Best Playgrounds on the Central Coast for Little Adventurers

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Ahh, kids' playgrounds—we love them and we hate them, let's be honest. We love them because they keep our little cherubs highly entertained, exercised and drained of energy. We hate them because once you've visited them a few hundred times they can become pretty boring!

Keep boredom at bay by ensuring you tick all the best playgrounds on the Central Coast off your list. We've rounded up 10 of the most popular Central Coast playgrounds to make playtime extra fun any day of the week. 

Best Playgrounds on the Central Coast for Little Adventurers

1. Avoca Beach Playground

Avoca Beach Playground
Avoca Beach Playground

First up on our list is the always-popular Avoca Beach Playground.

Located smack-bang in the centre of Avoca behind the Avoca Beach Surf Club, the little ones will feel like they've gone on a beach holiday at this park.

Featuring a play dinghy, surfboards, jungle gyms, slides, and swings, Avoca Beach Playground is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The park is completely fenced in and has the added bonus of being right by the Avoca Rock Pool so you can finish off your play with a quick dip.

Location: Vine Street, Avoca Beach

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2. Peninsula Recreation Precinct

Umina Playground
Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach. 

Continually ranked as one of the best playgrounds on the Central Coast, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach has so much to keep the kids occupied, you might need to visit more than once!

Although the name 'Precinct' might not sound particularly kid-friendly, millions of dollars have gone into the development of this recreation park, which includes a fenced play area for under fives, a flying fox, rock-climbing walls, skate park, netball and basketball courts, barbecue facilities, and even a BMX track.

There are talks of the Peninsula Recreation Precinct receiving a whopping $8-million-dollar upgrade in the not-too-distant future, so watch this space!  

Location: Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach

3. The Entrance Foreshore 

The Entrance Foreshore Playground
The Entrance Foreshore

If you're looking to add a bit of water play to your playground adventures, the Entrance Foreshore delivers.

Located on the picturesque waterfront at The Entrance, The Entrance Foreshore is more of a mini carnival than just a playground. Combining two play areas, a water fountain play zone, carousels, and a Ferris Wheel, The Entrance Foreshore offers up kid-friendly activities in droves.

Once the kids have had their share of swinging, climbing, and tumbling in the play areas, Vera's Water Garden is the next stop. The public water fountain and splash area with colourful statues, fountains, and water-spurting characters will be a huge hit with the kids. 

Location: The Entrance Foreshore, The Entrance

4. The Jimmy Jurd Park

Jimmy Jurd Playground
Jimmy Jurd Park. Image Source: Playing In Puddles

If your little one is obsessed with all things pirates, they're going to love Jimmy Jurd Park.

Built in memory of toddler, Jimmy Jurd (who sadly passed away from cancer at just 23 months old), The Jimmy Jurd Park in Chittaway Bay is one of the best playgrounds on the Central Coast and keeps kids occupied for hours with its pirate-themed jungle gyms, rope bridge, monkey bars, rope "spiders web", climbing wall, fireman's pole, and three slippery-dips!

The 12-kilometre Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway is adjacent to the park and is perfect for a picturesque stroll after playing. And the stunning lakeside views definitely don't hurt, either!

Location: Corner Lakedge Ave & Thomas Walker Drive, Chittaway Bay

5. Broadwater Park

Broadwater Park, Kincumber
Broadwater Park, Kincumber

If a visit to the park simply isn't complete without a spin on the bike or scooter, Broadwater Park in Kincumber will be a new favourite with the kids.

Broadwater Park is located adjacent to the popular waterfront walk that trails from Kincumber to Davistown for roughly three kilometres and will give the kids a good workout.

The park itself will burn up even more energy with its spinner poles, swings, flying fox, and large jungle gym. Don't forget to pack some duck-friendly foods to feed the local ducks and their ducklings. 

Location: 16 Seabreeze Avenue, Kincumber

6. Rotary Park Playground

Rotary Park Playground
Rotary Park Playground

Rotary Park Playground in Terrigal received a facelift in 2017 and is now a top contender for the best playground on the Central Coast.

Upgrades to the park include a giant wooden pirate ship, flying fox, huge basket swing, climbing structure, and mini play area for toddlers. The council didn't forget to facilitate for parents either - barbecue facilities, sheltered picnic tables and a kiosk are at the park, too. 

Location: 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal

7. Canton Beach Sensory Park 

Canton Beach Sensory Park
Canton Beach Sensory Park

Canton Beach Sensory Park was specifically designed to embrace inclusivity, catering to kids who are visually impaired or use a wheelchair.

The creators and builders poured their hearts into crafting a playground where 80 per cent of the area is wheelchair-accessible—a remarkable feat that sets this park apart.

Every detail was carefully considered to engage the senses and provide educational opportunities. Touch, scent, sound, and balance come together in a symphony of sensory delights. And don't worry, parents, there's a fenced section for added peace of mind, perfect for younger children or those with a playful spirit.

Location: Beach Parade, Toukley

8. Bill Sohier Park

Bill Sohier Park
Bill Sohier Park, Ourimbah. Image credit: Playing in Puddles.

A great spot for kids of all ages, Bill Sohier Park in Ourimbah (aka, "the dinosaur park") is home to an epic dinosaur skeleton kids will delight in clambering over, plus plenty of swings, climbing equipment and two flying foxes.

It's not hard to see why this one is up there with the best playgrounds on the Central Coast! 

Location: Shirley St, Ourimbah

9. Sun Valley Regional Playspace

Best Playgrounds on the Central Coast
Sun Valley Park at Green Point is a firm favourite on the Central Coast. Image credit: Playing in Puddles.

Following a multi-million dollar development, Sun Valley Park at Green Point boasts a bunch of incredible new features.

Alongside a double flying-fox, the huge rope climbing tower offers older kids a challenge, plus spider-web net platforms that they can rest in once they reach the summit! 

A range of swings, an in-ground roundabout, and a smaller climbing challenge for smaller kids also await at this awesome playground.

Location: Green Point

10. Saltwater Creek Park

Saltwater Creek Park
Saltwater Creek Park

This sandy playground at Saltwater Creek Park has plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained, including swings, stepping blocks, slippery dip, seesaw and more. There's also a large climbing structure for older kids, as well as a bike track to keep them occupied.

Location: The Entrance Rd & Tuggerah Parade, Long Jetty

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