The Best Playgrounds On The Northern Beaches

  • Mums & Bubs
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Beautiful beaches, scenic walks, festivals, family-friendly dining… yup, the Northern Beaches certainly has it all and then some, and by then some we mean playgrounds, playgrounds and more playgrounds! Northern Beaches playgrounds are plentiful, so if you’re planning on venturing to the north side, you’ve certainly got your pick!

Flying Fox Park, Mona Vale

Continually ranked as one of the top kids' playgrounds on the Northern Beaches, Flying Fox Park in Mona Vale and the adjacent Winnererremmy Bay have so much to offer kids and families. The park itself is completely fenced in and spacious enough for kids to feel like they’ve got space to run, jump and play. The 2 highlights of the park – the giant climbing net, and the giant flying fox – will keep kids entertained for hours, plus there are swings, slides, giant ships, and a scooter/bike track. Winnererremmy Bay is an expansive park and little beach next to the park that’s perfect for playing sports, bike riding, picnics and birthday parties. The onsite Flying Fox Cafe is always open for that necessary caffeine hit.

Address: 2 Mona Street, Mona Vale.
For more information, visit the website.

Rocket Park, Warriewood

While this Northern Beaches playground isn’t fenced in, that doesn’t stop kids from having a fabulous time out in the sun. What makes Rocket Park special is its 2 separate play areas for toddlers and bigger kids. The giant (and we mean GIANT!) rocket ship and slippery-dip in the middle of the park will certainly entice older kids, while the toddler play area with jungle gyms, mini swings and mini slides will keep little tots happy and active. Another giant feature of the park is the giant slides that even parents will want to have a go on. Toilets, picnic tables, and barbecue facilities are also provided.

Address: Casuarina Drive, Warriewood.
For more information, visit the website

Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf

If you’re looking for a beachside playground, you can’t go past Clontarf Reserve. Nestled on the foreshore of Middle Harbour in Clontarf, Clontarf Reserve offers the best of both worlds with a great playground and a kid-friendly beach to boot. If you’re visiting Clontarf with the kids, make a day of it and bring your swimmers so you can go for a dip after having a play in the playground. There’s a kiosk right next to the playground serving coffees and snacks, while neighbouring restaurant, Clonny’s serves up delicious meals. There’s plenty of parking on-site as well as toilets.

Address: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf.
For more information, visit the website

Collaroy Beach Park, Collaroy

Another popular beachside playground, Collaroy Beach Park offers stunning views of Collaroy Beach as well as plenty of entertainment for the little ones. The playground is a great size and offers something for big kids as well as little ones new to the playground scene. With climbing walls, swings, slides, percussion instruments, a merry-go-round, seesaw, and giant climbing tower, the kids won’t know what to play on first! There’s also a Liberty Swing for less abled children. Toilets are available at the nearby surf club as well as parking in the adjacent beach car park, though this can get full on weekends.

Address: 10 Birdwood Avenue, Collaroy.
For more information, visit the website.

Apex Park, Mona Vale

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Located across the road from Mona Vale Beach, Apex Park is a sweet little park for babies and toddlers. The older kids might find the limited amount of play equipment a little boring, but they’re welcome to go crazy at the neighbouring park and bike/scooter track. The mini jungle gyms, swings, merry-go-round, and sand play area will keep babies and toddlers happy, and the nearby Bronze Cafe will keep parents happy with a much-needed caffeine fix. Onsite parking is available.

Address: Seabeach Avenue, Mona Vale.
For more information, visit the website.  

Bert Payne Park, Newport

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If you’re venturing even further north, Bert Payne Park in Newport is a definite crowd-pleaser, especially with the bus and car enthusiasts. The main feature of the park is a giant interactive bus that has all sorts of bells and whistles for kids to play with, plus a giant ramp, slides, and climbing ropes. Little tots can have a play on the mini car or have a jump on one of the mini-trampolines. The beachside playground also has a merry-go-round, swings, percussions instruments, giant climbing structure, and tub swing. Parking is available onsite.  

Address: 394 Barrenjoey Road, Newport.
For more information, visit the website.

Dee Why Beach Park Playground, Dee Why Beach

A trip to Dee Why Beach simply isn’t complete without a play at Dee Why Beach Playground. It might be a little smaller than other Northern Beaches playgrounds, but Dee Why Beach Playground (officially named Michaela Howie Playground) is always buzzing with happy and active kids. Located on the southern tip of Dee Why Beach Park, the playground features a jungle gym, slides, and swings. There’s plenty of seating nearby plus the sprawling hilltop of Dee Why Beach Park, ideal for family picnics and birthday parties. As an added bonus, there are loads of cafes right across the street serving great coffee. Dee Why is a very busy hub so parking is tough to come by.

Address: 137 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why.
For more information, visit the website.

Berry Reserve, Narrabeen

Quickly climbing the ranks as the best playground on the Northern Beaches, Berry Reserve Playground is one of the newer playgrounds on the Beaches and has been drawing in the crowds since it opened in 2018. Also referred to as the Tramshed Cafe Playground, this tram-themed playground is oodles of fun for all train-obsessed kiddies, and the views of the adjacent Narrabeen Lake don’t suck either! Featuring a giant wooden climbing castle, slides, tram tracks, mini ticket booth, mini trampolines, swings, mini train platform, percussion instruments, and sand play area, the kids are in for hours of tram-themed action. The Tramshed Cafe is right next door and serves yummy coffees, breakfast and lunch, and you simply can’t leave without stopping off at the restored 60-year-old tram next to the cafe. Toilets are available in the adjacent car park.

Address: 1395 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
For more information, visit the website.

Manly Lagoon Playground, Queenscliff

Another popular lagoon-front playground, Manly Lagoon Playground is a sprawling park right near Queenscliff Beach and is an ideal summer outing. Located right opposite Manly Lagoon, Manly Lagoon Playground is huge and features plenty of nautical-themed activities for big and little kids, including ship-themed jungle gyms, slides, sand play areas, swings, and rope climbing structures. The massive size of the playground ensures that you’ll never feel cramped in, even on a crazy-busy Saturday. There’s a decent amount of street-side parking, plus coffee and snacks are always on-hand thanks to nearby The Corner Cafe At Queensie.

Address: Cameron Avenue, Queenscliff
For more information, visit the website.

Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

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Another relatively new playground on the block, Walter Gors Park in Dee Why is an adorable green space in the heart of busy Dee Why. Nestled within a park, Walter Gors Park offers beautiful surrounds, community gardens, water play, a giant slippery dip, giant climbing castle, swings, a merry-go-round, and plenty of tunnels for climbing. There are also plenty of barbecue facilities and seating areas if you’re planning on making a day of it. Street-side parking and toilets are nearby. Please note that this is a partially fenced-in playground so keep your eyes on the kiddies at all times.

Address: 36-40 Howard Avenue, Dee Why.
For more information, visit the website.

Is your favourite Northern Beaches playground not on the list? Let us know!

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