Here are our top 20 spring playgrounds and parks to visit in and around the City of Parramatta – when we have the freedom to travel beyond a 5km radius and/ or our LGA. Hopefully the spread of locations means there’s a few that you can enjoy either now (under the current restrictions) or when restrictions ease in October. Plus, you can view our longer list of playgrounds nice to visit in spring here.

There’s a mixture of parks that are gorgeous in spring and playgrounds that are great to visit at this time of year. Most have a little shade for a warmer spring day. We’d normally recommend visiting one of the 17 water playgrounds in Western Sydney on a hot spring day, but not all of them have re-opened due to covid.

Wistaria Gardens
Wistaria Gardens at Cumberland Hospital, next to Parramatta Park, back in 2017

Frustratingly, the gorgeous historical Wistaria Gardens are still in limbo – even after four years! And disappointingly, the spring planting did not take place again this year. But thankfully we can still enjoy the flowering wisteria, cherry, plum and pear trees. And hope the gardens will finally transfer over to Parramatta Park and start being maintained properly in 2022.

Wistaria Gardens
Wistaria Gardens September 2021
Wistaria Gardens
Wistaria Gardens, September 2021

Please also keep in mind that Auburn Botanic Gardens has been closed to the public due to covid. And City of Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park have not turned on their water playgrounds as yet.

NOTE: For people with asthma and allergies, spring may worsen your symptoms with higher levels of pollen in the air. If this affects you or your family, best to check the daily pollen count before heading outside.

1Parramatta Park, Parramatta CBD

This fantastic regional park is a local favourite and a gorgeous spot to walk, ride and play. Throughout the park, there are bbqs and picnic shelters, grassed areas, ducks and paths to ride on. It’s particularly lovely to explore during mid/late spring, with the rose garden and jacaranda’s. Parramatta Park also has two fun playgrounds! Domain Creek playground is the larger one, on the Westmead side of the park. And Paperbark playground at Pavilion Flat, near the George Street Gatehouse, is the newer one and also an inclusive play space – a short walk from Georgie Boy Cafe.

2Halvorsen Park, Ermington

Halvorsen Park has a fantastic nautical themed playground along Parramatta River, complete with its own submarine. Cafe W is right next door to the playground (where you’ll find a toilet). And it’s a great spot to start a walk/ ride along the river.

  • Playground Summary: best suited to kids 2-8yrs, medium size, submarine, sandstone boat, boating rope, shade cloths, rope climbing towers, swings, nature based play elements.
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  • Address: Seamist Ave, Ermington

3Wangal Reserve, Mortlake

Overlooking Parramatta River, Wangal Reserve has got prime location! And the fab nature based playground that opened last year just makes it all the more fun to visit with young kids.

  • Playground Summary: best suited for 2-8yrs, medium to large, open, bark and sand ground, water views, water pump, toilets, BBQs, picnic shelters, limited parking
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  • Address: end of Hilly Street, Mortlake

4Lake Parramatta Reserve, North Parramatta

There’s so much to do at this natural oasis just north of Parramatta. From kid friendly bushwalks around the lake and playing in the playground to swimming, paddle boats and bbqs! Lake Parramatta Reserve also has ducks, toilets, cafe, picnic shelters and on-site parking. Lifeguards are typically on duty at Lake Parramatta from late October to early April on weekends and during school holidays.

5Strathfield Park, Strathfield

Strathfield Park ticks almost every box when it comes to a great, large playground for hours and hours of fun, year round and for kids of a range of ages and abilities. And it is definitely still our favourite playground in Western Sydney!

  • Playground Summary: best suited 2-12yrs, open, large size, softfall ground, scooter/ bike track, four big slides, toilets, picnic shelters, bbqs, street parking.
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  • Address: Homebush Road, Strathfield

6Anzac Park, West Ryde

The playground at Anzac Park got a great upgrade last year. Including being moved to under the trees on the Wattle Street side. It’s now a decent sized district playground with a variety of fun play equipment for toddlers through to primary school ages kids.

  • Playground Summary: best suited 1-8yrs, open, medium size, softfall ground, water pump, shade sails over toddler play space, toilets, picnic tables, bbqs, grasses area, street library, street parking, walking distance to West Ryde shops and cafes.
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  • Address: Corner of Wattle Street and Anzac Ave, West Ryde

Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve is a very picturesque spot along the river, in between Riverside Theatres and Parramatta Ferry Wharf. You can literally take a walk through the history of Parramatta, via the pavement art. There’s a great adventure playground as well as cafes nearby (including Bay Vista Dessert Bar), path to walk/ ride on, toilets a short walk away (at Parramatta wharf) and the water fountain bridge (Barry Wilde Bridge).

  • Playground Summary: Best suited to kids 4-12yrs, medium size, open, softfall ground, some natural shade, giant slide, sandpit, water pump, rock climbing.
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  • Address: Elizabeth Street, Parramatta

Central Gardens Nature Reserve is home to 12 hectares of natural bushland. And boasts an impression list of features, making it a great day out with your family! There’s a free native animal exhibitswaterfall, two playgrounds, street librarybush school, picnic facilities, paths to walk/ ride on and plenty of grass for the kids to run around on.

  • Playground Summary: Best suited to kids 2-10yrs, large size, open, softfall ground, shade sail over at least half the play equipment, sandpit, water pump, rope climbing, musical instruments, all abilities play space.
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  • Address: Paton Street, Merrylands

9Ollie Webb Reserve, Parramatta

Ollie Webb Reserve is one of the most popular playgrounds across the City of Parramatta. And with two water play areas and shading, it’s a fun spot to play on a warm spring day – if it’s not too busy!

10Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside

Nurragingy Reserve is a gorgeous place to visit, not far west of Parramatta. It has a waterfall, Chinese gardens, three playgrounds, water playground, large duck pond, bush trails, miniature trains, on-site parking, bbqs and picnic facilities, path to ride on and a kiosk.

  • Playground Summary: best suited for kids 2-10yrs, open, sand and woodchip grounds, water playground (operates 10am to 3.30pm in spring).
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  • Address: Knox Rd, Doonside

11Hunts Creek Reserve, Carlingford

Right in our backyard is this gorgeous little waterfall. And what’s even better is that the walk into Balaka Falls is very kid friendly! Keep in mind that it is best to visit after some rain as otherwise there is only a little trickle of water to see. But even if there’s not much of a waterfall to enjoy, there are lots of native flowers in bloom through spring. And you’ve got the choice of two playgrounds to play at as part of your walking visiting.

12Carmen Drive Reserve, Carlingford

With shade sails, fenced playground, toilets, on-site parking and shops/ cafes across the road, Carmen Drive Reserve is a good spot to stop for a little play in spring.

  • Playground summary: best suited to kids 4-8yrs, small to medium sized, fenced, softfall/ rubber ground, swings, climbing play gym, interactive panels.
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  • Address: Carmen Drive, Carlingford

13Sherwin Park, North Parramatta

Sherwin Park, North Parramatta

Calling all kings and queens, knights and princesses….your castle awaits! The playground at Sherwin Park looks like it stepped out of a Robin Hood storybook. Within the park there’s also a path to ride on, toilets, picnic tables, little garden, grassed area, basketball court and a tree lined path that is full of blossoms at the beginning of spring. And just around the corner is The Container Cafe.

14Kissing Point Park, Putney

This is a gorgeous spot along Parramatta River and great for enjoying sunsets. Kissing Point Park is right near Kissing Point ferry wharf. And there’s a little ‘beach’ area along the foreshore, where you can collect shells and watch the Rivercat go by. The playground gets a nice amount of natural shade and has a nice mix of play equipment for different ages.

  • Facilities: Best suited to kids 2-8yrs, medium playground, water views, sand pit, softfall under play equipment, bbqs, toilets, picnic shelters, on-site parking, close to ferry wharf
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  • Address: Waterview Street, Putney

15John Curtin Reserve and Moxham Park, Winston Hills/ Northmead

Tucked in between John Curtin Reserve and NBC Sports Club, is Moxham Park. And in spring there is a lovely sprinkling of wildflowers throughout the park. The walk between the two is about 600m, with abundant bird life.

  • Playground Summary: medium playground, best suited for 2-8yrs, softfall ground, sports field, toilets, community hall, street parking, accessible by bus.
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  • Address: Huxley Drive, Winston Hills

Positioned in a lovely spot along Parramatta River, with three good playgrounds, Brays Bay Reserve makes for a great family outing. There’s a fenced toddler playground and next door a playground for older kids. Then there is the Kokoda Trail Memorial Walkway, Kokoda Cafe and 5 Senses Playground and Garden.

  • Playground Summary: best suits for kids 1.5-10yrs, medium size, open and fenced, shade cloths over one playground and some natural shade for the other two, sand pit, climbing play gym, slide, handheld merry-go-round, rope climbing tower, boat.
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  • Address: Corner of Concord Road and Mary Street, Rhodes

17Lytton Street Park, Wentworthville

Top end of Lytton Street Reserve along Finlaysons Creek

Lytton Street Park is a lovely park that covers almost the entire way from Wentworthville Mall to the Wentworthville train station. It runs along a flood way lined with jacaranda trees that bloom in October-November. There are playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQs, and walking paths. Plus, it’s home to the Wentworthville Community Garden.

  • Playground Summary: best suited for 2-10yrs, open, bark ground, medium to large size, good natural shade and a range of play equipment spread across three areas.
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  • Address: Lytton St, Wentworthville

18Bayview Park, Concord

Bayview Park

This is another gorgeous spot along Parramatta River, which enjoys some nice cool breezes. And we will be able to swim here in a netted area! There’s on-site parking, toilets, BBQs, picnic tables and a walking path along the foreshore.

You’ll find colourful equipment set amongst the bush at Northmead Reserve playground, at the back of the sports fields. There’s also a path to ride on and open grassed area, all within a quiet bush setting.

  • Playground Summary: best suited to kids 1-7yrs, medium size, open, set back from the road, natural shade, flying fox, water maze table, low level equipment for bubs and toddlers, birds nest swing.
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  • Address: Watson Place, Northmead

20Reynolds Park, Toongabbie

Before there was the castle at Sherwin Park, Reynolds Park was known as the castle park. Aside from the castle playground, there’s a purpose built scooter/ bike track, bbqs, picnic shelters, bushwalks and a path to ride on. Unfortunately there are no toilets at the moment but there are plans to put an amenities block here. And you may still be able to enjoy our Native Birds Walking Trail that goes from behind the old basketball court near the playground.

  • Playground Summary: best suited for 2-8yrs, open, synthetic grass ground, medium size, castle play gym, slides, swings, monkey bars, suspension bridge.
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  • Address: 2 Chanel St, Toongabbie