water play for kids blue mountains

Are you looking for ways to keep your family cool this Summer? Where can you find water play fun in and around the Blue Mountains that is free or low cost? We have scoped out the best places in and around the Blue Mountains to take your family this Summer for water fun – and the great news is that most of these spots are free!

Water Play Fun in the Blue Mountains Region

The Essential Stuff First

Swimming, splashing and water play can be dangerous. CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AROUND WATER, even if it is shallow. Please CLICK HERE to read about our SAFETY INFORMATION and disclaimer. It is important information that you need to know, so please read it all carefully.

Use the quick links below to take you to your preferred park or playground or scroll through them all at your leisure to discover all of these fabulous spots with water in and around the Blue Mountains.

  1. Waterfall Loop Track South Lawson
  2. Yarramundi Reserve
  3. Pool of Siloam Leura
  4. Jellybean Pool Glenbrook
  5. Horseshoe and Glowworm Nook Falls Hazelbrook
  6. Blue Mountains Leisure Centres – Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath Swim Centres
  7. Lithgow Adventure Park
  8. Plough and Harrow Eastern Creek, Western Sydney Parklands
  9. Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs
  10. Putney Park
  11. Livvy’s Place Kellyville
  12. Linear Park Mulgoa Rise
  13. James Ruse Reserve Parramatta
  14. Francis Park Blacktown
  15. Cabarita Beach
  16. Lizard Log Abbotsbury, Western Sydney Parklands
  17. Governor Phillip Park Windsor
  18. Cables Aqua Park Penrith
  19. Phoenix Reserve Erskine Park
  20. Lake Parramatta Reserve Parramatta

1. Waterfall Loop Track South Lawson

five waterfall bushwalk lawson blue mountains boy playing at a waterfall

On a warm day, this walk provides waterfalls to cool off under, puddles to splash in and a shaded canopy of trees to keep you cool. Children – and dogs – will enjoy splashing in the cool water along the track (if there has been recent rain). Find out more.

Location: The start of the track is opposite Livingstone Street, South Lawson.  Lawson train station is about 1km away.
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 17 minutes

2. Yarramundi Reserve

Yarramundi Reserve on a sunny day - water play

Yarramundi Reserve is a nature reserve located where the Grose and Hawkesbury-Nepean Rivers meet and is an idyllic spot for families to enjoy water play in the Blue Mountains National Park. Children (and dogs!) enjoy keeping cool at this spot and many people bring fun things to do in the water, including canoes, inflatable rafts and boogie boards. Find out more.

Location: LOT 7301 Springwood Rd, Yarramundi, NSW 2753
Access is off Springwood Road, Yarramundi, with the main entrance and car park on the northern side of Springwood Road.
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 25 minutes

3. Pool of Siloam Leura

Pool of Siloam Leura little boy playing

The Pool of Siloam in Leura is a gorgeous spot to take your family. There is a lovely waterfall, surrounded by a moss and fern-filled gully, with majestic sandstone cliffs. The shallow, sandy pool is the ultimate outdoor playground for children to play, explore, splash, skim stones across the water, step across the sandstone steps and truly enjoy exploring nature in a fairy tale setting. Find out more.

Location: Pool of Siloam entrance is off Gordon Falls Reserve 16 – 26 Lone Pine Ave, Leura NSW 2780
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 30 minutes

4. Jelly Bean Pool Glenbrook

jellybean pool glenbrook

Jellybean Pool is a popular splash spot for families in the warmer months. It is a pool of water surrounded by sandy beaches, shady rock platforms and impressive sandstone boulders. Find out more.

Location: The entrance to Jellybean Pool is off Bruce Rd, Glenbrook NSW 2773, in the Blue Mountains National Park.
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 25 minutes

5. Horseshoe and Glowworm Nook Falls Hazelbrook

glowworm nook falls hazelbrook boy playing under a waterfall

To arrive at Horseshoe and Glowworm Nook Falls you will need to complete a short, picturesque bush walk that leads you and your family to gorgeous waterfalls amidst a Blue Mountains wonderland. The waterfalls are most spectacular after rain but you will need good waterproof shoes for the muddy walk. Find out more.

Location: Oaklands Rd, Hazelbrook NSW
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 15 minutes

6. Blue Mountains Leisure Centres – Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath Swim Centres

Blue Mountains Leisure Centres - Glenbrook
Glenbrook Swim Centre

Location: Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath Swim Centres.
Find out more: Glenbrook Swim Centre

Blue Mountains Leisure Centres are the perfect option for families on a hot Summer’s day. They are all well maintained and each centre offers slightly different facilities. There are a variety of outdoor, indoor and partially enclosed swimming pool options.

