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15 Best Shaded Playgrounds around Sydney’s North Shore


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 free trip out.

We’ve sorted them by LGA (Local Government Area) to make it easy to find the best shaded playgrounds near you.… or venture further afield and try somewhere new!

North Sydney LGA

Mosman LGA

Willoughby LGA

Lane Cove LGA

Ku-ring-gai LGA

Hornsby Shire

      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

      Memory Park, Mosman

      Climbing challenges

      There’s plenty of natural shade offered up by the surrounding trees, along with a big shade cloth stretching over the equipment. The crowning jewel of the new equipment is a seven-storey high climbing tower with three slides, a climbing ropes course, monkey bars and anything else an energetic kid might need to tire themselves out. Read our review of Memory Park, Mosman here.

      • Address: Lot 1, Cowles Road, Mosman
      • Parking: Timed car park
      • Facilities: Fully fenced, benches, picnic table

      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

      Hammond Playground at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood

      If it’s natural shade you’re after, you can’t look past Hammond Playground. Conveniently located in the heart of Chatswood, this grogeous natural space is complete with lots of rocks to climb, trees to run around and sit under on hot days and wooden balance beams to crawl and climb over. Read our review of Hammond Playground here.

      • Address: Beauchamp Ave, Chatswood
      • Parking: Free 2-hour parking
      • Facilities: Public toilets within the park, BBQ facilities, benches, picnic tables

      Best shaded playgrounds on Sydney’s Upper North Shore

      St Ives Village Green Playground

      Elliot in the spinning cup with the seesaw on the other side

      The new St Ives Village Playground next to St Ives Shopping Centre comes with plenty of shade! You will find three huge shade cloths that cover most of the equipment, with sheltered seats around, so you can sit in the shade too while watching the kids play. There’s a great twisty slide, swings, monkey bars and more for a fun-filled day out. You can read our St Ives Village Green Playground review.

      • Address: St Ives Village Green
      • Parking: Car park at shops
      • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, fully-fenced, toilets, skate park

      Cameron Park, Turramurra

      Cameron Park

      Cameron Park

      Cameron Park is the perfect place to bring the little ones to burn off some energy, there is a swing set with a baby seat, a shop, a rocket ship, a slide that’s four steps high, a spinning bucket you sit in, mini-swing and a truck. The truck is an all-time favourite and it’s a magnet for all the kids. The trees surrounding the playground provides plenty of shade during the warmer months. In the autumn, there is nothing more fun than running through all those fallen leaves! By winter, the trees are bare allowing the warm winter sun to shine through. Check out our Cameron Park review here.

      • Address: Corner Eastern Road and Gilroy Road, Turramurra
      • Parking: Free on-street parking
      • Facilities: Picnic tables & benches, fully-fenced, toilets, skate park

      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. Read our Waitara Playground review.

      • 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

        Warrina Street Oval Playground, Berowra

        Perfect spot for sunny days, Warrina Street Oval Playground is not only equipped with sunshades to keep kids out of the heat, but there’s even a dedicated water play area. This features a water pump at one end, and three water features or ‘showers’ at the other end. There’s also shaded picnic areas and a BBQ, so you can really make a day of it. Read our Warrina Street Oval Playground review here.

        • Address: 65 Hillcrest Road, Berowra
        • Parking: Street parking available
        • Facilities: fully-fenced, toilets, water play

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