This list started out as being Sydney's 10 best playgrounds for kids. Then we realised that there are way more than 10 amazing playgrounds in Sydney, so it turned into being the 21 most awesome playgrounds in Sydney. We know there are loads more, but these are the 21 playgrounds that we at Sydney Mums Group frequent the most often.
This large playground is located inside the fantastic Western Sydney Parklands. It has playground equipment for all ages and abilities, including sand pits and water play areas. There is plenty of parking, BBQ and picnic facilties available, and of course toilets. A restaurant called Amoretti's is on site that also has a kiosk open on weekends and school holidays.
2. Francis Park (Blacktown Showground Precinct) - Blacktown
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Combining excellent playground equipment for all ages and a large water splash play area, this is a very popular playground especially in the warmer months. There is parking, toilets and picnic facilties available plus a delicious cafe called the Grounds Keeper.
This is Sydney's newest and coolest playground! It is also in the Western Sydney Parklands and is dominated by a huge and brightly coloured climbing tower. There are swings, a sandpit, flying fox and lots of other equipment to keep kids of all ages entertained. Parking, toilets, BBQs & picnic facilities are here, but sadly no where to grab a caffeine fix!
This fabulous and brand new playground has been purpose built for all ages and abilities. It includes a central mound area, sensory space, swing and play units, flying foxes, seating, picnic facilities, shade and shelter. There is both parking and toilets on site and the playground is fully fenced. This is one of the best playgrounds to visit in the Eastern Suburbs
This great new all-abilities playground includes an all-inclusive accessible carousel, spinner, rocker, 6-seated swing set and liberty swing. There's also a large dome climbing net and inter-connected timber decks at varying heights as well as slides. And of course it's right near the beach, but don't worry as it's fully fenced!
A relatively new playground, this space is perfect for your older kids because of the 11m high slide, climbing nets and double flying fox. You will find parking, toilets, BBQs and picnic facilities, but not a cafe.
7. Timbrell Park Playground (Livvi's Place) - Five Dock
This fantastic all inclusive playground has been upgraded recently and is a firm favourite with Sydney families. It's one of the many Touched by Olivia playgrounds in Sydney and is fully secured and accessible for everyone. There are picnic facilities and a great little cafe on site called Livvi's Cafe. Street parking is available, but can be hard to secure on weekends.
These beautiful parklands are home to two very good playgrounds as well as delightful gardens for you to wander around. There are loads of different picnic spots, BBQs and a kiosk that operates on weekends and during school holidays. Parking is also available but sometimes hard to find as this park is oh so very popular.
We love this playground because it has both an excellent water splash area and a very good playground. If it had a cafe it would be even better, so make sure you BYO your own supplies. Picnic and BBQ facilities are on site. Parking is limited and toilets (portable) are only available in the summer months.
This fully fenced playground is a firm favourite for families who reside in the Northern Beaches. The playground equipment may not be as modern as some of the other playgrounds on this list, but there's heaps of it and a great cafe called the Flying Fox is right next door. Parking, picnic facilites and toilets are all available.
Another seriously cool new playground, this adventurous play space was built with older kids in mind. However we have seen kids of all ages having fun here. Picnic areas with BBQs as well as toilets and parking are all available for you to use.
Most kids (and adults) would agree that this is Sydney's best playground! The playground equipment sprawls over 3ha and it has everything! From a water play area, to a fort to climb, some of the best swings you will ever see, as well as heaps and heaps of things to climb and crawl through. There are so many of different picnic spots available with BBQs, toilets, parking and an excellent cafe called the Armory Wharf Cafe, plus a kiosk as well.
Parramatta Council build some excellent playgrounds that's for sure! This is the premier playground of the area which is full of fantastic modern equipment suitable for all ages. It is located in Parramatta Park so all facilities are available, however we recommend picking up a coffee before you arrive at the playground, as it is a bit of a hike to get one.
Located right on Parramatta River this cool playground is perfect for kids who like to climb. There are quite a few different things to scramble up and slides to come back down on. There's also a water pump area and sand to dig in. Unfortunately there aren't toilets or BBQ/picnic facilites - so bring a blanket to sit on, and all of your own food as the closest cafe is a bit of a walk away.
Although not as modern as most of the playgrounds on this list, this is still a firm favourite with many Sydney families. The main attractions are its water play area and big slide. Parking is nearby and you can picnic here as well as have a barbie. Toilets are also available.
With a water splash area, huge sandpit, climbing frames, spinners and swings, this is a great spot to visit if you live in or are visiting the city. The lovely waterfront location of the playground makes it a great spot to have a picnic. There are toilets, and parking is available on the street. The last we heard the onsite cafe was closed.
If you haven't been to this playground then you need to! The equipment is fantastic as are all its facilities - picnic shelters, BBQ area, toilets, cycle and walking path. And as it is another Livvi's Space, it is fully accessible for everyone. Parking is available and there is talk of a cafe/kiosk opening soon, so fingers crossed!
We love it here, as it has lots of fun equipmnent to discover, a great kiosk that is open 7 days a week, toilets, BBQs picnic facilities, parking and gorgeous parklands to discover once you have finished playing.
Located in the middle of the city's tourist area of Darling Harbour, this playground is popular 24/7. It has equipment for all ages including a water play area. There are heaps of things to climb and slide on as well as a flying fox and sandpit. There's a kiosk right in the middle and heaps of other cafes close by. Toilets and picnic areas are also here, and a parking station is close by too.
The rocket is the main attraction at this suburban playground! Kids love to climb up it and then slide down the other side. There's a massive sandpit, swings and equipment suitable for our little people. Parking, BBQs and picnic facilities are all here for you to use.
This is a great playground for your older kids as it is really focussed on climbing. The towering slide is amazing as is all of the equipment here. Toilets, picnic areas and BBQs are on site, but parking is limited. Cafes are a short walk away.
What do you think? Have we missed any amazing playgrounds that you go to often with your kids?
We're especially keen to know of any gems in the Sutherland Shire area, as there aren't any on our list. We know that the Como Pleasure Grounds playground is very popular, are there any other cooler ones?
If you would like to know where to find a cafe and a park next to each other check out this list.