Here are 5 Sydney playgrounds the whole family can enjoy for free. In the list below you’ll find slippery dips, cargo nets, zip lines, swings, roundabouts and climbing frames suitable for (almost) all ages.
These Sydney playgrounds are located close to public transport too – so getting there is cheap, easy and hassle free. It’s a great opportunity to get out and about, enjoy some fresh air and have a fun-filled day.
1. Blaxland Riverside Park – Sydney Olympic Park
Spread across 3 hectares, the Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the biggest Sydney playgrounds. As you can imagine, it’s packed with all kinds of fun things for kids to climb, swing, walk and jump on.
There’s a double flying fox, a scramble wall, the Viking swing, a spinning play disk, several tunnel slides, a mega-swing and the most popular of all , the multi-level tree house. If it’s a particularly hot day head over to the water park feature with its moving play elements and open spaces.
Parents and carers are also encouraged to have a go, each challenge and platform has been built to be strong enough to take the weight of an adult.
- Where: Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park
- Getting there: From Olympic Park Station, you can walk, take a taxi or Uber (8 minute ride, 3.7km) directly to the Blaxland Riverside Park
- More info: sydneyolympicpark.com.au
2. Domain Creek Playground – Parramatta Park
This Sydney playground in Parramatta Park opened in 2015 and has since become a popular spot for locals. Located on the Westmead side of the Park opposite the Queens Road Gatehouse it’s a playground filled with all kinds of actives to keep every age entertained.
Along with a range of slides and swings, there are also trampolines, a flying fox, water pump and even sand diggers. Plus, due to its location, there’s plenty of room to spread out and run around.
Toilets are nearby too (at the Queens Road entrance) plus if you need a refreshing drink or quick snack the Parramatta Park Cafe is just a short walk across the park.
- Where: Parramatta Park, Parramatta
- Getting there: Take a 7 minute walk (650m) from Westmead Station
- More info: parrapark.com.au
3. Wulaba Park – Waterloo
Wulaba is an Aboriginal word of the Gadigal people, meaning ‘rock wallaby’. Rock wallabies were once a regular sight around Waterloo prior to its development in the early 20th century.
Instantly recognisable by its vibrant and colourful design (which include soft cushioned floors) the Wulaba Park Playground is a must-visit for children who love whizzing down giant tunnels and slides or climbing along ramps and ropes.
The park covers over 4,000m2 of outdoor space, making it the perfect spot to have a picnic or BBQ. There are also bike racks, table tennis courts.
- Where: O’Dea Ave & Amelia St, Waterloo
- Getting there: From Green Square Station, walk 15 minutes (1.2km) via the leafy Bourke St and onto O’Dea Ave.
- More info: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
4. Constellation Playground – King George Park, Rozelle
As you can tell by the name, this Sydney playground has an intergalactic theme, it also comes with beautiful waterside views. Equipment-wise, there are silver slides, see-saws, cargo nets, a tripod swing and flying fox. Small swings and sandpits are also on hand to keep toddlers happy.
If the weather is hot, you can always cool off in the shade underneath the sails or head over to one of the nearby cafes for an ice cream.
- Where: 22 Byrnes St, Rozelle
- Getting there: Catch any of the following bus routes: 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 510, 515, 518, 520, M50 or M52 bus and hop off at Victoria Rd near Toelle St. It’s an easy 3 minute walk (260m) from the bus stop.
- More info: leichhardt.nsw.gov.au
5. Bungarribee Kids Playground – Bungarribee
It’s hard to miss the brightly coloured and inviting tower and slides at the Bungarribee Kids Playground.
Standing 14m in height, getting up to the top of them is a climber’s dream (you have to scamper up some small ramps and along cargo nets), going down them is even more fun.
There’s also a spacious water and sand play area, so it’s a good idea to pack a second set of clothes for your little ones.
You’ll also find swings, a fantastic flying fox and spin area dotted around the playground.
- Where: Intersection of Doonside Rd & Holbeche Rd, Bungarribee
- Getting there: From Blacktown Station head to the Westpoint Bus Interchange Stand 10 and catch bus route 724. Get off at Stop 16 (13 minutes) which is Doonside Rd after Holbeche Road. It will drop you right outside the park. Total travel time is 19 minutes from the Blacktown Station
- More info: westernsydneyparklands.com.au