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.

Beecroft Train Park
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 – 32 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 are the 32 outdoor fenced playgrounds (that we know of) with a cafe/ food outlet an easy walk away (up to 400m) within a 20km radius of Parramatta CBD. The list is ordered by distance from Parramatta CBD.

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 |

10David 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 |

11Stockland 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 |

12Watts 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 |

13Beecroft 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 |

14Rhodes 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 |

15McIlwaine 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 |

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

17Monash 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 |

18Burwood 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 |

19Wollundry 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 |

21Heatley 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 |

22Edwards 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 |

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 |

24Glenhaven 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: 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 |

26Livvi’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 |

27Cullen 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 |

28Bicentennial 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 |

29Dunlop 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 |

30Balmaringa 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 |

31St 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 |

32Wahroonga 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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