New playgrounds in Lane Cove, Willoughby, Waitara & Wahroonga!


The North Shore’s parks and playgrounds are world-class, and this year has seen a whole list of new openings! We’ve put together a list of the latest and greatest places for kids to play.


1. Mindaire Park at Lane Cove

This is the impressive first stage of a huge all-abilities park planned for the site on the corner of Kullah Parade and Mindarie St. It’s designed for people of all walks of life and different abilities…so as soon as they announced stage one was ready and open, my sister and her children joined me for a trip there to try it out!

The new park at Lane Cove is designed for everyone

Wide ramps give wheelchair users access to slides

The park is fully fenced with fun Australian animal silhouettes on the railings

The sandpit and metal digger machine to use in the sand (it’s permanently fixed to the ground)

The music making station with drums, xylophone and music notes

When you visit, try to aim for a slower part of the day as, although roomy, the park can be quite busy. There is street parking with limited disabled parking spots but it may be hard to find a park and the area is quite hilly. As well, surrounding streets are very narrow so there may be some tight squeezes driving in! There’s not a lot of coffee close by, so BYO picnic food and drink, or head over to Lane Cove Village when you’ve worked up an appetite.

Special features:

  • Elevated walkways and ramps connecting the slides (all wheelchair accessible)
  • ‘Sway Fun’ boat ride experience
  • Music makers and noisemakers for sound-stimulated kids including drums and gongs
  • Full-body support swings and traditional swings
  • A sandpit with machine-like diggers for play
  • Enclosed tunnel slides and open slides, climbing towers and tunnels
  • Disabled parking area directly out front (limited space)

Classic features:

  • 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

Essential Details:

  • What : Mindarie Park, Lane Cove
  • Where: 18A Mindarie Street Lane Cove (Corner of Kullah Parade)
  • More info: Lane Cove Council


2. Waitara Park, Waitara

This playground gets the tick of approval from us in all areas! There’s not only a huge range of play equipment to all ages and abilities (which means that toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school-aged siblings can all enjoy it!), it also features:

  • A fence the whole way around (excellent news if you have a runner who likes to explore!)
  • Shade sails
  • Picnic shelters, seating & BBQs
  • Nearby accessible toilets
  • Nearby paths for scooting and riding bikes
  • Nearby coffee
  • Nearby parking (street or underground)

Amazon Tower with huge slide

Toddler slide, cubby & car

Inclusive Multi-Play Unit

Amazon Tower

BBQ & Picnic Shelters

Play Equipment:

  • Amazon Tower with huge slide
  • Inclusive Multi-Play Unit
  • Inclusive swings
  • Inclusive roundabout
  • Inclusive spinner
  • Musical flowers
  • Cubby house
  • Hip-hop spinner
  • Toddler slide
  • Inclusive Car play Piece
  • Inclusive Carousel
  • Twister
  • Junior & toddler Swings
  • Trampolines

Essential Details

  • Address: 22 Waitara Avenue, Waitara
  • Parking: Street parking, or there is an underground car park at the PCYC with 87 parking spaces
  • Nearest Station: 400m walk from Waitara station or 1km walk from Hornsby


3. Morona Ave, Wahroonga

Last year, Ku-ring-gai Council announced plans to breathe some new life into the Morona Avenue playground. Now works are complete, and families are able to enjoy the new, improved play space, including:

  • Improved access – graded accessible paths to and around the new play equipment.
  • Inclusive equipment – play facilities which can be used by children with a range of abilities.
  • Landscaping – additional planting for shade and amenity.
  • Disabled parking – provision of a new designated parking space compliant with the current standards.

The multi-purpose playground extends children’s natural climbing and playing instincts

A double climbing tower uses natural greens and timber to complement the environment

Landscaping has given the park a bushland feel with flourishing native plant

The playground takes into consideration the access for people of all ages and ability, with wide paths, large ramped climbing towers and low connecting walkways.

The natural shades of green and brown reflect the environment and give the space a natural, bushland feel.

New equipment:

  • Double gazebo climbing tower
  • Triple swing bay (nest swing, classic swing, toddler swing)
  • Talking tubs and musical chimes
  • Free play teepee tree frame made from naturally occurring existing tree
  • Rubber softfall

Classic Features:

  • BBQ area and picnic tables
  • Seating areas
  • Water fountains
  • Fully fenced playground with ramped gazebos, a swing frame
  • Accessible toilets

Essential Details: 

  • What: Morona Ave Reserve Park and Playground, Wahroonga
  • Where: Morona Ave, Wahroonga
  • More info: Morona Ave Reserve

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4. Gore Hill Park, Willoughby

Gore Hill park is in a beautiful space behind Gore Hill Oval, set against the oval and overlooking the lovely greens with plenty of people watching to entertain you. It’s protected from the main road and has bush and trees surrounding the other side.

The equipment is modern, new and designed to be ‘close to nature’ in its materials and colours, with soft fall grounding, so the children are at ease and relaxed, feeling like they are playing in natural bushland. When we saw kids sitting around a collection of big logs it felt like a magical, secret meeting place within the park!

The new park is set against the green oval and has plenty of equipment

The green landscape provides the perfect background for play

Further in, you can see the low-level water feature and rocks for accessible play

A push-button water feature with faucet flow, tunnels and taps

The drum and xylophone combination are popular with kids

Can’t go wrong with a classic swing, which is always a fave

There’s a variety of slides, from metal to plastic, all for climbing and sliding

 

Best features:

  • Water feature
  • Musical section
  • Multiple slides
  • Castle climbing
  • Swings

Facilities:

  • Synthetic playing surface for AFL, cricket, summer soccer and lunch time sporting groups
  • A central picnic area in the playground with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQ’s and bubblers
  • 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

Essential Details:

  • What: Gore Hill Park
  • 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
  • More info: Willoughby Council


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