If you’ve pushed the same old swings at your local park one too many times, you might have a case of local playground burnout. But don’t worry, there is a cur ! There are so many fabulous parks along the North Shore, fit for kids of all ages. From epic climbing nets to amazing slides, your kids will have a blast and be entertained for hours. We have done the hard work for you and rounded up 20 awesome North Shore parks for you to try…
Kids love being able to run free in the fresh air, and for parents there’s nothing better than being able to settle back and watch them. Use the quicklinks below to find 20 awesome North Shore parks you must try:
North Sydney LGA
- Kesterton Park, North Sydney
- Grasmere Children’s Park, Cremorne
- Berry Island Reserve, Wollstonecraft
- Warners Park, Northbridge
- Newlands Park, St Leonards
- Willoughby Park, Willoughby
- Hallstrom Park, Willoughby
- Gore Hill Park, Willoughby
- Beauchamp Park, Chatswood
Lane Cove LGA
- St Ives Showground Playground, St Ives
- Gordon Recreation Ground, Gordon
- Bicentennial Park, West Pymble
- Boyds Orchard Park, Turramurra
- Wahroonga Park, Wahroonga
North Sydney LGA
1. Kesterton Park, North Sydney
This North Sydney park has some of the best views in Sydney. The park itself had a modern makeover about two years ago (which you can read about here) and features a huge range of exciting equipment. 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
2. Grasmere Children’s Park, Cremorne
This park is great for younger kids, with colourful stepping stone pathways, low level bridges, quiet sitting areas dotted with giant rubber toadstools, and a whole range of activities. In the main play area there is a deck where you can sit with your coffee, and a cubby area for the kids. There are small sculptures throughout the park for little ones to explore.
- Address: Young Street, Cremorne
- Parking: Street parking available
- Facilities: many accessible features, playground (fully fenced), dogs permitted – with restrictions, seats and/or Picnic Tables, Water fountain
3. Berry Island Reserve, Wollstonecraft
Set on the water, Berry Island Reserve has a fabulous climbing, plus there are swings and other fun things to play on. There’s also a great bushwalk to do. You can even spend your day on the sand, watching the boats and splashing in the water. There is so much to do, you could lose yourselves for hours in this spot. You can read our review here.
- Address: Shirley Rd (southern end), Wollstonecraft
- Parking: Limited on-street parking on Shirley Road, or a 10-minute trip from the station.
- Facilities: BBQ area and picnic tables, seating areas, water fountains, fully fenced playground, accessible toilets
4. Warners Park, Northbridge
This ‘secret’ park in the bush is a fun discovery that you will love visiting. There’s a huge climbing frame for the older ages to enjoy, along with a great double slide that kids can climb around and a big swing set. There’s even a small bush maze that kids will just love exploring.
- Address: The Outpost (off Kameruka Rd), Northbridge
- Parking: Car park close to playground
- Facilities: BBQ, picnic tables & benches, excellent play equipment, plenty of shade, public toilets nearby at Warners Park Centre
5. Willoughby Park, Willoughby
This has to be one of the best parks for kids! It has an amazing bike path for kids to zoom their ways around on. They will also enjoy the tunnel, slides, balance beam and musical instruments. If you got beyond the fenced area there is even more for the bigger kids, including a giant spider web climbing frame and swings.
- 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
6. Hallstrom Park, Willoughby
This is a gem of a park that is perfect for the whole family, no matter their age. It is designed to be a mini version of Taronga Zoo, with an oversized turtle with cutouts in his shell and sandstone statues of elephants, gorillas, geckos and more. Each one is sensor activated with sound. You can read our review here.
- Where: Small St, Willoughby
- Parking: There is off street parking next to the Willoughby Leisure Centre and netball courts (entrance from Small Street). There is on-street parking adjacent to the playground and outside the Leisure Centre. Two car spaces reserved for people with disabilities on Small Street, next to the playground.
- Facilities: Picnic tables, benches, level lawn areas and trees, gazebo for shade, children’s bike track (complete with traffic signs), public toilets located next to the playground (including disabled toilet)
7. Gore Hill Park, Willoughby
There’s a huge range of equipment for different ages and interests, including classic swings and the more modern options for water play, sound and interactive features, plus a mini merry go round and multiple slides. There’s also a quad swing, plastic slides, play towers with rope bridges, climbing nets and metal slides, a spinning carousel, a basket swing, sensory stepping stones, musical instrument corner and a breaching whale log sculpture. You can read our review here.
