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Exploring the past at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks is a cutting-edge museum that brings Sydney’s past to life through a series of innovative and immersive experiences.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

Built in 1819 by convict labour under the commission of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the Hyde Park Barracks were originally designed as a place to house up to 600 male convicts. 

The Barracks, over time, have also been an  immigration depot, asylum, law courts, government offices hospital and mint. It is now a museum and cafe and one of 11 Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

Hyde Park Barracks reopened in February 2020 after an $18 million renovation. The new experience at the Barracks allows visitors to authentically experience life in the past with a series of immersive activations and groundbreaking audio technology. 

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

Allow at leat 90 minutes to experience the full guided audio tour, which involves an audio device and attached headphones. There is very little written information around the Barracks, so the best way to enjoy the experience and take away as much as possible is by following the audio tour. 

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

The tour takes visitors around the various parts of the Barracks and gives a mixture of information, recreated sounds and stories of the people who found themselves living here for a time. 

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

There is no need to look for numbers on walls to press “play” in this tour – the clever technology senses when the visitor leaves one room and enters another so cuts off the section it is playing from one room and starts on the next as soon as it is entered. It makes for a seamless and easy experience.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

There are over 4000 original artefacts on display throughout the tour, from the 100,000 personal and precious fragments that were recovered from beneath the floorboards during the first renovation of the Barracks.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

These are items that had been left behind or stashed for safekeeping by convicts, women and court workers now tell a riveting story of life in the Barracks. As visitors walk through the audio tour, the stories of these artefacts become the voices of people, bringing their experiences to life in a sometimes confronting fashion that can’t be looked away from or ignored.

Hyde Park Barracks

The Aboriginal history of the barracks is also brought to light and life as part of the renovation, with the complete story of this piece of Australia’s history finally being told. 

Hyde Park Barracks

Coinciding with the reopening of the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Living Museums and the City of Sydney’s Art & About program are presenting untitled (maraong manaóuwi), a major site-specific installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones in the courtyard surrounding the central Barracks building.

This mesmerising installation looks at the symbols of the emu footprint and English broad arrow as a way of understanding history and cultural relations. There are over 2000 symbols covering the 2500sqm of the HYde Park Barracks courtyard, designed to be churned up and destroyed underfoot as visitors engage with it.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
Family bathroom

The bathrooms have also been renovated and now visitors have access to brand-new bathrooms that include a large family room with change table and nursing chair.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
Family bathroom.

The new disabled toilet includes a shower.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
Disabled toilet.
Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
Disabled toilet.
Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
Disabled toilet.

Accessibility was an important part of the renovation, with the aim to make the new experience accessible to all people abilities.

Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

A new elevator was installed inside the three-floor Barracks central building, plus a series of ramps and courtyard matting that makes it easy for wheelchairs to traverse the gravel courtyard.

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Two additional audio tours are in development. One for families that gives a more kid-friendly version of the tour and one that provides an accessible tour through the experience.

 
 
Hyde Park Barracks
Queens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney
Phone: +61 2 8239 2288
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm
https://hydeparkbarracks.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/

Additional images thanks to Sydney Living Museums.
 

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Sydney Cafe Review: Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

Sideways Deli Cafe, Sydney Cafe Reviews

Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

Sideways Deli Cafe is a casual cafe in Sydney’s inner west serving classic brunch dishes in a family-friendly setting.

Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

The cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating and our favourite thing in the world – an all-day breakfast menu.

Sideways Cafe Deli is a bustling neighbourhood favourite for a very good reason. The food is impeccable and the staff are accommodating. Add to that the very family-friendly atmosphere and you have yourself a perpetually busy cafe that’s worth the wait.

Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

The cafe is extremely family-friendly and wins our vote for one of our fave kid-friendly cafes in Sydney with a combination of their excellent kids’ menu, toy corner, colouring sheets and close proximity to Johnson Park. 

Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill

I can’t say how much I loved to see this printed on the menu: “Please feel free to make variations or create your own. We can cater to your little ones’ dietary requirements”. 
Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill
 
I also loved how accommodating the cafe is regarding its menus, with all-day breakfast from 7am-4pm(ish) and the lunch menu from 12pm (ish). It’s the “ish” that matters. We’ve been to several cafes in the past that refuse to serve a dish if it’s ordered right on the crossover time, so this kind of easy-going attitude has won us as future regulars.
Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill
 
We ordered: Corn Fritters (with sautéed spinach, haloumi and tomato relish, $18, additional egg, $3), Sirloin Steak Sandwich (with lettuce, tomato, beetroot relish and garlic aioli, $17.50), Kids’ Omelette (with cheese, minus the ham and toast solders, $8.50), Big Girlcino, $2.
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We can’t say enough about how much we loved everything about this little neighbourhood cafe. Worth the drive if you’re not a local.

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Sideways Deli Cafe, Dulwich Hill
37 Constitution Rd, Dulwich Hill
Phone: (02) 9560 1425
Hours: Daily, 7am-5pm
sidewaysdelicafe.com.au

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The Marsden Brewhouse: Restaurant Review

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

The Marsden Brewhouse is a hotel and brewery located in Marsden Park, north-west Sydney. 

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

Since opening in April 2019, the Marsden Brewhouse is believed to be the largest hotel in Western Sydney. It contains multiple bars and dining areas, a TAB, gaming lounge, in house craft brewery, function area, sports screens, children’s play area and also hosts live music on weekends.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

Reservations are a good idea on weekends, as even though the Brewhouse is huge, it’s popular with large groups and fills up fast. You can make a reservation online but I would suggest calling instead fo get a table in the right area for your needs. 

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

The Marsden Brewhouse is a large, bright space, with different themed spaces. Families will gravitate towards the cheery dining area near the restaurant area that is nearest to the playground.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

Seating is also available on the outdoor terrace, located right next to the playground, perfect for keeping en eye on kids.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

The playground is large and has lots of interesting elements to suit kids of various age groups.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

A little cubby house, swings and stream / water features for littlies, and a huge climbing frame for older kids and a small and large slide. 

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

There is partial shade cloth coverage over the play area, however not over the steel climbing frame. 

There are restrooms very handily available for kids to use right in the playground area.

On weekends the Brewhouse also often has a farm animal area set up in the playground for kids to enjoy free of charge.

The menu is huge and has a good variety of traditional pub food as well as a kids/ menu, woodfired pizzas (gluten-free bases are available) and options for vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free.

Kids’ meals come with a complementary drink. At time of writing the kids’ meals included pasta bolognese, cheeseburger with chips or vegetables, grilled chicken breast with chips or vegetables, calamari with chips or vegetables, battered fish with chips or vegetables, ham and pineapple pizza (can be made without the ham), $10 each. A cheese and crackers pack including seasonal fruit and berries, vege sticks is $15.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

We ordered the Kids’ Pizza (no ham, $10), Heirloom Tomato & Buffalo Burrata Bruschetta, (with basil & EVOO on toasted organic sourdough, $13), Grilled Chicken, Pumpkin & Haloumi (chargrilled chicken breast on the side, grilled haloumi, spinach, roasted red capsicums, toasted nuts & grains & lemon herb dressing, $24), and All Day Brunch Bowl (raw shredded vegetables, avocado, black rice, okra, sprouting grains, red peppers, mushrooms, fried free range egg & sesame lime chili sauce, $23).

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Meals are ordered and paid for at the counter, where you are given a buzzer for collection meals when they’re ready. Drinks can be ordered at the nearby bar. We found the meals to be made very quickly even on a busy day, and were impressed at the freshness and taste of the food we ordered.

Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney

There is also a gelato cart which is very popular in summer.

Parking is available either outside around the front of the Brewhouse, or undercover, which is my preferred option for hot days.

