A fenced playground with cafes close by is one of the best inventions for sleep-deprived parents. The playground in Lidcombe Remembrance Park fits that bill perfectly. We enjoyed a lovely morning brunch at The Smelly Cheesecake Cafe, followed by a play in the park, and everyone had a fun and relaxed morning.
Lidcombe Remembrance Park is a beautiful community space commemorating veterans who served in the Korea and Vietnam Wars. There are a few memorials surrounded by manicured gardens and there is the most glorious large tree that stands tall and proud. The park is often filled with birds and my daughter enjoyed burning off some energy chasing them around.
Whilst the play equipment is fairly dated and perhaps in need of a face-lift, it is a fenced playground with plenty to do. We happily spent more than an hour playing here, and I was even able to feed the baby in relative peace.
The playground has:
- two swings (including one toddler swing)
- large climbing play gym – including slide, metal ladders, fire pole, balance beam
- fixed hold on flying fox
- noughts and crosses and large abacus games
The surface of the playground is softfall. However, it is fairly old and dry, so maybe not so wonderful for crawling babies.
The park has some winding pathways that would be fun for riding bikes and scooters. Be aware though that they are close to the road, so keep a close eye on your children.
Inside the gated playground there is a shaded picnic table, with another one outside the gate. Throughout the park there is plenty of grass to lay down a picnic rug and enjoy the sunshine. There are toilets (including an accessible toilet) located right next to the playground. Inside the accessible toilet is a table to use for nappy changes.
Places of Interest Nearby
Lidcombe Remembrance Park is located right next to the developing strip of cafes, shops and restaurants on Joseph Street. There are a host of yummy Korean restaurants around here to meet your kimchi and other banchan cravings.
Most importantly though, there are a few good cafes here too. This means you can gain the all important double of coffee and play. We visited The Smelly Cheesecake Cafe for brunch (review by Western Sydney Food Blog). In addition, right next door is Flower Cafe Mattaniah, which is unusually decked out with flower decorations, everywhere! We hope to try it out next time. A few doors further up the street is Caffe Cherry Beans.
Just around the corner on Bridge Street is Lidcombe Library, which makes it very easy to borrow some books to take home and read for the afternoon.
Other notable places nearby include:
Finding Lidcombe Remembrance Park
You can find Lidcombe Remembrance Park on the corner of Joseph Street and James Street in Lidcombe. There is two hour free parking on Bridge Street. Alternatively, the park is also only a 500 metre walk from Lidcombe Station, along Joseph Street.