- Address: Corner of Pacific Highway and Reserve Road
- Parking: If you’re coming from the Upper North Shore you take a sharp left just before Reserve Road and you’ll find plenty of two-hour parking. If you are coming from North Sydney, take a right onto Reserve Road and park in the multiple spaces leading up to the Royal North Shore Public Hospital
- Facilities: Half basketball court, 3 handball courts with lighting, Two outdoor gym stations, Perimeter walking track of just under half a km in length with pedestrian lighting, Two sets of bike racks, central picnic area with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQs and bubblers
Lane Cove LGA
8. Newlands Park
The highlight of this park is the giant toboggan-style slide that kids will absolutely love shooting down. Bring a blanket or large cardigan with you to sit on the help with the sliding. There’s also a toddler playground and challenging climbing frame for the older kids.
- Address: Cnr Duntron Ave & Canberra Ave, St Leonards
- Parking: Plenty of street parking
- Facilities: Picnic tables, Benches, Play area, BBQ, Off-leash dog area
9. The Canopy, Lane Cove
After some major building works, The Canopy in Lane Cove opened its doors in June 2020, and you’ll find fine dining, food, beverages, shops, and a fabulous playground for kids of all ages to enjoy. There are two areas for kids to enjoy with climbing equipment, nets, trampolines, twisty slides, a giant sandpit, and the most fun of all, water play!
- Address: 2 Rosenthal Ave, Lane Cove
- Parking: There is plenty of parking that you access the roundabout at the intersection of Finlayson Street and Rosenthal Avenue.
- Facilities: Coffee & shops nearby, Sunshade, Benches, Toilets
10. Mindarie Park, Lane Cove
This park is great for everyone, built on a flat ground covered with softfall. There’s traditional swings as well as a carriage-style swing setup. There are plenty of other great features too, including a sway fun boat experience, enclosed tunnel slides and open slides, plenty of music makers and more. You can read our review here.
- Address: 18a Mindarie Street Lane Cove (Corner of Kullah Parade)
- Parking: Disabled parking area directly out front (limited space)
- Facilities: Fully fenced and enclosed, Water fountains, BBQ area and picnic tables, Seating areas and undercover areas, Unisex accessible toilets (outside fenceline down a short path) with baby changing table
11. Beauchamp Park, Chatswood
Set in the leafy grounds and surrounded by lots of trees, Beauchamp park is the perfect escape from the busy Chatswood streets. The playground offers plenty of fun equipment for kids of all ages, including a flying fox, swings, embankment slide, spinners and climbing equipment.
- Address: Nicholson St, Chatswood
- Parking: The carpark at the upper section of Beauchamp Park is accessed from Nicholson Street. It is linked to the playground and picnic area by a long continuous path. There is on street parking in Darling Street and Rose Street.
- Facilities: No accessible toilets, Free street parking, Picnic areas, Seating, tables, benches
12. St Ives Showground
The playground at St Ives Showground Playground opened in December 2020, and it’s be biggest (and best!) in the Ku-ring-gai LGA. If you’ve got friends living on the Northern Beaches, it’s a great ‘half way’ point to meet.
The playground is truly is for everyone – of all ages, and of all abilities. It was specifically designed to be inclusive, and has a range of play equipment and nature play experiences.
The new playground has distinct areas for very young children through to those aged 11-12 years. Some of the equipment features windmills and timber animal sculptures to reflect the showground’s agricultural history.
The nature play areas have timber, rocks and other natural materials intermingled with plants. The idea behind these spaces is that children can explore beyond play equipment and use their imaginations in play with other children.
- Address: St Ives Showgrounds, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
- Parking: Plenty of free parking
- Facilities: Picnic tables and shelters, toilets (with a ‘Changing Places’ cubicle which is fully accessible for people with complex care needs), a bubbler and tap, bins, bike racks
13. Gordon Recreation Park, Gordon
The Gordon Recreation Ground has it all with tennis courts behind, plenty of street parking, and shops nearby. It’s on the smaller side, but there is still plenty to keep the kids entertained. They can enjoy swings, slide, a huge climbing net, climbing walls and more. Plus, there is a big grassed area that is perfect for a picnic. You can read our review here.
