The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Most parents know that kids are moths to a flame when it comes to water. Children love playing with water, getting wet and splashing around. It’s a love that generally continues on through adolescence too as they graduate from stomping around in puddles to sliding down fast slides. Sydneysiders are blessed to have a bounty of sunny days each year, gorgeous beaches and a bevy of water parks in Sydney for kids.

Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Wet’n’Wild Sydney

The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Reputed to be the biggest and best of all water parks in Sydney, Wet’n’Wild features over 40 slides and attractions, a wave pool, a dinosaur lagoon and an entire section dedicated to little kids which has been developed by Nickelodeon.

With free parking, the ability to bring in your own sandwiches and water, lots of shady spots and activities to suit each age, Wet’n’Wild has become a favourite place for many Sydneysiders to head on hot days.

Our verdict: We visited with 5 kids ranging from 9-13. Two refused to go on any slides but enjoyed the wave pool and the dinosaur lagoon. The other three (the youngest and middle two) enjoyed the larger slides. We stayed from 11.00 am through to 6.00 pm and had to drag them away. I recommend investing in the season pass which works out to be $15 extra a ticket but gives you unlimited visits.

Address: 427 Reservoir Rd, Prospect
Open: Open from September – April each year. Open daily from 10.00 am during the school holidays and then Friday-Sunday during the school term. See website for opening hours.
Website: wetnwildsydney.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 33km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 40 minutes by car
Ticket Price: Day passes start at $59.00. If you plan to visit more than once, check out the season pass.

Jamberoo Action Park

Set amongst 40 hectares of parkland, Jamberoo Action Park boasts The Perfect Storm!,  the Tallest, Longest, Fastest water ride ever built! Whilst this water park is some distance from Sydney, I’m told it has lots of shade, plenty of different rides to accomodate all ages and the luxury of allowing you to bring your own food and drink. Have you been? What did you think?

Our verdict: we are yet to visit Jamberoo Action Park.

Address: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Open: Open from September – April each year. Open daily from 10.00 am during the school holidays and then Friday-Sunday during the school term. See website for opening hours.
Website: www.jamberoo.net
Distance from Sydney CBD: 120km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by car
Ticket Price: Day passes from $59.99. If you plan to visit more than once, check out the season pass.

Aquatopia at Prairiewood Leisure Centre

Aquatopia at Prairiewood Leisure Centre was created to provide an affordable water park for families in the local area. It features 10m high giant slides, an adventure aqua tower with 79 unique and amazing elements, a toddlers pool, and a Wave Rider.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit.

Address: Prairie Vale Rd & Moonlight Road, Prairiewood
Open: Open from September – April each year. Open daily from 10.00 am during the school holidays and then Friday-Sunday during the school term. See website for opening hours.
Website: www.fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 36km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 42 minutes by car
Ticket Price: from $15.00 per person or $50.00 for a family pass (for locals)

Water Parks in Sydney for Kids Where They Can Play

The Playground, Darling Quarter

The Darling Quarter has an incredible playground which is always brimming with excited children. It’s an all ages playground and sure to amuse your kids, regardless of their age.

The large water section features a pumpstation with 26 water jets ready to make a range of water patterns; a water school ready for splashing around; an Archimedes water screw and a dam which is controlled by 7 water switches, 5 water gates and a water wheel.

Our verdict: The Playground in the Darling Quarter is one of our favourite parks. The kids always end up wet even if they say they’re just going to check the temperature with their toes. Both kids would be happy to stay and play for at least half a day.

Suggestion: When heading to Darling Harbour always make sure you have a spare set of clothes in case the kids head straight to this part of the playground.

