family fun playgrounds

The Northern Beaches has many beautiful ocean pools to choose from and they are cleaned and maintained by the council.


 1. The Corso, Manly >

In the heart of The Corso, there is a play area to keep youngsters amused, just opposite Humphreys Newsagents. Designed for younger children, it can offer a welcome break and is an ideal vantage spot to watch the goings on in Mantown, (Manly). Just watch out for the water fountains set in the pavement as children love nothing more than getting on top of them no matter what the season.

2. Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff, Manly >

One of the most popular playgrounds in Manly, it has a range of equipment to suit all ages and is fully fenced in for safety. This spacious play area has soft surfaces and plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Outside the playground are public BBQs and abundant grassy areas for picnic or play. Toilets are nearby as well as a corner shop and takeaway café. It is just a few minutes away from Manly beach if you fancy a change of scene and a swim.  

3. Manly Beachfront Playground >

Lies between The Corso and North Steyne adjacent to the beach wall so you can watch the surfers while the kids play happily. For everyone to enjoy, the equipment is perhaps better suited to children aged over two years with plenty of climbing and spinning. A short distance away between North Steyne Surf Club and Queenscliff Surf Club, there are some swings and a see-saw that can be a bit quieter and more fun for younger ones.

4. North Harbour Reserve,
Condamine Street, Balgowlah >

This playground must have one of the best views as it looks out across Sydney Harbour. Set in a large reserve with a number of mature trees, North Harbour Reserve has plenty of space for ball games, races and even has a basketball court. The playground itself is completely fenced in, separating it from nearby rocks which children love to climb. There are toilets and a café and the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk passes here in case you fancy a stroll.

5. Little Manly Point, Stuart St, Manly >

Just up from Little Manly Beach, there is a bush style playground that always feels like it is far from the madding crowd. It is the perfect escape from the sun with cool corners and plenty of space and equipment to keep children amused. There are BBQs here but no toilets although there are some a short walk down to Little Manly Beach.

6. Clontarf Reserve,
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf >

This children’s playground is right at the beach and is ideal for kids up to 12 years old. With plenty to climb, swing on and use to create a game and spark imaginative play, this play area is shaded and has BBQs and toilets close by as well as the beautiful netted Clontarf swimming enclosure. There is also a kiosk and café.

7. Passmore Reserve,
Campbell Parade, Manly Vale >

This popular spot is one of the most creative playgrounds where children can play on the equipment provided but also lose themselves in games they create in this varied space that offers plenty of hiding spots and chances for fun. The reserve has a circular path that is
an ideal spot for cycling, scootering or skateboarding, as well as leaving plenty of room to kick a ball around or lie back and relax. There are toilet facilities but arrive prepared with
food or drink for hours of relaxation and fun.