We love autumn in our family, particularly the cooler days when the sun is out and the autumn colours. Plus it makes for great playground playing weather. So we’ve developed a list of 20 top autumn playgrounds.

Fred Robertson Reserve
Fred Robertson Reserve, Oatlands

Nearly all the top autumn playgrounds have some natural shade. Most have a softfall or synthetic grass ground, so less chance of getting muddy after rain. Only a few have water play – great for a warm autumn day but best avoided on the cooler ones. And some have a bushwalk nearby, as autumn is a great time to go nature exploring!

Granny Smith Memorial Park
Granny Smith Memorial Park, Eastwood

This top autumn playgrounds list has playgrounds for bubs through to teenagers. And a mix of small to large playgrounds. It starts with playgrounds within the City of Parramatta and then continues with ones in surrounding areas. We struggled with choosing just 20 and you can see our longer list of autumn playgrounds here.


Top Autumn Playgrounds Within the City of Parramatta

1Domain Creek Playground | Parramatta Park

Address: Queens Road entrance, Parramatta Park | Summary: large playground, best suited for 2-10yrs, open, sand and softfall ground, some natural shade, bbqs, toilets, on-site parking, ducks, cycle path, sand pit and water pump, autumn leaves, accessible by train and bus | More Info |

2Ollie Webb Reserve | Parramatta

Ollie Webb Reserve Parramatta

Address: Glebe Street, Parramatta | Summary: large, fenced inclusive playground, best suited for 2-10yrs, softfall ground, some natural and sail shade, bbqs, toilets, sand pit and water pump, water playground, accessible by bus. | More Info |

3West Epping Park | West Epping

Address: Dent Street, Epping | Summary: large playground, best suited 1-14yrs, open, softfall and bark ground, three big slides, bbqs, picnic shelters, paths to ride on, on-site parking, YMCA kiosk nearby, port-a-loos (at the moment) | More Info |

4Paperbark Playground | Parramatta Park

Address: George Street Gatehouse, Parramatta Park | Summary: medium playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, open, sand and softfall ground, some natural shade, bbqs, on-site parking, path to ride on, sand pit and water pump, autumn leaves, accessible by train and bus, Club Parramatta and other cafes a short walk away | More Info |

5Halvorsen Park | Ermington

Address: Seamist Ave, Ermington | Summary: medium playground, best suited to 2-8yrs, open, softfall ground, nautical theme, path for riding on, some shade from shade sails, street parking, along Parramatta River, water views. And a short walk away is the River ‘Pirate’ Park, which is fenced. NOTE: the shade sail was damaged in recent storms and is set to be replaced in March 2020. | More Info |

6Northmead Reserve | Northmead

Address:  | Summary: small to medium playground, best suited 1-7yrs, open, synthetic grass and bark ground, water table, toilets, baseball field, bush setting, some natural shade, street parking | More Info |

7Reynolds Park | Toongabbie

Address: 2 Chanel Street, Toongabbie | Summary: medium playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, open, synthetic grass ground, scooter/ bike track, backs onto Toongabbie Creek, open grassed area, some natural shade, basketball court, bbqs, picnic shelters, bushwalk to Third Settlement Reserve | More Info |

Address: Bells Road, Oatlands | Summary: small playground, best suited for 2-6yrs, open, softfall ground, scooter/ bike track, bush setting, Bells Road Social cafe next door, bushwalk, some natural shade, picnic tables, bushwalk through Vineyard Creek Reserve, street parking, accessible by bus | More Info |


Top Autumn Playgrounds Further Afield

9Strathfield Park | Strathfield

One of about 10 areas at the new Strathfield Park playground

Address: Homebush Road, Strathfield | Summary: large playground, best suited for 1-12yrs, open, softfall ground, scooter/ bike track, open grassed area, some natural shade and shade sails, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, street parking, accessible by bus | More Info |

10ELS Hall Park |  North Ryde

Address: end of Adelphi Road or Kent Road, North Ryde | Summary: large playground, best suited for 2-10yrs, open, softfall and bark ground, water pump and channels, path to ride on, YMCA Ryde next door, some natural shade, picnic tables, BBQs, toilets, off-street parking, accessible by bus | More Info |

11Fagan Park | Galston

Address: 38-48 Arcadia Rd, Galston | Summary: two playgrounds, best suited for 2-12yrs, open, sand, bark and softfall ground, path to ride on, open grassed areas, some natural shade, toilets, gardens, lake, picnic shelters, bbqs, on-site parking | More Info |

12Livvi’s Place Elara | Marsden Park

Address: corner of Elara Boulevard and Northbourne Drive, Marsden Park | Summary: large playgrounds, best suited for 2-12yrs, fenced, soft fall and synthetic grass ground, scooter/ bike track, open grassed area, some natural shade and sails, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, on-site parking | More Info |

13Bungarribee Park | Doonside

Address: corner of Doonside and Holbeche Roads, Doonside | Summary: large playground, best suited 3-12yrs, open, sand ground, big tower, longest flying foxes, shade structures over play equipment, on-site parking, next to Sydney Zoo | More Info |

Address: Shoreline Drive, Rhodes | Summary: small to medium playground, best suited for 1-5yrs, fenced, softfall and synthetic grass ground, scooter/ bike track, water pump and table, open grassed area, some shade from sails, toilets, cafe nearby, water play nearby at The Connection, street parking, accessible by train or bus | More Info |

Address: Vine Street, Fairfield | Summary: large playground, best suited for 4-14yrs, open, sand and softfall ground, obstacle course, toilets, on-site parking, opposite Fairfield City Leisure Centre | More Info |

Address: Jarvis Circuit, Macquarie Park | Summary: medium playground, best suited for 2-12yrs, open, bark ground, skate park, open grassed area, some natural shade, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, street parking, accessible by bus and train | More Info |

17Hughes Park | Lane Cove

Address: Waterview Drive, Lane Cove | Summary: medium to large playground, best suited for 1-12yrs, open, softfall ground, climbing walls, toilets, BBQs, community centre, community garden, street parking | More Info |

18Elouera Reserve | Macquarie Park

Address: 84 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park | Summary: medium to large playground, best suited for 3-10yrs, open, softfall and bark, bbqs, picnic shelters, scooter/ bike track, street parking, accessible by bus and train | More Info |

19Bicentennial Park | West Pymble

Address: Prince of Wales Drive, West Pymble | Summary: medium to large inclusive playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, fenced, softfall ground, colourful, sandpit with water, BBQ, picnic shelters, toilets, on-site parking, swimming centre, bushwalks, path to ride on | More Info |

20Valencia Park | Toongabbie

Photo credit: Suzette Meade

Address:  | Summary: medium playground, best suited to 2-8yrs, open, bark and synthetic grass ground, natural shade, picnic table, bush setting, street parking | More Info |

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