of Parramatta

Out of almost 150 playgrounds in the City of Parramatta, we think only 15 are really suitable for babies/ crawlers and toddlers.

1Northmead Reserve | Northmead

What’s to love for babies: synthetic grass, colourful & low-lying climbing gym, low slides, easy to manage stairs, enclosed walls above ground level, ground level water maze and quiet | What’s to love for parents: equipment to suit older children too and drive through cafe close by | Keep in mind: not fenced, some areas of bark mulch and some debris on ground from surrounding trees |

2Halvorsen Park | Ermington

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, low lying slides, easy to manage stairs, interactive wall panels, ground level equipment and toddler swing. | What’s to love for parents: cafe next door, beautiful location along Parramatta River and equipment to suit older children | Keep in mind: parking can be difficult and it’s not fenced (and near river and cycleway) |

3Boronia Park | Epping

What’s to love for babies: lush synthetic grass, very well shaded, toddler swings and low-lying equipment to pull up on/ climb in/ ride on (including train, fire-engine and cubby house) | What’s to love for parents: cafe and shops nearby, close to train station, BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and play equipment to suit older children too | Keep in mind: not fenced but set well back from the road, babies/toddlers will need help getting to the slide and it can get busy |

4Caroline Chisholm Park | Winston Hills

What’s to love for babies: fenced, softfall ground, shaded, slides in-laid on mounds, birds nest swing, fun mirror and tunnel | What’s to love for parents: close to cafe & shops, toilets, BBQs and park for older children close by | Keep in mind: the playground for older kids is on the other side of the park |

What’s to love for babies: shade sail, soft-fall ground, low lying climbing gym, musical play equipment, bucket swing | What’s to love for parents: play equipment for older siblings nearby, close to YMCA Epping kiosk (100m), BBQs, on-site parking, toilets | Keep in mind: not fenced (but set back from road), this is a popular park |

6John Berger Reserve | Winston Hills

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall and synthetic grass, low lying climbing gym, ground level equipment (including mushroom stools, metal pipe xylophone, stepping blocks etc), toddler swing, clean, quiet and lush grass surrounding playground | What’s to love for parents: close to cafe (300m) | Keep in mind: not fenced (but set back from road), little ones may need help reaching slide and not much for older kids |

7Rosslyn Blay Park | North Parramatta

What’s to love for babies: fenced, synthetic grass, some shade, baby swing, ride-on car, low slide and quiet | What’s to love for parents: close to cafes and fenced | Keep in mind: little ones will need help reaching larger slide and not much for older kids |

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall and synthetic grass, some shade, ground level interactive vertical panels, easy to manage stairs, low slide, enclosed walls above ground level, toddler swing and quiet | Keep in mind: not fenced and close to road (but quiet street), not much for older kids and some debris on ground from surrounding trees |

What’s to love for babies: synthetic grass, some natural shade, easy to manage stairs, low slide, enclosed walls above ground level, toddler swing and quiet, bush setting | Keep in mind: not fenced and close to road (but quiet street), in full sun in the morning, some debris on ground from surrounding trees |

What’s to love for babies: rubber ground, bucket swing seat, shaded, easy to manage stairs, boat to hold onto and quiet park | What’s to love for parents: picnic shelter and BBQ, walking distance to cafe and toilets (at Dundas Park) Keep in mind: just sports field for older kids, not fenced but set well back from the road, street parking |

11Greenleaf Park | Constitution Hill

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, low slide, easy to manage stairs, birds nest swing, interactive vertical board and quiet | What’s to love for parents: picnic shelters, close to shops, cafe and library | Keep in mind: babies/toddlers may need help reaching bigger slide, not much for older kids, not fenced and close to road (but quiet street) |

12Don Moore Reserve (to be upgraded) | North Rocks

What’s to love for babies: synthetic grass, fenced, low slide, block stairs to climb, toddler swing, clean and quiet. | What’s to love for parents: toilets right next to playground, picnic shelters, BBQs and short drive to North Rocks Shopping Centre (including cafes) | Keep in mind: little ones may need help reaching slide, not enclosed above ground level and some equipment better suited to preschool age kids |

13Caber Park | Winston Hills

What’s to love for babies: synthetic grass, fenced, shaded, low slide, low lying play gym, enclosed above ground level, interactive panels and quiet as toddler area separate from other play areas | What’s to love for parents: toilets next to playground, right next to tennis courts, other areas in park suited for older children, picnic shelter, BBQ and exercise equipment | Keep in mind: some debris on ground from surrounding trees, toddler area is separate and no swings in toddler area |

14Hazel Ryan Oval | North Rocks

What’s to love for babies: synthetic grass, ground level equipment, disc swing, small sit-in merry-go-round and quiet | What’s to love for parents: bushwalks, oval | Keep in mind: only natural shade in the morning, not fenced and close to carpark (but quiet street), toilets are only open when there’s a sports game |

15Ray Park | Carlingford

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, ground level equipment (tractor, apple chair, Granny smith model), toddler swing, birds nest swing and quiet | What’s to love for parents: equipment to suit older children too, bushwalks and exercise equipment | Keep in mind: not much shade, not fenced and close to road (but quiet street) and equipment spread out, no toilets |


Top Playgrounds for Babies Further Afield

Here are our top 10 playgrounds for babies/ crawlers and toddlers in areas nearby to the City of Parramatta.

