The Northern Beaches has fantastic playgrounds, each with its own unique features to keep little ones entertained for hours. From waterfront wonderlands to train-themed adventures, here’s a guide to some of the best playgrounds the Beaches has to offer.

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BERRY RESERVE (AND TRAM), NARRABEEN

For a fun family day out, consider heading to Berry Reserve playground and nearby Narrabeen lake. You can walk, or cycle around the lake, take a pedalo on the water, or grab a coffee and bite to eat at Tramshed cafe.

The kids will love playing on the restored vintage tram, and parents will appreciate the Little Marionette coffee and plenty of healthy food options.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!

It can get busy on weekends, and if you plan to walk or cycle around the lake, check the distance (and bike tyres!) before setting off. The playground is fully fenced, with lots for the kids to do from swings, a castle, bounce mats, drums and stepping stones.

BILARONG RESERVE PLAYGROUND

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Nestled amongst greenery and overlooking the sparkling Narrabeen Lagoon, Bilarong Reserve playground is a haven for families seeking a fun-filled nature escape. Kids will love the unique play equipment, from the giant sandpit to rope climbs and splashtastic water features. And with ample shade, BBQs, and a picnic area, Bilarong Reserve is the perfect recipe for a chill day out in the sunshine.

WINNERERRREMY BAY PLAYGROUND, MONA VALE (ALSO KNOWN AS FLYING FOX PARK)

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This massive play zone caters to all ages, with forts, swings, slides, and climbing frames galore. But the real star is the giant flying fox. Plus, with picnic spots, bike paths, and cafes nearby, it’s the perfect recipe for a fun-filled family day.

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What’s great about it?

Something for everyone, fully fenced play equipment for all ages that includes the ever popular ‘flying fox’ and giant spider web, bike/scooter track, licensed café, large sheltered picnic tables, BBQ’s, plenty of shade and grass for picnics all on a stunning waterfront location with sandy beach. Walk across the footbridge to Rowland reserve where dogs can be let off their leashes.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!

Parking permits are required for the carpark otherwise parking is metred or on street parking with a short walk. Picnic tables often fill up fast on weekends for birthday parties so arrive early to avoid disappointment or bring a picnic rug and chairs and set up under the shade of a tree.

LIONEL WATTS, BELROSE

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What’s great about it?

A relative new kid on the Northern Beaches playground circuit, having opened in December 2019. Includes a skate ramp, large enclosed playground with all-abilities play equipment, water play, public art, outdoor exercise equipment, accessible toilets and parking.

COLLAROY BEACH

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What’s great about it?
Boasting a spectacular Ocean front setting, facilities include barbecues, accessible toilets and change rooms, enclosed inclusive play equipment including liberty swing, parking. Beach and pool are directly adjacent for to cool off with a swim after a play!

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!
The play equipment does get very busy on weekends and public holidays, arrive early to reserve a spot for your party celebrations.

ROCKET PARK, WARRIEWOOD

What’s great about it?
An enormous Rocket Ship and adult sized slides are a definite highlight of this unique playground, nestled in amongst bushland in a residential estate of Warriewood.
Covered picnic tables and BBQ’s are perfect for group gatherings and parties and a huge adjacent grass field is perfect for ball and running games.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!
If the sea breeze isn’t blowing it can be a very hot venue on a summer’s day! And watch out for the odd sighting of the slithery kind (snake) in the vicinity although only relatively harmless diamond pythons. Parking can be tricky on weekends. Playground is not fenced but set back from the road/car parking.

BERT PAYNE PARK, NEWPORT BEACH


Still relatively new in terms of its construction, the equipment here is fun and varied for all ages and abilities. Playground is fully enclosed however adjacent BBQ and picnic table area is not so take care with the busy main road close by. Car parking is adjacent and ample. Toilets are located close by in the Newport SLSC.

LITTLE MANLY POINT

What’s great about it?
A fabulous spot for a large group-picnic with harbour views and only a short stroll down to the sands of little Manly Beach and swimming baths. The Café is under new management and there are toilet and change facilities adjacent.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!

The downside is the lack of shade structures and picnic tables so BYO of these! The playground equipment is on the tired/dated side but still enough to keep kids busy in between swims and ball games on the vast grassland areas. Parking can be scarce on weekends and public holidays and is mostly council permit or metred. Toilets are located 150m downhill walk away.

GOVERNOR PHILLIP, PALM BEACH

What’s great about it?

A beautifully understated construction of mostly timber with a nautical theme, the play equipment here is simple but does the job of providing a distraction from the surrounding paradise – a place to burn off the energy from that gelato at Boat House!

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!

Unfortunately, the lack of a barrier fence and proximity to the road make this playground not so toddler friendly. Parking is with a council permit or paid meter only.

APEX PARK, MONA VALE BEACH

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What’s great about it?

Spacious, across the road from Mona Vale beach and great cafes! Playground features equipment suitable for a mix of ages. There are picnic tables, grass open space/play area, bike/scooter track. Permit/Pay and display parking adjacent or across the road.

CLONTARF BEACH RESERVE

What’s great about it?
Sandy, shade covered large playground in front of the beach with great views of the water. Plenty of space for a picnic, with BBQ’s and a café/kiosk make this a great place to spend the day.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!
Parking can be tricky, especially on weekends. The playground is not fenced.

MANLY LAGOON RESERVE, MANLY

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What’s great about it?

Located just a stone’s throw from Queenscliff Beach and Surf Club. There’s a small playground, public toilets, swings, barbecues plus a large enclosed playground. Close to bus routes and the Esplanade walk.

What to bear in mind – hints and tips for your visit!
Parking can be very scarce on weekends and public holidays.

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