I don’t know about you, but I feel like a parenting genius when I can combine a great outdoor play outing for my little ones, at a stress reducing fenced playground, with a delicious (caffeine fuelled) pit-stop.

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Drawing at Chicken and Fishhead, Beecroft

I must confess that I am surprised by how long this list of outdoor fenced playgrounds with cafes nearby actually is – 36 currently! And all within a 20km radius of Parramatta CBD and either at parks or shopping centres. A few years ago, I would have only been able to name a handful! Note: this list doesn’t include play areas at Clubs and Hotels.

Now I am sure our definition of ‘nearby’ is probably not the same. This list of outdoor fenced playground/ cafe combos are all an EASY walk away – up to a few hundred metres. And is presented in order of the shortest distance driving to the playgrounds from Parramatta CBD. The large majority of playgrounds are best suited for kids under 5 and most are shaded.

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For a handy way to view the list, we have created a Google Map of all fenced playgrounds and play areas and included the nearby cafes.

There are two great Sydney based blogs that I follow that have helped form this list – Little Munch and Little Eats. Thank you!


List of Outdoor Fenced Playgrounds with Cafes Nearby (by distance from Parramatta)

Here’s a photo and info about the 36 outdoor fenced playgrounds with a cafe/ food outlet an easy walk away (up to 400m). The list is ordered by distance from Parramatta CBD, and all are within a 20km radius. Are we missing one? Please let us know!

1Rosslyn Blay Park | North Parramatta (1.6kms)

Address: 51a Grose Street, North Parramatta | Walking Distance to Cafe: 400m to Social Hideout and Basket Brothers. | Summary: Small playground, best suited for 0-5yrs, little natural shade, path to ride on, grassed area within fence, picnic table, no toilets. | More Details |

2Doyle Ground | North Parramatta (2.2kms)

Address: Corner of Fennell and Buller Streets, North ParrmattaWalking Distance to Cafe: 250m to The Container Cafe. | Summary: Medium playground, best suited 2-6yrs, shade cloth, path to ride on, grassed area, picnic tables, bubbler, toilets (on other side of sportsfield). | More Details |

3Granville Memorial Park | Granville (3.2kms)

Address: 1 Enid Ave, Granville | Walking Distance to Cafe: 200m to a host of cafes and yummy charcoal chicken places on South Street | Summary: Small to medium playground, best suited for kids 2-8yrs, in front of Granville Swimming Centre and Community Centre, grassed area outside of fence, street and on-site parking, near Granville train station |

4Willsford Homes Playground | Northmead (3.3kms)

Address: 8A Kleins Rd, NorthmeadWalking Distance to Cafe: 70m to Coffee Embassy, Dolly’s Bakery | Summary: Small playground, best suited for kids 1-4yrs, path to ride on, grassed area within fence, picnic table, bubbler, no toilets | More Details |

5Walter Brown Park | Oatlands (5.5kms)

Address: 2A Gibbons St, OatlandsWalking Distance to Cafe: 10m to Queens Cup Cafe | Summary: Small playground, best suited for 0-5yrs, little natural shade, no toilets, close to Vineyard Creek Reserve bushwalk | More Details |

6Caroline Chisholm Park | Winston Hills (6.5kms)

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Address: 1/3 Olympus St, Winston Hills | Walking Distance to Cafe: 30m to Café Els and 50m to the food court inside Winston Hills Mall with a play area | Summary: Medium sized playgrounds, best suited to 0-4yrs, shade cloth, picnic tables, bbqs, bubbler, toilets | More Details |

7Lidcombe Shopping Centre | Lidcombe (7.4kms)

Address: 92 Parramatta Rd, Lidcombe | Walking Distance to Cafe: 10m to Chow Bella Cafe and Leaf Cafe | Summary: Small playground, best suited to kids 0-5yrs, shade umbrellas, toilets within shopping centre | More Details |

8North Rocks Park | North Rocks (7.8kms)

Address: North Rocks Road, CarlingfordWalking Distance to Cafe: 160m to cafe in the car wash across the road | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 4-12yrs, some natural shade, bbqs, picnic table, path to ride on, toilets, bubbler | More Details |

9Remembrance Park | Lidcombe (8.3kms)

Address: Corner of Joseph Street and James St, Lidcombe | Walking Distance to Cafe: 150m to Smelly Cheesecake Cafe | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 3-8yrs, no shade, path to ride on, bubbler, toilets nearby, picnic table | More Details |

