Blaxland Riverside Park- Things to do in Sydney Olympic Park

Family riding bikes along river at Blaxland Riverside Park Photo: Gerrit Fokkema

Blaxland Riverside Park is a spectacular waterside park in Sydney located along the Parramatta River. It is open everyday of the year from sunrise to sunset.
There's plenty of things to do:

  • Enjoy a waterside sausage sizzle on the free BBQ's or enjoy a picnic
  • Walk, cycle or run along the riverside walking trail
  • Keep the kids active and entertained at the biggest and best playground in Sydney
  • Hire a bike from the information office at the historic Gate House in the Armory
  • Enjoy fresh seasonal food and riverside views at the Armory Wharf Cafe 
  • Visit the Armory Gallery and check out our latest exhibition (open weekends only)
  • Discover historic precinct of Newington Armory and ride the Heritage Train (open weekends only)

How to get to there

Please note: Sydney Olympic Park Authority will temporarily closing the River Walk to allow for essential maintenance works from Monday 31 March – Friday 4 April and again on Monday 7 April – Thursday 10 April. During these closures a detour will be in place, particularly to allow cyclists to continue their bike rides. Download a Adobe PDF Riverwalk Detour Map to assist you in navigating the detour. More information on the maintenance works.

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Blaxland Riverside Park play space

Come and enjoy the biggest and best playground in Sydney. This unique play space provides a diverse range of kids activities and challenges for all ages and abilities. Spread over 3 hectares, there is water, moving play elements, high and steep landforms and hidden and confined spaces.  Enjoy the double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing, multi-level tree house, and the largest outdoor water play facility in the State.

The play space pushes the excitement boundaries and parents and carers are encouraged to get active and have a go with their children. It is not intended to provide a totally risk free environment, although it does meet Australia Standard guidelines.  Please supervise your children at all times and be aware of their abilities.


Free parking is limited.  We encourage you to plan your visit and arrive early to avoid disappointment.  Alternatively, you can park in P5 car park, located off Hill Road, and make use of the pathways to cycle or walk to this new play space (map provided). Parking at P5 carpark costs $4 per hour, maximum $20 (except on event days, when a flat fee of $25 may apply).

Interesting history

The Park was originally part of the Newington Estate granted to pioneer grazier John Blaxland, brother of the famous explorer Gregory Blaxland, in 1807. Named after the family estate in England sold to finance the Blaxland brother’s migration to Australia, Newington House still stands today in the grounds of the adjoining Silverwater Correctional Centre.

The adjoining Newington Armory (formerly the Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot) is also heritage-listed and offers Park visitors a unique experience. You’ll be intrigued by the Armory’s evolution of the original Blaxland estate, from salt-pan, grazing land and tweed mill into a military-industrial landscape, followed by the recent adaptive re-use into a creative artistic community.


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