Sydney’s Best Water Slides – For Kids and Their Families (Updated)

All of my wild children love a speedy water slide. And in fact, I don’t mind one myself.

We’re excited then that WetnWild opens here in Sydney tomorrow.  The website has all the info on more than 40 rides, including large spaces for younger children.

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Tree Top Adventure Park in Western Sydney

 It’s not fair!

I want a turn!

For once it was me whinging rather than the twins.

They loved their morning on the three children’s courses at Tree Tops Adventure Park at Plough and Harrow Park in Western Sydney Parklands.

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North Sydney Pool – Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Swimming Pools

Oh, I do love North Sydney Pool, and my love has been true for almost 25 years.

I used to live at Milson’s Point and would have a swim here in the mornings before dashing up to work on The Midday Show With Ray Martin at Channel 9.

Those were the days!

When my big boys were wee boys we lived in North Sydney and they did some swimming lessons here just after the indoor pools were built.

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The Best Kids Bike Tracks In Sydney

I love a great idea for a post from a reader.  Hello Ramona!

Ramona emailed to ask if I could recommend any good bike tracks for young children.  Yes!

This list is more or less off the top of my head.

All of the places here are described in detail in Sydney For Under Fives, except Brightmore Reserve, so I have put the map of that in the post.  Where there’s a post on the playground or nearby attraction, I’ve put a clickable link.

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Swimming Laps Outdoors in Sydney – My Very Favourite Places

So, this is the summer of sea swimming for me. It’s been decided.

I don’t quite know why but the notion has fixed itself firmly in my noddle.

I’ve enjoyed swimming all my life and would always have said – yes, even as a child in Bonnie, Chilly Scotland – that I loved sea swimming.

And Sydney excels. EXCELS, I tell you, when it comes to swimming laps outside.

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Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia – Visiting with Young Children

A must see!

Whether you’re a visitor to Sydney or you’ve lived here all your life, a visit to the Zoo is always a good day out.

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Top Five Things To Do In Sydney – With Kids


I was set a blog challenge by the lovely Katrina Whelan, Melbourne-based Babyology writer, Seamsaway proprietrix and, in her spare time, mother of four.


She tweeted:

Oooooohhhh… where to start?  How to end?!

And how on earth does she to have four children aged 5-9? That’s four kids in four years!

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Hidden Gems- My Top Five Secret Beaches of Sydney

When I was a wee girl growing up in Bonnie Scotland, beaches were all about seaweed and stones.

There are sandy beaches in Scotland, but we spent most of our time at the more typically Scottish sort. And we four kids loved them!

We went to many, many beaches. Dad loved his boat and we spent our summer holidays sailing around the Hebridean islands. We scrambled over boulders, climbed cliffs, and loved to turn over rocks to chase the wee beasties that leapt about like fleas.

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Sydney’s Best Cafes Beside Playgrounds

Mums and dads, you NEED to know this information!

Is there anything better than a takeaway coffee in the playground?

Yes, actually there is.

Drinking a coffee in a cafe, with your bottom firmly on a seat, whilst your kids play in a playground within eyesight.

As your kids get bigger, this is feasible.

I know, things you thought would NEVER happen!

Here’s a list of my seven fave cafes which are right beside playgrounds.

This isn’t exhaustive, if you know of others PLEASE let me know and I’ll share the info; lots of mums and dads will be VERY grateful!

Centennial Park Cafe

It’s divine, and it’s just up the hill from the playground.

Cars are nowhere close.  Lets the kids roll down the hill and run off to the playground whilst you enjoy the views and the green glories of the park.


Rushcutters Bay Kiosk

A lovely spot in a wide open park, and very close to this playground which is a terrific one for under fives.

And I see that I don’t have a photo of the cafe itself to load up… must go and take one.


Sydney Park Cafe, Newtown

Very funky cafe in a very modern playground, right inside the playground.  Hooray!

This is a lovely spot for children of all ages, even teenagers will find this playground fun…. and what parent or carer wouldn’t love the cafe?



Carss Park Cafe and Grille

Slap bang beside the playground and with plenty of outdoor seating, this is a great spot if your children are old enough to play by themselves.




Lilies On The Park, Sydney Olympic Park

  OK, so this cafe isn’t right slap bang beside the playground, but it’s pretty damn close and pretty damn good!

And OK, OK, you couldn’t really sit here and watch the kids in the playground. It’s too far away and – ahem – across a carpark.

But I love this cafe and it’s a great one for before or after the playground.

Balmoral Boat House

Balmoral Boatshed-2

This cafe and takeaway is in a terrific position, beside the playground and by the netted baths area of Balmoral.  Can get crowded of course on a hot day.  All the info you need is here.



Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale

This is a lovely cafe which revels in water views as well as playground views.

It is practically inside the huge, fenced playground, and serves its family clientele well.  All details here.


And here’s another good one, but from north of Sydney:

Speers Point Playground Cafe, Newcastle

This enormous playground has just got a new cafe, the icing on the cake!

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I think another post about some of the garden nursery cafes which have playgrounds could be next!

In the meantime, I would be so delighted to hear of other great cafes beside playgrounds. Please do let me know your favourites.

Spread the word! Other families will love you for it.

Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – Putney Park Playground

Putney Park playground water play Sydney Marvellous place!  A water play playground, fine for a very sunny winter’s day and just sublime in summer.

My family has been having fun at Putney Park for over a decade…..mostly nude!

The humungous slide is a big draw for the older children, little ones need to sit on mum or dad’s lap though, it’s pretty scary.
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