Address: 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
Open: Always open
Website: www.darlingquarter.com
Distance from Sydney CBD: 1.7km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 6 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Wet’n’Wild Sydney

Granville Park

Created to be sustainable, Granville Park has quite an array of water features including a tipping buckets which dumps 1600 litres of water a minute. Situated on 13.2 hectares of parkland, there’s a playground right next to the water play in the event that it’s too cold for getting wet.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: 2 Montrose Ave, Merrylands NSW 2160
Open: Always open in summer, autumn and spring.
Website: www.facebook.com
Distance from Sydney CBD: 23.7km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 31 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Nurragingy Reserve Water Park

Whilst the water park is not open all year, the water park has been a welcome asset to the reserve. It features a great selection of fountains and has some nice shady spots.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Knox Rd, Doonside
Open: From 7.00 am daily. Closes between 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm depending on time of year.
Website: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 46.1km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 42 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Domain Creek Playground

The Domain Creek Playground in Parramatta Park is quite new and has quickly become a favourite with locals. The playground itself has trampolines, musical instruments, a flying fox, swings and diggers. The water section has a water pump ready to use.

Our verdict: CLICK TO READ ABOUT OUR VISIT TO PARRAMATTA PARK

Address: Park Ave & Park Parade, Westmead
Open: 6.00 am – 6.00 pm (8.00 pm during daylight saving).
Website: www.parrapark.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 25.9km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 31 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Mary O’Brien Reserve

Featuring two playgrounds, Mary O’Brien Reserve is suitable for kids aged up to around 8 years of age. The water area is floored with soft blue sponge from which jets shoot. Lots of fun!

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Joynton Ave, crn, Tilford St, Zetland
Open: always open
Website: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 7.7km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 13 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Putney Park

Putney Park is situated right on the banks of Parramatta River and features a lovely expanse of grass and natural areas. The large playground features a lovely water area as well as a smaller playground for younger kids.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Pellisier Rd, Putney
Open:  All hours
Website: www.ryde.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 12.9km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 19 minutes by car
Ticket Price:

Taronga Zoo, Mosman

The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids Taronga

If you head to the barn yard animal area you will find a great water area for the kids right in Taronga Zoo. The water area features pumps, channels and a guarantee that the kids will end up wet.

Our verdict: this is always the last stop on any trip to Taronga Zoo and I recommend making it your last stop too as the kids are likely to get soaked. It’s often busy with hoards of toddlers and preschool aged kids which has meant that my older kids aren’t as keen to play here anymore. Top tip: there is a small wading pool in the bottom tier between the elephants and seals if your kids want to escape the crowd. It’s one of the more expensive water parks in Sydney for kids if you are looking for that specifically.

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
Open: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm daily
Website: taronga.org.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 8.6km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 17 minutes by car
Ticket Price: From $23.40 per child

Blacktown Showground Precinct

Open all year outside winter, the Blacktown Showground Precinct features water troughs, a hand wheel water pimp, a concrete water maze and jets ready to spay you wet. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park.

Address: Corner Richmond Road and Balmoral Road, Blacktown
Open: Closed in winter. Summer 9.00 am to 6.30 pm. Autumn 10.00 am to 3.30 pm. Spring 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.
Website: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 42.2km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 39 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Pirrama Park

Situated on a lovely 1.8 hectare space right on the harbour, this grassland space features a great space with fountains and sprinklers. The gorgeous space is perfect for parents too.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park.

Address: Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Open: Open 24 hours
Website: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 2.9km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 9 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Werrington Lakes Playground

This playground boasts an array of multi age play equipment with rubber softfall. The water area is the perfect space to cool down after an exhausting, hot play. Head over to the sandstone area where jets spary upwards to get you wet!

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park.

Address: Burton St, Werrington
Open: Open 24 hours
Website: www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 52.4km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 52 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Blaxland Riverside Park

Blaxland Riverside Park Play Space : An Adventure at Sydney Olympic Park

Blaxland Riverside Park, right on the Parramatta River, is one of our family’s favourite parks. Whilst we typically head here for all the play equipment, on a hot day we can’t help but head to the water area which is the LARGEST outdoor water play area in the state!