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Marsden Brewhouse, Sydney
Cnr Richmond Road and, Hawthorne Ave, Marsden Park
Phone: (02) 8710 3535
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-3am, Sunday 10am-12am
themarsdenbrewhouse.com.au

 

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Tips On Visiting La Perouse Beaches

Tips for visiting La Perouse Beaches

Tips On Visiting La Perouse Beaches

La Perouse is located at the northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Maroubra. Named after a French explorer who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay, to the west of Bare Island in 1788, La Perouse has great walks, restaurants, historic sites and sheltered beaches.

The traditional owners of this land, the Aboriginal people, lived in this area thousands of years before the First Fleet arrived.

La Perouse Beaches

Frenchmans Bay

Frenchmans Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

The most family-friendly of the La Perouse beaches, Frenchman Bay is located at the eastern end Botany Bay.

Frenchmans Bay La Perouse

A sheltered, calm bay, Frenchmans Bay has easy access from the street and plenty of off-street parking nearby. 

The Boat Shed, La Perouse, Sydney

There are plenty of shops and restaurants located right across the road from the beach. We loved The Boat Shed, which is extremely family-friendly and located above Frenchmans Bay.

There is a reserve behind the beach with a newly-built children’s playground and public toilets.

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There is very little shade on the beach, so a beach tend or umbrella are a good idea. 

Frenchmans Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

Be warned that the beach is not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.

Congwong Beach

Congwong Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

Another calm La Perouse beach, Congwong Beach is a sheltered bay located inside the Botany Bay National Park. 

To access Congwong Beach, follow the track that leads down from the car park. 

Read more about visiting Congwong Beach.

Little Congwong Beach

Little Congwong Beach La Perouse

Little Congwong Beach is a further 600m down the same track that leads to Congwong Beach. Take in and out any food and rubbish that you have with you – there are no rubbish bins available. The nearest public toilets are located at the start of the track that leads to 

Once considered an unofficial nudist beach, signs at the entrance to the track leading to Little Congwong Beach now aim to deter nudity. 

Get more information on La Perouse Beaches below.

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Read about our experience visiting La Perouse and Bare Island

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Tips for visiting La Perouse Beaches

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Tips For Visiting Congwong Beach La Perouse

Tips for visiting Congwong Beach La Perouse Sydney

Tips For Visiting Congwong Beach La Perouse

Another calm La Perouse beach, Congwong Beach is a sheltered bay located inside the Botany Bay National Park. 

The beach is accessed down a 100m path down stairs from the La Perouse Loop Road. Little Congwong Beach is located a further 600m down the track. Look for the sign at the south end of Cann Park. The beach can also be accessed from the carpark on Anzac parade, opposite Endeavour Avenue

Congwong Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

In the past Little Congwong has been known as an unofficial nudist beach, however there are signs at the entrance to the beach trail that state clothes must be worn.

Congwong Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

Public toilets are available on Anzac Parade near Cann Park, around 50m from where the beach track begins.

Congwong Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

There is no drinking water available at the beach. Drinking water available via bubblers at the amenities block, plus from taps in Cann Park.

Take all rubbish with you as there are no bins on the beach. 

Congwong Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

While the best food option is to take a picnic down to the beach, if you want to buy food there are shops and cafes around 100m from the track beginning, on Anzac Parade. We loved The Boatshed.

There are no lifeguards or lifesavers patrolling the beach, so be safe when you go.

There is also very little in the way of shade on the beach so take down a tent or umbrella with you.

There is free three-hour parking available at Cann Park and near the entry gates on Anzac Parade.

To reach the beach by public transport, take bus L94 or 394 to La Perouse from Circular Quay, Martin Place, or Hyde Park via Maroubra Junction. Visit Transport for NSW for details.

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Restaurant Reviews: The Boatshed La Perouse, Sydney

The Boatshed, La Perouse, Sydney

The Boatshed La Perouse

Enjoy casual, modern dining with a focus on fresh seafood at The Boatshed La Perouse. This waterfront restaurant is an extremely family-friendly place to dine – with a bonus killer view!

