Blaxland Riverside Park is a great new space in Sydney Olympic Park, with an excellent play area and plenty of activities on offer for the whole family. Whether you’re more into having a relaxing family picnic, or going on a long adventurous bike ride, the Blaxland Riverside Park is the perfect place for your next weekend outing with the little ones.
The Blaxland Riverside Park is located right alongside of the Parramatta River in Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney’s west. The park is fairly remote, as the closest shopping centres and attractions are about a 10 minute drive away, so you will have some peace and quiet as the kids play.
You shouldn’t have any problems parking in the area when going to the park. The closest carpark to the top of the play area is the Newington Armory carpark, but further down towards the barbeque area is an even bigger carpark, especially for the park. Because there isn’t any direct public transport to the park, is advised to drive there, and thus the large parking lots are imperative to the park’s success and popularity.
It’s safe to say that the play area at the Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the best and most interesting play areas in Sydney. There real is something for everyone here, and the playground has plenty of equipment suitable for younger and older kids. Some of the highlights of the playground include the double flying-fox, the tunnel slides, the giant rope climbing areas, the 4 different types of swings and the multi-storey treehouse, just to name a few. There is so much to do and see at this park, and the kids will have a great time exploring all the nooks and crannies the playground has to offer.
There is also a separate ‘water play’ area, which is great for the kids on hot days. The water play area features a circular concreted area with giant water spouts that shoot out thin sprays of water that the kids will have tones of fun running around in and it’s a great way to tire them out on a hot day.
Keep in mind, the play area has minimal shaded areas, and there is no fencing around the equipment at all, so this may be difficult when taking the really little ones to the park. Make sure you pile on the sunscreen and hats before you leave home as well.
The closest food and drink to the play areas in the park are at the top of the space, closest to the main playground. The Armory Wharf Café is further up towards the Newington entrance of the park and is right on the river bank of the Parramatta River. Here, you can get your typical café food and drinks, as well as access highchair and change-table facilities, so if you don’t want to pack lunches, this place is great for you. However, it does fill up on weekends, so make sure you book in advanced.
There is a BBQ area near the lower playground as well, so if you wanted to have a picnic or a party at the park, this may be a better option.
The park has some excellent bike tracks so if your kids are old enough and into bikes, make sure to take them with you when you go to the park. Even if you don’t own your own bikes, you can still have a great time on the trail, as you can rent bikes out from the Sydney Olympic Park Bike Shop for a fee.
Water Play Area
10am - 4pm daily
Private feeding area
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