10Carmen Drive Reserve | Carlingford (9.1kms)

Address: Corner of Oakes Road and Carmen Drive, Carlingford | Walking Distance to Cafe: 20m to Cucina De Luca | Summary: Small playground, best suited for 4-7yrs, no shade, toilets, picnic table, on-site parking | More Details |

11David Scott Reserve | Epping (9.6kms)

Address: 99 Midson Road, Epping | Walking Distance to Cafe: 150m to Cafe de Clover | Summary: Small playground, best suited to kids under 5yrs, synthetic grass ground, natural shade, paths to ride on. | More Details |

12Stockland Baulkham Hills Shopping Centre | Baulkham Hills (10.2kms)

Address: 375-383 Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills | Walking Distance to Cafe: 5m to Little Rock Cafe and Charlie Lovett | Summary: Small inclusive playground, best suited to kids under 5yrs, shade cover, magical garden theme, softfall ground, musical instruments, chalkboard. | More Details |

13Watts Park | Ryde (11.7kms)

Address: 14B Watts Road, Ryde | Walking Distance to Cafe: 120m to Romoletto Deli & Cafe | Summary: Small playground, best suited to kids under 3-8yrs, some natural shade, bark ground, grassed area. | More Details |

14Beecroft Railway Station Gardens | Beecroft (11.9kms)

Address: Wongala Cres, BeecroftWalking Distance to Cafe: 60m to Chicken and Fishhead, 50m to Long Shot and 90m to Beehive Café | Summary: Medium playground, best suited 1-5yrs, train theme, some natural shade, bubbler, picnic tables, toilets in nearby shopping arcade | More Details |

15Rhodes Foreshore Park | Rhodes (12.9kms)

Address: Shoreline Drive, RhodesWalking Distance to Cafe: 100m to Bare Witness cafe | Summary: Small to medium playground, best suited to 1-5yrs, shade cloths, toilets (at The Connection), small grassed area inside fence, large grassed area outside of fence, picnic table, street parking | More Details |

16McIlwaine Park/ Brays Bay Reserve | Rhodes (13.1kms)

Address: Concord Rd, RhodesWalking Distance to Cafe: 200m to Kokoda Café | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 0-4yrs, some natural shade, path to ride on nearby, toilets short walk, another open, shaded playground with a sand pit and tall climbing equipment for older kids, on-site parking | More Details |

175 Senses Garden and Playground – Rhodes Park | Concord West (13.3kms)

Address: Killoola Street, Concord West | Walking Distance to Cafe: 20m to Kokoda Café | Summary: Small playground, best suited for 0-4yrs, some natural shade, path to ride on nearby, toilets short walk, on-site parking | More Details |

18Monash Park | Gladesville (13.5kms)

Address: Ryde Road, GladesvilleWalking Distance to Cafe: 250m to Cafe on Monash | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-5yrs, shade cloths, toilets (at sportsfield), grassed area outside of fence, picnic table, street parking | More Details |

19Burwood Park | Burwood (13.6kms)

Address: Burwood Rd, BurwoodWalking Distance to Cafe: 20m to The Picnic Burwood | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, shade cloths, path to ride on, toilets, bubbler, street parking, ducks | More Details |

20Wollundry Park | Pennant Hills (14.1kms)

Address: 64 Yarrara Rd, Pennant HillsWalking Distance to Cafe: 110m to Corner Café Pennant Hills | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 2-5yrs, some natural shade, picnic table and benches, nature play, bubbler, path to ride on, train station across the road | More Details |

Address: 90 Wrights Rd, KellyvilleWalking Distance to Cafe: 2m to The Local Trade | Summary: Small playground, best suited to kids under 1-6yrs, shade sail, softfall ground, toilets nearby, can see playground from cafe. | More Details |

22Heatley Reserve | East Ryde (14.8kms)

Address: 2/3 Sager Pl, East RydeWalking Distance to Cafe: 20m to Fox and Bird Café | Summary: Small playground, best suited to 1-4yrs, shade cloth, park benches, street parking | More Details |

23Edwards Park | Concord (14.8kms)

Address: Brewer Street, Concord | Walking Distance to Cafe: 150m to The Backyard at Briars | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, shade cloth, toilets, bubbler, path to ride on | More Details |

