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Newmarket Dining Randwick: Eat, Play and Unwind

Newmarket Dining Randwick: Eat, Play and Unwind

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.

Officially opened in 2020, Newmarket Randwick was built on a site containing plenty of local history. The original inhabitants were thought to be the Cadigal and Biddigal Aboriginal people. In 1809, the land was granted to an ex-convict named Andrew Byrne, before becoming part of Randwick’s horse racing story. William Inglis & Son, Australia’s largest and oldest racehorse auctioneer, took over the site from 1917 – 2017, transforming it into the Newmarket Sales yard.

Some of Australia’s most famous horses paraded the sales yard, which has now been transformed into a children’s playground, and scenes from the movie Phar Lap were filmed in the Newmarket Big Stable, which is in the process of being resorted for use by the community.  

Surrounded by a ring of shiny new apartments, the Newmarket Dining precinct at Newmarket Randwick has opened with Baccomatto Osteria, an Italian restaurant, RaRa Randwick, a Japanese diner, Cali Press, makers of seasonal salad bowls, Café Mckenzie, serving speciality coffee and a Middle Eastern menu in a family-friendly environment.

The outdoor space at Newmarket Randwick is designed to encourage community engagement, with space for picnics, BBQs and a brand new playground with lots of inclusive elements.

One challenge we noticed on our visit was that the bathrooms were locked and not generally accessible, so keep that in mind when visiting that if you need to use a toilet you will need to ask one of the shops/cafes for a key.

The easiest way to reach Newmarket is by public transport as parking in the area is a challenge. To use public transport, take the light rail or bus. The nearest light rail stops are UNSW High Street and Randwick.

Newmarket Randwick
154 Barker St, Randwick
https://newmarketrandwick.com.au/

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Pick your own fruit: fruit picking Sydney.

A month-by-month guide to Fruit Picking Sydney: strawberries, apples, oranges

Fruit Picking Sydney

Fruit Picking Sydney: A month-by-month guide of where to go and what to pick

One of our new favourite activities is fruit picking in Sydney. We are so lucky to have so many pick-your-own orchards within 90 minutes of Sydney. Depending on the season, choose from strawberry picking, apple picking, orange picking and more.

All of the farms and orchards listed are within a 2-hour driving distance of Sydney’s CBD, making them all do-able for a weekend outing.

Fruit & Nut Picking Seasons

These are the peak seasons and locations for where fruit picking occurs in Sydney. Some crops run longer than others and crossover seasons.

January to June – Apples, Persimmons, Plums (Bilpin) 

March to April – Chestnuts & Walnuts (Mt Wilson & Mt Irvine)

July to October – Oranges & Mandarins (Hawkesbury)

November to January – Peaches (Bilpin) and berries (Thirlmere and Dapto)

As the weather impacts the time when fruit will be ready for harvest it is advisable to call the orchards below and check which fruit is ready for picking as the charts on the various websites may vary by up to 2 weeks.

Tips on fruit picking in Sydney

Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Get all the info first
Check the orchard’s Facebook page for the most current information on their stock levels. Many orchards are bookings only. Some require and entrance fee on top of cost per kilogram for purchasing the fruit at the end.

Wear appropriate clothes
It can be dirty work, picking fruit, through muddy fields, so wear appropriate clothes. Most nut farms provide gloves for picking, but double check before turning up to pick prickly nuts. Most farms are an hour and a half drive out of Sydney and the temperature might be different to that at home, so check the weather before leaving home. Bilpin in particular can get cold.

Bring your own bags
Heavy duty reusable supermarket bags are best. Some people take boxes which is a good option for keeping fruit safe from bruising. Most orchards will provide you with plastic bags if needed.

Stock up on produce
Most orchards sell other pre-packed produce either grown on their own farm or locally. You will be able to pick up fresh eggs, juice, fruit, vegetables and often fruit pies.

Fruit Picking during COVID-19

Many orchards are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with strict social distancing rules in place. Entry to farms are limited by numbers so if the farm doesn’t take bookings, I suggest arriving when the farm opens as that’s when the least amount of people will be there. During this time it is especially important to look at the farm’s most recent updates on their opening hours and social distancing procedures before driving all the way there and being turned away.

If you are self isolating but want to pick up fresh produce, many farms are doing contactless pick up of their produce, usually by phone order or they have stalls out the front with pre-packaged produce.

