Keep the kids entertained these winter holidays!
With winter school holidays just around the corner you’re probably starting to make a list of all the activities you can do with your kids so they don’t sit on their iPad or Nintendo all day (although I’m sure they would be very happy to do that!).
Here’s our top 5 picks of the best adventure playgrounds in Sydney worth visiting:
1. Oatley Park
There’s so much to do you’ll keep the whole family busy but make sure to plan your day ahead. It’s one of Sydney’s finest areas of natural bush land surrounded by the Georges River, Lime Kiln Bay and Jewfish Bay Baths, it covers 45 hectares!
There is an amazing adventurous playground for kids to explore, climb, slide, swing and run. Suitable for all ages and abilities there’s equipment for everyone. This is also the perfect spot to set up a picnic.
It also offers a 2km cycling loop, several walking tracks and a wheel-chair accessible section from Myra Wall car park.
Tip: Make sure to bring plenty of snacks, food and water as there’s no café at the park or close by.
2. Newmarket Randwick
This was a historic former stable yard in Randwick which has now been revamped into an epic adventurous playground. An interactive playground, it has unique and exciting equipment suitable for all ages and the biggest double slide I’ve ever seen with netting all around so it’s completely safe for climbing.
The Newmarket precinct offers an amazing range of cafes, restaurants and even Messina for a yummy gelato treat within meters of the playground so there’s no shortage of options.
Alternatively, you can pack a picnic and BBQ food and set up on the beautiful grass area with tables and BBQ facilities making it a great day out for the whole family.
3. Casula Parklands
Another adventure playground that has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults and even dogs with a separate off-leash park for your furry baby so no one is left at home!
There’s a play area with so many options:
- Mini rock climbing wall
- A ropes course for the little kids
And older kids will go crazy for the:
- 8 metre long sky-walk
- Climbing tower
- Huge tunnel slide
It even has a ninja course and a double flying fox!!
Casula Parklands is well equipped for a full day of family fun with a dog park, walking track, and shaded picnic areas, plus the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is next door!
4. Jubilee Adventure Playground, Mortdale
This playground is perfect for the thrill seekers and everyday adventurers. More suited to the older kids, this playground features so much;
- Interactive bicycle / scooter track
- Multi-purpose sports courts
- Flying foxes
- Outdoor gym equipment
- A giant climbing frame with overhead tunnels
- A huge slide
- Plus a walking track!
I think I had more fun climbing across the super high bridge and going down the slide although my son absolutely loved that I was getting involved.
Picnic and BBQ areas are also available making it the perfect spot for a full day out.
Although there’s no café at the playground, it’s only a short 5 min walk to the local café to load up on coffee and snacks if need be.
5. Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
This epic play space is huge! Spanning three hectares, next to the Parramatta River, it gives kids of all ages and abilities a huge range of activities and challenges;
- Double flying fox
- Tunnel slides
- Scramble wall
- Spinning play disc
- Viking swing
- Multi-level tree house
And in the warmer months you should check out the outdoor water play area!
When you’ve had enough of the playground, you can explore the riverside walking trail, hire a bike from the historic Gate House in the Armory or set up a picnic and have a BBQ at the free facilities there.
There’s so much to explore around Sydney you just need to find these amazing treasures.
If it’s a cold day make sure kids are dressed in their winter clothing, including beanies to keep their heads warm. Don’t forget though, if it’s a sunny day the UV rays can still be strong during winter so be sure to apply sunscreen and bring their sun hats.