It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean the kids won’t still want to play at a playground (particularly after we’ve not been able to for so long)! All rugged up of course… with a nice warm flask of something for you and something to sit on – metal and sandstone get mighty cold in winter!

Lions Park West Ryde Winter Playgrounds
Yes, I actually have a little bum seat! It’s a foldable cushion seat and great for bushwalking and playgrounds in winter.

For inspiration on where to play outdoors in winter, here’s a list of 20 top winter playgrounds. All the playgrounds have no or very little shade so you can thaw out in 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 after it’s rained. And only two have water pumps, which can be fun on a warm winters day – just bring a change of clothes!

This top winter playgrounds list contains small to large sized playgrounds for a range of ages. The focus is on ones in the City of Parramatta. But we’ve included some of our favourites from across Western Sydney. Plus, you can see all the playgrounds we’ve reviewed that we think are good to visit in winter here.

1West Epping Park | West Epping

Address: Dent Street, Epping | Summary: best suited 1-14yrs, open, large size, softfall and bark ground, three big slides, basket court, skate park, toilets, bbqs, picnic shelters, paths to ride on, on-site parking, YMCA kiosk nearby, sports fields, tennis courts, table tennis | More Details |

2Strathfield Park | Strathfield

Address: Homebush Road, Strathfield | Summary: best suited 2-12yrs, open, large size, lots of different play spaces, softfall ground, scooter/ bike track, four big slides, flying foxes, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, sports fields, street parking | More Details |

Address: Vine Street, Fairfield | Summary: best suited 4yrs+, open, large size, sand and softfall ground, toilets, on-site parking, opposite Fairfield City Leisure Centre, sports fields | More Details |

4Endeavour Park | Kings Langley

Address: Sporing Avenue, Kings Langley | Summary: best suited 3-8yrs, medium to large playground with multiple play spaces, softfall ground, toilets, street parking, bbqs, path to ride on, basketball courts | More Details |

5Paperbark Playground | Parramatta Park

Paperbark Playground, Parramatta Park

Address: Near to George St Gatehouse, Parramatta Park | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, medium size, sand and softfall ground, bbqs, port-a-loos (new toilet block under construction), on-site parking, cyclepath, sand pit and water pump | More Details |

6Sherwin Park | North Parramatta

Sherwin Park, North Parramatta

Address: 38a Isabella St, North Parramatta | Summary: best suited 2-7yrs, open, medium size, softfall ground, castle theme, path for riding, covered picnic tables, toilets, cafe nearby, street parking | More Details |

7Ismay Reserve | Homebush

Address: Ismay Avenue, Homebush  | Summary: best suited 2-7yrs, open, medium size, softfall and sand ground, paths for riding, covered picnic tables, toilets, street parking | More Details |

8Livvi’s Place Elara | Marsden Park

Address: corner of Elara Boulevard and Northbourne Drive, Marsden Park | Summary: best suited 3-8yrs, fenced, large size, scooter/ bike track, BBQs, toilets, basketball court, off street parking, sportsfield, water splash area (but should be turned off over winter months) | More Details |

9Elouera Reserve | Macquarie Park

Address: 84 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park | Summary: best suited 3-10yrs, open, medium to large size, softfall and bark ground, bbqs, picnic shelters, scooter/ bike track, street parking | More Details |

10Casula Parklands | Casula

Address: Powerhouse Road, Casula | Summary: best suited 2yrs+, open, softfall ground, climbing, exercise equipment, paths to ride on, toilets, BBQs, picnic tables, street parking | More Details |

11Ron Payne Park | North Epping

Address: end of Woods Street, North Epping | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, softfall ground, sit on train, small scooter track, pretend shops, toilets, picnic tables, on-site parking, sports field, fenced dog off leash area, bushwalk into Lane Cove National Park and Whale Rock. | More Details |

12Fagan Park | Galston

Address: Carrs Road entrance, Galston | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, medium size, water pump, path to ride on, on-site parking, BBQs, picnic tables, toilets, bushwalks, gardens | More Details |

13Holroyd Gardens | Merrylands

Address: Walpole Street, Merrylands | Summary: best suited 2-12yrs, open, large size, learn to ride bike track, path to ride on, toilets, BBQs, picnic tables and shelters, lake, old brickworks, lots of open grassed area, off street parking | More Details |

14Auburn Park | Auburn

Address: Corner Simpson Street and Macquarie Road, Auburn | Summary: best suited 2-12yrs, open, large size, softfall ground, path to ride on, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, street parking, Auburn Friendship Garden next door | More Details |

15Ray Park | Carlingford

Address: Avonlea Drive, Carlingford | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, small to medium size, Granny Smith apple theme, exercise equipment, path to ride on, herb garden, picnic shelters, bushwalks, street parking | More Details |

16Rydalmere Park | Rydalmere

Address: Park Road, Rydalmere | Summary: best suited 2-6yrs, open, medium size, nature based play, basketball hoop, off street parking, walking distance to Aldi and cafes | More Details |

Address: Blairgowie Place, Oatlands | Summary: best suited 2-6yrs, open, small to medium size, space themed play equipment, lots of open grassed area, street parking | More Details |

18Snowy Reserve | Seven Hills

Address: Tuross Street, Seven Hills | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, medium size, wooden play equipment, picnic tables, open grassed area, little bushwalk, street parking | More Details |

19Rainbow Farm Reserve | Carlingford

Address: Coral Tree Drive, Carlingford | Summary: best suited 3-8yrs, open, medium size, lots of open grassed area, street parking | More Details |

20Reynolds Park | Toongabbie

Address:  | Summary: best suited 2-8yrs, open, medium size, path to ride on, street parking, castle, picnic tables, BBQs, bubbler, bushwalk | More Details |

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