INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Essential Guide to Pirrama Park Playground Sydney City.
When you travel with kids, you find yourself with a new hobby!
We’re slightly obsessed around here.
(If truth be told, finding a SUPER DOOPER FUN playground is as exciting for Roam the Gnome and I, as it is for the kids. Sometimes, maybe more so!)
Close to Sydney CBD, we found this gem tucked away around the corner, and out of sight of most visitors.
Pirrama Park Playground in Pyrmont is a stunner, with a water splash pad to boot!
Find all the details of how to get there, and more, below.
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Guide to Pirrama Park Playground Sydney
A hidden treasure super close to the CBD, Pirrama Park Playground is eye catching.
Sustainable features of the park include:
- solar panels
- energy efficient lighting and
- timber decking made from recycled materials.
Swings & More
Sitting directly below the elegant homes and apartments of Pyrmont, the playground has:
- arch tunnels to walk through
- roped climbing equipment
- slides and turrets
- a modern-day roundabout spinner (wheelchair friendly), and
- multiple swings
Pirrama Park Water Park
The Whale water park at Pirrama Park in Sydney has:
- a whale-shaped splashpad with spouting water pumps for kids to run through and around
- a gigantic sandpit and water course with pump.
The Pyrmont Park water park has been designed with rain water capture and re-use in mind.
What to bring to Pyrmont Water Park
No matter the weather, there’s little chance of keeping the kids out but there’s a breeze off the water that makes it feel colder than it is.
Remember to bring at least one change of dry clothes, and a few fluffy towels when you visit Pirrama Park water play area, so you can wrap them up and warm them up quickly.
Bring your own sandtoys, plastic boats, and diggers for the sand course.
(Here’s a guide to the best beach toy ideas)
Hot tip: How to turn on the water
There’s a secret to switching on the water.
Keep an eye out for the button saying “Press Here”.
If you can’t see it, ask a local!
(It’s hidden in plain sight.)
Pyrmont Park pathways
Bring the bikes and scooters too.
There’s lovely walkways to cruise along with views of the CBD and harbour.
If you are in Sydney and looking to escape the shops and busy tourist sights, make your way here.
It’s a busy but tranquil environment for those down-time moments you need when you travel with kids.
Parking is easy, and the playground is gated from the road.
Unfortunately, there’s no fence to stop kids getting to the water of the bay though.
(Keep a very close eye on toddlers and young kids.)
But at least the kids can’t get run over.
Pirrama Park History
What does Pirrama mean?
Pirrama Park honours the first Australians who lived in the area.
It means ‘ rocking stone ’ in the Gadigal language.
Sydney Sandstone Geology
Pyrmont sandstone has been extracted from the Pyrmont Peninsula since the 1950’s.
Known as ‘yellow block’ because of it’s warm ochre colour, it’s renowned for it’s durability, flawlessness and fine texture.
It can be carved in any direction.
This sandstone has been used to construct MOST of the significant buildings in Sydney in the 19th century, including the General Post Office and the Art Gallery of NSW.
Where does the Pyrmont sandstone come from?
The sandstone used in the Pirrama Park Playground has been returned to it’s original home.
This stone was originally used in construction of the Pyrmont Bridge (built in 1902) and restored to the area when the stone was removed to make way for the Western Distributor Freeway.
(Source: Historical references from signage on site.)
Pirrama Park BBQ Facilities
There’s plenty of picnic tables and FREE bbq’s.
BYO picnic or bbq foods, and go early on weekends and during school holidays to get a table.
(There’s delicious gourmet options inside too!)
Seating in the park
There’s extensive seating around the playground for weary mums and dads and grandparents, LOTS of undercover shade, and room to move.
It’s a lovely spot close to Sydney city for a family gathering.
Image credit: John Digiorgio
Pirrama Park Cafe
The closest cafe to the playground at Pyrmont is Jack Bodice (Call Me Harris) cafe.
Service is friendly, the menu extensive, and the coffee good to go.
Try the fluffy ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote, vanilla ricotta and organic maple from their all day breakfast menu!
Or if you are hungry, their big breakfast of eggs and bacon combines either poached, scrambled or fried eggs, with bacon, and vine tomatoes on sourdough is enough to keep you going all day long.
Kids and parents will find their mouth watering over the burgers, or the popcorn chicken.
Find it at 20 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont.
Open 8am to 3pm.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Pirrama Park Sydney Playground
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated
- Open 24 hours.
- FREE entry!
View from the gate!
How to get to Pirrama Park Pyrmont
Pirrama Pyrmont Bay park is a short stroll or bike down from The Star Casino.
By Bus: To reach the park by public transport, catch the 443 bus, or the 389 bus. Pirrama Park is located at the end of Harris Street.
By Car: Click here for google map directions
Pirrama Park Parking
Parking is available along the street right outside the playground.
Facilities at Pyrmont Park Sydney
Public toilets: Yes, clean toilets on site
Toadstool Rating: Pirrama Park Pyrmont
One of the best playgrounds Sydney has to offer close to the city.
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