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by Ivana Katz (subscribe)
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Published July 16th 2012
When planning to spend a day at the park with your family or meet friends for a picnic, most of us tend to venture to the same familiar places. But why not plan a day at a park, where you haven't been before. Your kids will love the adventure and discovering new playgrounds, while you get a break in your routine. The following are some of Sydney's best parks. They have been chosen because of their features and facilities. They are in no particular order.

Banjo Paterson Park
Punt Road, Gladesville
Playground, café, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Banjo Paterson Park
Banjo Paterson Park


Little Manly Point Park
Stuart Street, Manly
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade. More information on Little Manly Point Park

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Little Manly Point Park
Little Manly Point Park


Clontarf Reserve
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade. More information on Clontarf Reserve

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Clontarf Reserve
Clontarf Reserve


Cook Park
The Grand Parade, Brighton Le Sands
Features: Several playgrounds, cafes/restaurants, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade. More information on Cook Park.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Cook Park
Cook Park


Manly Lagoon Reserve
Pittwater Road, North Manly
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade. More information on Manly Lagoon Reserve

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Manly Lagoon Reserve
Manly Lagoon Reserve



Carss Bush Park
Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade. More information on Carss Bush Park

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Carss Bush Park
Carss Bush Park


Bronte Park
Bronte Road, Bronte
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade.
More information on Bronte Park

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Bronte Park
Bronte Park


North Harbour Reserve
North Harbour Street, Balgowlah
Playground, café/kiosk, scooter track for young kids, basketball court, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade.
More information on North Harbour Reserve

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - North Harbour Reserve
North Harbour Reserve


Centennial Park
Lang Road, Centennial Park
Playground, café/kiosk, bike/scooter/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade, ponds.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Centennial Park
Centennial Park


Bicentennial Park
Australia Avenue, Homebush
Playground, café/kiosk, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade, water fountains for splashing.
More information on ]Bicentennial Park

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Bicentennial Park
Bicentennial Park


Winnererremy Bay
Mona Street, Mona Vale
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Winnerreremy Bay
Winnerreremy Bay


Darling Quarter
1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour
Playground, cafés/kiosks/restaurants, water fountains for splashing, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Darling Quarter
Darling Quarter


Lyne Park
New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Playground, café/kiosk, bike/skateboard track, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Lyne Park
Lyne Park


Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam)
Allambie Road, Manly Vale
Playground, swimming, toilets, BBQs, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Manly Warringah Memorial Park - Manly Dam
Manly Warringah Memorial Park - Manly Dam


Nielsen Park
Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
Café/kiosk, swimming, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Nielsen Park
Nielsen Park


Robertson Park
Military Road, Watsons Bay
Playground, restaurants/cafés/kiosk, swimming, bike/skateboard track, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Robertson Park
Robertson Park


Rushcutters Bay Park
New South Head Road, Rushcutters Bay
Playground, café/kiosk, bike/skateboard track, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Rushcutters Bay Park
Rushcutters Bay Park


The Basin
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Café/kiosk, swimming, toilets, picnic areas, BBQs, seating, shade, kangaroos can often be seen.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - The Basin
The Basin


Leichhardt Park
Glover Street, Lilyfield
Playground, café, bike/skateboard track, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Leichhardt Park
Leichhardt Park


Buffalo Creek Reserve
Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
Playground, mobile café visits regularly, bike/skateboard track, picnic areas, seating, shade.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Buffalo Creek Reserve
Buffalo Creek Reserve


Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquarie Road, Sydney
Cafés/restaurants, bike/skateboard track, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade, pond, gardens.

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens


Parsley Bay Reserve
Parsley Road, Vaucluse
Playground, café/kiosk, swimming, toilets, picnic areas, seating, shade.
More information on Parsley Bay Reserve

Free things to do in Sydney this weekend - Parsley Bay Reserve
Parsley Bay Reserve


So if you are wondering what things to do in Sydney this weekend, why not head to one of these great parks and let us know what you thought of them.
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Super story Ivana..where's the medal?
by glenop (score: 2|823) 2279 days ago
Putney Park is an amazing park located right next to the Parramatta River. It gets busy during the weekends as has great facilities and stunning water views with quite a lot of off street parking.
Facilities include:

. The main playground with a lookout tower, twisting tube slide, shade sail and a sandstone water play area and sculptures to climb

. A second playground with a very long old style steel slide, combination equipment and swings. On your left, up a slope past the toilets.

. A small toddler playground located next to a large climbing net.

. Picnic shelters and electric BBQs

. Toilets ( which can get a bit putrid)

. Open lawn areas
by Cornelia Deller (score: 2|182) 2218 days ago
Re best parks in Sydney: Sydney Park in St Peters is being developed by the City of Sydney - fortunately in an innovative way which will see wetlands and the harvesting of water surplus to the park's needs. I love it.
by marie (score: 0|5) 1479 days ago
Peter Depena Reserve at Dolls Point. The shoreline walk is beautiful.
by Evie Gatton-West (score: 1|26) 2218 days ago
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