Sydney❜s Best Playgrounds by the Water

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Being outdoors on a glorious sunny day is one thing, but being outdoors next to the water is a whole other level of bliss, especially when you’re tired, cranky and in desperate need of an activity for the kids.

Fear not, we’ve got an extensive list of the best Sydney playgrounds by the water to fill up your bliss tank and keep the kids active and out of your hair. Some of these spots even have coffee nearby – you’re welcome!

Sydney's Best Playgrounds by the Water


Clyne Reserve
Clyne Reserve in Barangaroo Reserve is the perfect spot for a harbourside picnic.

Barangaroo Reserve – Nestled between Millers Point and Barangaroo Reserve (at the end of Merriman St) you'll find the tiny but oh-so-beautiful Clyne Reserve. While the playground is a little on the small side, it's location overlooking Sydney Harbour is absolutely stunning and the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic while the kids play. BBQ facilities, tables, and shade are offered, and while you're in the area you may as well go for a wander around Barangaroo Reserve.

Pirrama Park
The harbourside Pirrama Park features an extensive playground with fun water features.

Pirrama ParkPirrama Park is just a stone’s throw away from harbourside waters in Pyrmont. The un-fenced playground has spectacular views, water play, swings, sand play, ropes, and a roundabout. Call Me Harris Cafe is right next to the playground for that essential coffee.

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Eastern Suburbs

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Marks Park Playground has sweeping views of iconic Bondi Beach.

Marks Park – Another idyllic spot overlooking the water just off Marks Lane in Tamarama, Marks Park recently underwent a renovation but is now open for a good play in the sun.

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Bondi Beach Playground

Bondi Beach Playground – Iconic Bondi Beach also has an iconic beachside playground with sand play, swings, slides, plenty of shade and million-dollar views.

Bronte Park Playground
Bronte Park Playground

Bronte Park Playground – Nestled right next to Bronte Beach, Bronte Playground has plenty of grass for little ones to run, play and ride, plus a super-cool wooden climbing tower. 

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Maroubra Beach Playground

Maroubra Beach Playground – Another beachside gem, Maroubra Beach Playground is a great spot for toddlers with rubber soft play, climbing structures, a wobbly bridge, surf rockers and more.

Parsley Bay
You can't beat the view from Parsley Bay reserve and inclusive playground.

Parsley Bay Playground – This idyllic park-beach-playground combo in Vaucluse has recently received an upgrade making it one of the best inclusive playgrounds in the east. The rope tunnels, merry-go-round, ladders, swings, and elevated pathways will keep the kids entertained for hours. 

Tamarama Beach Playground – It might not be the biggest playground in the Eastern Suburbs, but Tamarama Playground is a great day out with the kids, and the waterfront views don’t suck. The modern playground has swings, slides, climbing frames and plenty of grass to run wild.

Malabar Beach Playground – Also known as Cromwell Park Playground, the Malabar Beach Playground has an adorable nautical theme with monkey bars, slides, kiddie gym, swings, and boat and dolphin bouncing set.

North Shore & Northern Beaches

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Clifton Gardens is a secluded seaside spot in the backstreets of Mosman.

Clifton Gardens Playground – Modern seesaws, swings, climbing structures, a dedicated toddler area, plenty of shade, and coffee nearby – it’s easy to see why Mosman’s Clifton Gardens is such a popular spot for families.

Flying Fox Park
Flying Fox Park in Winnererremmy Bay. 

Flying Fox Park – Rated as one of the best playgrounds on the Northern Beaches, Mona Vale’s Flying Fox Park and neighbouring Winnerremy Bay offer the best of both worlds with a fantastic fenced playground, expansive park and waterfront location. There’s also an onsite café.

North Harbour Reserve
North Harbour Reserve

North Harbour Reserve – Another harbour water gem, North Harbour Reserve in Balgowlah overlooks North Harbour and offers a great playground, bike/scooter tracks, picnic area and coffee nearby.

Manly Lagoon Playground – Located a stone’s throw from Queenscliff Beach and opposite Manly Lagoon, this playground is a great summer outing for the whole family and has plenty of swings, slides, and jungle gyms to keep the kids happy.

Dee Why Playground
Dee Why Beach Playground

Dee Why Beach Playground – It may be small but Dee Why Beach Playground’s prime location makes for a great play date or picnic out with family and friends.

Berry Reserve Tramshed
The Tramshed Playground is also called Berry Reserve Playground in Narrabeen.

Berry Reserve – Narrabeen’s most popular playground, Berry Reserve’s train-themed facilities continue to draw kids in the thousands every day who certainly enjoy a toot-tooting good time, and the views of Narrabeen Lake don't suck!

Clontarf Playground
Clontarf Playground opened in December 2021 after a big renovation.

Clontarf Reserve – A day of playing and swimming is on the cards at Clontarf Reserve. Nestled on the waters at Middle Harbour, the stunning surrounds, excellent coffee and super fun playground equipment make for the perfect day out.

Collaroy Beach Playground – Another beachfront playground, Collaroy Beach Playground right next to Collaroy Beach offers a giant climbing net, swings, a merry-go-round, a seesaw, slides, and toddler-friendly equipment to keep all kids energetically entertained.