Perhaps a favourite feature for many children would be Springwood Swim Centre’s heated indoor leisure pool with children’s beach area, huge waterslide and turbo pool! The waterslide is open on weekends and school holidays from 11am – 1pm. Why not visit each Blue Mountains Swim Centre this Summer and let us know your family’s favourite.

Lawson Swim Centre kids play
Fun water play for kids at Lawson Swim Centre

Water Play Fun For Kids Not Too Far From The Blue Mountains

If you are happy to take the family for a drive this Summer, there are so many places we recommend for fantastic water play fun just out of the Blue Mountains. Many splash parks and water play areas are located throughout Western Sydney.

7. Lithgow Adventure Park – Water Play

Lithgow Adventure Park - Water Play
Image credits to Lithgow City Council

Lithgow Adventure Playground opened in early 2019. The playground’s centrepiece is a custom-made 6 metre high two-level climbing tower in the style of a mining poppet head. A double mouse wheel, flying fox, climbing walls, water play features and much more will ensure there is plenty to do for children of all ages. Find out more.

Location: 1137 Great Western Highway Lithgow in the Big Miners Lamp.
Open: 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day)

8. Plough and Harrow Eastern Creek, Western Sydney Parklands – Water Play

8. Plough and Harrow Eastern Creek, Western Sydney Parklands - Water Play

There is a small water play area at the Plough and Harrow Playground in Western Sydney Parklands. Children direct the flow of water of the miniature dam, work to release water at the water pumps and channel water through the turnpikes or gates into the dams. Find out more.

Location: Eastern Creek NSW 2766
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 40 mins.

9. Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs – Splash Park

Livvi's Place Jordan Springs - Splash Park

Livvi’s Place is a beautifully designed, shaded inclusive play space that will enable children of all ages and abilities to play side-by-side using the same equipment.

The state-of-the-art play space boasts several interactive spaces including a large water play area with six water jets, a sandpit, trampolines, swings, a range of play equipment, a performance stage and picnic areas. Keep cool this Summer at this lovely inclusive water play park, Livvi’s Place Jordan Springs! Find out more.

Location: Montague Dr, Jordan Springs, NSW 2747
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 35 mins

10. Putney Park – Splash Pool

Putney Park - Splash Pool
Photo credit: City of Ryde

Right on the waterfront, this beautiful park along the Parramatta River is an expanse of grass and natural areas. It’s a great spot for large groups and features barbeques, picnic facilities and a large fabulous playground with water features.

It is free to enter Putney Park and the splash pool will definitely keep the kids cool this Summer! There is so much to explore at Putney Park so pak a picnic and plan to stay a few hours.

CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AROUND WATER, even if it is shallow. Please CLICK HERE to read about our SAFETY INFORMATION.

Location: Pellisier Rd, Putney NSW 2112
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 1 hour

11. Livvy’s Place Kellyville – Splash Park

Livvi's Place Kellyville park and playground

This fully fenced, shaded playground with a fantastic water play area brings so much joy to kids. The area includes a number of interactive spaces, including a large water play area (open 8am – 8pm daily – closed during Winter), a balance beam walk, swings, musical play walk, picnic and barbecue area and climbing ropes. There are soccer fields nearby, plenty of free parking and a cafe next to the playground (outside of the fence).

Pack a picnic and make a day of it with friends this Summer with the peace of mind that a fenced water play playground brings. This park is worth the drive, but it does get very busy. Remember to bring towels and a change of clothes – the kids will get seriously soaked!

Livvi's Place Kellyville splash park
The anticipation of buckets tipping water is awesome fun for kids of all ages.

Location: Burnie Mullane Reserve, Marella Ave, Kellyville NSW 2155
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 55 minutes

Livvi's Place Kellyville park and playground
Livvi’s Place Kellyville is a large fenced park with a range of equipment for children of all ages, including a fantastic splash park!

12. Linear Park Mulgoa Rise – Water Play

linear park and playground mulgoa rise wide shot
Linear Park Mulgoa Rise

There are plenty of fun things to do for kids of all ages at Linear Park Playground! If you happen to head east down the mountains, be sure to check in to this new playground situated in one of Sydney’s newest estates, Mulgoa Rise. The water play pumps are an excellent feature of Linear Park. It is enough water for children to have a small splash around in Summer. Find out more.

