Find it at: The Parade & West Terrace, Kensington Gardens
Hidden away in the inner Eastern suburbs is this the awesome Burnside Adventure Playground. Despite being a multi-award winning park and just off The Parade, I’ve been surprised to find how many locals don’t even know about this place with things to do for families of all ages and interests! It s a firm fave for us and our two boys under 5, plus our friends with toddlers and others with 6 & 8 year old!
There is an entrance to a small carpark from The Parade just past the tennis courts (see map below), but on a nice weekend it can get busy. Plenty of additional on street parking can be found within 40m walk to the main playground on West Terrace.
The main playground on the western side of the resserve has plenty for kids from 18months to 7 years or so, including 2 great flying fox (one seated one for all abilities and ages). It also has a few swings, slide, climbing frame and a great rubber softfall area and bike/scooter path.
Take a short walk past the facilities block and car park, note the beautiful old grandstand aside the sports oval where you’ll find plenty of dog walkers on the weekend, and you’ll see a full fenced ‘duck pond’ about 80m on. With lots of ducks, signs to make sure you dont try to swim!, and additional small toddler playground over there its worth the short walk. If you’re into tennis there are free courts and BBQs on that side as well, plus HEAPS of places to set up your own family game of soccer, football or train in the cricket nets.
Entry to the carpark from The Parade or park on West Terrace. Open all hours. Parents of small kids please take care after recent rains as there is a small riverbed nearby that is unfenced.