The Blue Mountains sure is a family-friendly place. There are over 50 playgrounds and parks in the Blue Mountains for children to visit and explore. With parks in the Blue Mountains now open, we are free to enjoy the great outdoors once again.
However, we must all still take precautions and keep social distancing rules in place. Wash your children’s hands before and after using play equipment, avoid using bubblers, and stay home if you are unwell. If we all continue to take care, we will keep our community safe.
In this list we share our insider tips for you with eight of our favourite parks in the Blue Mountains!
Memorial Park, Blackheath (The Red Rocket Ship Park!)
Prince Edward St. Blackheath
One of the most historic parks in the Blue Mountains, the ‘Red Rocket Ship Park’ is definitely worth visiting. Known by the locals as the ‘red rocket ship’ park, there is plenty of space, including three different playground areas to suit all age groups. The red rocket was originally installed in 1962 and was recently renovated.
There is a range of equipment, including a flying fox and swings, a duck pond, swimming pool (built during the 1930’s), sheltered BBQs and plenty of space for picnics and spontaneous games of soccer or frisbee! Plan a birthday party (be sure to book here) or stop by on your drive through the Blue Mountains. Memorial Park has gorgeous deciduous trees in Autumn and snow play in Winter, if you’re lucky!
Take the kids to the toilet before you get here (the toilets are a bit of a walk). Grab a take away coffee on the way too. There’s a track head for nearby bush walks at Memorial Park.
Wentworth Falls Lake (The pirate ship park!)
Sinclair Crescent, Wentworth Falls
One of Blue Mountains resident’s favourite parks, Wentworth Falls Lake is a really lovely park for families. With water views, birdlife, boardwalks to stroll around the lake and two sets of playground equipment, this park has become extremely popular.
Children will enjoy cruising along with their scooters and stopping off to play. Canoe around on the lake, enjoy a picnic lunch or simply enjoy watching your children enjoy imaginative play on the pirate ship equipment. Toilets are easily accessible.
You’re not allowed to feed the ducks at parks in the Blue Mountains, sorry! It’s a 13 minute walk from Wentworth Falls train station so use cheaper Opal card prices on Sundays by taking the train. If you are after a quiet park, this may not be the one for you, as it is often teaming with tourists and locals, and for good reason – it’s a fantastic spot for families!
Wilson Park, Wentworth Falls
Falls Road, Wentworth Falls
This lovely, leafy park in the Blue Mountains has a great playground for children with brand new swings and a path around it that is suitable for bikes and scooters. The entrance to the child-friendly Charles Darwin walk is right there too.
Wilson Park in Wentworth Falls is one of the leafiest parks in the Blue Mountains due to its beautiful, mature, deciduous trees. These gorgeous trees make great cubby houses for imaginative play and create lovely shade during Summer.
Wilson Park is an easy walk from the station and cafes across the highway. Wilson Park has toilets facilities, plenty of open space to play games and seating for outdoor picnics.
Wentworth Falls is a few degrees cooler than the lower Blue Mountains, so if you are coming up here bring a jacket and other warm clothes for your children.
St. John’s Oval Park, Blaxland
St. John's Road, Blaxland
St John’s Oval is one of those parks in the Blue Mountains that has something for everyone! It’s main feature is the large 400m oval that is regularly used for team sports and running. St John’s Oval Park is not a dog-friendly park, but it is a wonderful space for children and youth. There are two basketball/netball courts that are doubled as scooter and bike riding spaces for children.
There is a lot of fun to be had on bikes here for children as it is a flat surface away from cars and there is even a small bush track to ride through just behind the basketball courts, where parents can see the children from the seat.
The playground equipment at St John’s Oval Park has recently been renovated to suit older children. The playground now includes custom-built scaling walls, a spider net, bannister slide and a nest seat swing. There is a small playground for younger children too, with a play cafe and slide.
St John’s Oval Park, Blaxland, toilets are only open when there are games on at the oval. This is an ideal location for bike riding and scootering birthday parties, but be sure to book here.
Glenbrook Skatepark and Playground
Corner of Hare Street and Great Western Hwy
This is the largest skatepark in the Blue Mountains and possibly the most popular. It can seem a little daunting to take young children to a skate park as it is a popular hangout for teenagers. However, Glenbrook skatepark is a perfect example of how people of all ages can use the space so beautifully together. There are two year-olds sharing the skatepark with skateboarders and BMX’ers in high school, and older! It is impressive how respectful the older guys and girls are towards the younger children.
It is a very well designed skate park in the Blue Mountains that provides opportunities for challenging tricks. The funbox in the middle is the centrepiece and has a 1 foot off the ground cylindrical metal pole used for slides and grinds.
