The Children’s Playground at Darling Quarter is an inner city oasis, full of state-of-the-art play equipment that will keep kids entertained and active for hours. And best of all, it’s absolutely free! There is everything from climbing webs, big slides, flying foxes, jumbo swings and sand pits. But we went along on a hot Saturday to take advantage of the amazing water play area. 

The splash area includes water pumps, water wheels, a water screwdriver, water spouts and a maze of shallow waterways between rocks, complete with little dam walls that kids can lift up or down to change the course of the water. It’s so fascinating to watch kids play together and explore the water courses. Farley loved just following all the little canals and climbing over the concrete blocks. There is also another really new, large, very shallow pool (like ankle depth), perfect for little ones to splash in. 

We dressed Farley in her swimsuit mainly for sun protection but also because a toddler will no doubt sit in the shallow water. Older kids could still enjoy the water play area without getting fully drenched. If you have a baby and a toddler, I recommended visiting with two adults; we took it in turns to closely follow Farley around the water and while the other sat with Hallie in the pram off to the side. 



  • Getting there: The Darling Quarter Children’s Playground is located right in the middle of Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. The closest car park is the Wilson car park on Harbour Street but there are many other city car parks within a short walk. The closest train station is Town Hall which is a 9 minute walk and the closet ferry stop is Pyrmont Bay which is a 15 minute walk. 
  • Sun protection: There are a few shady areas within the park but the water play area is in full sun so full sun protection for little ones is highly recommended.
  • Pram friendly: It was very crowded on this particularly hot weekend so navigating around with a pram was a tad difficult but overall achievable. . 
  • Dining: There is a small kiosk, Cafe Danieli, within the park area but the whole area of Tumbalong Park is surrounded by such a wide variety of restaurants and plenty of grassed open spaces for picnics.

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