We decided to take a walk along Parramatta River at the weekend as we were in the city to see the event ‘Parramasala’. Little did we know that an amazing adventure playground even existed with latest high tech equipment. We later found out that the park had undergone some new developments and upgrade recently.
The playground is situated on the foreshore of the Parramatta River and can be accessed from Elizabeth Street. You will find plenty of street parking. The play area has been designed and built on the steep slopes of the foreshore; this is what makes this play area so unique and interesting. The steep slope has allowed for some very cool climbing apparatus and long slides for the kids.
As soon as you see it you will realize that this is no ordinary play area that has the same old equipment you would find in most other parks. This new playground is full of challenging and exciting equipment and features a fun water and sand play area, a long steep slide, climbing wall, scramble net and even a Rope bridge. All this together with great views of Parramatta River makes this one of the top parks in Sydney.
Things to do nearby
You could easily spend a great morning or afternoon here. It’s set in a very convenient location as its walking distance to the ferry wharf so you could catch a ferry into the city if you wanted. Church St (also known as Eat Street, Parramatta’s most popular eating hub) is a 5-10 minute walk. You will find a great selection of international cuisine on offer including Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean and much more.
To describe the park I would say it is clean, well maintained, calm, peaceful and picturesque. It’s a great place to ride a bike or take a walk along the foreshore. Dogs are allowed but they have to be on leash. There are no BBQ’s but lots of open space to have a picnic. There is no toilets close by. The nearest one we found was at the visitor information centre on Church Street. There are arrows to show you where to go.
My favourite equipment in the park was the slide. It is a 4m long stainless steel slide. Its’ a lot of fun and even the adults can have a turn. Once at the bottom you can make your way back up to the top by climbing up the stepped pathway alongside slide. If you have small kids that are a bit scared of going on the big slide, there is small wider slide designed for smaller kids at the bottom of the playground.
The sand and water play is another favourite. Kids will have hours of fun playing here. It’s been very cleverly designed to make it more exciting, fun and educational. Kids can scoop up the sand in a bucket and then pull the bucket up with a chain. There is even a water pump so kids can fill buckets of water or simply have a go at turning the wheel.
All in all a great day the kids and Adults will enjoy. Let us know if you’ve visited Parramatta RIverside Park. We always love to hear from our readers.
How to get here
Address: Elizabeth St Footbridge Parramatta NSW
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