16ANZAC Park, West Ryde

What’s to love for babies: shaded, rubber ground, low level equipment | What’s to love for parents: toilets, cafes nearby, playground is partially fenced, walking distance from West Ryde train station | Keep in mind: fence only runs along the road next to the playground and isn’t fully enclosed. There’s a water pump. This is a popular park as it has play equipment for a range of ages |

17Central Gardens | Merrylands

What’s to love for babies: shaded, rubber ground, musical instruments, mounds, birds nest swing, animal exhibit | What’s to love for parents: toilets, animal exhibit, waterfall, on-site parking | Keep in mind: playground isn’t fenced but set well back from the road fence, no cafe nearby, this park is popular as it has play equipment for a range of ages |

18Waitara Park | Hornsby

What’s to love for babies: shaded, rubber ground, ground level equipment, bright colours and murals | What’s to love for parents: fenced playground, toilets, cafe, play equipment for older kids, picnic shelters, BBQs, walking distance from train station | Keep in mind: this park is popular as it has play equipment for a range of ages, parking can be tricky to find |

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, ground level equipment (set out like a mini city), toddler swing, birds nest swing and quiet | What’s to love for parents: equipment to suit older children too, toilets, BBQs and bike/walking tracks | Keep in mind: not fenced but set back from road (quiet street) and not much shade |

20Hughes Park | Lane Cove

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, very colourful, ground level equipment (including large ride-on train), interactive wall panels, low slide, easy to manage stairs, slides in-laid on mounds, toddler swing and birds nest swing | What’s to love for parents: toilets, BBQs, picnic shelters, equipment to suit older children too, exercise equipment and community garden | Keep in mind: not fenced (but far from roads), not shaded (but gets some shade at certain times of day), some areas of bark mulch and can get busy |

21McIlwaine Park | Rhodes

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, fenced, ground level equipment, low slides, enclosed above ground level, easy to manage stairs and toddler swings | What’s to love for parents: toilets, BBQs, picnic shelters, water views, playground to suit older children too and close to restaurant and cafe | Keep in mind: toddler playground not shaded, some areas of bark mulch and can get busy |

22Ron Payne Park | North Epping

What’s to love for babies: ground level equipment (including ride-on train and ice cream shop), bird nest swing, quiet | What’s to love for parents: toilets, bushwalk, equipment to suit older children too, dog off leash area | Keep in mind: the ground is mixture of rubber and bark, not much shade |

23Wahroonga Park | Wahroonga

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, fenced, shaded (partially), ground level equipment (including ride-on train & cubby house), low slide, interactive vertical boards, musical instruments and baby swings | What’s to love for parents: cafe right across the road, toilets, pretty gardens, close to station and equipment to suit older children too | Keep in mind: can get very busy, the ground and some equipment are very hot in sun and some of ground is bark mulch |

24Valencia Park | Toongabbie

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, shaded (from trees), easy to manage stairs up to small slide, toddler swing, hammock and lots of birds | What’s to love for parents: hammock, lots of natural shade, picnic table and equipment to suit older children as well | Keep in mind: not fenced (but set back from quiet road), some debris on ground from surrounding trees and no toilets |

What’s to love for babies: ground level equipment, slides in-laid on mounds, low slide, easy to manage stairs, interactive wall panels, toddler swing and quiet | What’s to love for parents: equipment to suit older children too | Keep in mind: not fenced but set back from road (quiet street), not shaded, bark mulch ground and only a small playground |


Special Mention: Top (Outdoor) Shopping Centre Playgrounds for Babies

“The Backyard”
Rouse Hill Town Centre
“The Play Terrace”

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, fenced (partially), shaded, mounds to climb, in-ground slides, sensory boards, ground level equipment and colourful | What’s to love for parents: next to cafes and shops, parents room very close to “The Backyard” | Keep in mind: “The Backyard” not fully fenced, can get busy (“The Play Terrace” is a quieter option) |

Stockland Baulkham Hills

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, fenced, shaded, ground level equipment, low slide, musical instruments, animal sound machine, interactive panels and giant garden features to climb on/ pull up on | What’s to love for parents: right next to two cafes and close to shops | Keep in mind: little ones may need help reaching the slide, not much for older kids and can get busy |

What’s to love for babies: soft-fall, fenced, shaded (partially), low slide, easy to manage stairs, ground level equipment to pull up on and quiet | What’s to love for parents: cafe right next door and close to shops | Keep in mind: not fully shaded and some equipment/ground can get hot and not much for older kids |

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