The Best Playgrounds On The Central Coast

  • Mums & Bubs

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 boring as all get up! If you've already visited all the best playgrounds in Sydney and are in serious need of a change of scenery, the Central Coast is just an hour out of town and is glistening with endless new park possibilities.

So, why not strap the kids in the car, hit the M1 and venture to one or more of these popular playgrounds on the Central Coast.

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 little yellow 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

Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina

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 5s, a flying fox, rock-climbing walls, skate park, netball and basketball courts, barbecue facilities, and even a BMX track. Apparently, 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

The Entrance Foreshore 

If you're looking to add a bit of water play to your playground adventures (and don't mind adding another 30 minutes to your drive), 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 2 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. And last but not least you'll want to grab a ride on the Pelican Express miniature train that laps the foreshore daily.

Location: The Entrance Foreshore, The Entrance

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The Jimmy Jurd Park, Chittaway Bay

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 newest 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 3 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 suck! 

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

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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 3 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 scraps to feed the local ducks and their ducklings. 

Location: 16 Seabreeze Avenue, Kincumber

Rotary Park Playground, Terrigal

Another relatively new playground on the Central Coast, Rotary Park Playground in Terrigal received a facelift in 2017 and is now a top contender for best kids' 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. And the council hasn't forgotten to facilitate for parents either - barbecue facilities, sheltered picnic tables and a kiosk are at the park!

Location: 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal


Is your favourite Central Coast playground not on the list? Let us know!

Other Sydney Playgrounds To Check Out

Bondi Beach Playground
Governor Phillip Park
Winnerremy Bay Flying Fox Park

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