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Sydney's Free Water Play Parks

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Published January 10th 2016
Leave the wallet at home as these water play parks are free
Sometimes on a hot day you just want to cool off on the cheap with your brood! And if you can't be bothered packing up the car and heading to the beach, then maybe look a bit closer to home. Local councils all over Sydney are building some pretty cool water play parks these days and entry is free of charge.

James Ruse Water Playground - Parramatta

45 Hassall Street, Parramatta

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: No

James Ruse Reserve Water Playground Parramatta
James Ruse Water Playground

It gets hot in Western Sydney during the summer months, so the arrival of this fantastic water play area in September 2014 couldn't have been more perfectly timed. There is loads of space in this brightly coloured park and it suitable for all ages and abilities. The water play area is right next to a cool playground, so kids can run between the two having loads of fun all day long.

Francis Park - Blacktown

Blacktown Showground Precinct, Richmond Rd, Blacktown

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Blacktown Water Play Park
Blacktown Water Play Park

This is one popular park, probably because it is just so well equipped. Besides the fantastic water play area, there is an excellent playground, lovely walks and picnic areas, quality toilet facilities and a very good cafe where parents of older kids can sit back and relax whilst their children do what they do best - have fun.

Nurragingy Reserve - Doonside

Knox Road, Doonside

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Located in a nature's wonderland, the water play park in Nurragingy Reserve is always packed, especially on weekends. It's a very popular spot for birthday parties as it has excellent facilities, beautiful parklands and a kiosk - so make sure you get in early to secure yourself the best spot.

Sydney's Free Water Play Parks
Nurragingy Reserve water Play Area


Pirrama Park - Pyrmont

20 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Pirrama Park Pyrmont
Pirrama Park Pyrmont

Another park in a stunning location (right on the harbour), this water play area keeps both locals and visitors cool in the warmer months. With a decent cafe on site as well as many more close by, this is one popular spot for caffeine loving families. Kids can burn off energy on the climbing frames, swings and in the sand pit and then they can drench themselves under all of the big water spouts.

Plough & Harrow Park - Abbotsbury

Western Sydney Parklands, Elizabeth Dr, Abbotsbury

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

This humongous park has both water play areas as well as traditional and non traditional play equipment. Whilst the water play areas aren't the main draw card of the park, they still provide some splish splash fun for kids who may not be into climbing and more physical endeavours.

Granville Splash Park - Merrylands

Montrose Ave, Merrylands

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Granvile Park Water Play Merrylands
Granville Water Play Park (image from www.vortexaquaticplaygrounds.com.au)

Another new water play park courtesy of the Parramatta Shire Council, this fantastic splash pad is divided into 3 zones for different age groups. It's also accessible for children who are in wheelchairs, so no matter the age or ability of your kids, they will have loads of fun getting saturated by water buckets, spurts, sprays and guns.

Steel Park - Marrickville

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes (on weekends)

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Steel Park Marrickville
Steel Park Marrickville

This is quite an interesting water play park as not only does it have the usual water spurt sprays coming out of the ground, but is also has a water cycle course. Children can see how water flows from high to low areas, almost like a mini river system. There are excellent playground and picnic facilities here as well, and as it is located on the Cooks River the location is quite picturesque.

Darling Quarter Playground - Darling Harbour

1-25 Harbour St, Darling Harbour

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

With water squirts, scoops, screws and pumps, there are so many ways to get wet in the Darling Quarter Playground. Of course there is so much more to do in this bustling playground, you can almost spend the whole day here. Due to its location in the heart of Sydney's tourist belt, this playground can be super busy all year round, so I would suggest that your kids bring their manners and patience along, as they sometimes may need to queue for a while to use all of the equipment.

Blaxland Riverside Park - Newington

Jamieson St, Newington

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: Yes

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

This epic playground is perhaps one of Sydney's most favourite parks. It ticks all of the boxes - plenty of parking, plenty of space, stunning location, an awesome cafe as well as a kiosk, excellent facilities (BBQs, picnic shelters, toilets), awe inspiring playground equipment and it is all beautifully maintained. The water play area attracts many visitors in the warmer months, so be prepared to share this facility with many other Sydneysiders.

Blaxland Riverside Park - Newington
Blaxland Riverside Park - Newington

Putney Park - Putney

55 Pellisier Road, Putney

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No

Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes

A family favourite for many years, this park has two water play areas for kids, one of which is actually a small wading pool. The most popular attraction however in the park is the huge tubular slide that is right next to the water play area. Your little ones will have fun splashing whilst your big kids have fun in the rest of play equipment in this fun adventure playground.

Werrington Lakes Playground - Werrington

Burton Street, Werrington

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No

Shaded: No

Toilets: Yes

Werrington Lakes Werrington Water Play Park
Werrington Lakes Water Play Park

The water play area in this park was installed last year. Whilst it isn't large in size, it is the perfect area for kids to cool off after they have run themselves ragged in the playground or on the exercise equipment that is close by.

Phillip Ruddock Water Play Park
- Dundas

Dundas Park, Yates Avenues Dundas Valley


Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No


Shaded: Yes

Toilets: Yes


This is Sydney's latest water play park to open, thanks to Parramatta Council. Besides the water play facilities there is also a pretty good playground and loads of space for kids to run free.

Sydney's Free Water Play Parks
Phillip Ruddock Water Play Park (image: www.coolparramatta.com.au)


Mary O'Brien Reserve - Zetland

Cnr Joynton Ave & Tilford St, Zetland

Parking: Yes

Kiosk: No

Shaded: No

Toilets: No

With so many people living in high rises around the Zetland/Green Square locale, it is wonderful that Sydney City Council have created such an awesome outdoor venue for them to play in at Mary O'Brien Reserve. With play equipment for all ages, BBQ's, boardwalks, shady trees, greens space for kids to run around on and a new water play area, this park is guaranteed to keep the whole family happy. The only negatives are that there aren't any toilets or shade sails over the play areas.

Sydney's Free Water Play Parks
Mary O'Brien Water Play Area (image: www.cityofsydney.com.au)


Most of the above water play parks are closed during the winter months so make sure you check the relevant websites before you go. Some are shaded, some aren't, so it is always a good idea to slip slop slap when you arrive.

Now it is over to you readers - are there any other free water play parks in Sydney that we should all know about?
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Why? They are all absolutely Free!
When: Spring, Autumn & Summer months normally
Where: Various parks throughout Sydney
Cost: Free
Your Comment
We need some in Liverpool
by Justi (score: 0|4) 921 days ago
There's also one on Sydney Smith Drive in Thornton, near Penrith
by liz (score: 0|4) 921 days ago
Agree for the west where it's hotter & not close to the beaches
by Vinnie (score: 1|10) 919 days ago
Wow Little Munch - that is a comprehensive list! Thanks so much
by Postcards_from (score: 2|476) 916 days ago
We need this is campbelltown nsw
by t_tab (score: 0|2) 393 days ago
Nepean river or jamison park penrith area needs a great water park .AMust !
by laura (score: 0|0) 334 days ago
Campbelltown definitely needs one of these for our little ones.
by Talk2 (score: 0|2) 329 days ago
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