The Boat Shed, La Perouse, Sydney

On weekends a booking would be advisable, as the restaurant is in a very attractive spot, perched over Frenchmans Beach, with the stunning ocean as a backdrop. There is a large deck to choose a table on, with a lovely sea breeze but also full shade coverage.

The Boat Shed, La Perouse, Sydney

The Boadshed La Perouse is open for breakfast and lunch, with the menu crossing over at 11:30am daily. 

The Boat Shed, La Perouse, Sydney

I arrived to try the breakfast menu and ordered the Haloumi Stack (with roasted truss tomatoes, smashed avocado, grilled haloumi and sourdough, $18.5). 

Boatshed La Perouse

The breakfast menu has a lot of options, including some for kids (the Kids Pancakes, $12, Eggs Your Way, $12). There are also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The lunch menu is quite seafood heavy, with only one vegan option, one vegetarian main, one vegetarian entree and a few sides salads.

Boatshed La Perouse

There is a nourishing salad bowl that is extremely green and healthy, and delicious chips to balance that out.

Boatshed La Perouse

Kids options on the lunch menu are all meat-heavy too: Fish and Chips, Calamari and Chips and Chicken Nuggets and Chips, all $12 each. The kids’ pancakes are amazing.

Boatshed La Perouse

Order at the bar and food will be brought to your table. There are plenty of baked goods for sale there, too.

The Boat Shed, La Perouse, Sydney

We found the food was delivered quite quickly and was hot and fresh.

Bathrooms are located upstairs, with the exception of the family and disabled bathroom on the restaurant level. The family and disabled bathroom has a change table.

Boatshed La Perouse

There is easy, single level entrance to and from the Boatshed La Perouse, making it a great choice for strollers, and plenty of high chairs available.

Frenchmans Beach, La Perouse, Sydney

The Boatshed La Perouse sits above Frenchmans Beach, which is an extremely flat, sheltered beach, perfect for families. There is a new, fenced playground next to the restaurant and beach.

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The Boatshed La Perouse
1609 Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Phone: (02) 9661 1817
Hours: Tues-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat & Sun 7am-4pm
theboatshedlaperouse.com.au

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Inside the Children’s Library & Family Spaces at the State Library of NSW

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

 

Inside the Children’s Library & Family Spaces at the State Library of NSW

Step inside the new Children’s Library and family spaces at the State Library of NSW. The library opened its new spaces to the public on Saturday 12 October, designed to give young readers and their families a place to read, play and rest in the busy CBD.

Children’s Library

The Children’s Library is a maze-like space located within the Bashir Reading Room, on lower ground 1 floor in the Macquarie Street building. The Children’s Library is brimming with Australia’s best children’s books, as well as international classics.

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

Kids can read a book in a little nook or lie down on the floor if they choose. If they look up at the ceiling they will see an array of books attached to the roof that appear to be flying overhead.

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

The books in the Children’s Library are suitable for younger readers up to the age of 16. The books stay in the library so are available for anyone to read.

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

No library card is required to browse these books. Prams and bags are allowed inside. If kids need to eat, take them to the verandah area outside the reading room or on the ground level. 

 

John B Fairfax Learning Centre

This fantastic room is located on the ground floor of the Mitchell Building, next to the Family Space.

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, the John B Fairfax Learning Centre is a space for kids K-12, their teachers and families to enjoy a hands-on, digitally rich learning environment. 

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

Enter through a hidden door, through a four-metre tunnel filled with historic artefacts embedded in the walls, through to a light-filled space dominated by two huge arched windows. 

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

The learning centre offers so many activities for kids to do, including dress-ups, colouring in and crafts, books to read, blocks to play with, magnetic word games and digital screens where you can design your own galaxy.

