Water playgrounds are a great way for all kids to cool down on a warm day. Plus, parents can enjoy them too – I know I do! They normally have fountains, tipping buckets, water jets and sprays, plus other interactive water features. And the awesome bit is that these are splash areas so kids don’t need to know how to swim!

Curry Reserve water playground camden
Curry Reserve in Camden

There are now 19 water playgrounds across Western Sydney. Five are within fully fenced playgrounds and nine are within 15kms of Parramatta CBD. Plus the NEW water playground at Meadowbank Park is set to open on 19th February 2022.

Most water playgrounds have operating hours (listed below) and the water is usually turned off over winter. Keep in mind that regulations were updated a few years ago to ensure that water playgrounds have to meet the same standards as public pools – so yes the water is chlorinated and clean!

James Ruse Reserve Parramatta
James Ruse Reserve in Parramatta

And if you are looking for other free ways to cool off outdoors for free, then check out our ultimate water fun guide.

Map of Water Playgrounds in Western Sydney

List of Water Playgrounds in Western Sydney

There are now 19 water playgrounds in parks from Ryde to Penrith and Camden to the Hills. Here we list them in order of distance from Parramatta CBD.

1Ollie Webb Reserve [OPEN] | Parramatta

This is the newest water playground in the City of Parramatta, opening mid February 2019. It’s the only fenced water playground in the Parramatta LGA, and is located within the fenced Livvi’s Place at Ollie Webb Reserve. There are toilets and BBQs nearby.

  • Open: 9am to 8pm, September through to May.
  • Address: Glebe Street, Parramatta (near Pitt Street)

2James Ruse Reserve [OPEN] | Parramatta

This is the largest water playground in the Parramatta area. And should easily keep little ones through to primary school kids splashing around for a good while! The park contains seating, picnic tables and BBQs, a skate park, water rill station and a small metered off street car park. There’s also a playground, with a little natural shade, with swings, slides, rockers and rope climbing tower. Unfortunately it’s the only water playground without permanent toilets, though there are port-a-loos during the summer months. Keep in mind it can be very difficult to find a car spot nearby during school holidays and on weekends.

3Granville Park [CLOSED] | Merrylands

Granville Park in Merrylands was of our favourites, with all its on-site free parking and large water playground! But sadly the water playground CLOSED while upgrade work happens to the sports field and the pump station is relocated. Those works were expected to be completed in December 2020 and then they got shifted to June 2021. Now unfortunately it seems Cumberland City Council wants to permanently close this water playground and relocate it to Granville Swimming Centre. This will mean there’s a fee to access it and reduces the safety of families visiting seeing it’ll be located next to swimming pools.

This large park has one of the smallest water playgrounds. But it will still keep kids of all ages happy and cool for a while. There are toilets at this park (about a 5min walk away), bbqs, sheltered picnic tables and a small, shaded playground with swings, slide and things to climb. And there’s a path around the whole park to walk on or for the kids to ride on. Plus there are two food options within easy walking distance – Daisy’s By The Park and Vikings Sports Club.

5Blaxland Riverside Park [OPEN] | Sydney Olympic Park

A large and awesome park, Blaxland Riverside Park is best suited for kids 4+. It has a fantastic water playground section as well, but there is no shade. If you are looking to visit on the weekend, best to get in before 10am as parking is difficult. There are toilets, bbqs, a kiosk and shaded sitting areas nearby, plus a sand pit for the little ones.

6Meadowbank Park [opening 19th February 2022] | Meadowbank

7Putney Park [OPEN] | Putney

Putney Park is a fantastic park, found along Parramatta River in Putney. There is a great, free water play area suitable for young children. Unlike the other water playgrounds, this is more like toddler pools. There are no water fountains and tipping buckets, just two shallow pools connected by a pebble creek bed. There are also two other playgrounds in the park and two LARGE slides.

8Deerbrush Park [OPEN] | Prairiewood

This is the newest water playground on the list, opening in late October 2021. And it’s part of a fun, large fenced playground.

