If you are a parent or carer of young children, these webpages will help you and your children discover the delights of North Sydney's many playgrounds. The playgrounds range from simple swing-sets tucked away in local parks to sophisticated custom-built playgrounds, with a multitude of activities, located in some of our larger parks.
A Place to Play: playgrounds guide (13MB)
North Sydney Council boasts a wide range of innovative play equipment that now compliments some of the more traditional swing sets and climbing equipment. Bradfield Park, located beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge boasts a modern, custom designed cable play structure befitting this spectacular location and other foreshore parks such as Berry Island Reserve, Milson Park and Waverton Park have custom designed playgrounds that reflect the individual character of the parks and offer visitors unique and varied play experiences. St Thomas Rest Park incorporates rocketship rockers and a space capsule structure, while Brennan Park has a lush, shady, 'Children's Garden' theme with mosaic hopscotch and daisy motif spring rockers.
Since 1996, North Sydney Council upgrades playgrounds in a continuous cycle. We won awards for our upgrading program from the Keep Australia Beautiful Council and from Kidsafe NSW. Over the years, we have moved away from 'off-the-shelf' equipment, and instead created custom-designed playgrounds that respond to their location and provide unique opportunities and challenges for children of all levels of physical ability.
In recognition of the importance of playgrounds Council developed a Playgrounds Plan of Management.
The Plan led to the development of a Playgrounds Methodology Document, which prioritised all playgrounds in the North Sydney area according to their need for upgrading.
The result of the Playgrounds Methodology Document has been an ongoing Capital Works Program to strategically replace and upgrade playground assets. Council has achieved its goal of ensuring no resident has to walk more than 500m to access a quality playground.