In saying that, we recommend that you encourage your children to wear all of the appropriate safety gear, including a good quality and well-fitted helmet (ensuring that it covers your child’s forehead), knee pads, elbow pads and closed in shoes. This is particularly essential if your children are young and new to riding scooters, bikes and skateboards.
If learning how to ride a skateboard, regardless of age, we highly recommend your child wears wrist guards as it is likely that he or she will put hands down first on a fall.
In addition to this safety gear, it is always a good idea to be prepared with a small first aid kit for scrapes on the knee or other injuries. Your kits should include an instant icepack, bandaids, clean disposable gloves, saline solution, sterile gauzes and a variety of sizes of bandages.
The toilet blocks are only open when organised sports teams are training or using the oval. There is a service station across the road and Glenbrook cafes and shops are only a short walk away. Ensure your children ‘check for traffic’ before entering the skate bowl, as it can get busy and people are entering from all different directions due to its round shape.
Glenbrook Park playground and picnic area
Park St. Glenbrook
With a brand new, well-designed playground for young children, as well as play equipment suitable for older children, this park in the lower Blue Mountains offers a great morning out for the family.
In the new playground, there is a small bike/scooter path, a horse sculpture called ‘Henrietta’, a water tank climbing apparatus, a sensory trail and a water pump (recently turned off due to water restrictions). The local men’s shed hand made the clatter bridge. There are also locomotive themed elements in the park such as railway tracks that are used as balance beams, a set of railway luggage scales used as a small stage, railway sleepers and fettler’s cartwheels. It is fully fenced with gates.
The park is fully gated, but at the time of writing, the gate locks need fixing so that they do not open so easily (keep an eye on your children wandering out, as there is a car park close by). We especially love the patch of grass within the gates near the playground for mother’s groups to meet or friends to meet for a picnic or coffee. Overall, this is a lovely little park, most suitable for children up until about four or five years.
Outside of the fenced-off playground is some climbing equipment for older children. Currently, this equipment is a little outdated but the Blue Mountains City Council are planning to replace this equipment. There are picnic benches, accessible public toilets, BBQs and shelter. It is also a great space to kick a ball around at the oval.
Douglas Smith Memorial Park (‘The Goat Park!’), Glenbrook
Cnr Wright & Cox Streets, Glenbrook
This little park in the lower Blue Mountains is tucked away in leafy Glenbrook and will create lovely memories for your children. Only locals tend to know about ‘The Goat Park’ as it is not a new and shiny playground, but what it lacks in gloss, it makes up for in charm.
One highlight, and hence its nickname, is that the neighbouring property up the back of the park owns two gorgeous, very friendly (and hungry!) goats who love greeting visitors at their back fence (keep little fingers away from the fence!)
There is plenty for children to do and see at ‘The Goat Park’. There are a couple of park benches, heaps of space for children to run, fun play equipment, including two slides and a flying fox and majestic gum trees (it is probably best not to visit on a windy day).
Your kids (no pun intended!) may love train spotting from this park too. The challenge is if they can count the number of coal train carriages as it passes through Glenbrook train station. Tell us what number your children counted in the comments below!
Insider tip: ‘The Goat Park’ is a lovely location for a birthday party on a sunny day. However, there are no toilet facilities, so please ensure your children have been before they arrive.
Buttonshaw Park, Springwood
Great Western Highway Springwood
Buttonshaw Park, Springwood, is a very popular park with locals for its vast open space. There is an excellent bike path for young riders, play equipment (including a fun round-a-bout), and its formal landscaped gardens, which feature a heritage wisteria arch walkway. It is located near the Springwood Sports and Aquatic Centre and netball courts. One negative about the park to keep in mind is that the park is not yet adequately fenced off from the carpark and highway.
Toilets are conveniently situated near the car park. Please chauffeur your children to the toilets and supervise them.
Insider tip: Bring scooters for the path at Buttonshaw but you had better be fast to keep up with your kids. The path isn’t a loop and is a little hilly in some parts, so children need to know how to use their brake.
Parks in the Blue Mountains are to receive upgrades!
Four district parks in the Blue Mountains will be receiving upgrades. Buttonshaw Park, Springwood, is one of those parks that will undergo an extensive upgrade thanks to the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program. This upgrade aims to create an inclusive adventure play space for teenagers.
We hope that you have found this list of parks in the Blue Mountains helpful and that you enjoy visiting many of these wonderful parks with your family.
Please let us know about your visit to these parks in the Blue Mountains and what you thought in the comments section below. If you have other parks in the Blue Mountains that you recommend please also let us know in the comments below.