Our verdict: We have dubbed this park Teletubby Park for it’s range of man made hills that look right of the tv show. CLICK TO READ ABOUT OUR ADVENTURE AT OUR FAVOURITE PARK

Address: Jamieson St, Sydney
Open: Daily, sunrise to sunset. Water play from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Website: www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 2.9km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 9 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Waterplay Park, Steel Park

You can’ help but be impressed with Steel Park’s waterplay area which has been designed to capture the water cycle as a whole. The water that feeds the play area comes from the rain water that falls on the roof of the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre. This water is then used in the interactive fountains, mist spay elements, and sprinklers. It’s all recycled and treated before being used again and again.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Open: Daily between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm, from October to March.
Website: www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 10km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 21 minutes by car
Ticket Price: 
FREE

Lizard Log, Abbotsbury

Head out to Abbotsbury and you’ll find the Lizard Log playgroud which has been beautifully landscaped within a natural environment. Whilst there’s a bunch of play equipment to enjoy, the play deck with water pump will be the place to head for those wanting to get a little wet.

Our verdict: I found the dirt and wood chips a little uncomfortable but it just made the venue another favourite for the kids. It can get busy but there’s lots to do. The kids liked working out how to make the water run down different paths.

Address: 1521 The Horsley Dr, Abbotsbury
Open: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm
Website: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 44km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 42 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

James Ruse Reserve Water Playground

Water play features include fountains, tipping buckets, water jets and other interactive features.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: James Ruse Reserve, Hassall St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Open: September to May: 9:00am – 8:00pm June to August: Closed
Website: www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 22.5km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 29 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

The Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids

Wave Pool – Wet’n’Wild Sydney

Philip Ruddock Waterpark

Water play features include fountains, tipping buckets, water jets and other interactive features.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Yates Avenue, Dundas Valley
Open: September to May: 9:00am – 8:00pm June to August: Closed
Website: www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 19,8km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 29 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Plough & Harrow, Western Sydney Parklands

Another playground growing in popularity, Plough and Harrow has been built for a wide range of ages. It incorporates both a water play area and climbing equipment. The Giant hamster wheel is said to be fun.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: Elizabeth Dr, Abbotsbury
Open: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm
Website: www.westernsydneyparklands.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 53.3km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 44 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Livvi’s Place, Jordan Springs

We are huge fans of the Livvi’s Place concept which incorporates an universal design philosophy so all kids can access the park. This one is fully fenced and has a large water play area wth six water jets as well as a bounty of other play equipment.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: 1 Discovery Way, Jordan Springs
Open: Daylight
Website: touchedbyolivia.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 56.4km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 55 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre

The Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre is a year round facility for swimming. A water splash zone is open during the warmer seasons and is suitable for all ages.

Our verdict: we are yet to visit this park

Address: 52 Fields Rd, Macquarie Fields
Open: Summer hours: October to March Winter hours: April to September. See website for details.
Website: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 50.1km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 44 minutes by car
Ticket Price: $17.00 for a family  (2 Adult & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children)

Cathy Freeman Park

Situated in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park, this park makes the Best Water Parks in Sydney for Kids list for featuring the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games cauldron which is now used as a water feature. The kids can run underneath the cascading water and splash around.

Our verdict: We often stop by after an adventure in Olympic Park to cool down. It is yet to be our destination but is a welcome stop.

Address: Sydney Olympic Park
Open: all hours
Website: www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 17.9km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 27 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

Ian Potter Children’s Garden WILD PLAY

Ian Potter Children's Garden Centennial Park Sydney 

The Ian Potter Children’s Garden in Centennial Park was only opened in 2017 and was built to immerse kids back in nature. It’s a spectacular park, a new favourite. It also boasts a lovely little water area with shooting jets, so make sure you take a change of clothes.

Our verdict: CLICK TO READ ABOUT WILD PLAY WITH KIDS

Address: Entry to the Garden is from Grand Drive, in Centennial Park.
Open: The Garden is open from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily
Website: www.centennialparklands.com.au
Distance from Sydney CBD: 6.7km from the Sydney CBD or approximately 15 minutes by car
Ticket Price: FREE

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