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Family Room

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

Located on the ground floor of the Mitchell Building, the Family Room is a space dedicated to the library’s youngest guests and their carers. The room is designed for kids under five years of age with books, puppets, dress ups, games and activities.

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

The Family Room is open 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am-5pm weekends.

Kids Activity Trail

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

Pick up a free Kids Activity Trail and explore the library!

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/5365_follow_the_trail_19_web.pdf

Meet Scout, the chat-bot

Scout is Australia’s first chat-bot, designed to get kids reading. A fun, interactive robot, Scout uses a conversational interface to help children discover books matched to their interests and general reading ability, suggesting a list of up to five books they will enjoy reading in The Children’s Library.

Scout is located on the ground floor of the State Library’s Macquarie Street Building.

School holidays and special events

Children's Library and Family Spaces inside the State Library of NSW

The library runs activities year-round, including special family days and workshops for various age groups. Check their website for upcoming events. 

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State Library of NSW
Corner of Macquarie Street and
Shakespeare Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9273 1414
sl.nsw.gov.au

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Lab Kitchen Five Dock: Kid-Friendly Cafes in Sydney

Lab Kitchen Five Dock

The Lab Kitchen Five Dock

Lab Kitchen Five Dock serves up delicious, seasonal, modern Western-Eastern dishes at a reasonable price – and has a massive backyard filled with play equipment and toys for kids. What more could you ask for?

The Lab Five Dock

This is a top cafe that we will be returning for, for the food alone. Lab Kitchen has a large menu with breakfast served till 3pm and lunch from 11am, plus coffee, smoothies, fresh juice and even Bing-Soo (Korean style shaved ice). The majority of seating is outside under cover and is dog-friendly, so you will find a lot of families with their human and fur kids here. 

The Lab Five Dock

We chose: Vegetarian Plate (haloumi, smashed avo, asparagus, roasted tomato, portabello mushroom, Persian feta, hash browns, sautéed spinach, bread of choice and eggs of choice, $22), Eggs Benedict (homemade crumpets, poached egg, spinach, hollandaise, smoked salmon, $16.90), the “Whatever” from the kids’ menu (five nuggets and chips, $8.90).

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The food was served quickly and was fresh, hot and absolutely delicious. The portions were generous and items well cooked with fresh produce. The crumpets were homemade!

The Lab Five Dock

The massive backyard is a huge drawcard for families. Kids are free to wander and play with the equipment or bring toys back to their table. There are plenty of high chairs to use for littles and a decent kids menu with fun names that will give you a giggle.

The Lab Kitchen Five Dock

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Lab Kitchen Five Dock
Hours: Daily, 7am-4pm

Prices: $$
108 Great N Rd, Five Dock
labkitchen.com.au

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Inside the LEGO Certified Store at Broadway Sydney

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

Inside the LEGO Certified Store at Broadway Sydney

Take your little builders to the brand new LEGO certified store at Broadway Sydney. Located  on Level 2, near JB Hi-Fi, the store is smaller than the Bondi Junction store, but is still packed with things to do (and buy!). 

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

There are several large LEGO statues around the store, some life-sized and perfect for photos, and plenty that are the huge, expensive LEGO packs that are also available for sale. 

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

The store is divided into themed sections – there are plenty of new Frozen 2 sets, plus Star Wars, Harry Potter, Friends, City, Disney LEGO and much, much more. 

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

The Pick a Brick wall is a popular spot – fill a container with pieces to take home. Note: the bricks are sold by the container not weight, so fill the container to the brim to get the best value.

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

We loved the build your own Minifigure station where you can custom build your own LEGO Minifigure, including heads, torsos, legs, hair and accessory. 

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

There is a large LEGO play table for kids to sit at and play with LEGO for as long as they like. 

LEGO Store Broadway Sydney

For LEGO buffs, there are plenty of hard-to-find LEGO sets, as well as lots of little items that are only available directly from LEGO store, such as the cute LEGO keyrings.

