By Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
One less thing to worry about! Fenced playgrounds provide so much more peace of mind for parents, knowing your cheeky and adventurous sprouts can’t wander off onto roads and wind up in all sorts of trouble. Here are some of the best loved fenced- off playgrounds in every corner of Sydney, that your child won’t even want to escape from!
Chelsea Street Playground – This Redfern playground is small but full of community spirit, recently re-designed with help from kids at the local primary school.
Cook and Phillip Park Playground – Finally something for older children! In the city’s centre is this fenced park, suitable for kids 5 years and up.
Eddie Ward Park Playground- There are 2 playgrounds here- the fenced one for toddlers is away from the road, and the one for bigger kids, though unfenced, has a skatebowl!
Bieler Reserve Playground- This gem in Randwick is fully enclosed, not too big and not too small. It’s all pretty brand spanking new equipment ideal for younger children, but with a large climbing spider’s web for older children. A small walk to local cafes and shops.
Bondi Beach Playground- How could you go past those views or that location? There’s an awesome shaded sandpit, and is most suitable for children aged 0-4 years. Read more about it here.
Queens Park Playground- On Darley Road, this one is amongst endless green parklands. It has a woodchip covering on the ground, and a load of equipment including swings, a shaded sandpit and a sit-on sand digger. Read more about it here.
Bangor Park Playground- Word must’ve got out for this Coogee playground, because despite it’s non-central location, it always seems to be busy! It’s fully fenced off, has shady tarps overhead, spongy flooring, cool slides and a dog-park surrounding it.
L’Estrange Park Mascot- This one is a sports field and park on the corner of King Street and Sutherland Street, and it’s fenced playground has PLENTY of room and spongy floor for children to run around. There are 2 sides to the playground, one being age appropriate for up to 6 year olds, the other for up to 12 year olds. You’ll find a sand pit, water play items, bike track with road signs, climbing webs, slides, jungle gyms and more!
Dee Why Beach Playground- With shady tarpaulins, heaps of seating, proximity to a rock pool and the gorgeous beach, make the most of Dee Why’s recent promenade and facility upgrades.
Collaroy Beach Playground- Sometimes you just can’t go past a fresh ocean breeze. This is again in perfect proximity to water, has excellent views, and surrounding cafes. If you love this one, try the Balmoral Beach playground at the Esplanade (but prepare for busy weekends), Little Manly Point playground or Manly’s Lagoon Park playground. All are super close to water.
Passmore Reserve Playground- In Manly Vale, this one’s enclosed due to the nearby lagoon. It’s a old school wooden playground structure with a natural bush vibe.
Livvi’s Place- In Timbrell Park, Five Dock, this is a truly spectacular park. It is built for all ability levels, able-bodied or not. It’s got a powered round-a-bout, nets to climb, slides (with wheelchair accessible ramps) and so much more. UPDATE: Livvi’s Place is currently under construction but will be back in time for Summer, double the size and with a water play area! Yay!
Burwood Park Playground- It may not have brand new equipment, but kids won’t care! It has a beloved flying fox, swings, spring rockers and a wobbly-walker.
Camperdown Memorial Rest Playground- There’s something for all ages here! The sandpits, wobbly bridge, and woody, bushy feel give this park a very natural, earthy vibe.
Brays Bay Reserve in Rhodes- In a fantastic picnic spot, there’s a fully fenced playground for a little ones and an open one for older kids with a spider’s climbing web. Bring your golf clubs to use on the mini putt putt area too!
Robyn Kemmis Reserve: A medium sized fenced playground on Franklyn Street, Glebe suitable for all ages- it’s a lovely pocket park with grassy lawns, plenty of greenery and a BBQ.
Doyle Ground- Often out west, playgrounds are situated in expansive parks and green spaces where fences aren’t as necessary as in the city. However, this north Parramatta playground is on a 7.6 hectare sports-ground, and is totally enclosed. A simple playground that gets the job done!
Bernie Mullane Reserve- Kellyville’s fully enclosed playground ticks all the boxes- it has shade, a wheelchair accessible swing, all kids of equipment and nearby amenities (and coffee!)
Wollundry Park- in Pennant Hills, this quaint park is near the train line, has soft ground, and its overarching gum trees are full of cockatoos. Mums can watch on from the picnic shelters.
Livvi’s Place- This chain of highly accessible playgrounds is a hit in Yamble Reserve, Ryde. The colours and architecture of each piece is just gorgeous!
Beecroft Train Playground- Next to Beecroft Train Station, this one has recently be revamped. Tots and toddlers in particular will love this train-shaped, padded floor playground, with a train-spotting wall for children to ogle passing trains! There’s great coffee shops nearby too.
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens Playground- In a gorgeous location, little ones will love the sandpit with mini buckets on pulleys, and of course, the flying fox. You can explore the amazing grounds after you play.
South Sydney/St George
Kyeemagh Beach Playground- In Brighton Le Sands is this bright-yellow fence enclosed playground near the beach, with all the usual fun equipment to be enjoyed. We just love beach playgrounds.
Cook Park Playground- the pine log fencing at this Rockdale park has been recently replaced with steel. It is a small playground, but has a fun sailor/nautical theme to it.
Shelly Beach Playground- In Cronulla, you’ll find sea views and equipment for younger and older children to swing, slide and climb. There’s a liberty swing for disabled children too.
Hint: Search your local council website for a full list of local, enclosed parks in your area. Is your favourite not on our list? We want to hear about it! Comment below.