Sadly, there aren’t any Water Play Parks on the North Shore, so if you want to take the kids to a playground with a decent water play area, you’ll have a little drive. But, there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s always nice to explore different areas of this beautiful city.
So what exactly is a Water Play Park? Basically, it’s an outdoor playground that has a water play area – things like fountains, little wading pools and other little water features. Plus, they’re all FREE (although you might need to pay for parking). We’ve put together a list of the ones closest to the North Shore. If you know any more, please comment below and we’ll add them in!
1. Putney Park
Right on the waterfront, this beautiful park is an expanse of lawn and natural areas. It features a large playground with waterplay area with wading pool (and shade sail!), and a smaller playground for toddlers. It’s a beautiful spot for a picnic or BBQ! There is free parking available next to the park. Click here for more information about Putney Park.
Address: 55 Pellisier Road, Putney
2. Blaxland Riverside Park
A spectacular waterside location alongside the Parramatta River that features terraced grassy slopes, playgrounds, picnic areas and the contemporary Armory Wharf Cafe plus views. As well as a fabulous water play area, there’s a brilliant playground that includes 12 different play areas and is designed for kids of all ages. Bring the bikes too, as there are paths to ride. You could easily spend a whole day out here! Click here for more information about Blaxland Riverside Park
Address: Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park
3. Darling Harbour Playground
The playground at Darling Quarter’s playground is one of Australia’s best. The water play area is extensive – lots of little streams that are great for splashing, as well as some more technical water works play equipment. Make sure you pack swimmers and a towel (or at least a change of clothes!). Wilson Parking Darling Quarter has really cheap parking at the weekend – $13 for the day (correct as at 01/01/14). Click here for more information about Darling Harbour Playground.
Address: Tumbalong Park, Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour
4. Pirrama Park
Another city harbourside location! This modern playground, built on the former water police site, includes fun water play features as well as a big sandpit, climbing structures, slippery dips, swings and musical play equipment. There’s a good quality kiosk right next door, as well as BBQs, picnic benches and clean loos. Parking is metred, so bring coins! Click here for more information about Pirrama Park
Address: 22 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
5. Lizard Log
A state of the art children’s nature playground that has flying foxes, climbing walls, water play areas, tyre swings and slides. There are BBQs, toilets, new paths and lots of lovely areas to have a picnic. Click here for more information about Lizard Log.
Address: Corner Cowpasture Road and The Horsley Drive, Abbotsbury
6. Steel Park
This Waterplay Park is open from October – March (10am – 6pm). It was designed to encapsulate the total water cycle - water flows from the mountains, a ‘rills’ section represents water flowing in a river across plains, and an ‘estuary’ feature includes a collection of jets and sprays. There is lots to play with – interactive fountains, sprinklers and misty spray elements. Click here for more information about Steel Park
Address: Illawarra Road, Marrickville South
Once you’ve tried these water play parks, you’ll be ready to upgrade to Wet’n’Wild!
Have we missed any? Do you know of any outdoor playgrounds with water play areas?