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30 of the best playgrounds in Sydney

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30 Of The Best Playgrounds in Sydney

Swing, slide and climb the weekend away at one of these excellent playgrounds in Sydney. There are all-abilities playgrounds, spaces for teens, tweens, toddlers and everyone in between in this list of playgrounds in Sydney.

Oatley Park Inclusive Adventure Playground

Oatley Park Playground

The Oatley Park Inclusive Adventure Playground is an adventure playground designed to blend into its bush setting, incorporating nature-based play elements and built with predominantly natural materials. 

The park features seperate play zones with a toddler play area, a flying fox with river views, an active play zone, giant tube slides and a teen zone. This has to be one of the best natural playgrounds in Sydney.

Read more about visiting Oatley Park Inclusive Adventure Playground.

Jubilee Park Adventure Playground, Mortdale, Sydney

Jubilee Park Addventure Playground, Mortdale, Sydney

The Jubilee Park Adventure Playground in Mortdale, Sydney, features a large climbing frame with nets and slides, a children’s bike track, junior swings, flying foxes and multi-purpose sports courts.

The excellent new multi-million dollar Jubilee Park Adventure Playground is a great addition to the community. Built behind the existing Mortdale Community Centre, the playground has revitalised the park and given the community a great spot to picnic, play and get fit.

Read more about Jubilee Park Adventure Playground.

Strathfield Park

Strathfield Park

Strathfield Park, the oldest public park in Strathfield, is home to a huge playground with three play spaces, spanning 1.5 acres.

The park was renovated in 2017, with the resulting play spaces uniquely designed to  compliment each other, taking into account the various ages and abilities of children who might enjoy the play equipment. 

Read more about visiting Strathfield Park.

Darling Quarter Playground

Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

The most centrally-located Sydney playground features a 21-metre flying fox, water play area with pumps and buckets and plenty of slides, climbing structures and swings. It’s a must for kids visiting the city. The Darling Quarter Playground is without a doubt, one of the best playgrounds in Sydney.

Get more info on the Darling Quarter Playground.

Pirrama Park Playground Pyrmont

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This beautiful playground in Pyrmont has shiny, well-designed equipment, a water play area, sand pit with shade cloth, new, well-maintained bathrooms (including baby change facilities) and a cafe with shaded seating. Street parking is available. Pirrama Park features grasslands, wide avenues for scooting and entry into the harbour for swimming.

Get more info on Pirrama Park Playground here.

Victoria Park, CBD

Victoria Park, Camperdown

A 9 hectare green space connecting to Sydney University, Victoria Park features a beautiful lake, playground for kids of all ages and plenty of shady trees, right in the middle of the city.

Get more info on Victoria Park here.

Enmore Park, Marrickville

Enmore Park, Marrickville, Sydney

Kids can play astronauts at this excellent park which features two space rockets, a large grassy area with plenty of trees, swings, slides, a climbing net and see-saw. The park has partial shade so bring a hat and sunscreen.

Enmore Park, Marrickville, Sydney

The Annette Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre is located in the park so bring swimmers if it’s hot. There are plenty of kid-friendly cafes nearby, including Petty Cash, which is just across the road from the playground. Enmore Park, without a doubt, has the best playground in Sydney for wannabe astronauts!

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Tramsheds and Harold Park

The Tramsheds, Harold Park, Sydney

One of our fave places to eat and play in Sydney! The Tramsheds is home to a full-size restored tram that kids can climb inside, plus a wide range of family-friendly restaurants.

Harold Park, Sydney

Outside the Tramsheds lies Harold Park, an expansive park featuring a custom-built playground.

Read more about the Tramsheds here.

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Fairfield Adventure Park Playground

Fairfield Adventure Playground Sydney

Especially designed to provide a play space for kids of a variety of ages, the Fairfield Adventure Playground brings the “wow” factor in spades. The park opened in 2015 after a $1.4 million council investment. With the star attractions designed specifically for teens, this is a unique playground that provides a much-needed recreational space for older kids. Fairfield Playground is absolutely one of the best playgrounds in Sydney, particularly for older kids.

