10 Best Shaded Playgrounds around Sydney’s North Shore

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Looking for a shaded playground around Sydney’s North Shore? On those hot summer days, kids still want to play, but you don’t want to fry! Discover our pick of the best shaded playgrounds, underneath beautiful natural trees or decent shaded shelters!


It’s always great to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine on a warm day, but you want to make sure you and the kids are protected, too. Shaded playgrounds offer the best of both worlds, allowing kids to play and make the most of the gorgeous weather, without having to worry about reapplying sunscreen every 30 minutes. It makes for the perfect trip out. Use these quicklinks to find a shaded park near you:

Best shaded playgrounds on Sydney’s Lower North Shore

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

This is a spectacular spot for a playground! It’s located beneath the northern pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge and has incredible views across the harbour. It is naturally shady by two mature fig trees, fully fenced, right by Milsons Point station and close to lots of cafes. What more could you want?

  • Address: 41 Alfred St South, Milsons Point
  • Parking: Street parking available
  • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, picnic tables, shelter, water fountains

Kesterton Park, North Sydney

This playground itself had a modern makeover a few years ago (which you can read about here) and features a huge range of exciting equipment, all covered in plenty of shade offered by the surrounding trees. The new playground features a custom-designed climb and slide structure for daring little monkeys, a multi-person spinning pyramid to test balance and improve co-ordination, and a massive triple-bay swing set with a ‘parent and child’ swing so you can be close to your little ones, an accessible swing for the differently-abled, and basket swings.

  • Address: High St, North Sydney
  • Parking: Limited on-street parking on surrounding streets.
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, water fountain, covered shelter, fully-fenced playground, toilets

Newlands Park, St Leonards

You’re guaranteed shade with a trip to this amazing park. There’s a huge shade cloth right over the equipment, with plenty of trees surrounding the area that make perfect picnic spots. The highlight of this park is the giant toboggan-style slide that kids will absolutely love shooting down. 

  • Address: Cnr Duntron Ave & Canberra Ave, St Leonards
  • Parking: Plenty of street parking
  • Facilities: Picnic tables, Benches, Play area, BBQ, Off-leash dog area

      Stringybark Reserve, Lane Cove

      Shaded Playgrounds north shore

      Positioned at the start of the Stringy Creek bushwalks, there are picnic tables and play equipment under towering trees. You’ll find a climbing net, tunnel, slides and more, for the kids to have a great sheltered play. A great spot to stop for lunch before a walk (there are plenty to choose from). You can read our Stringybark Creek Reserve review here.

      • Address: Murray St, Lane Cove
      • Parking: Street parking available
      • Facilities: picnic tables, bushwalks nearby, cricket pitch, tennis wall, basketball hoop

      Willoughby Park, Willoughby

      Bursting with equipment including 6m high climbing nets, double slides, balance beams, plus a loop bike track, this shady park with keep kids occupied for hours. Kids can zoom around on the bike path, or venture outside the fence to find even more equipment for the bigger kids. You’ll find plenty of natural shade at this park offered by all the trees surrounding it.

      • Address: McClelland St, Willoughby East
      • Parking: Street parking available
      • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, gazebo for shade, children’s bike track (complete with traffic signs), public toilets

      Tunks Playground, Cammeray

      Shaded Playgrounds north shore

      There’s so much natural shade offered at this playground with all the surrounded trees. This playground has something for kids of all ages with this giant tunnel slide (pictured), a climbing frame and a spinning frame on one side, and a toddler area complete with swings just next to it. You can read more with our review.

      • Address: Tunks Park, Brothers Avenue, Cammeray
      • Parking: Street parking available
      • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, toilets, off-leash dog area nearby, cafe

      Best shaded playgrounds on Sydney’s Upper North Shore

      Putarri Reserve, St Ives

      putarri reserve

      This park has plenty of shade in the form of trees, undercover picnic areas and shade cloths over the equipment. It’s the perfect place to set up a picnic for the day (right in the middle of everything) and let the kids run. There’s a bike track, swings, climbing, slides and more. You can read our Putarri Park review.

      • Address: 30 Putarri Ave, St Ives
      • Parking: Street parking available
      • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, children’s bike track, fully-fenced

      Wahroonga Park

      Shaded Playgrounds north shore

      A popular spot for families with kids of all ages, Wahroonga Park has a huge shaded area with plenty of play equipment, but most importantly, it’s close to cafes where you can buy a much-needed coffee. Wahroonga Park offers something for all ages, with the train toy on one side, and climbing frames for older kids on the other. There’s even a flying fox. You can leave the fenced area and enjoy a shaded picnic under one of the many huge trees in the park. Read our review on Wahroonga Park.

      • Address: Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
      • Parking: Street parking available
      • Facilities: fully-fenced, toilets, cafes nearby

        Waitara Park

        Waitara Park

        Huge shade sails at Waitara Park playground

        This playground is located just down from the PCYC, with plenty of parking and coffee! Kids can enjoy an Amazon Tower with huge slide, inclusive swings, roundabout, spinner, musical spinner, toddler play area, swings, trampolines and more. Kids can also burn energy at the nearby oval, or go for a ride around it. You can read our review here. There’s ample parking on the surrounding streets.

        • Address: 22 Waitara Avenue, Waitara
        • Parking: Free street parking, or there is an underground car park at the PCYC with 87 parking spaces
        • Facilities: A fence the whole way around, Shade sails, Picnic shelters, seating & BBQs, Nearby accessible toilets, nearby paths for scooting and riding bikes, nearby coffee

          Asquith Park Playground

          Shaded Playgrounds north shore

          Perfect for toddlers, the park has play equipment including swings, picnic tables, grassy areas and is very pram-friendly. This playground combines natural log play equipment with traditional playground equipment to encourage children to explore and play with the natural environment. There’s also a great bike track that goes around the outside. Nearby is an enclosed dog off-leash area.

          • Address: Corner Mildred Street and Jersey St North, Asquith
          • Parking: Street parking available
          • Facilities: fully-fenced, toilets, off-leash dog area, kids bike track
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            Michelle

            Countess Park Mosman, countess street

            29 November 2016 at 9:54 am

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