The heat of summer is now a distant memory. And the cold wind is picking up. So here is a list of our top 18 winter playgrounds, for a range of ages. All have no shade or just a little bit so you can enjoy the winter sun. None are near the river, as the winter breeze off the water can be VERY chilly. Most have a softfall ground, which is good if it has been raining. But four do have water pumps – so you will want to avoid those ones on really cold winter days if your kids are drawn to them!
Our top winter playgrounds list has been grouped into age ranges. It contains medium to large sized playgrounds located in the City of Parramatta and across Western Sydney.
Note: the age groups serve as a guide, with most playgrounds having something to suit a range of ages. And, the numbering doesn’t reflect a ranking.
For Little Ones – Best Suited for Kids under 5yrs
These five playgrounds are best suited for little ones and are mostly fenced or set back from the road. For more winter playgrounds great for little ones, see this list of 10 with small to large playgrounds.
1Lake Parramatta Reserve | North Parramatta
2Upjohn Park | Rydalmere
Playground Review | Address: Kirby Street, Rydalmere | Summary: best suited for 2-6yrs, open, softfall ground, bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, purpose built scooter/ bike track, exercise equipment and on-site parking.
3Reynolds Park | Toongabbie
Playground Review | Address: 2 Chanel St, Toongabbie | Summary: best suited for 2-7yrs, open, synthetic grass ground, picnic shelters, bbqs, purpose built scooter/ bike track, bushwalks, street parking.
4Rydalmere Park | Rydalmere
5Beecroft Train Park | Beecroft
For Little and Young Kids – Good for a Range of Ages
The next 10 playgrounds have a range of play equipment, making them suitable for toddlers through to primary school kids.
6Domain Creek Playground | Parramatta Park
Playground Review | Address: Queens Road entrance, Parramatta Park | Summary: best suited for 2-10yrs, open, sand and softfall ground, bbqs, toilets, on-site parking, ducks, cyclepath, sand pit and water pump.
7Pierre de Coubertin Park | Newington
8Winston Hills Lions Park | Winston Hills
9Phoenix Park | Rhodes
10Holroyd Gardens | Merrylands
Playground Review | Address: Walpole Street, Merrylands | Summary: best suited for 1-10yrs, open, softfall and woodchip ground, bbqs, tables, purpose built scooter/ bike track, ducks, on-site parking, toilets.
11Nurragingy Reserve | Doonside
Playground Review | Address: Knox Rd, Doonside | Summary: best suited for 2-10yrs, open, 4 playgrounds, sand and woodchip ground, bbqs, tables, scooter/ bike track, ducks, on-site parking, kiosk, toilets, water playground (doesn’t operate in winter).
12Livvi’s Place, Yamble Reserve | Ryde
13Bungarribee Park | Doonside
Playground Review | Address: Doonside Rd and Holbeche Rd, Bungarribee | Summary: best suited for 3-12yrs, open, sand ground, sand pit and water pumps, minimal shade, bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, on-site parking.
14Plough and Harrow | Western Sydney Parklands
15Blenheim Park | North Ryde
Playground Review | Address: 16 Blenheim Rd, North Ryde | Summary: best suited for 2-12yrs, open, woodchip ground, toilets, bbqs, picnic shelters, bike/ scooter track, on-site parking, fenced dog off leash area.
For Young Kids – Best Suited for Kids 5yrs+
The final three playgrounds are for the older, or more adventurous younger kids.