TOP FREE Water Play Parks for Kids in Sydney
By: the ellaslist team
Nov 12, 2018
We are so lucky to be blessed with so much warm weather, and so many fun ways to cool off! Apart from our beautiful beaches, there are fantastic local playgrounds with water features dotted around Sydney for more FREE fun in the sun.
Here are our TOP picks of fountains, splash pools and fun sprinklers your kids will love:
1. The Playground, Darling Quarter
Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour
For adventure in and out of the water this huge play area (pictured above) is an absolute must! Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Darling Harbour, this impressive play space is a kids oasis, right in the city. The playground is a wonderland of balance ropes, giant swings, a jumbo ring, a big slide and slide hill, a flying fox, an octonet and more! After tackling that terrain the kids will need to cool down, and the ‘Water Works’ is the place to do it. It’s a masterful maze of waterways where kids control the flow, via water switches, water gates, a water wheel and an Archimedes water screw! Plus, it has pump stations, water squirts, and sand pits with diggers.
Image source (above): Aussie Blew
2. Cables Wake Aqua Park, Penrith
What better way to stay active and cool off than at Cables Aqua Park...the ultimate INFLATABLE water park, with slides, runways, climbing structures and jumping pillows galore! This one isn't free, but is SO worth the $20/pp price for a 50-minute Aqua Session (or pay $30/pp for 2 x 50-minute sessions). There is also a free wet play area for kids under 6, so bring the whole family along.
3. Blaxland Riverside Park
Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park
This unique play space provides a diverse range of activities and challenges for kids of all ages and abilities – and it’s home to the largest outdoor water play facility in NSW. Plus there’s a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing, and a multi-level tree house, all spread over 3 hectares along the Parramatta River. With it’s amazing architectural equipment and bright, cheerful colours, this spectacular waterside park is a world away from your average playground. We checked out the epic playground at Blaxland and it sure does have the WOW factor.
4. Pirrama Park
Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
If you’ve got playground fatigue and need a change of scenery, this harbourside parkland is the place for you! The award-winning, multi-million dollar creation is one of the newest and most thoughtfully designed parks in Sydney. Kids immerse themselves in the play space while parents soak up the surroundings! The unique adventure playground has fun water play features like sprinklers and fountains, which are a hit on a hot summer’s day. There is also a big sandpit, climbing structures, slippery dips, swings and musical play equipment to keep little adventurers entertained. There’s plenty of room to ride a bike, kick a ball or have a picnic!
5. Waterplay Park, Steel Park
Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Steel Park has a lovely playground with equipment to suit both the littlies and older children, surrounded by plenty of space, lots of grass , poplar trees providing great shade and a great view of the Cooks River. However, its Waterplay Park is still the main drawcard. The interesting series of water features include interactive fountains, sprinklers and misty spray elements, designed to encapsulate the total water cycle and demonstrate an environmental process in action. It’s safe, creative and lots of fun.
6. Wild Play, Centennial Park
The newish one on the scene, the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden has one of Sydney's best water play parks. It opened up last year and already making a splash with its artesian water play area complete with water jets. There's also 10-metre long Banksia Scrub tunnels, 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. So it's a good one for the whole year!
7. Putney Park
Pellisier Road, Putney
Right on the waterfront, this beautiful park is an expanse of lush lawn and natural wonder. The fantastic main playground boasts a huge tube slippery dip, large climbing net, lookout tower and combination equipment. Plus, it is heaven on a hot day with its large water feature – two shaded paddling pools linked by a little stream for hours of splashing fun. For the older kids, there’s another playground near the river with a huge spider rope climbing frame suspended over a big sandpit. There is also a smaller playground at the southern end of the park with equipment suitable for young children.
8. Nurragingy Reserve Water Park
Wren picnic area, Knox Rd, Doonside
A short drive away from Wet’n’Wild, this water park at Nurragingy Reserve is a huge gem for Western Sydney kids. This recently installed free water park facility features a number of fountains, hoses and waterfalls to help you cool off while having fun in the picturesque Western Sydney Parklands. The bonus also comes with the huge playground alongside the water play area, with sandstone, jarrah logs, river stones, recycled timber sleepers and shipping ropes. Open every day through summer from 9am to 6.30pm.
