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!
There are now 17 water playgrounds across Western Sydney. Five are within fully fenced playgrounds and nine are within 15kms of Parramatta CBD.
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!
NOTE: due to the covid pandemic, a number of water playgrounds have not yet been turned on for the 2021/22 season. We’ve indicated which ones we know are and aren’t on and will update the list as more information becomes available.
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 17 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 [currently NOT OPERATING] | Parramatta
This is the newest water playground in the City of Parramatta, opening mid February 2019. And is the only fenced water playground, being within the fenced Livvi’s Place at Ollie Webb Reserve.
- Open: 9am to 8pm, September through to May.
- Address: Glebe Street, Parramatta (near Pitt Street)
2James Ruse Reserve [currently NOT OPERATING] | 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 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. Keep in mind it can be very difficult to find a car spot nearby during school holidays and on weekends.
- Open: 9am to 8pm, September through to May.
- Address: 45 Hassall St, Parramatta
3Granville Park [CLOSED] | Merrylands
Granville Park in Merrylands is yet another favourite – and has lots of on-site free parking! There are two sections, one aimed more at little ones with things to hold onto and the other for older kids with big water jets, tipping buckets and big fountains. There are toilets within the park (but about 150m away) as well as sheltered picnic tables, plus a playground (not shaded) with swings, climbing play gym and slide. NOTE: the water playground at Granville Park is CLOSED while upgrade work happens to the sports field and the pump station is relocated. These are expected to be completed by December 2020.
- Water operates: Currently CLOSED [9am to 8pm, September through to May]
- Address: Montrose Avenue, Merrylands
4Philip Ruddock Water Playground, Dundas Park [currently NOT OPERATING] | Dundas Valley
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 – Daisys By The Park and Vikings Sports Club.
- Water operates: 9am to 8pm, September through to May.
- Address: Yates Ave, Dundas Valley
5Blaxland Riverside Park [currently NOT OPERATING] | 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.
- Water operates: operates 10am to 5pm daily [reopened 11th December 2020]
- Address: Jamieson Street, Silverwater
6Putney Park [currently NOT OPERATING| 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.
- Open: The park is open daily, gates close at sunset
- Address: 55 Pellisier Road, Putney
7Francis 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.
- Water operates: 9am until 6:30pm in summer (December to February). And 10am to 3.30pm during September to November and March to May.
- Address: Corner Richmond Road and Balmoral Road, Blacktown
8Livvi’s Place, Bernie Mullane Reserve | 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.
- Water operates: September to April, 8am to 8pm
- Address: Marella Ave, Kellyville
9Bigge Park | 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
10Nurragingy 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
11Phoenix Reserve | Erskine Park, Penrith Area
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.
- Address: 27 Phoenix Crescent, Erskine Park
12Livvi’s Place Elara | 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.
13Werrington 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.
- Address: Burton Street, Werrington
14Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs | Penrith
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.
- Address: 1 Discovery Way, Jordan Springs
15Governor Phillip Park | 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.
- Address: George Street, Windsor
16Dawson-Damer Park | 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)
17Curry Reserve | 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.
- Water operates: September to April, 10am to 7pm
- Address: 24 Camden Valley Way, Elderslie