Beach to Playground: Sydney’s Best Kid-friendly Beaches
Dee Why Beach
Sandcastles and marine discoveries are what lazy days at the beach are made of, throw a playground into the mix and the imaginative play is endless. Pack a beach bag and picnic and settle in for the day at one Sydney's playground to beach hangouts.
Little Manly Point Park
In the spectacular surrounds of Manly and the Northern Headlands, this beautiful parkland extends from the calm waters of Manly Cove and has everything you need for a quick visit or a whole-day trip. Popular with families, this park has a kiosk, a quiet beach that is suitable for kids, a playground and walks that extends around to Little Manly Point.
Stuart Street, Manly
The calm waters of Chowder Bay, a large playground and open parkland make this a popular spot for locals and Sydneysiders alike. Whether you’re here for the water, a barbeque by the harbour or a meandering bushwalk through adjoining Chowder Head and Sydney Harbour National Park – when the sun is out, this is the spot to be for the day.
Morella Road, Mosman
Maroubra’s one-kilometre stretch of beach is renowned for its surfing culture and colourful promenade that hugs the coastline. Adjoining Maroubra Beach is Arthur Byrne Reserve. Home to the pavilion, an enclosed and shaded nautically-themed playground, barbeque facilities and a skate park, all of which are part of an expansive green space that has a vibrancy that keeps locals loyal.
Marine Parade, Maroubra
Lush vegetation and rugged headlands, this is one good-looking beach and a popular stomping ground for surfers. Newport Beach is also a great spot for children to wade along the water’s edge. The adjoining Bert Payne Reserve has a fenced in shaded playground and plenty of shaded parkland which is a great spot to picnic with Fish n’ Chips from Ocean Master Seafood.
Barrenjoey Road, Newport
At the southern end of Balmoral’s picturesque promenade, in the shade of Moreton Bay Fig trees, is a nautically-themed playground. Children clamber all over the play equipment, climb the trees and dig tunnels on the adjoining beach. Steps away is the rustic chic The Boathouse café where you can choose to takeaway or sit outside on the deck which overlooks Hunters Bay.
The Esplanade, Balmoral
Rugged foreshores, ocean baths and the promenade make Bronte Beach a popular hangout year-round. The parkland that flows up the hill from the beach is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Barbeque and picnic facilities, a beautiful playground and a miniature railway for the kids to ride on, all of which is across the road from a cluster of cafés.
East end of Bronte Road, Bronte
This is where Sydneysiders come to swim in the waters of Middle Harbour and laze beneath leafy treetops. Families gather along the sandy shores to play in the calm waters, launch their small boats and kayaks or play at the large nautically-themed playground. This is a popular spot to settle in for the day so arrive early to ensure you get a car park.
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
This well-equipped stretch of coastline caters to people of all abilities, from the ocean pool to the enclosed playground. Collaroy’s Accessibility Precinct is at the southern end of the beach, it has an ocean pool and rock pools for exploring marine life, a large enclosed and shaded playground with sensory elements and wheelchair accessible play equipment.
Pittwater Road, Collaroy
One of the top spots along the Northern Beaches to bring the family, Freshwater Beach has an ocean pool at the northern end of the beach, and the adjoining park has a small playground with views over the beach. Freshwater Reserve, just behind the beach, is perfect for social gatherings beneath the trees – for a bite to eat you don’t have to wander too far to get to Freshwater Village.
Moore Road, Freshwater
A popular surfing beach that attracts people from all around the world, Manly Beach has a vibrancy from the beach to the fenced in North Steyne playground. Situated along the adjoining promenade, families can cycle or scoot their way around. There is no need to pack a picnic lunch here, Manly more than caters to fussiest of eaters.
Beachside at North Steyne, Manly
Dee Why Beach
A bustling Northern Beaches hotspot, Ted Jackson Reserve and Dee Why Beach draw the crowds. The fenced in shaded playground has picnic tables and incredible views. The ocean swimming pool is at the southern end of the beach, and the cafes along The Strand keeps beach-goers well fueled. The promenade that hugs the beach line is also popular for cycling and scooters.
Ted Jackson Reserve, The Strand, Dee Why
A small coastal suburb but come spring and summer time and Tamarama packs a real punch. Tamarama Park, which flows down to the much loved beach, is regarded by locals as their own private reserve. A beautiful picnic area and playground adjoin the small beach, and although parking is very limited, Tamarama Park is easily accessible by the iconic Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.
Tamarama Marine Drive, Tamarama
This popular surf beach has it all. Families love to linger around the ocean pool at the southern end of the beach exploring marine life and wading in the pool. The adjoining Des Creagh Reserve has a shaded playground that is surrounded by a large grassy area and a skate park for the older kids. Whether you BYO or grab a bite at the Avalon on the Beach kiosk, there is plenty of room to picnic.
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach