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BEST Playgrounds & Parks in Wollongong, Shellharbour & Illawarra areas

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra

The Illawarra and Shellharbour areas have an enormous variety of great playgrounds to explore. They are all either set along the beautiful coastline or surrounded by peaceful bush areas. We’ve chosen a select few here as our top playgrounds, play spaces and kids parks in Wollongong and the Illawarra. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Boongaree – Rotary Nature Play Park, Berry

10 BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Boongaree Rotary Nature Play Park, Berry

While this playground is a bit of a drive from the Illawarra (Berry is located in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region), it is a drive well worth taking. It’s easy to spend the day here, with a wide range of activities for all age groups. The skate park area is amazing for all abilities, and the playground has a range of slides, zip lines, and sandpits. It also has an enclosed area with water play. There are toilets and water refill stations, picnic tables, and shade. It is close to the town centre but far enough to be peaceful and relaxed; you won’t regret making it a day trip and visiting this awesome addition to the Berry area. 

Located at 151 North Street, Berry

Reddall Reserve, Warilla

10 BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Reddall Reserve Playground, Warilla

With a ninja course, high slides, and plenty of swings, Reddall Reserve playground does not disappoint. The view is beautiful, with the beach next to the park and pelicans flying around searching for fish. There is room to sit and have a picnic under trees on the grass. It even has a take-away shop for chips or coffee a short walk away. There are toilets close by and plenty of parking. This playground ticks all the boxes and suits children of all age groups. 

Located at Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra

Yirran Muru Playspace, Shellharbour

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Yirran Muru Playspace

This special play space was created in collaboration between Shellharbour Council and the local Aboriginal community. The design is a map of traditional travel routes taken over Dharawal Country, with stepping stones and pathways around the playspace replicating the seasonal movements of Dharawal people. There is a beautiful sandpit and a huge climbing wall (children must always be supervised). It has a beautiful natural feel to it and lots of space for children to explore.

Located behind the Shellharbour Civic Centre, Cygnet Ave, Shellharbour

Charles Harper Park Playground, Helensburgh

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Charles Harper Park Playground, Helensburgh

A playground for under ten-year-olds has many grass areas under the trees where they can play with a frisbee or soccer ball. This park has natural play at the centre of its theme, with a dry creek bed, artwork by local children, and water pumps. It also has a public toilet in the centre of town and cafes nearby. The free public pools are also next door to the park. It is right next to the town centre, so close by for a cafe visit. There are also BBQ facilities near the playground.

Located at Waratah Street, Helensburgh

Stuart Park Playground, Wollongong

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Stuart Park Playground, Wollongong

This is a great all-ages playground. It is right next to the Lagoon restaurant, which is great for take-away ice-creams, coffee or lunch. Bring swimmers for a play in the Lagoon or at the beach. There is plenty of seating, grass areas for picnics, and shade. If you want to go for a bush walk, Puckey’s Estate walk is right next to the park, with historical information plaques along the walk. This playground has slides, swings, zip lines, and a scooter area. This playground has recently been updated with a huge scooter track, hamster wheels and even more swings to play on.

Located at: Cliff Road, Wollongong

Nicholson Park Playground, Woonona

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Nicholson Park Playground, Woonona

Close to Woonona Beach and the soccer fields, this playground is great for under twelve-year-olds. It has a large climbing frame for the older children and plenty of room to run and play. This playground doesn’t have much shade, but it does have plenty of seating areas. It has a water play zone, zip lines, and swings. A cafe across the road also serves takeaway ice creams, coffees, and smoothies. There are toilets onsite and plenty of parking.

Located at: Corner of Kulgoa Road & Park Road, Woonona

Wollongong Botanic Gardens Playground

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Wollongong Botanic Gardens Playground

As a part of our incredible Wollongong Botanic Gardens, we have an all-abilities playground. It is fully enclosed and safe for children of all ages. There are two sandpits here, a maze and swings. The park is suited for under twelve-year-olds, but older children have a great time wandering the gardens. A short walk from the playground is a duck pond filled with ducks, eels and water dragons hanging out there. Take some frozen peas or vegetables to feed them (but no bread, which makes them sick). Outside the playground is a coffee van and a free book library. There are also toilets nearby to the playground and BBQ areas.

Located at Wollongong Botanic Gardens, Murphy’s Avenue, Keiraville

Thirroul Beach Reserve Playground

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Thirroul Beach Reserve Playground

Opposite the free public pool and the beach, this playground is great for all age groups but most suited for under twelve-year-olds. It has a zip line, swings, climbing frames, and a small track for bikes or scooters. It would be easy to spend the day here close to the toilets, cafe and beach. There are also lots of areas to sit and picnic under the trees.

Located at: Cliff Parade, Thirroul

Clermont Park, Albion Park

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Clermont Park

Clermont Park is a great playground for younger kids, with plenty to engage them and ignite their imagination. There is a cubby house, double swing, play fort and more. Although it is not gated and doesn’t have facilities like toilets, it is a lovely playground with plenty of shade and lots to explore.

