This post has been long overdue. I have had friends who have asked me for some of my top recommendations of kid-friendly places in Sydney, as they lug their toddlers along for a trip Down Under.
So yeah – if you’re coming, check out Taronga Zoo (a gorgeous place, with gorgeous view overlooking the Sydney Harbour), Sydney Wild Life & the Aquarium (at Darling Harbour), the Maritime Museum, Hyde Park, Jewish Museum (my hubby tells me it is one of the two Jewish museums outside of Israel), Hunter Valley etc…
But if you ask my boys, what makes Sydney REALLY special… are its playgrounds. Small, large and huge are the three basic sizes it comes in, and littered all throughout the nation. Now, I’ve only lived here for under a year, and as I live in the Eastern Suburbs, so my list is pretty biased – but as you can see, my boys are mighty happy with these. We shall be going exploring soon, in search of better and bigger playgrounds!
Top Playgrounds in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
1) Maroubra Beach/Playground
There are many beaches in Sydney, and I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous ones like Manly and Bondi. Those are really nice. But crowded. So the beach we love to go to is Maroubra. In fact, the 2013 State of the Beaches report lists Maroubra as one of the 8 best beaches to swim in (in terms of water quality) – and nope, Manly and Bondi is not part of the 8.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
Tucked away in a corner of the beach lies a huge tentage housing not one, not two, but three (at least if my memory serves) play structures! The kids adore this place – and when they get bored, they can adjourn to the sandy beach to play (and roll and dig and fling sand at Daddy).
We went to Maroubra last Saturday, and as the roadside parking was getting filled out, we drove to the nearby Sailing Club where there was more parking – and discovered a new gem in Maroubra. A part of the beach where there were some rocks and knee-high waters – with fishes! Tiny fishes, yes! Oh, the boys had a ball that hot Saturday morning!
And if you do make your way to Maroubra on a Saturday, check out the North End Cafe – where they serve Brazilian BBQ buffet for A$35 per adult (and kids eat for free), for warm hospitable service and some yummy meats! We’ve been there twice already, and the kids love it – as do we!
2) L’estrange Park (intersection of King Street and Sutherland Street, Mascot NSW)
If the Maroubra playground is considered a “large” one – this playground is definitely a “huge” in my books.
How huge? Well, the topmost photo is a panoramic one I took using my iPhone – and it DIDN’T capture the little play structure at the left side AND the large spider-web and swings just behind the mini hill.
Like I said, huge.
Another place the boys adore. They can climb, swing, hang, run, even ride a bike on the bicycle path. The playground is so big that it can cater to various age groups – so Xavier can go on structure more age-appropriate for him and Jayvon can be more challenged.
3) C Side Restaurant (110 General Holmes Drive, Kyeemagh NSW 2216)
This little restaurant tucked away in a pretty secluded area is about to be “outed” by me. We love this place. Love. The battered fish and chips is comparable to ones we’ve eaten at more reputable places. Fresh fish, great tasting batter – and if you have it with the seafood salad, it will just put you back by under A$15. So, so good! The boys usually share the seafood platter, and we will get it on takeaway, and walk about 3 minutes to another slice of heaven for the boys.
A tented playground. An unshaded one. A large spider-web climber. Three structures – and a bike track as well. Is it any wonder we spotted more than one family having a barbeque there on a weekend morning as well?
My top three recommended playgrounds if you are in the Eastern Suburbs – and I am sure there are more gems out there! My boys are very willing guinea pigs in our quest to seek them all out!
So if you are coming to Sydney with kids in tow, consider these out-of-the-way playgrounds – and let your kid experience a little of Sydney like a true-blue Sydneysider kid. And hey – drop me a line and we can have a playdate too!
This is part of my ongoing blog series on Our Sydney Adventures - as we call this gorgeous city “home” for the next year or so. Come and Sydney like a local (almost) with us!