The absence of a renovating nightmare story need not undermine enjoyment of Rushcutters Bay Park and playground. Nor should a lack of bleached hair. And don't fret if yearning after a yacht floating in the bay is as close to owning a sailing vessel as you've come. During our recent visit there, small one and I perceived a predominance of these three elements in carers watching over playground participants. More accurately: I noticed, he was too busy playing on the equipment.
The playground itself has a strong nautical theme. Small one bounces on a blue tinnie-style boat, twists suspended fish to make them 'swim' in the sea, wonders at the carved sandstone pelican, and clambers over rope adorned slides. The maritime flavour distinguishes Rushcutters Bay playground from those that we're more familiar with of the Inner-west.
While small one plays, coffees and treats are gathered from the nearby kiosk by his grandparents. Gluten free raspberry and coconut muffins are my favourite, accompanying the perfect macchiato. We sit and consume while watching the yachts bob on the bay. Park benches overlooking the water are shaded by Sydney's ubiquitous large fig trees. The stone fence that hugs the path along the water is just high enough to prevent small one from clambering over, but does allow a view of the fish zipping around.
The large green fields surrounding the playground and kiosk accommodate ball games and more. While we were there, we saw a very serious outdoor gym session underway. The buffed trainer was hurling instructions upon his trainees with great gusto. At his toddler trainees. Don't be dismayed, however, there is plenty of space for less organised play as well. I recommend taking a ball or two and taking full advantage of the green lawn separating playground from sea.