Get more info on visiting the Fairfield Adventure Park Playground here.

Bigge Park, Liverpool

Bigge Park, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia

Bigge Park in Liverpool, a south-west suburb of Sydney, received a $5 million upgrade a few years back. The upgrade included a fantastic free water play area. Bigge Park also includes an accessible playground, a regular playground and climbing equipment.

Get more info on visiting Bigge Park.

Ollie Webb Reserve Parramatta

Ollie Webb Reserve Parramatta

Parramatta’s first all-inclusive playground opened in early 2019. It features climbing structures, water play with a splash play area and water pumps, an elevated sandpit, an accessible carousel, swings, BBQ facilities and excellent bathrooms.

Read the full review of Ollie Webb Reserve playground here.

Variety Livvi’s Place, Bankstown

Variety Livvis Place Playground Bankstown Sydney Australia

The Canterbury-Bankstown area’s first all-abilities playground opened in late 2018, a joint project between Variety, the Children’s Charity, and the Touched by Olivia foundation. The fully-fenced playground features picnic and bbq facilities, bathrooms, Variety Livvi’s Place includes a sensory zone, flying fox with accessible seats, a climbing net, trampoline, swings with accessible seats, water play area, a climbing tower with ground level play features, two nest swings, roller table, accessible carousel, slides, a nature trail, sand play and a lizard log carved from wood.

Get more info on visiting Variety Livvi’s Place here.

Livvi’s Place Playground Five Dock

Livvi's Place Five Dock

Livvi’s Place in Five Dock, Sydney, is a playground designed for children of all abilities. The equipment and unique design of the playground ensures that all kids, including those with special needs, are able to enjoy playing side-by-side. 

Read more about visiting Livvi’s Place Five Dock.

Casula Parklands Adventure Playground

Casula Parklands Sydney

The brand new Casula Parklands has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults. Located near the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the park features play equipment and fitness training for all ages.

Casula Parklands Sydney

The $4 million park includes a ninja warrior training course for teens and adults, toddler climbing equipment, older kid / tween climbing equipment, flying foxes, swings, on and off-leash dog parks and a fitness area.

Get more info on visiting Casula Parklands Adventure Playground.

Blaxland Riverside Park

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A gorgeous spot for families with one of the biggest playgrounds in Sydney set among three hectares of rolling 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.

Get more info on Blaxland Riverside Park.

Parramatta CBD Foreshore Playground

Parramatta CBD River Foreshore Park

Built into the slope of the hill on the river’s foreshore, the Parramatta CBD Foreshore Playground has got some really cool features like a 4 metre slide and rock climbing. In summer, water features are turned on near the sand play area.

Be aware that the playground is not fenced, not does it have any shade cover or bathrooms.

Get more info on visiting the Parramatta CBD Foreshore Playground.

James Ruse Reserve Playground

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The James Ruse Reserve Playground is almost brand-spanking new (it was built in 2014), and has a fantastic water play area, which is under cover. 

The playground has no shade cover so is best visited on cooler days. It features an excellent net climbing area.

Get more info on visiting the James Ruse Reserve Playground.

Domain Creek Playground Parramatta Park

Domain Creek Playground, Parramatta Park: The best of southwest Sydney for families
The largest and most modern playground in Parramatta Park, the Domain Creek Playground is nature-based and features mazes made from branches and wires, water pumps and sand diggers, a flying fox and sunken trampolines.

Get more info on visiting Domain Creek Playground.

Newmarket Dining & Playground, Randwick

Newmarket Randwick

Sydney’s newest precinct, Newmarket Dining is a place to eat at cosy cafes and restaurants, picnic in the park and play at a state-of-the-art playground. The playground has the most incredible slide built into the centre of what used to be a horse sale yard.

Read more about Randwick Dining & Playground.

