trains adventures with little onesWhether you rely on public transport to get around, have train loving kids or like to mix up your outings, here is a list of free things to do with little ones by train.  The list of train adventures includes playgrounds, libraries with rhyme time and shops with play areas in and around Parramatta, all within easy walking distance of a train station.

Click the train line name to go to the timetable and the train station name for station details. Here is the Sydney trains suburban network map. Please comment below if we have left something off the list.

1T5: Cumberland Line | Merrylands to Blacktown

Jubilee Park, Parramatta CBD

Merrylands Station (pram friendly)

  • Granville Park – there is a fabulous water playground here, along with a wonderful traditional playground, skate park, picnic facilities and sporting fields.
  • Holroyd Gardens – Holroyd Gardens is a fantastic regional park where you can ride on the purpose built bike training track, play in the two playgrounds and have a picnic or bbq, explore the old brickworks, fly a kite or just generally relax in the park.
  • Stockland Merrylands – there is a free kids play area next to the food court. The shopping centre also has double trifecta with Kmart, Target and Big W as well as Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.
Holroyd Gardens
Holroyd Gardens

Harris Park Station

Parramatta Station (pram friendly)

  • Parramatta Library – there are rhyme times on Tuesday to Friday mornings.
  • Westfield Parramatta – there is a free play area with climbing play gym on level 5, outside Coles.
  • Jubilee Park – The recently upgraded playground at Jubilee Park has a range of nature based play elements, including a water pump and wood stumps. There is also a maze, see saw and swings.
  • Lil Miss Collins – this pop-up cafe has a little kids play area and chickens, plus a kids menu.
  • James Ruse Reserve – there is a fantastic water playground, great ‘dry’ playground, skate park and picnic facilities.

Wentworthville Station (pram friendly)

  • Wentworthville Library and playground – Wentworthville library has a large kids area, wonderful toy library and a great weekly reading program for little ones on Tuesday to Friday mornings. There is also a fenced playground outside at the back of the library.
  • Wentworthville Swimming Pool – the pools at Wentworthville are a really lovely place to take the family. It has partially shaded toddler and program pools, fenced playground, BBQ and a 50m pool.

Wentworthville Swimming Centre

Blacktown Station (pram friendly)

  • Francis Park – There is plenty to keep the kids happy at the large, popular park at the Blacktown Showgrounds. From shaded play equipment to a water playground and yummy Grounds Keeper Cafe.
  • Westpoint Shopping Centre – we understand there is a free kids play area but haven’t been yet.

2T6: Carlingford Line | Carlingford to Clyde

Carlingford Station (pram friendly)

  • Carlingford Library – Preschool Storytime is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:00am during the school term.

Telopea Station (pram friendly)

Courtyard Dining & Espresso

  • Courtyard Dining & Espresso – family friendly cafe on the western side of the train station, with colouring in and $1 babycino’s.
  • Elizabeth Macarthur Reserve – playground for preschoolers and young primary school kids.
  • Dundas Branch Library
  • Vineyard Creek Reserve – 2.5km of bushwalking track, with a waterfall and water reservoir. Great bushwalking spot for kids.
  • Sturt Park – Home to the Telopea Skate Park, this open space has a little bit of everything. A full size basketball court, a cricket batting cage, a football oval, skate park, playground, bbqs and picnic area. There are even toilets!
  • William Wade Park – cute, nautical themed playground for little ones.

Dundas Station (pram friendly)

Fred Robertson Reserve

Camellia Station

  • James Ruse Reserve – there is a fantastic water playground, great ‘dry’ playground, skate park and picnic facilities.

Rosehill Station (lots of stairs)

Biplane Park

Clyde Station

3T1: Northern Line | Eastwood to Burwood

Eastwood Station (pram friendly)

Denistone Station

Darvall Park Denistone

West Ryde (pram friendly)

  • Anzac Park – there is a popular, shaded playground at the park with swings, climbing play gym and see saw. Plus there are a few yummy, kid friendly cafes back up on Ryedale Road near the station.
  • West Ryde Library – there is Storytime on Wednesdays at 11am and Ryde Rockers Rhyme Time on Monday and Tuesday at 2pm as well as Friday at 10:30am.

West Ryde Library

Meadowbank Station (pram friendly)

  • Memorial Park – Great, nature based playground up on the hill, looking over Parramatta river (through the trees).
  • Meadowbank Park – The large Meadowbank Park, along Parramatta River, has three playgrounds set amongst 10 sporting fields, tennis courts and netball courts.

Rhodes Station (pram friendly)

Phoenix Park Rhodes Top Autumn Playgrounds
Phoenix Park, Rhodes

Concord West Station (pram friendly)

Burwood Station (pram friendly)

  • Westfield Burwood – free children’s playworld is located on Level 2 near Woolworths.
  • Burwood Park – a pleasantly surprising oasis right in the heart of Burwood. The large park has a fenced playground, pond, picnic facilities and cafe.

Burwood Park

4T1: Northern Line | Epping to Hornsby

Boronia Park

Epping Station (pram friendly)

  • Boronia Park – This recently upgraded playground ticks all the boxes and should be a real delight for babies through to early primary school kids.
  • Epping Library

Beecroft Station

Beecroft Train Park
Train theme play gym at Beecroft Train Park
  • Beecroft Train Park – fenced playground right next to the train station, great for under 5s.

Pennant Hills Station (pram friendly)

Hotel Pennant Hills

5T2: Airport, Inner West and South Line | Auburn to Lidcombe

Auburn Station(pram friendly)

  • Auburn Park – playground was upgraded in July 2017 and the park also now has bbq and picnic facilities, plus exercise equipment.

Lidcombe Station (pram friendly)