A gorgeous natural walk through bushland is a tonic for the soul, and trails that include a playground for the kids are the perfect outing for the whole family. Here are some of our favourite natural adventures, complete with playgrounds.
1. Bobbin Head Playground and Walk, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
The Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is a wonderland of things to do for kids, with a playground smack in the middle of winding bush tracks, a waterside wharf with boat hire available, canoeing, fishing and gorgeous picnic spots.
The area features barbecues, picnic tables, shelters and plenty of green space for an impromptu frisbee session or a spot of cricket. There’s also a children’s playground that’s sure to be a hit with kids and you can pick up a coffee at the Bobbin Head Inn Café or tuck into some beautiful Mediterranean cuisine at Galley Foods Restaurant and Kiosk.
- Best features: The playground is a huge drawcard, and while you’re there, try Bobbin Head picnic area for a barbecue or a spot of fishing, or go canoeing or hire a paddle boat
- Address: Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
- More details: Bobbin Head Playground and Walk
2. Berry Island Reserve Playground, Wollstonecraft
The open lawn causeway is a popular venue with BBQs, picnic areas, seats, a small beach and an adventurous playground. The custom-designed playground at Berry Island Reserve blends in with its spectacular bushland and foreshore setting. The timber equipment includes slides, climbing walls and firepole and a number of freestanding items such as the spider’s web climbers, timber spring mounted decks, several quiet sitting areas and a bank of four swings.
- Best features: Fully fenced on 3 sides with steep rockface enclosing the fourth side, slides, climbing walls and firepole
- Address: Shirley Rd, Wollstonecraft
- More details: Berry Island Reserve Playground
3. Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
The largest playground and park in Sydney offers an amazing play space. Spread over 3 hectares, there’s water features, moving play elements, high and steep landforms and hidden and confined spaces to play in. Enjoy the double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing, multi-level tree house, and the largest outdoor water play facility in the State. Grown ups can enjoy a sausage sizzle on the free BBQs or enjoy a picnic, plus walk, cycle or run along the riverside walking trail.
- Best features: Scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing, multi-level tree house, and large outdoor water play facility
- Address: Jamieson Street, Silverwater
- More details: Blaxland Riverside Park
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