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If you feel 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 cure. 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. All you need to do is top up the snacks and get driving.


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:


1. Kesterton Park, North Sydney

This playground 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.

  • Where: High St, North Sydney
  • Parking: Limited on-street parking on surrounding streets.
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2. Grasmere Children’s Park, Cremorne

Grasmere park

Grasmere park

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.

  • Where: Young Street, Cremorne
  • Parking: Street parking available
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3. 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.

  • Where: The Outpost (off Kameruka Rd), Northbridge
  • Parking: Car park close to playground
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4. 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.

  • Where: McClelland St, Willoughby East
  • Parking: Street parking available
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5. 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.
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6. 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.

  • Where: Cnr Duntron Ave & Canberra Ave, St Leonards
  • Parking: Plenty of street parking
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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.

  • Where: 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
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8. 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.

  • Where: Shirley Rd (southern end), Wollstonecraft
  • Parking: Limited on-street parking on Shirley Road, or a 10-minute trip from the station.
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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!

  • Where: 2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove
  • Parking:There is plenty of parking that you access the roundabout at the intersection of Finlayson Street and Rosenthal Avenue.
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    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.

    • Where: 18A Mindarie Street Lane Cove (Corner of Kullah Parade)
    • Parking: Disabled parking area directly out front (limited space)
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      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.

      • Where: 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.
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        12. Livvi’s Place, Ryde

        Livvi’s Place at Ryde is part of a playground project from the Touched By Olivia Foundation. Everything has been brilliantly planned for the easiest possible parent (and child) experience with a focus on access. There’s lots of traditional play equipment, and quirky stuff, too, including a sandpit, spring mounted cars, slides, and plenty more. You can read our review here.

        • Where: Yamble Reserve, Quarry Rd, Ryde
        • Parking: A generous parking area directly beside the entry (with disabled spots)
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          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.

          • Where: Rosedale Road, Gordon
          • Parking: Plenty of street parking on Rosedale road, or just a short walk from Gordon Station
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            14. Bicentennial Park, West Pymble

            This hidden gem 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.

            • Where? Prince of Wales Drive (off Lofberg Rd), West Pymble
            • Parking: Plenty of parking right next to the playground
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              15. Boyds Orchard Park, Turramurra

              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.

              • Where: Allan Avenue, Turramurra
              • Parking: There are some disabled spots next to the park and plenty of street parking
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                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. 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.

                • Where: Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
                • Parking: Plenty of street parking surrounding the entire park.
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                  17. 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.

                  • Where: 22 Waitara Avenue, Waitara
                  • Parking: Street parking, or there is an underground car park at the PCYC with 87 parking spaces
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                    18. 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.

                    • Where: 10 Old Berowra Road, Asquith
                    • Parking: There is a small carpark right next to the park, as well as street parking.
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                      19. Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

                      This is a fabulous North Shore park that was revamped in 2017. It includes a great playground with plenty to climb and a big, long enclosed slide for kids to enjoy. There’s also swings, plenty to climb and lots of little play areas for kids to explore. There are some water gardens nearby, so you can bring the swimmers on a hot day and cool off. 

                      • Where: Dee Why Parade, Dee Why
                      • Parking: There is on-street parking, but the park is opposite the big Howard Street Parking lot.
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                        20. Winnererremy Bay Park, Mona Vale

                        Another great park for kids of all ages. There are so many fun things for kids to play on with a giant climbing frame, flying fox, swings and slides, as well as a bike track on the outside for kids to practise their riding skills. Even better, the Flying Fox cafe is next door for your coffee needs.

                        • Where: Mona St, Mona Vale
                        • Parking: There is a paid carpark next to the playground, or you can park for free on Mona Street and then walk across.
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