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INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Wulaba Park Playground Waterloo

Australia’s most colourful playground may just be Wulaba Park Playground in Waterloo.

We call this our Jack-in-the-box playground because it’s hidden amongst tall apartment buildings, and invisible to the eye, until it suddenly pops out at you!

Designed by Sydney artist Nuha Saad in conjunction with landscape architects, this multi-level playground in a kaleideoscope of rainbow colour is like a  real-life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

The only thing missing is the Chocolate River!

Read all the details below, including how to get there. 

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Guide to Wulaba Park Waterloo

Wulaba Park Waterloo is a big surprise!

There’s so much to do, and all the facilities are there too.

Except shade.

There’s not much of that.

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When to visit Wulaba Playground Waterloo

Choose a cloudy overcast day, or try visiting in Autumn or Spring. 

This is NOT a park playground to visit in the full Summer sun. 

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Zoom down the Giant Slide at Wulaba Playground!

The centrepiece of the Wulaba Park Playground IS the colossal slippery dip for the adventurers.

Whizz down the best Gigantic Slide at WULABA PARK Playground.

But first you have to climb up.

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How to climb up to the top

That takes a bit of effort, squeezing your body into tiny rainbow-hued stepped spaces as you wind your way up the central climbing tower, via nets. 

It’s worth it in the end.

What kid, big or small, wouldn’t want to have a turn on that monster sized slide?

(Smaller kids might have to ride on mum or dad’s lap. It’s a long way up, and a long way down.)

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Play equipment at Wulaba Park Sydney

As well as the jumbo slide, you’ll find:

  • a variety of climbing nets – both upright nets, and ones on a diagonal 

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Bridges & Platforms

  • a footbridge

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Swings & Parkour

  • swings including a spider web swing
  • recycled rubber soft fall underfoot
  • concrete balancing platforms for parkour-loving kids

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Tunnels & Hideouts

  • concrete tunnels (the perfect rest zone when you are puffed out)

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Handball court

  • a handball court
  • a table tennis court

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What does Wulaba mean?

Wulaba is an Aboriginal word of the Gadigal people, meaning ‘rock wallaby’.

Rock wallabies were once a regular sight around Waterloo, which was home to the largest swamp in the district until it was replaced with development in the early 20th century.

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Best Things to do in Waterloo Sydney 

Stay an hour or two at this cool Waterloo playground. 

It’s a surprisingly peaceful playground, despite the building works going on, and one that we’d put on our best playgrounds in Sydney list.

But do remember your hats and sunscreen.

You’ll need them.

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Wulaba Park BBQs

There’s multiple FREE bbq’s, picnic tables, and benches

BYO snacks and a picnic lunch.

Hot tip: Read our guide to healthy snacks and food for picnics and road trips. (You’ll be glad you did! There’s so many awesome unique ideas inside.)

Where to eat at Wulaba Playground Green Square

The nearest place to buy takeaway coffee is from the East Village shopping centre across the road.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Wulaba Park 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

Address: 54–60 O’Dea Avenue, on the corner O’Dea Ave & Amelia Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Telephone: 02 9265 9333
Opening Hours: 24 hours

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How to get to Wulaba Park 

Wulaba Park is close to the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Moore Park Golf Course, and Moore Park, in the Eastern suburbs near Anzac Parade. 

By Train: Nearest train station is Green Square.

By Bus: Buses stop along O’dea Avenue. From the CBD, catch either the 304, 320, or 343 towards Moore Park. 

By Car:  Click here for google map directions. 

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Wulaba Park Parking

There are a select few car parks in Green Square itself. On the day we visited, there was only one car there. Make this your first try.

If you run out of luck, street parking in the surrounding area is your other option.

Try parking on Sam Sing street (2 hour limit, 8am – 6pm).

There are other car parks available on Archibald Ave also. 

More Wulaba Park Sydney facilities


  • Yes, a modern self-cleaning toilet block (yay to the clever architects who included this!)
  • Baby change table on site.

Shade: Limited

Enclosed: Not gated, but off the main road

Ground cover: Rubber soft fall, concrete pathways, grassy field

Food options: BYO. No cafe on site.

Picnic tables: Yes

Water Bubblers: Yes

Scooters and Bikes: Yes

Dogs: No

Bike racks: Yes

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Toadstool Rating: 

Put a visit to Wulaba adventure playground on your “Sydney City Adventures with Kids” list for the next school holidays.  Go in the early morning, or late afternoon so you don’t fry. 

They really need shade sails for children here. 

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