24Lakes of Cherrybrook | Cherrybrook (15.3kms)

Address: Shepherds Drive (near Macquarie Drive), Cherrybrook | Walking Distance to Cafe: 250m to a few cafes, including Whistling Sparrow, Brook Eatery and Oliver Brown | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-6yrs, natural shade, picnic table, tap, path to ride on, bushwalk, lake, shopping centre across the road with toilets | More Details |

Address: Marella Ave, KellyvilleWalking Distance to Cafe: 15m to the Bernie Mullane Sports Complex, where you can pick up a coffee or a simple bite to eat at the kiosk | Summary: Large playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, shade cloths, path to ride on, toilets and soon to have a Livvi’s Place incorporated next to the current playground | More Details |

26Glenhaven Oval/ Reserve | Glenhaven (16kms)

Address: Glenhaven Road, GlenhavenWalking Distance to Cafe: 10m to The Tuckshop | Summary: Medium playground, best suited for 2-5yrs, some natural shade, grassed area inside fence, on-site parking, toilets | More Details |

Address: Rose Street, Bankstown | Walking Distance to Cafe: 150m to cafes on Chapel St | Summary: Large playground, best suited for 2-10yrs, sand and water play, colourful, some shade, street parking, toilets | More Details |

Address: 2 Sentry Dr, Stanhope GardensWalking Distance to Cafe: 2m to Caffe Cherry Beans and Michel’s Patisserie | Summary: Small playground, best suited to kids under 5yrs, shade sail, softfall ground, farm theme, can see playground from cafe. | More Details |

29Livvi’s Place | Five Dock (17.4kms)

Address: 19 Henley Marine Dr, Five DockWalking Distance to Cafe: 5m to Livvi’s Place Café | Summary: Large all abilities playground, best suited for 1-7yrs, partially shaded, path to ride on, water play, bbqs, picnic tables, toilets, storytime on Monday | More Details |

30Cullen Street Reserve | Lane Cove West (18.2kms)

Address: 20 Cullen Street, Lane Cove West | Distance to Cafe: 100m to Fink Chocolate Cafe | Summary: Small to medium playground, best suited for 2-6yrs, shade cloth, toilets available at Figtree shops, street parking | More Details |

31Bicentennial Park | West Pymble (18.8kms)

Address: Prince Of Wales Dr, West Pymble | Walking Distance to Cafe: 30m to Ku-ring-gai Aquatic Centre cafe | Summary: Large playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, some natural shade, water pump, sandpit, picnic shelter, bbqs, on-site parking, toilets | More Details |

32Dunlop Reserve | Birkenhead Point (18.9kms)

Address: Birkenhead Point Outlet, Drummoyne | Walking Distance to Cafe: 180m to Birkenhead Point Outlet with a range of cafes and food outlets | Summary: Small to medium playground, best suited to kids under 5yrs, beautiful views over Parramatta River towards Cockatoo Island, some natural shade, boat theme climbing play gym, bark ground. | More Details |

33Balmaringa Reserve | South Turramurra (19.2kms)

Address: 1A Balmaringa Ave, South Turramurra | Walking Distance to Cafe: 10m to Vertical Espresso | Summary: Medium playground, best suited to 2-8yrs, bubbler, street parking, toilets across the road, nature based | More Details |

34St Peter’s Green | Lane Cove West (19.2kms)

Address: 1 Felton Ave, Lane Cove West | Walking Distance to Cafe: 3m to Mowbray Eatery | Summary: Little playground, best suited to 1-4yrs, library next door, toilets nearby, street parking | More Details |

35Waitara Park | Hornsby (19.4kms)

Address: 22 Waitara Ave, Waitara | Walking Distance to Cafe: 200m to Blue Star Cafe at PCYC Hornsby | Summary: Large playground, best suited to 1-8yrs, BBQs, toilets, street parking | More Details |

36Wahroonga Park | Wahroonga (20kms)

Address: Coonanbarra Rd, WahroongaWalking Distance to Cafe: 50m to Cafe Patina | Summary: Large playground, best suited to 2-8yrs, shade cloths, bubbler, seating, street parking, toilets, path to ride on, grassed area outside of fence | More Details |


Other Play Areas with Cafes Nearby

Wanting to know where else you can take the kids for a play where you can grab a coffee or bite to eat nearby? Then check out these other articles:

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