Top activities for the kids these holidays
From hidden gems to acres of parklands, we’ve unearthed five of the best places for a fun day out in our local area (and beyond if you feel like a drive) to get the most out of these long summer days… pack a picnic and enjoy!
Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
The site of the biggest sporting event in the universe and vast open spaces, Sydney Olympic Park is also home to one of Australia’s best outdoor play areas. Blaxland Riverside Park runs alongside the Parramatta River and offers a walking trail with a view – perfect for those on scooters, bikes or other wheels! – giant slides, super-sized swings, hide and seek tunnels and a wet-play area complete with sandpit. The Armoury Wharf Café will keep mum and dad happy with a coffee and a bite to eat if you don’t feel like lighting up one of the free public BBQs for lunch.
Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Five Dock Park, Five Dock
Sporting fields, picnic areas and a shaded playground occupy this enormous parkland located in the heart of Five Dock. With picnic tables, public BBQs for long lunches and cafés just down the road, you’ll be set for hours of fun at Five Dock Park. Watch the kids swing and slide, get stuck into a family game of footy or take a whirl around the amazing skate park with dips and runs suitable for all abilities – make sure you pack the wheels!
Between First Avenue and Barnstaple Road, Five Dock, NSW
Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt
Easy to find on dreamy Norton Street (and just down the road from Leichhardt’s best cafés and restaurants), Pioneers Memorial Park is an easy day out for the whole family. The huge sandpit will keep the little people entertained for hours, while pockets of tree-lined gardens make for a great game of tip and hide and seek. Toilet facilities are on site (bonus!) and the wide, sealed paths make for smooth scooter action around the grounds. If history is your thing, you’ll find discreet nods to soldiers past in stone monuments, and for the four-legged, furry family members there’s designated off-leash areas too!
Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW
Cabarita Park Playground, Cabarita
Beach area in the Inner West? Why yes. Just drop by Cabarita Park and check out all their new facilities right on the water: new playground, rotunda, BBQs and undercover eating areas. The suspended climbing frame, wooden fort and multi-seat swing unit are a hit with the little people, while the kiosk located at the nearby Cabarita Marina is a winner with the grown-ups. Everyone’s happy!
End of Cabarita Road, Cabarita, NSW
This award-winning open space on the harbour in Pyrmont is a stunning design compromised of landscaped gardens, grasslands, an all-age, interactive playground, café, water play area and plenty of shaded seating to sit back and watch the kids or set up a picnic. Complete with sustainable features including solar panels, rain water capture, recycled timber decking and energy efficient lighting, Pirrama Park is easy on the environment too, so well worth the bus ride or drive into Pyrmont for a day out. It’s a win, win!
Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW
Honourable mentions… in case you can’t get enough of the great outdoors!
Recently reopened after extensive renovations, this special playground accommodates all abilities and is right on the Drummoyne Bay Walk, run, bike track.
Timbrell Park, Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock, NSW
Taplin Park Playground
Situated at the base of Drummoyne Oval, Taplin Park Playground is an open playground with all the essentials: swings, slides, climbs and plenty of shade.
Cometrowe Street, Drummoyne
Located along Hawthorne Canal Reserve, this off-leash area is the perfect meeting place for all pooches. The café serves fabulous fare so you won’t go hungry and the walk along the water is a nice stroll for all ages.
Darley Road, Leichhardt