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10 Best Shaded Playgrounds around the North Shore

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You’re sick of being cooped up in the house with little ones, but it’s too hot outside to play. The solution? Head to one of these playgrounds on or around the North Shore and take advantage of their shady play areas.

1. Bradfield Park, Milsons Point 

bradfield_kirribilliAddress: 41 Alfred St south, 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?

Meenakshi: Fully shaded with trees.

2. Willoughby Park, Willoughby 

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 2.04.46 PMAddress: McClelland Street, 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.

Melissa: Willoughby park is great with large trees, toilets, oval, big kids and little kid stuff, pathways for scootering/ bikes. 

3. Beauchamp Park, Chatswood

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 1.08.06 PMAddress: Nicholson Street, Chatswood

Shaded by a number of large old remnant trees from the original Blue Gm High Forest vegetation, Beauchamp Park also has a beautiful rose garden to explore.

Sonja: Lots of tall trees and quite breezy on hot days. 

4. Cullen St Playground, Lane Cove 

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 2.14.11 PMAddress: Cullen Street, Lane Cove West

Shady and cool on hot days, the medium-sized park is popular with mum’s groups and features softfall in the kid’s play area.

Rebekah: Shady at lunchtime, my 2.5yo and I often picnic there for lunch. 4mo (sleeps) while we are there. 

5. Stringybark Creek Reserve, Lane Cove

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 2.11.07 PMAddress: Murray St, Lane Cove

Positioned at the start of the Stringy Creek bushwalks, there are picnic table and play equipment under towering trees. A great spot to stop for lunch before a walk.

Melissa: Stringybark Park in Lane Cove North is fully shaded with large trees, has little bush walk off it, large running around area, playground, cricket nets ad basketball hoops. No bathrooms though. 

6. Wahroonga Park, Wahroonga

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.32.03 PMAddress: Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga

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.

Gella: Shady and terrific for toddlers, my 2.5 year old can spend hours there.

7. Spider-Man Park, Asquith

SpidermanParkFeatureAddress: Corner Mildred Street and Jersey St North, Asquith

Perfect for toddlers, the park has play equipment including swings, picnic tables, grassy areas and is very pram-friendly.

Leanne: Spider-Man park at Asquith has a big gorgeous tree over the entire park pretty much so very well shaded. 

8. Thornleigh Park, Thornleigh

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 1.00.16 PMAddress: Corner Lockerbie and Sefton Roads, Thornleigh

Tucked away in Thornleigh, this park is home to Hawkins Hall and has enclosed grounds and play equipment, making it ideal for children’s parties.

Lisa: Heaps of shade/gated. And has a toilet too! They often have playgroups there in the mornings, but empty by midday. 

9. Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf

ClontarfAddress: Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf

With a huge range of features, Clontarf Reserve is a great pick in hot weather. Keep cool in the shade while the kids take a dip then fire up the BBQ for lunch.

Cassandra: Heaps of shade, swimming, playground.

10. Belrose Super Centre, Belrose

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.31.27 PMAddress: Corner Forest Way and Mona Vale Road, Belrose

Combine furniture shopping with a trip to the playground. The outdoor area is sun-shaded and located on the top floor, outside Subway.

Kylie: Surprisingly Belrose Super Centre is good. There’s an indoor option but a gated play set under cover upstairs that’s well shaded. Bonus is there are takeaway food and coffee options. And they might fall asleep on the drive home! 


Have we missed any? What is YOUR favourite shaded playground on the North Shore?

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  1. Michelle

    Countess Park Mosman, countess street

    November 29, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply

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