9. James Ruse Reserve Water Playground
Corner of Hassall and Parkes St, Parramatta
Parramatta Council opened a brand new water play park at James Ruse Reserve in September 2014. This delightfully shaded water play area is suitable for both little and big kids. The water park runs from 9am to 7.30pm during summer, 10am-4pm during spring and autumn, closed during winter.
10. Granville Water Park
Granville Park, Montrose Ave, Merrylands
This new sustainable splash park opened in April 2014 has an amazing array of fun water features which continuously collects and recycles its own water. The kids can splash about in the fountains, sprays and tipping buckets which dumps 1600 litres of water a minute! The splash park is open during summer, autumn and spring.
11. Cathy Freeman Park
Cathy Freeman Park, Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park
Our favourite feature of this park is the gigantic Olympic Cauldron with cascading water which the kids will love splashing in. There is a large grassy area perfect for picnics. You also have your choice of playgrounds nearby along with a variety of cafes. There is also an outdoor chess board. In January, the whole family can enjoy free movies under the stars at Movies by the Boulevard.
12. Vera’s Water Garden
Vera’s Water Garden, The Entrance, Central Coast
OK, so this colourful water paradise, is not technically in Sydney, but we thought it was just so cool that it was worth including it (and making the trip from Sydney). This features a shallow wading pool and brightly painted water fountains for the children to splash about under and climb over. It’s perfect for little ones. It has ample shaded seating for the parents to sit back and relax while the children play.
13. Blacktown Showground Precinct
Blacktown Showground Precinct, Francis Park
This fun waterplay zone features a sheltered area with varying sized water troughs, a hand wheel water pump, a concrete water maze and spurts and sprays coming from all over – just perfect for the kids (and adults) on a warm, sunny day. Open Summer: January – May and September to December. There is also a Junior Playground for 2 – 8 year olds featuring a junior activity unit, swings, a rotating ball, play tables, balance beams, rubber mushrooms and more! The Big Kids Playground boasts a Flying Fox, balance cable and beams, climbing units, slides and more!
14. Curry Reserve Water Play Park
Curry Reserve, Camden Valley Way, Elderslie
This is a brand new one set to open in December 2018! The playground features three play zones for all ages including a toddler zone, 36 play features including a toddler’s ‘discovery stream,’ a capacity for 176 users, shade sails covering two thirds of water play area and zero depth water. The water will be heated too so you can splash around well into the cooler months! Find out more here.
15. Philip Ruddock Waterpark
Dundas Park, Parramatta
The 3rd waterpark in the 2014 to be opened by Parramatta Council, the Philip Ruddock waterpark went hand in hand with council’s ‘Cool Parramatta’ campaign- offering it’s residents a chance to get out of the sweltering summer sun. Water features are integrated into standard playground equipment for hours of cooling off with a laugh, with nearby BBQ and picnic shelters for the whole family to enjoy.
16. Mary O’Brien Reserve, Zetland
When this park was upgraded, it received expansive lush green area for picnics and running around, two awesome age-appropriate playgrounds with lots of interweaving structures to climb- and a water play area! Jets shoot water skywards on blue spongy flooring- perfect for a splash around.
Source: City of Sydney
17. Plough & Harrow, Western Sydney Parklands
This great playground has a hamster wheel, flying fox, a 5-way swing, climbing structures, a spinning ring, little cubby house with a slide..and of course, a water play area. It’s quite small, but gets the job done. It has a few pumps, and turnpikes that get released into a little mini dam of sorts that kids can direct the flow of by moving the rocks around.
18. Lizard Log, Abbotsbury
DID YOU KNOW: The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects voted this the number 1 playground in NSW and the ACT?! It truly is “nature’s wonderland” with a bushland feel that encourages nature play at its finest. It has all kinds of play equipment including a double flying fox, giant swings, climbing wall and slide, sand diggers and balancing beams- all made from recycled timbers and trees that died onsite. It’s water play area is small, but still worthy of a visit.
19. Taronga Zoo, Mosman
The children’s Backyard to Bush precinct at Sydney’s favourite Zoo received some water play features- as if Taronga could get any better! Taronga Zoo said “Water splashes over a sandstone frog-sculpture into a pond lined with stainless steel yabbies, ducks and lily-pads, in which pumps will be installed next year so that children can control the water flow through the shallow water play area.” Kids can get barefoot and hop over stones embossed with dragonflies and make a big splash as water runs from pumps into troughs.