Location: 6 Frontier St, Glenmore Park, NSW 2745
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 30 minutes

linear park and playground mulgoa rise water play
Water play pumps at Linear Park Mulgoa Rise

13. James Ruse Reserve Parramatta – Splash Park

James Ruse Reserve Parramatta splash park
Image credit: City of Parramatta

James Ruse Reserve is close to Parramatta CBD and is one of the largest water playgrounds in Western Sydney. At this park, there are barbecues, a skate park, playground and large, shaded water playground. The water playground has a well maintained non-slip surface and features water fountains, jets, sprays, sprinklers and tipping buckets. The water features are on from 9am to 8pm from September to May. The park is quite close to a road and unfenced and parking is ‘pay and display’.

Location: Cnr Hassall & Parkes St, Parramatta NSW 2150.
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 45 mins (with tolls) and 1 hour 10 mins (without tolls)
Find out more

14. Francis Park Blacktown – Splash Park

Francis Park Blacktown - Splash Park
Photo credit: David H.

With a playground, water playground, cafe, bushland, nature play and grass for picnic, Francis Park offers the kids plenty to do when you visit! The water playground has amphitheatre style seating and provides children with plenty of space to have a lot of water fun. The water playground operates from 10am to 3.30pm during Autumn and Spring. In Summer, it operates from 9am until 6:30pm.

Location: Blacktown Showground Precinct, 49 Richmond Rd, Blacktown, NSW 2148
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 40 mins

15. Cabarita Beach

Cabarita Beach map
Image credit: City of Canada Bay

The closest beach to the Blue Mountains for a Summer splash would be Cabarita Beach in Concord. There is a bit of shade, a lot of shells and a lovely sea breeze. Presently, there are no shark nets at Cabarita Beach so a little seaside splash up to the knees might do the trick on a hot day! You might also enjoy the fantastic shaded playground and Cabarita Swimming Pool, which are all part of Cabarita Park.

CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AROUND WATER, even if it is shallow. Please CLICK HERE to read about our SAFETY INFORMATION.

Location: 17 Cabarita Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 55 mins (with tolls)
Find out more

16. Lizard Log Abbotsbury, Western Sydney Parklands

Lizard Log Abbotsbury, Western Sydney Parklands

Lizard Log and playground is a spacious park that is ideal for kids of all ages. It is set beautifully within its natural surroundings and is spaced out so that even if there are a lot of children playing, it doesn’t feel too busy. Lizard Log is not a water park but has a single water pump feature that may help keep kids cool on a warm day. Find out more.

Location: Western Sydney Parkland, Cnr The Horsley Dr. & Cowpasteur Rd, Abbotsbury NSW 2176
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 40 mins (with tolls)

17. Governor Phillip Park Windsor – Water Play

Governor Phillip Park Windsor - Water Play

Governor Phillip Park is lovely park that runs along the Hawkesbury River and it has a water play space! Press the button to turn the water on and let the kids keep cool on a hot day in Windsor. Pack a picnic, a soccer ball and a change of clothes for the kids and enjoy a great family outing.

Location: George St, Windsor NSW 2756
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 45 mins

18. Cables Aqua Park Penrith

Cables Aqua Park Penrith

Cables Aqua Park is suitable for children aged 6+ and consists of a bunch of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and structures. For kids under the age of 6, there is a wet play area which can be used free of charge. Find out more.

CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AROUND WATER, even if it is shallow. Please CLICK HERE to read about our SAFETY INFORMATION.

Location: 405 Jamison Rd, Penrith NSW 2750
Travel Time from Springwood: 25 mins

19. Phoenix Reserve Erskine Park – Splash Park

Phoenix Reserve Erskine Park - Splash Park

This $140,000 splash pad brings so much joy to local children in Erskine Park. It keeps them cool in the hot Western Sydney Summers with plenty of jets to keep plenty of children cool and havng fun.

The whole the reserve has been rejuvenated with play equipment, new furniture, shade sails, awnings, concrete paths, sandstone blocks, and trees and plants.

Location: 27 Phoenix Crescent, Erskine Park, NSW
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 35 mins

20. Lake Parramatta Reserve Parramatta

Lake Parramatta Reserve Parramatta
Image courtesy of City of Parramatta

Fully patrolled by lifeguards (9am to 6pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays during the swimming season, from about late October to late March), the designated swimming area is safe for children to splash and paddle and big enough for adults to get some laps in.

For those more interested in a leisurely lounge around the water, BYO floatation device and lounge on the water to your heart’s content. Read further advice on swimming at Lake Parramatta. Find out more.

CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AROUND WATER, even if it is shallow. Please CLICK HERE to read about our SAFETY INFORMATION.

Location: Access via Lackey Street, North Parramatta, NSW 2151.
Travel Time from Springwood: Approx. 50 mins

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