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Balmoral Beach Playground

Balmoral Beach Playground – One of the busiest playgrounds on the Northern Beaches come the weekend, Balmoral Beach Playground is a great spot if you’re planning on enjoying a family breakfast at one of the nearby restaurants before a play.

Bobbin Head Playground
Bobbin Head Playground

Bobbin Head Playground - Bobbin Head is another waterside spot that just received a new-look playground. Bobbin Head Playground has plenty of cool new features that all tie in with the theme of nature and natural materials. 

Inner West

McIlwaine Park
McIlwaine Park is located along Parramatta River and looks over Brays Bay.

Brays Bay Reserve – There are several playgrounds in the expansive Brays Bay Reserve in Rhodes, so there’s never a dull moment at this spot. There are toddler and sandpit playgrounds at McIlwaine Park plus another fenced playground next to the onsite Kokoda Cafe – what a lot to discover!

The Mcllwaine Park Foreshore was recently revamped and now includes an adorable beach and rock pools!

McIlwaine Park Foreshore
The new-look McIlwaine Park Foreshore.

Steel Park Waterplay Park – Everyone’s favourite water play park in the warmer months, Steel Park Waterplay Park in Marrickville features water fountains, sprinklers, water jets, and a tranquil setting right by the Cook River.

Jubilee Park Playground
Jubilee Park Playground

Jubilee Park Playground – If you’re looking for a fun outdoor playground in Glebe, you can’t go past Jubilee Park Playground on the beautiful Glebe foreshore. The kids will love playing on the slippery dip ‘mountain’, sandpit, swings, and pod-like cubby house hidden in the branches of a beautiful shady tree.

Elkington Park Playground – Set amongst towering Fig trees, Elkington Playground in Balmain is a great spot for littlies to get outdoors. The small playground has all the usual attractions to keep the kids busy, plus there are plenty of walking tracks along the water to take the pram for a stroll or go for a ride/scoot. As an added bonus, the historic Dawn Fraser Baths are right near the park if you feel like going for a dip.

Mort Bay Park – Play equipment, basketball courts, picnic tables, shade, riding tracks, dog off-leash area, and the best views of the Harbour and city skyline – yup, Mort Bay Park has it all! The waterside playground hugs Sydney Harbour from its spot in Birchgrove and is a winner with active kids (and dogs!) year-round. 

Greater West

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Tench Reserve

Tench Reserve recently underwent a major renovation, and what a facelift it got! The huge playground sits next to the Nepean River and offers a relaxing space for kids to play and families to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Along with the incredible new playground, updates to Tench Reserve include riverside pathways, seating areas, a Changing Places amenity, accessible picnic areas and seating, and even public art.

Blaxland Riverside Park
Blaxland Riverside Park is a hive of activity along the Parramatta River.

Blaxland Riverside Park – Meandering for over three hectares along the Parramatta River, Blaxland Riverside Park is a must-see playground in Sydney. Kids can enjoy the mega-swing, tunnel slides, spinning play disk, Viking swing, the stunning multi-level tree house, huge double flying fox & more! 

Parramatta Riverside Playground
Another action-packed playground on the foreshore of the Parramatta River. Image source: Christine Knight.

Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve – If the stunning location along the Parramatta River doesn’t entice you to visit, the ginormous adventure slide certainly will! A great playground for climbers, the kids will love the climbing wall, venturing down the winding slide, digging in the sandpit, playing with the pulleys and more!

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South Sydney & St George

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Cahill Park Playground is a beautiful place overlooking the Cooks River.

Cahill Park Playground – Overlooking the Cooks River in Wolli Creek, Cahill Park Playground is a delightful oasis for all ages. Toddlers will particularly love the dedicated sandy area with rocket ship slide and tipping buckets for scooping sand. 

Kyeemagh Beach Playground – Located in Brighton Le Sands, this playground is right near the beach so you can pair your day at the playground with a day in the surf.

Sydney's best playgrounds by the water
Carss Bush Park is has a nature playground with lovely views over the water.

Carss Bush Park – Set on the foreshore of Kogarah Bay, Carss Bush Park has everything you could need for a family day out, including an expansive playground, bbq facilities, a cafe, a waterfront location, and plenty of open space to relish the great outdoors.

Sutherland Shire

Shelly Beach Park
Shelly Beach Park has a and a fenced playground right on the beach.

Shelly Beach Playground – In a prime position opposite Shelly Beach in Cronulla, Shelly Beach playground is a firm favourite in the Shire. The playground itself is lovely with shade, sand, artworks, stone sculptures, swings, climbing frames and more, while nearby you’ve got bbq facilities, picnic tables, coffee, and those amazing sea views.

Como Pleasure Grounds
Como Pleasure Grounds is a popular park and playground that has it all.

Como Pleasure GroundsComo Pleasure Grounds is one of those beautiful outdoor locations you could spend the whole day at, just relishing the sunshine, nature, and the stunning waterfront location. The pirate-themed playground is a riot for adventurous kids who'll love pretending to 'walk the plank' in the pirate ship, or burning lots of energy on the giant climbing net. Make a day of it by going for a stroll along the pedestrian bridge that runs over the water and looks down at the Marina and the boats. There's also great coffee nearby.

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