Fruit picking with kids

Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Kids of all ages generally love fruit picking. It’s a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. When visiting a farm with kids, remember to keep a close eye on them. Any fruit picked must be bought – before it’s eaten. Remind kids before starting to pick fruit of the rules. Anything picked goes into the bags, and definitely no throwing fruit, or trampling the plants on the farm.

Farm Reviews

Watkins Family Farm

Summer: Peaches, nectarines, strawberries, oranges, nectarines, plums, apples, lemons, pears, quinces, blueberries, blackberries, figs, raspberries, tomatoes

Strawberry picking Sydney

December

Blueberries
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blackberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Peaches
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Nectarines
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Oranges
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Plums
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

January

Peaches
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Apples
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee.
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Shields Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Peaches
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Lemons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Oranges
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only

Pears
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Quinces
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Plums
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blueberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blackberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

February

Apples
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee;
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Shields Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Peaches
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Lemons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Pears
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Quinces
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Plums
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Persimmons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Figs
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Raspberries
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blackberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blueberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Tomatoes
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Autumn: Apples, lemons, limes, pears, quinces, plums, persimmons, walnuts, chestnuts, tomatoes, figs, mandarins, oranges

Apple picking Sydney

March

Apples
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee 
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Shields Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Lemons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Pears
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Quinces
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Plums
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Persimmons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Figs
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Raspberries
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

Walnuts
Pine Crest Orchard
: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Nutwood Farm at Mt Irvine: Weekends, no admission fee.
Kookootonga at Mt Irvine

Chestnuts
Pine Crest Orchard
: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Fern Hill Farm at Mt Wilson 
Nutwood Farm at Mt Irvine: Weekends, no admission fee.
Kookootonga at Mt Irvine

Tomatoes
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

April

Apples
Bilpin Fruit Bowl: Weekends, entry fee
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Lemons
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Pears
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Persimmons
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Quinces
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

Figs
Bilpin Springs Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee but min purchase $5 per adult

Walnuts
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Nutwood Farm at Mt Irvine: Weekends, no admission fee.
Kookootonga at Mt Irvine

Chestnuts
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Fern Hill Farm at Mt Wilson 
Nutwood Farm at Mt Irvine: Weekends, no admission fee.
Kookootonga at Mt Irvine

Tomatoes
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

May

Apples
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.
Shields Orchard: Weekends, no entry fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Walnuts
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Chestnuts
Pine Crest Orchard: Fri, Sat & Sun, public holidays, no admission fee.

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

Tomatoes
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Winter: Apples, cumquats, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, persimmons, pecans

Orange picking Sydney

June

Apples
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Cumquats
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Watkins Family Farm: Weekends, no entry fee.
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Pecans
The Pecan Lady

Persimmons
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

July

Cumquats
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Watkins Family Farm: Weekends, no entry fee.
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

August

Cumquats
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Watkins Family Farm: Weekends, no entry fee.
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

Spring: Cumquats, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, peaches, plums, nectarines

Lemon picking Sydney

September

Cumquats
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Limes
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Watkins Family Farm: Weekends, no entry fee.
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

October

Lemons
Kathleen Groves Farm: Weekends.
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.

Mandarins
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Oranges
Ford’s Farm: Entry fee, bookings only.
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.

November

Oranges
Wyuna Farms: Bookings only
Anderson Farm: Closed Thursdays, cash only.

Peaches
TNT Produce: Weekends, entry fee.

Plums
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Nectarines
Canoelands Orchard: Weekends, entry fee, bookings essential.

Strawberries
Berrylicious Strawberries, Thirlmere: Weekends only, bookings essential, entry fee.
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blueberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

Blackberries
Kareelah Farms, Dapto

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Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Visiting Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Enjoy endless water play at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, home of Sydney’s best indoor water park.

Strathfield Park

Splasher’s Water Playground is an interactive water playground. It consists of a giant bucket, slides, whirl pool and various other water-based activities. There are also lanes for swimming in if you want to do laps.

The water is heated to a comfortable temperature year-round.

The playground is suitable for toddlers with extremely shallow areas.

Entry to Splasher’s Water Playground is included with admission to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center.

There are lockers to place valuables for a fee of $6 for three hours. 

Family change rooms are also available and there are a series of showers to rinse off next to the change rooms.

Bring your own food or dine at the cafe overlooking the pools.

4 hour free parking is available in P2, adjacent to the Aquatic Centre upon validation of parking ticket.

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park
https://www.aquaticcentre.com.au/

Also in the area:

Check out nearby Brickpit Ring Walk, Wentworth Common, nearby Bicentennial Park, Blaxland Riverside Playground and the Olympic Cauldron in Cathy Freeman Park. Scoot or bike around the Newington Armory.