Located at Clermont Crescent, Albion Park

Integral Energy Park, Kembla Grange

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Integral Energy Park, Kembla Grange

This is a beautiful, spacious park with BBQs and plenty of undercover seating. It is a beautiful space to relax while the children play. Surrounded by bush and pet-friendly, there is room to spread out and explore or play games here. It is peaceful and beautiful. There are toilets onsite, but you will need to bring your own food and drinks. There is a tap for refilling drink bottles, though.

Located at 88 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange

Stanwell Park Playground

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Stanwell Park Playground

This is a great playground, beside a small bush walk and a great creek to play in. There is a cafe and toilets. The playground is suited for under ten-year-olds, but there are plenty of trees to climb and space to kick a ball for any children. There are BBQs, picnic areas, and a patrolled beach a short walk away. While you are here, why not drive to Stanwell Tops for ice cream and watch the hang gliders at Bald Hill?

Located at Station Street, Stanwell Park

Bulli Beach Reserve Playground

BEST Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Bulli Beach Reserve Playground

Located between two great cafes, with the beach and pool within walking distance, sits this great playground. It has recently been refreshed and has heaps for children to play on. It has a scooter or bike track, slides, and swings. There is a water fountain close by and lots of space to play on the grass or have a picnic. It doesn’t have shade over the playground and can be windy, but it has covered picnic tables and plenty of grassed areas under the trees to picnic or relax. There are toilets close by.

Located at: Trinity Row, Bulli

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Best alternative, cost-effective Gated/Indoor Playcentres & Playgrounds

Tabatinga Dapto

Dapto Leagues Club, Cnr Station St & Bong Bong Rd, Dapto

Best Toddler-friendly Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Tabatinga Dapto

Tabatinga at Dapto Leagues Club is an award-winning epic indoor play area for the little ones to run, play and have a ball while you watch them and relax. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and it is an easy way to spend a morning or afternoon and go home with satisfied kids. Tabatinga also offers a Drop & Dine service where children can be left in fully supervised care of Tabatinga staff while parents enjoy some adult time in Dapto Leagues. 

Flip Out Albion Park

Flip Out Albion Park

Flip Out Albion Park is a wonderful indoor playcentre and trampoline park for kids of all ages! Open seven days a week with entry specials on Monday & Tuesday, this playcentre and indoor parkour centre is perfect for families.

Woonona Bulli RSL

455 Princes Highway, Woonona

Best Toddler-friendly Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – Woonona Bulli RSL

Woonona-Bulli RSL Club has catered for young and older children with their playgrounds. They have a great coffee and morning tea cafe and a bistro open at lunchtime. This is truly a stress-free experience. The kids can play safely while you have some time out with everything you need onsite. This is a winner!

UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space

Building 21, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Keiraville

Best Toddler-friendly Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – UOW’S Early Start Discovery Space

A hands-on childrens museum, The Early Start Discovery Space is full of hands-on play-based educational activities aimed at children birth to 10 years old. These include a Lego room, construction site, two outdoor playgrounds, loose parts play, a marketplace and bakery, and much, much more. In the enclosed outside area there is a cafe, creek and play equipment. What’s not to love?

Membership also gives you access to underground members car park Monday to Friday. Even without a membership, there is still free parking in the university carpooling car park, a short walk from the Discovery Space. There are lockers inside to store everything you need for a day out.

The Block – The Shellharbour Club

The Shellharbour Club, Cnr Wattle & Shellharbour Roads, Shellharbour

Best Toddler-friendly Playgrounds in Wollongong and the Illawarra – The Shellharbour Club

Let your little ones enjoy the rush of slippery slides & interactive spaces! Set amongst the docks in the Precinct, the children’s play area is a unique place full of wonder. Promoting learning, imagination and interactive play, kids will explore the bright colours of the shipping containers providing indoor-weather proof play. It’s endless hours of play! Learn more here.

Operating hours:

  • Wed: 5pm – 8.30pm
  • Thu: 5pm – 8.30pm
  • Fri: 5pm – 10pm
  • Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm
  • Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 8.30pm
Flip Out, Albion Park

182 Princes Hwy, Albion Park Rail

Best gated playgrounds in the Illawarra – Parent’s Guide Illawarra – Flip Out, Albion Park

Let the kids burn some energy and have a great time at Flip Out in Albion Park. They have an awesome Ninja Warrior zone and areas for kids of all ages. It’s the perfect place for a fantastic birthday party, or an outing full of fun! With great coffee and wonderful staff, you won’t be disappointed with your decision to visit. Why not join in the fun with the kids and don some Flip Out socks so you can laugh, play and bond with the kids too?

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About the Author: Lisa Hagan
Lisa grew up in Thirroul and is a mum of four children. A student to life, Lisa loves learning and searching for the most fun things to do with her kids. She loves exploring the Illawarra and surrounds. Searching for fun and educational activities are her favourites for her kids whom she homeschools.