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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Sydney’s Best Fenced Playgrounds – NORTH {Updated}

It was the search for the ideal fully fenced playground that set me off researching Sydney’s best places.

I had a really wild, hyper boy-child who was a serial bolter.  I could run faster than him for the first couple of years.

Then I was pregnant with number two son and it became just too dangerous to go anywhere he could escape from.

After that, the twin factor kept us safely inside fenced playgrounds.

For all those mums, dads and carers of active boys, toddler-baby combinations, twins, triplets and quads and also kids with special needs, here’s my list of the best fenced playgrounds in Sydney’s north. 

For Best Fenced Playgrounds in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs click here.

PS Click here to find fenced playgrounds in other areas of Syney.

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Balmoral Beach Playground – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds

A playground by the beach, how lovely. This small playground at Balmoral is in a fantastic area, just by the netted baths and very close to the cafe. Slurp!

It’s also right on the sand at an area where the trees shade the beach, ideal for babies and small children.

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Pirrama Park Playground at Pyrmont Point – Sydney’s Best Harbourside Playgrounds

Ah, this playground is sublime, right on the glittering blue harbour, great views.

But a horror if you have a wild child who might leap into that glittering harbour.

If you do, steer well clear, this playground will wait until your child has calmed down.

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Lizard Log Playground and Picnic Area, Horsley Park

It’s been 10 years since our first visit to this lovely playground.  It was called Pimelea Playspace in those days, and was and is a terrific feature of the huge Western Sydney Parklands.

This is a wonderful area for a big picnic, the facilities are really terrific. But the kids will also enjoy coming for a play at any time!

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Blaxland Riverside Park – More photos

Last post was a full description of the excellent playground at Blaxland Riverside Park. Here are some more photos for your delectation!

We visited Blaxland Riverside Park playground on a grey day, the sun only peaked through at the end of our visit. So these photos don’t do justice to the views at all.

Never mind, we’ll just have to pop over there again sometime soon. The kids will be delighted.

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Blaxland Riverside Park Playground – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds

The playground at Blaxland Riverside Park is pretty blooming spectacular.

If you ignore the fact that there’s very little shade, it’s really got the lot.

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Sydney’s Best Cafes for Kids- Cafe Piemonte, Terrey Hills

Isn’t this the kind of sign you just love to see.

‘Kids playground at rear’ has a certain ring to it.

Cafe Piemonte is my new local. The kindy mums from the twins’ school are meeting here after dropoff regularly.

And of course I have to go each time, such are the onerous duties of the class mum.

How do I manage? I just don’t know. Tough, tough life.  Not!

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Sydney’s Best Cafes for Kids – Flying Fox Cafe

Such a very lovely cafe, it’s been designed to be very family-friendly and it succeeds very well.

It’s slap bang alongside a very large, fully-fenced playground, with lovely water views, in an extensive park.

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Sydney’s Best Playgrounds – Buffalo Creek Reserve, Hunters Hill

It’s always a wonderful thing to find a fantastic new playground. Here’s one that was new for the third edition of Sydney For Under Fives. It’s in a wonderful central location, great for meeting with friends who live all over Sydney.

And just look at that great flying fox, just awesome for bold little souls.

Buffalo Creek Reserve Playground

Pittwater Road, East Ryde 2113


This is a fantastic space and playground, lots of open grassy areas and really good equipment. The piéce de rèsistance is a very long flying fox set just a bit up the hill from the main play area.

The playground has a huge shadecloth covering all of it, and everything our under fives might require including twist slides, spicas, monkey bars, swings. There’s also a large wooden cubby house nearby.

There are shaded picnic tables and nearby is a large sports oval, excellent if you have older children who like to kick a ball.

There is a good bike track as well so don’t forget the bikes and trikes.

Nearest coffee: BYO

Toilets: Along path at end of carpark

Shade: Yes

Enclosed: No but set far from road

Mum’s report: A lovely spot, there are good bushwalks in Buffalo Creek Reserve too. The traffic noise from Pittwater Road is sometimes a bit loud, depends on the day and time. Excellent for adventurous kids.

Extra: There is a nice boardwalk here through the mangroves. It is part of the Great North Walk, and you can walk for a long way north or south from here. See

Map reference: Gregory’s 313 B2, Sydway 255 P14, UBD 214 G2

Parking: Yes

Bus stop nearby: Yes

buffalo creek reserve playground

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Sydney’s Best Playground for Kids- Clifton Gardens Playground

Clifton Gardens cropped Mosman Council outdid itself when it upgraded the playground at Clifton Gardens Reserve.  This is a glorious hideaway on the north shore, and even better, you can usually get a coffee and something to eat at the cafe at the eastern end.

Hello spring and come quickly summer, we’ll be heading down to Clifton Gardens again soon.

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