Eden Gardens in Ryde, Sydney – A Family-Friendly Destination Garden Centre

20140617 Eden Gardens_0047 I recently posted on the gorgeous Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in Ryde, but wanted to show you some more photos of this delightful destination garden centre which won the 2013 state award for Best Lifestyle Garden Centre at the Nursery & Garden Industry (NGINA) annual awards. [Read more...]

The Playground At Taronga Western Plains Zoo – What a Cracker

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Call me old-fashioned. Call me the mother of three boys. Call me whatever you like!

I know mothers often write about feeling brain dead at the playground… but not me.

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The 50 Best Playgrounds in Sydney

Darling Quarter water playground darling harbour Playgrounds Deluxe, don’t you love them! These playgrounds are the best of the best we’ve found in Sydney and I hope you enjoy  browsing through them.  

There can’t be a better city in the world for the variety and quality of its children’s playgrounds.

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Central Gardens, Merrylands – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds For Kids {Updated}

Central Gardens Merrylands Since the last of my boisterous bairns started school, our visits to playgrounds have reduced in number – and I miss the exploring!

Our weekends can get really busy, with lots of sports, ballet, teenagers working and playing gigs. It’s all very different. 

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Governor Phillip Park And Dunes Kiosk At Palm Beach

1 Governor Phillip Park Palm Beach 3Here’s another informative and inspiring post from Northern Beaches insider Carolyn Darragh of Desire Empire.

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Blackman Park Playground in Lane Cove West – A Family Review


We’re so lucky in Sydney to have parks and playgrounds that feel like the countryside, but are really so close to the city centre.  Here’s a beaut one.

Blogger, and mum of three wee ones, Katie Little is today’s contributor. Her family review of Blackman Park in Lane Cove West is great. Who wouldn’t fancy packing a bag and whizzing off there?!

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Steel Park in South Marrickville – Great Playground With Excellent Water Play Area

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We’ve been hearing people rave about the water playground at Steel Park in Marrickville for a while and so are really delighted to bring you a post with lots of photos today.  Take it away Liz Ledden!

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Bicentennial Park Playground in West Pymble

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 Hello again! Hope you had a lovely time over Christmas. Here’s an idea of where the kids can run free and burn off all that chocolate. This post comes from freelance writer and mum of two Michele Hackshall, thanks Michele, this is a fab spot.

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The Playground at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan – Great Spot For Kids

Playground at mt annan botanic gardens I can’t believe we’ve not yet visited the Botanic Gardens at Mt Annan, it must be done!  In the meantime, please enjoy this post by Averil Cutroni, who knows the Gardens well and loves the very good playground there. Enjoy! 

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The BMX Bike Track at Terrey Hills – Best Sydney Bike Tracks For Kids

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 Hi, Seana here. I’ve commissioned some posts about great family-friendly Sydney spots to post on the blog whilst I’m away. Here’s the first!  Take a bow Carolyn from Desire Empire.

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Rushcutters Bay Playground and Cafe – Updated

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Now just hold me back here.  I am looking at these photos of the gorgeous sculptures in the playground at Rushcutters Bay and am seized with a frantic desire to leap into the car and zoom over there.
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Sydney Park Playground, St Peters – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds with Cafes (Updated)

Sydney Park Cafe playground

This is a totally groovy, state of the art playground with – shout hooray!- a lovely cafe.

If you’re looking for a list of the best Sydney Cafes beside playground, click here.

It’s wonderful spot and will keep children of all ages – even my teens – exercised and interested.

Quick, get your bag, grab bikes and trikes and head out.  PS Don’t forget to take the kids.

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Bondi Beach Playground – The Best Of Bondi For Kids

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Iconic Bondi Beach has a couple of very particular attractions for families, especially those with young children.

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Plough and Harrow Park Playground in Western Sydney Parklands

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What have I been thinking?!

I ought to have posted these photos months ago!!

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Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – Willoughby Park on Sydney’s North Shore (Updated)

Willoughby Park playground

The whizzing roundabout with the big climbing frame behind.

Just a few photos and an update to this post on one of our favourite playgrounds on Sydney’s north shore.

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Maroubra Beach Playground, Beach and Skate Park – Sydney’s Best Fenced Playgrounds

Maroubra playground beach skate park Maroubra is a very well known surf beach, the name means ‘like thunder’ and when you’re there, you can hear just why.

So the beach isn’t the best for young children, however the excellent fenced playground is really good, ideal for children aged five and under.

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Robertson Park Playground, Watson’s Bay

Robertson Park Playground, Watsons Bay

Now this is a lovely spot, and a fenced playground, which we always love. Find more fenced Eastern Suburbs playgrounds here.

The photos are a bit old here, but you’ll get the idea. I must get back there and take some better ones… and visit the revamped Watsons Bay Baths too. In the springtime!

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Lyne Park Playground, Rose Bay – Sydney’s Best Fenced Playgrounds

Lyne Park Playground Rose Bay

When we moved as a family to Sydney in 1988, hubby, myself and our oldest son who was then only 18 months old, we spent many, many mornings and afternoons at this playground.

I’ve written about the many emotions it still brings up in me in this post: The Ghost of Playgrounds Past.

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Sydney’s Best Fenced Playgrounds – Eastern Suburbs

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When you have your first baby, you have no idea how important your local playgrounds are going to be in your life.

But it’s when you have your second child that you realise how important it is to know where are all the fully-enclosed, fenced playgrounds are.

Let’s raise a cheer for all the councils and playground designers who put a nice tall fence around their playgrounds. What a relief for parents whose kids are at that… awkward… age…. the age of escape.

It’s no fun to see your toddler running off whilst you’re breastfeeding that new baby.

Trust me, I know.

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Coogee Beach Playground at Grant Reserve – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds {Updated}


Just up the hill and to the south of glorious Coogee Beach, this is a terrific, large playground with equipment to satisfy all ages groups.

The playground has been improved a lot since I first visited with one wild toddler in 2000. So has the toddler, now a teenager!

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