Newlands Park is nestled in a lush landscaping suburb of Land Cove and the hustle and bustle of St Leonards. Only a short walk from St Leonards train station, the park is located at the corner of Canberra Ave and Duntroon Avenue. It was named after a local residents in the 1920s who was also the local Councillor. Mr. Newlands donated funds to the establishment of the park by North Sydney and Lane Cove councils.
Newlands Park entrance, Cnr Duntron Ave & Canberra Ave.
With lots of trees and plants, the park is quite shady on a sunny day. Stroll down the park and you will find a small children's playground further down from the entrance. Wooden perimeter fencing has been installed along the edges of the park for safety purposes I supposed.
There is plenty of land for active kids to run around and play games. The playground has two play areas, one for toddlers and the other for older children. There are quite a few play equipments suitable for both smaller kids and older children. Most of the play area is shaded with shade sail to protect children from too much exposure to the sun. A bike track is also available around toddler play equipment area. It is a great venue and attractive feature for little kids or beginners to ride their bikes.
The slippery dip is another popular play equipment among the kids. Even the adults have some fun running up and down alongside the slippery dip, ensuring the safety of the their smaller kids while gliding down the slide. The slippery dip has side-barriers on both sides of the slide to prevent kids from falling off.
There are also swings installed for smaller kids and older kids in the playground. Park visitors can bring picnic food or snacks along with them as there is a picnic table available and seating around the playground area. Interestingly, I saw a BBQ area as well which seems to be new but not sure if it's still working.
Newlands Park is also a dog leash-free park with exceptions to 10 meters within the play equipment and 10 meters within the BBQ areas and dog must be controlled at all times. The Council has installed a few dog waste bins around the park at accessible locations for the convenience of dog owners.
Overall, it is a nice family-oriented park especially for toddlers and young kids to hangout during the weekend. The major attraction of the park is the play area, BBQ facilities, picnic area, as well as the off-leash dog area. The park is however a non-smoking area.