Are you like me and want to find great parks for the kids with lots for them to do? Well I’m here to share a really great park with you which has HEAPS of FUN stuff for kids to do. It’s Blaxland Riverside Park and SERIOUSLY apart from shade it’s got the LOT! it’s totally Awesome with a capital A!
When I moved to Sydney I was eager to find a good park for the kids to play. I met a nice lady at my daughter’s playgroup and she told me about Blaxland Riverside Park. She also said it was one of the best parks in Sydney. Now this I just had to check out! We visited the following weekend and OH MY GOD… I was so impressed! Forget the Kids I think I got more excited than them!! I felt like a kid again! I’ve lived in the UK and New Zealand and I have not seen a playground as good as this and it’s FREE!
Address: Access to the park is via Jamieson Street off Holker Road
So why is Blaxland the Best Playground in Sydney?
That’s simple! It’s just got so many FUN things to do for the kids they will not want to leave.
Here is a list of all the great things to do at the park.
- The play equipment is high tech and very modern, bright and colourful not the usual stuff you would find in most other playgrounds.
- The park is set within beautiful surroundings along Parramatta River and it is HUGE with plenty of play equipment to keep the kids entertained.
- Cyclists and walkers can enjoy the lovely path along the river.
- There is plenty of room to set up a picnic on the grass while you watch the kids play. There are a few shade umbrellas but you may need to come early to grab one of these spots.
- Massive sheltered BBQ Area’s and Picnic tables are provided facing the riverbank. It’s such a beautiful spot to entertain friends and families or even host your next birthday party.
- If you prefer to not bring food there is a restaurant you can dine at called the ‘Armory Wharf Cafe’ on the riverbank of Parramatta River. They have a good selection of dishes to choose from and even a kids menu. Further down there is also a kiosk where you can grab a coffee or an ice-cream. Seating is provided outside the kiosk for you to sit and relax and enjoy the views. There is a third cafe located near the Water play area that sell Gingerbread men (my little girl’s favourite) ice-creams, cold slush, hot drinks, candy bars and chips.
- Check out the latest exhibition at the Armory Gallery (open weekends only)
- There’s lots of large open grass space which is great for kite flying and group games.
- There are water bottle refill stations and drinking water fountains at the park which you so need to have during Summer.
Blaxland Riverside Park is located within Sydney Olympic Park. It officially opened in June 2012 and it’s open to the public everyday. You will find lots of different play areas dotted around this park it really is worth exploring. The park is not just for Kids, there is something for everyone.
A detailed look at the Playground Equipment
The park is BRIGHT and VIBRANT with challenging equipment. It features a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, spider nets, climbing wall, spinning play disk, multi-level tree house, and a large outdoor water play area. The girls really enjoy the water play area whenever we visit. There are fountains of water shooting up at different intervals between 10am and 4pm. It’s a big area too and you can just see the kids having a blast. There are shaded tables where parents can sit down and watch the kids but again these spaces do get taken quickly.
There are bike paths, and walking trails with over 35 kilometers of common pathways to be explored. Bicycle Hire is available 7 days a week near the kiosk at the Gatehouse beside the Information centre. You can hire a kids bike for $10 and Adults bike for $25 for 1 hour. Prices vary depending on the type of bike and duration. Hiring a bike is a great way to discover more of the park and what it has to offer.
What about Shade?
There is not a lot of shade here at all so do bring a hat and sunscreen. There are a few umbrellas but they get taken pretty quickly, and there is not enough big trees to give you the shade. The play area’s don’t have any shade sail and I’ve noticed that the large metal slides get very hot in the heat.
As you explore past the water play area, there is another small playground which is shaded and opposite here is a beautiful hill that you can climb either by foot or bike. The views at the top are very nice.
There are two parking bays and if your lucky you can park down at the bottom next to the main play area otherwise you will need to park at the top of the hill and walk about 500m to reach the playground. Just remember it can get full especially on weekends and public and school holidays. In saying this we have never had much difficulty in finding parking but it might be worth setting out early on nice days especially during public and school holidays to find a good spot.
The park is always clean and well looked after and Toilet facilities are good.
Video of Blaxland Riverside Park
If you’ve not seen this park then you MUST. What do you think?