Five must-visit playgrounds
Unleash your inner child
By CHRISTINA BEISCHL
7Travel writer / November 10 2016
Blaxland Riverside Park
From a 12-metre tree house, rope-climbing webs, tunnel slides to colourful rubber hills, a variety of swings (including a Viking one), a climbing wall and a flying fox, there is literally everything you need at Blaxland Riverside Park playground.
Jamieson St, Olympic Park
Darling Quarter Playground
Who doesn’t love Darling Harbour? The water views, restaurants, entertainment offerings and recent Ferris wheel addition make Darling Harbour one of Sydney’s most popular spots. The Darling Quarter playground is no exception – balance ropes, an oversized slide, a 3D swing, a flying fox, an octanet and a water scoop count towards the attractions here and a little merry go round is in the vicinity to really make this a top experience.
1-25 Harbour St, Sydney
Shelly Park Beach Playground
A playground right by the beach; we are sold. The ocean-themed playground itself is great with a large sandpit, little artworks dotted about, slides, swings and climbing areas but it’s really the park, proximity to the beach and rock pools and the BBQ facilities that make this spot one for every age group. With or without child, head to Shelly Beach for a relaxing afternoon of fun in the sun.
70-110 Ewos Parade, Cronulla
Putney Park Playgrounds
Right next to Parramatta River on Kissing Point Bay, two (!!) playgrounds stun with water views, beautiful picnic spots for a cheeky BBQ and large field-like spaces perfect to throw a frisbee or kick a ball around. A water play area with paddle pools, a little river and a bubble beach section, is great for those hot summer days when all you want to do is keep (your little ones) cool.
Putney Park,Pellisier Road, Putney
Livvi’s Place in Yamble Reserve
Livvi’s Place is one of those playgrounds where kids can play for hours and hours at a time. The playground was built in 2013 as a project between Ryde Council and the Touched by Olivia Foundation. The themed play zones feature a double flying fox, a rope pyramid roundabout, a large sandpit, a birds nest swing, a car to climb all over and even a musical play area. Older ‘kids’ will love the recreational areas, picnic facilities and, of course, walkways and cycle paths.
Yamble Reserve, Quarry Road, Ryde