20. Werrington Lakes Playground
Burton Street, Werrington, NSW, 2747
After children exhaust themselves running and playing in the expansive park and playground, they can head over to the sandstone area where jets will shoot up and wet them on a hot day. This Penrith venue is well worth a visit, boasting a duck pond and BBQ area- everything you need for a family day out.
21. Livvi’s Place, Jordan Springs
Livvi’s Place playgrounds are always terrific, and this one’s still shiny and brand spanking new, too! This inclusive play space has a sandpit, trampolines, spongy flooring swings, a performance stage- and a large water play area with 6 water jets!
22. Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre
Although it’s not free, we recommend a visit to the Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre that packs a real splash! It boasts a big, colourful and extravagant water splash park suitable for all ages, with slides with hoops to travel through, water buckets, jets, and plenty of H2O.
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Jan 28 2018
For those of you requesting water play on the north side, please check out this article: https://www.ellaslist.com.au/articles/free-water-play-parks-in-north-sydney
Jan 27 2018
No waterplay parks on the northside of the bridge except Taronga Zoo. It is very expensive to enter and kids sometimes just want to play in the water.
Sep 25 2017
Auburn Swim Centre now has heated outdoor water play with a double wide slide (so parents can go down with the kids) and Birrong Leisure Centre has a good water play too. Both are ones you pay for. Bigg Park at Liverpool now has a water play area with shade cloth over
Jan 08 2017
Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre is great fun. There is an outdoor water play area for children and there is also a dry playground area for those that have had enough water. There is undercover tables and BBQ's. There is also 3 indoor pools of varying depth for a sun free environment and there is an outdoor pool for those that would prefer the open air. The staff are really nice too!
Dec 18 2016
What about the northside???
Dec 13 2016
Just what we need built in and around port augusta south australia because temperature gets so scorched here its not funny plus we need something here for the kids to keep them entertained. We've got nothing here. If only the mayor of port augusta would look at things like that for everyone.
Nov 26 2015
Nov 25 2015
Would live to know all about theses free water parks please
Oct 16 2015
We went to Olympic water park was awesome my one year baby loved it
selina. Jazella. antonio
Oct 02 2015
We never been in the water park But in the summer we . well Gracias
Oct 02 2015
Love the article! There's a new water play park in Zetland...would love you to check it out and give it a review :)
Oct 02 2015
i have been to a few of these and 1 thing i will say is that the one im parramatta /harris park was an awesome park but the fact it had no toilets is appauling, my son had an accident due to there being no toilets.. . if they get toilets then its perfect
Oct 02 2015
The water park at Macquarie fields pools is pretty good to!
Mar 28 2015
Jan 20 2015
Hello Kiyara, here at ellaslist we're always on the look out for activities and venues around Sydney and surrounds, so if you have any suggestions please send them through to [email protected] Thanks!
Jan 17 2015
There should be some of these water parks in Wollongong. Well not just Wollongong all over nsw. Why just in Sydney?
Jan 09 2015
Awesome water parks. Just what i was looking for to take the kids this school holidays
Jan 07 2015
I go to the one at Olympic park and it's great for the kids but it does get very packed and then there isn't enough room but like I said it's GREAT for the kids
Jan 05 2015
Have been to Blaxland Riverside Park a number of times. Great place for all ages. Has a small kiosk and bbq areas aswell. Open space to kick a ball around and explore. Everyone has a great time cooling off in the water adventure park.
Jan 03 2015
The one at Blacktown Showgrounds is excellent too - undercover, cafe, playground, 10 minutes from the train station...
Jan 03 2015
winning! Love the parks kids play for hours
Jan 03 2015
i have been too Granville and the blaxland parks and my kids loved both. Now I know the other 6 locations I will visit them in coming days, cheers
Feb 08 2014
Steele Park is great. It small and has a shade sail covering it. Great for 2-3 year olds. Also a great playground next to it. Gets busy so parking can be hard and there is a great coffee shop just a little walk back towards Earlwood across the river.