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The Brightside: Australia’s Top “Park Hangs”

The Brightside: Australia’s Top “Park Hangs”
From the charming local playground to immersive nature play, Australia is home to some of the most incredible kids playgrounds. We have rounded up some of our favourites state by state for you to put on your playground hit list these Summer holidays.

New South Wales

 Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden, Centennial Park: 

Tucked away in the expansive Centennial Parklands, this nature-inspired playground encourages children to connect with the outdoors. It features treehouses, water play elements, and natural landscapes, fostering a sense of adventure and exploration. There is plenty of shade, toilet facilities, and a coffee van. It’s everything you need for a fun day out with the kids. Find out more.

Darling Harbour Playground, Sydney: 

Perfect for a hot summer day in the city! Nestled in the heart of Sydney, Darling Harbour Playground is a waterfront gem that offers an array of play structures, water features, and climbing frames. The location provides stunning views of the harbour and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Find out more.

Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney: 

Known as one of Sydney’s largest playgrounds, Blaxland Riverside Park boasts diverse play areas, including giant slides, climbing nets, and water play zones. Its expansive green spaces and picnic areas make it an ideal spot for a family day out. Find out more.


South Bank Parklands, Brisbane: 

South Bank Parklands in Brisbane is a haven for families, offering a diverse range of activities. The Riverside Green Playground features imaginative play structures, water play areas, and lush greenery, creating a vibrant and engaging environment for kids. Find out more.

Rocks Riverside Park, Brisbane: 

Situated along the Brisbane River, Rocks Riverside Park is a spacious playground that includes a large fort-like structure, flying foxes, and extensive bike paths. The park’s scenic location and variety of play equipment make it a popular choice for families. Find out more.

Pirate Park, Palm Beach: 

As the name suggests, Pirate Park in Palm Beach is a swashbuckling adventure for young ones. With its pirate ship-themed play structures, sandpits, and climbing frames, it provides an imaginative and enjoyable experience for children. Find out more.


Royal Park Nature Play, Melbourne: 

Tapping into the natural landscape, Royal Park Nature Play in Melbourne is designed to encourage unstructured play. With logs, boulders, and water features, this playground promotes a sense of freedom and connection to the environment. Find out more.

Adventure Playground, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne: 

Nestled near the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, the Adventure Playground offers an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary play equipment. Its central location and unique design make it a convenient and fun choice for families exploring the city. Find out more.

Seville Water Play Park, Yarra Valley: 

Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Seville Water Play Park combines water play with traditional playground elements. Perfect for warm days, this park provides a refreshing and entertaining experience for children of all ages. Find out more.

Western Australia

Lotterywest Family Area - Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth: 

Kings Park is not only a stunning botanical garden but also home to the Lotterywest Family Area, a fantastic playground with nature-inspired play structures, climbing frames, and water play features. The park’s elevated location provides panoramic views of the city, making it a favourite among families. Find out more.

Whiteman Park, Perth: 

Whiteman Park encompasses a vast area with multiple playgrounds, including the popular “Village West” play space. With its vintage-themed play structures, pedal-powered go-karts, and expansive open spaces, Whiteman Park offers a unique and enjoyable experience for kids. Find out more.

Northern Territory

Darwin Waterfront Precinct, Darwin: 

The Darwin Waterfront Precinct features a family-friendly lagoon complete with a beach and the nearby Recreation Lagoon Playground. This water playground includes splash pads, water jets, and shaded areas, providing a refreshing escape for children in the tropical climate. Find out more.

Leanyer Recreation Park, Darwin: 

Leanyer Recreation Park is a sprawling recreational area that includes a water park, playgrounds, and picnic facilities. The water park, with its multiple water slides and play areas, is a hit with kids, especially during the warmer months. Find out more.


Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston:

Cataract Gorge is a picturesque natural reserve, and within it lies a charming playground that complements the surrounding beauty. The playground features play equipment suitable for various ages, and families can enjoy the stunning scenery and walking trails nearby. Find out more.

St. Helens Waterfront Play Park, St. Helens: 

Overlooking the stunning Georges Bay, the St. Helens Waterfront Play Park combines play structures, swings, and water play features. The coastal setting adds an extra layer of enjoyment for families visiting this delightful spot. Find out more.

South Australia

Bonython Park/Tulya Wardli, Adelaide: 

Bonython Park, also known as Tulya Wardli, is home to an expansive playground that caters to all ages. With its giant slides, climbing nets, and sensory play areas, it’s a popular destination for families seeking a diverse and engaging play experience. Find out more.

Morialta Conservation Park, Adelaide Hills: 

While Morialta Conservation Park is known for its scenic hikes, it also offers a nature-based playground. Nestled in a bushland setting, the playground encourages children to explore and interact with the natural environment, making it a unique and educational play space. Find out more. 

Australia’s diverse landscapes are reflected in the creativity and variety of its kids’ playgrounds. Whether you’re in bustling cities or serene regional areas, these playgrounds offer endless opportunities for children to learn, explore, and, most importantly, have fun. We hope these playgrounds make for a memorable day out for the fam this summer.

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