Paperbark Playground, Parramatta

Parramatta Park Playground

Paperback Playground is the newest playground in the park and has some inclusive features. Located in the historic Gardens Precinct near the George Street Gatehouse, the playground is best suited to children and toddlers. Features include an accessible sandpit, swings and a carousel which kids with varied mobility, including wheelchair users, can use, as well as the ‘explorer dome’ centrepiece – a maze made of nets, ropes, ladders and tubes best suited to older children. The playground floor is covered with ‘Softfall’ pavements and there’s plenty of seats for parents and carers.

Thank you to Have Wheelchair Will Travel for the images. 

Plough and Harrow, Abbotsford

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This popular picnic spot is surrounded by bush and features a playground, cafe, high ropes course and wide open spaces for kids to run free. The playground’s hamster wheel is particularly popular!

Get more info on visiting Plough and Harrow.

Bungarribee Park, Abbotsford

Bungarribee Western Sydney Parklands
Opened in 2017, Bungarribee is a 200-hectare recreational space that features walking and cycling tracks, 20 barbecues, 13 picnic shelters and a playground with a climbing tower, flying fox, plenty of slides, swings and a water play area.

Get more info on visiting Bungarribee Park.

Livvi’s Place Ryde

Livvi's Place Ryde, Yamble Reserve, Sydney, Australia

Livvi’s Place is a full-enclosed playground located in Yamble Reserve, Ryde. The reserve features formal gardens, deciduous trees, picnic shelters, large green grassed areas, barbecues and the excellent all-abilities playground, Livvi’s Place. Livvi’s Place playground includes a water pump play area, dual flying fox, nest swing, musical instruments, climbing frame and tunnels.

Read more about Livvi’s Place Ryde.

Putney Park: Playground and Water Park

Putney Park and Playground, Sydney

A great spot to take kids in summer, Putney Park features climbing equipment for kids of all ages plus two shallow pools connected by a pebble creek and a large climbing web.

Read more about Putney Park here.

Sydney Park, St Peters

Sydney Park, Sydney Australia

A 40 hectare green space near St Peter’s, Sydney Park was built in the space once occupied by Bedford Brickworks – the chimneys of which have been left and are a feature of the park that can be seen from some distance away. Features of the park include a large playground on its western side, the Sydney Park Cycling Centre on its northern side, winding pathways over hills for walking and cycling, wetlands, a kiosk and bathrooms.

Get more info on Sydney Park.

Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden, Centennial Park

Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden, Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia

The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden opened in Centennial Park in October 2017. The 6500sq m nature-based play area features a 7m-high climbing tower, wooden bridge, water play area and an open play area where kids are encouraged to use sticks and natural materials to make their own shelters, artworks and games.

Get more info on visiting the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden here.

Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

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This park consists of 115 hectares of  open spaces and playing fields, including the ES Marks Athletics Field, an 18-hole public golf course and golf driving range, tennis courts and netball courts.

The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park has plenty for kids to do, from plaster painting, a Hoyts movie cinema, Monkey Mania play centre, Strike Bowling as well as two partially shaded playgrounds with excellent bathroom facilities.

Queen’s Park, Randwick

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A 26-hectare urban park with panoramic views and natural sandstone cliffs. Queen’s Park has an excellent gated and partially shaded playground for kids next to a kid-friendly cafe, Queen’s Park Shed (read more here).

Waluba Park, Waterloo

Wulaba Park, Green Square, Waterloo, Sydney

A beautifully designed and landscaped park featuring a mega slide, three-story climbing tower, swings, picnic and BBQ area and bike paths.

Get more info on visiting Waluba Park here.

Lizard Log Park & Playground, Abbotsford

Mary O'Brien Reserve, Zetland

Lizard Log is a bushland park in the Western Sydney Parklands. This beautiful green space features a nature-themed playground, scenic walks, cycling tracks and a dam.

Read more about visiting Lizard Log Park & Playground.

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