Blaxland Riverside Park: Sydney’s Best Parks & Playgrounds
Blaxland Riverside Park playground, located in Sydney Olympic Park, is the biggest playground in Sydney. The park features a huge variety of play equipment set among three hectares of rolling green hills and big open spaces.
The playground caters for kids of all ages and abilities with a fantastic water play area (the largest outdoor water play facility in NSW), moving play elements, high and steep landforms and hidden and confined spaces. There’s a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing and a multi-level tree house to be discovered and enjoyed.
Since the play space is so spread out, it really forces – I mean, encourages – parents (or carers) to get actively involved with the play.
There is a two lane walking/bike path that connects all of the play areas, with shaded picnic areas dotted around the park.
I was incredibly impressed with the playground, with the only improvement I’d have liked being shade cloths over the equipment where possible.
There is a seperate little toddler play area with a shade cloth over it.
We have visited on a few occasions so the photos are from days that were both quiet and busy.
If you get hungry or thirsty, there’s a little cafe in the playground serving basic pastries and lunch food. In the same block are facilities such as a family room with changing tables.
Also in Sydney Olympic Park:
Scoot or bike around the Newington Armory.
Take a dip in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Explore Wentworth Common.
Picnic in Bicentennial Park.
Take a stroll around the Brickpit.
Dine at the Armory Wharf Cafe.
Visit the Olympic Cauldron in Cathy Freeman Park.
Blaxland Riverside Playground
Jamieson St, Sydney NSW 2127
Hours of operation of water play: 10am – 4pm
Parking: Free parking is limited. You can also park in P5 car park, located off Hill Road, and make use of the pathways to cycle or walk to the play space. Parking at P5 carpark costs $4 per hour, maximum $20 (except on event days, when a flat fee of $25 may apply).
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!