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Strathfield Park and Playgrounds

Visiting 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. 

Strathfield Park

The main playground area features the premiere Skytower, an eye-catching structure, with four slides attached, a Konnecta rope play structure and triple Skyrider flying fox.

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Nearby is the all abilities play area, which includes a carousel, mounds, slides, swings, maze and fortress area.

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Next to this play area is the 4.5m Mammoth Swing (Australia’s biggest).

Strathfield Park

Linking the two play areas is a forest garden area with a Bushwood Teepee Tower, a giant wooden Lizard and the Flecto spinner.

Strathfield Park

A flat bike path leads across the park to the last playground area on the Chalmers Road side, which includes a smaller climbing structure and an excellent educational kids bike track with road signs.

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The rest of the park includes barbecue equipment, sporting fields and a very old toilet amenities block in the middle of the park.

There is no cafe in the park, so be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.

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Strathfield Park
Chalmers &, Homebush Rd, Strathfield
Get directions
Read more about Strathfield Park

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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.

Get more info on Frenchmans Bay

Get more info on visiting Congwong Beach

Read about our experience visiting La Perouse and Bare Island

Get more info on visiting La Perouse

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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Enjoy the history of La Perouse and Bare Island

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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!

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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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Playgrounds Sydney

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 opened in May 2019 on the site of an old golf course. Spread across 15 acres, the new park includes:

Casula Parklands Sydney

Ninja training circuit for adults and teenagers

Casula Parklands Sydney
Eight-metre-high Sky Walk and tunnel slide for older kids and teens

Casula Parklands Sydney

Casula Parklands SydneySwings including a nest swing
Accessible carousel

Casula Parklands Sydney
Dual flying foxes

Casula Parklands Sydney
Toddler playground

Casula Parklands Sydney
A fitness training area for adults that is located some distance from the main facilities
Separate off-leash parks for big dogs and small dogs
Flat paths for scooting or bike riding

Facilities

Casula Parklands Sydney
Shaded picnic shelters

Casula Parklands Sydney
Large, clean bathrooms
Water bubblers

There is parking right near the main playground equipment, however it is minimal. There is more parking available at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre further down the road, however it is a long walk back particularly for small kids. 

How to get there
Finding the park can seem tricky. Enter Powerhouse Road via Shepherd Street and keep driving – the park is on your left hand side. 

Casula Parklands Sydney

If travelling by public transport, take the train to Casula station, then walk 10 minutes to the adventure playground

Facilities
Casula Parklands adventure playground has men’s, women’s and disabled toilets. Covered picnic shelters are available along with water bubblers.

Food and Drink
The nearest cafe is Bellbird Dining and Bar at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Advertised as a 10 min walk, it would be longer with kids.

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Blast into space with the Apollo 11 exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Moon Powerhouse Museum

Blast off into space at the new Apollo 11 exhibition commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing at the Powerhouse Museum.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

The new exhibition explores the defining moment in history when the first astronauts landed on the moon, with over 200 objects including Luke Jerram’s iconic Museum of the Moon, archival objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection and a new virtual reality work (ages 11+). Apollo 11 will also explore the crucial role Australia played in transmitting the famous footage of the landing around the world.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

The exhibition is in two sections. On the lower level is the highlight of the exhibition, the incredible Museum of the Moon, seven-metre wide, internally-lit artwork created by artist Luke Jerram. It combines detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface with a sound installation by award winning composer Dan Jones. The Museum of the Moon is at an approximate scale of 1:500,000. Each centimetre represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Walk underneath and admire the incredible detail. It’s as close as most of us will ever get to looking at the surface of the moon.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

The second part of the exhibition is accessed by escalator or elevator to the floor above. It contains over 200 pieces on display including archival pieces, scientific models and installations.

Representing Australia’s involvement is part of the iconic CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, responsible for receiving some of the first images of the moonwalk and broadcasting over 2 hours around the world.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

Visitors can peer into a life-size replica of the Mercury Capsule, look at a piece of moon rock and try their hand at landing a lunar shuttle.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

Those over the age of 11 can experience the Apollo 11 mission from the unique perspective of Michael Collins, the third astronaut who remained in orbit aboard the Command Module, through a virtual reality program.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

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The gift shop houses a wide range of space-related goodies to take home.

Moon Powerhouse Museum

Apollo 11 opens June 29, 2019.

Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris St, Ultimo
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