The Best Adventure Playgrounds In Sydney
Nothing spells FREE family fun quite like a day at a daring adventure playground! We just love exploring all the creative and adrenaline-pumping play spaces that Sydney has to offer. Check out this guide to our top picks to make your weekends as fun-filled as ours!
1. Casula Parklands
Western Sydney's newest multi-million dollar adventure playground was designed for inclusivity, accessibility and lots of fun, so there really is something for everyone! Little ones have their own play space with slides, a mini rock climbing wall, tunnels and a ropes course, and older kids will love the 8-metre-long Sky Walk, climbing tower, huge tunnel slide, swings and merry-go-round. Casula Parklands is an expansive wonderland that also boasts a ninja course and double flying fox that adds to the impressive array of equipment.
The park 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!
2. Oatley Park Adventure Playground
A part of the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play Program, this inclusive play space located along Southern Sydney's Georges River is one of the biggest we've ever seen! Oatley Park Adventure Playground is a nature-lovers dream utilising the natural landscape of the park's bushland setting and adding equipment constructed predominantly from natural materials. There are plenty of trees to provide shady spots and loads of fun features to keep active kids busy.
The playground's centrepiece is a huge three-storey timber structure with a winding slippery dip, ropes, ladders, tunnels and more. The play tower promises lots of adventure for brave kids! There's a smaller slide on the bottom level for the littlies plus a climbing net, lower play deck, worm tunnel and gangplank. Other cool features of the park are a Flying Fox and a stationary steam train.
3. Bungarribee Park
Touted as the largest park in Sydney, the $15 million, 200-hectare Bungarribee Park is a wide, open oasis of natural green spaces and interesting places to explore, as well as an awesome state-of-the-art playground that includes a jaw-dropping 50-metre flying fox and an epic 14-metre tall climbing tower, slides, plus giant swings, balance beams and a water play area. There also BBQs and picnic shelters, and walking and cycling tracks and one of Sydney's largest off-leash dog zones. The surrounding parklands are perfect for picnics and free play, and the surrounding wetland is home to native trees and wildflowers and thousands to discover.
4. Strathfield Park Playground
Your kids won't want to leave this epic playground, boasting three monster super slides projecting off tall climbing towers, a massive flying fox, a netted suspension bridge, and equipment for little ones too. Whether your kids are big or little, they will find something here to keep them entertained. Check it out and see what all the fuss is about.
Read our Strathfield Park Playground Review.
5. Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands
This award-winning nature playground (it was voted the BEST playground in NSW) has been designed to blend into the natural environment - so be careful you don't miss it! There are water play elements (exactly what you'll need this Summer) as well as a rock-climbing wall, logs to balance on, a big sandpit with diggers, a nest swing, a super slide, a flying fox and lots more.
Read our Lizard Log Review.
6. Fairfield Adventure Park
This one has been around for a few years but is one that impresses the young kids and the tweens too! When the 30m slide at Hilltop Park in Schofields closed down due to safety concerns, Fairfield Adventure Park took back its title of biggest playground slide in Western Sydney. It twirls and glistens in the sun and simply has to be seen to be believed.
Read our Fairfield Adventure Park Review.
7. Carss Bush Park & Playground
You can do it all at Carss Bush playground! Here you'll find a fully fenced toddler area with a swing, slide and plenty to climb, as well as two long flying foxes with a boarding platform, a giant slide, a large circular climbing frame, a sandpit, an onsite cafe, and just about everything else. A play in the playground surrounded by bushland will be topped off perfectly with a paddle in the foreshore of Kogarah Bay.
Read our Carss Bush Park & Playground Review.
8. Wulaba Park, Waterloo
Families just love this Wonka-esque playground. With one of the most epic super slides you've ever seen (it stands at 3-stories high!), colourful climbing towers, multiple observation decks, climbing nets, swings, and a large nearby lawned area with a handball court and two tennis tables, this is one of Sydney's most creative play spaces.
Read our Wulaba Park Review.
9. Blaxland Riverside Park & Playground
This Blaxland playground sure does have the WOW factor. It will feel like you've entered the Teletubbies world with purple and green astroturf hills and endless play spaces surrounding you. There are hidden slides and tunnels cut into hillsides, climbing nets, a massive spinning satellite dish, a Viking swing, a double flying fox, and a HUGE water play area where kids can get totally soaked. Just be mindful- there's no shade, so on summer days, make sure the kids have hats and sunscreen!
Find out more about Blaxland Riverside Park & Playground.
10. Ian Potter's WILD PLAY Garden, Centennial Parklands
This all-abilities playground designed with children aged 2-12 years in mind has been designed to engage the five senses and reconnect children to nature, as well as providing them with a chance to take safe risks and get their hands dirty! Features include 10-metre long Banksia Scrub tunnels, artesian water play with jets for the warm weather, wobbly rope bridges leading up to a climbing tower and cubby house with a super slide to bring kids back to ground level, teepees, a swamp area, dry creek beds, and lots more. Go wild!
Read our Ian Potter's WILD PLAY Garden Review. Please note: the playground closes for a month of maintenance in August every year.
11. Willowdale Park
This new regional park within a community estate in south-west Sydney offers an amazing adventure playground with striking wooden features and fun natural play elements. Willowdale Park features an impressive bicycle and scooter challenge plus two 40m flying foxes. There is also a bespoke cubby house (made of recycled timber from the site) with an aerial walkway and a slide into the sandpit below, plus an amphitheatre, balance beams, swings and water play. There is plenty of open space for ball games and running around, plus electric BBQs, picnic shelters and beautiful surrounds.
12. Grant Reserve, Coogee
This is the perfect adventure playground for Summer as it's right by the beach! Take the coastal walk right up to this awesome playground, which has an epic spider's web in its heart (the reason why it's known as 'spider park' by the locals!). Here you'll find small slides for little ones, swings, climbing areas, musical play elements, a boat-shaped play structure, a spinning wheel, fun mirrors, and more. In a great location near toilets, shaded picnic areas, shops, cafes and the beach, what more could you ask for on a Summer's day with kids?
Read our Grant Reserve Review.
13. Oran Park
A whopping $9-million went into the development of Oran Park, which took 2 years to build but was well worth the weight! Oran Park offers up adventures in droves at the Dawson-Damer Park and Julia Reserve Youth Precinct. Water play, adventure play, sports, group games and more are on offer in the sprawling 2.5-hectare Oran Park.
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