SYDNEY’S EASTERN SUBURBS OFFER SOME OF THE MOST STUNNING PARKS.
Here are my top six choices:
- Centennial Park
This park is perhaps the most famous in Sydney, if not the country. For family fun, there is a multitude of things to do.
For kids aged 0-5, the Restaurant Playground offers modern play equipment and sculptures. It is conveniently right next to the cafe and restaurant, so adults can have fun too.
For kids aged 1-12, the Paddington Gates Playground offers two play spaces with climbing, swinging and balancing equipment, and even a quiet time play area.
The park has a dedicated cycle track and for kids learning to ride there is the Learners Cycleway Playground. There are also dog walking areas, both on-leash and off-leash.
With lots of barbeques, picnic tables, and a kiosk, this is a park your family can enjoy all day.
Kids’ activities and events are held every school holidays. For more information, check their website: http://www.centennialparklands.com.au
Grand Drive, Centennial Park
- Bronte Park Playground, Bronte
This playground is a favourite with locals, with forts, climbing equipment and a very long slide. There is also a riding path for bikes and scooters and an area for playing soccer or cricket near the playground. The park is right next to Bronte Beach and there are plenty of barbeques to enjoy a BBQ picnic by the ocean.
Bayview Street, Bronte
- Grant Reserve, Stan Windon Memorial Playground, Coogee
This busy playground is a standout. Situated South of Coogee Beach, it is close to the beach and baths. It has a range of play equipment including a climbing web, climbing wall, raised mini sandpit and a boat to wobble in. Lots of the equipment is under sunshades. Come here before or after the beach, or check out the nearby Wylies Baths and McIvers Baths, women and children only, which are right beside the playground. There are also barbeques, picnic areas and benches. Barzura Cafe is close by if you need coffee or a sunset drink.
Beach Street, Coogee
- Queens Park Playground, Queens Park
This little playground has climbing frames and slides and is fenced and shaded. The Queens Park Shed Cafe is nearby, making this a perfect park for kids and their parents.
Darley Road, Queens Park
- Burnie Park, Clovelly
This park is close to Clovelly Beach. Come here for the playground which is fun and interactive with a large wooden jungle gym, see-saw and low height flying fox. There are picnic areas here, so the whole family can enjoy the park before heading over to the beach for a swim. Cafes are close by too.
Cnr, Arden Street and Burnie Street, Clovelly
- Baker Park, Coogee
On the border of Randwick and Coogee, Baker Park is extensive and has lots to offer all ages. The playground is fenced and shaded with plenty of activities, like fort climbs, swings and slides. The park has two tennis courts which are free to use, first come, first served, with a time limit of one hour. The park also has a cricket pitch and is a designated off-leash dog exercise park, although dogs are not permitted in the playground and tennis courts.
Just across the road is the tiny Leete Park which offers glimpses of the ocean. Come here for a quiet read or enjoy that view.
Cnr, Dudley Street and Byron Street, Coogee
It is not just the beaches that are incredible here in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, but the parks too. Hope you find some favourites.