- Address: Rosedale Road, Gordon
- Parking: Plenty of street parking on Rosedale road, or just a short walk from Gordon Station
- Facilities: Fully enclosed play area, Toilets, Shaded picnic tables, Tennis court, Shops nearby
14. Bicentennial Park, West Pymble
The playground at Bicentennial Park is hidden gem, and is right next to the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre and West Pymble Bicentennial Club (read our review). It’s a giant enclosed playground with everything kids could want to keep them entertained for hours. There’s a sandpit, water play, swings, slides, climbing frames a spin top and more.
- Address: Prince of Wales Drive (off Lofberg Rd), West Pymble
- Parking: Plenty of parking right next to the playground
- Facilities: Fully fenced playground, Sheltered picnic area, Bbq facilities, Bike and walking tracks, Toilets, Parking, Bubbler
15. Boyds Orchard Park, Turramurra
If you’re looking for the best playgrounds on the upper North Shore, Boyds Orchard Park in Turramurra should be included. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained at this brand new playground. From a big grassed space down the bottom, a half basketball court on the next level that is great for bike riding, to a fully-equipped playground above. There’s swings, slides, climbing frames and much more. You can read our review here.
- Address: Allan Avenue, Turramurra
- Parking: There are some disabled spots next to the park and plenty of street parking
- Facilities: Fully fenced inclusive play environment, plenty of shade and seating, bike & scooter paths, tables and benches. NO toilet facilities.
16. Wahroonga Park, Wahroonga
You’ve hit the playground jackpot with this North Shore park! There are manicured gardens, a divine cafe across the road, and the fun begins with those great swings before you’ve even entered the playground – which has something for every child of every age. This train park also has the perfect area for little kids. You can even branch out into the rest of the park and enjoy a nice picnic lunch. The rotunda is also the perfect spot to host a birthday party. You can read our review here.
- Address: Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
- Parking: Plenty of street parking surrounding the entire park.
- Facilities: Fully fenced inclusive play environment, Plenty of shade and seating, Lots of grassed area for picnics, Toilet facilities nearby, Cafe across the road
17. Bobbin Head Nature Playground
The new nature playground at Bobbin Head opened in September 2021, and is ready to be explored. There’s something for all ages, with plenty around for you to make a fun-filled day. Read our review.
- Address: Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park. Entry via North Turramurra or Mount Colah
- Parking: $12 per day, or buy an annual National Parks pass.
- Facilities: A fence the whole way around, Shade sails, Picnic shelters, seating & BBQs, Nearby accessible toilets, nearby paths for scooting and riding bikes, two cafes
18. Waitara Park, Waitara
This new playground in Waitara has it all. It’s 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: 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
19. Storey Park, Asquith
This recently opened park (January 2020) is already a hot favourite for the simple fact it has everything! There is the biggest slide for the thrill-seeking kids, plenty of nets to climb on, trampolines, a smaller kids’ playground, swings, and even a bike track. Kids of all ages will love it. Read our review.
- Address: 10 Old Berowra Road, Asquith
- Parking: There is a small carpark right next to the park, as well as free street parking.
- Facility Info: Fully fenced inclusive play environment, Plenty of shade and seating, Bike & scooter paths, BBQ and picnic area (tables & benches), Accessible toilet and baby change room, Drinking water station, Onsite parking
20. Fagan Park
Fagan Park has been described as “the crown jewel of Hornsby Shire’s parks” – and it’s easy to see why. Covering 55 hectares of land, whether you’re walking, pushing or rolling, there’s plenty to cover. The park was once home to the Fagan family and you can even visit their original homestead at Netherby Cottage.
It’s a beautiful spot for a picnic or BBQ, with rolling grass, a lake and plenty of beautiful themed gardens to explore. There are two decent playgrounds (the one at the top is bigger) too. Read our full review.
- Address: Fagan Park, entry via Arcardia Road or Carrs Road
- Parking: $6 per vehicle in the carpark.
- Facilities: Plenty of shade and seating, bike & scooter paths, BBQ and picnic area, Accessible toilet and baby change room, Drinking water station, Cafe (open weekends & school holidays)