9Livvi’s Place, Bernie Mullane Reserve [OPEN] | Kellyville

This is the first and currently only water playground in the Hills. It’s in the fenced Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane Reserve. And thankfully shade sails are now over the water area and swings. This water playground is only one of three within a fully fenced playground. There are also BBQs, grassed area for picnics and toilets within the Sports Complex next door. And there is a variety of play equipment for kids of all abilities.

10Francis Park [OPEN] | Blacktown Showground Precinct

There is plenty to keep the kids happily occupied at this large, popular park. From traditional play equipment and a fully shaded water playground to a flying fox, nature based play elements, plenty of grass to play on and bush to explore. Thankfully most of the play equipment has a shade cloth over it. The park is within walking distance from Blacktown Train Station and Bus Interchange and free parking is available. The Grounds Keeper Cafe is right near the water playground and open everyday except Tuesday.

11Bigge Park [OPEN] | Liverpool

The water playground at Bigge Park opened in late 2017 and shade sails were installed early 2018. It has a giant soaker bucket, a water ring tunnel and water cannons. And in 2019 received a further upgrade, with the addition of a new accessible toilet block. Plus work is underway to have a cafe at the park.

  • Water operates: 10am to 7pm from October to March. And 11am to 4pm from April to September.
  • Address: 124 Bigge St, Liverpool

12Nurragingy Reserve [OPEN] | Doonside

Nurragingy Reserve is a lovely spot to visit year round! There’s picnic shelters, natural bushland, beautiful Chinese Gardens, waterfall, duck pond, a water playground and three other playgrounds.

  • Water operates: September through to May. In summer, the hours are 9am to 6.30pm and all other months from 10am to 5pm.
  • Address: Knox Road, Doonside

13Phoenix Reserve | Erskine Park, Penrith Area

Phoenix Reserve, Erskine Park  (Photo credit: Penrith City Council)

The popular reserve boasts a splash pad to help everyone keep cool this summer and is part of a broader range of improvements that includes new pathways, picnic shelters, new furniture and landscaping.

14Livvi’s Place Elara [OPEN] | Marsden Park

The newest water playground in Western Sydney can be found at Livvis’s Place Elara in Marsden Park. It has shade sails over it and consists of water jets coming up from the ground. There’s a button on the floor to start the water.

15Stante Reserve [OPEN] | Middleton Grange

  • Address: Corner of Stante Close and Hall Circuit, Middleton Grange

16Werrington Lakes Reserve | Werrington

This large reserve near Penrith has a gorgeous lake, cycle/ pathways, picnic facilities, exercise equipment, a shaded playground and splash pad. The small water play area has water spouts to help the kids cool off, but unfortunately is not shaded.

17Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs [OPEN] | Penrith

Photo credit: Daily Telegraph

This large, fenced playground near Penrith opened in 2016. Livvi’s Place at Jordan Springs has several interactive spaces, including a water play area with 6 water jets. But it’s not your average water play area – kids need to work/ play for the water to come out! There’s also a sandpit, trampolines, swings, performance stage and picnic areas.

18Governor Phillip Park [OPEN] | Windsor

This is one of only three water playgrounds that is within a fenced playground – yay! The playground is smaller than Livvi’s Place the Hills but has lovely views of the Hawkesbury River, natural shade and is short drive from Windsor cafes and shops, plus Anderson Farm and Australiana Pioneer Village.

19Dawson-Damer Park [OPEN] | Oran Park

This is now the biggest water playground in Sydney – slightly bigger than the one at Curry Reserve. And what makes it extra special is the awesome ninja warrior course next to it.

  • Water operates: September to April, 10am to 7pm
  • Address: corner of Dick Johnson Drive and O’Toole Avenue in Oran Park (opposite the Oran Park Library)

20Curry Reserve [OPEN] | Camden

The water playground at Curry Reserve in Camden is now the second biggest but still the best in our books. It takes about 50mins to drive to from Parramatta. There’s on-site parking, BBQs, picnic shelter, playground, toilets and change rooms. And a very fun water playground packed with water fountains, tipping buckets, water splash channel, tunnels and water sprayers.