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!
- 1 Zoom down the Giant Slide at Wulaba Playground!
- 2 Visit Wulaba Park on a cool day
- 3 Things to do in Waterloo Sydney – Stay an hour or two at this cool Waterloo Playground
- 4 Wulaba Park BBQs
- 5 Parking at Wulaba Playground Green Square
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Wulaba Park Playground
- 7 Looking for more SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY?
Zoom down the Giant Slide at Wulaba Playground!
The centrepiece of the Wulaba Park Playground IS the colossal slippery dip for the adventurers.
But first you have to climb up. That takes a bit of effort, squeezing your body into tiny rainbow-hued spaces as you wind your way up the central climbing tower. It’s worth it in the end.
What kid, big or small, wouldn’t want to have a turn on that? (Smaller ones might have to ride on mum or dad’s lap. It’s a long way up to find the start line.)
Visit Wulaba Park on a cool day
Wulaba Park Waterloo is a big surprise! There’s so much to do, and all the facilities are there too. Except shade. Not much of that.
As well as the jumbo slide, you’ll find:
- concrete tunnels (the perfect rest zone when you are puffed out)
- a variety of climbing nets – upright and on the lean
- a footbridge
- swings including a spider web swing
- recycled rubber soft fall underfoot
- concrete balancing platforms for parkour-loving kids
- a handball court and a table tennis court
- bbq’s and picnic tables, and benches
- a modern self-cleaning toilet block (yay to the clever architects who included this!)
- water bubblers
- bike racks
Things to do in Waterloo Sydney – Stay an hour or two at this cool Waterloo Playground
Put a visit to Wulaba playground on your “Sydney Adventures with Kids” list. BYO snacks and a picnic lunch.
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.
Wulaba Park BBQs
Parking at Wulaba Playground Green Square
The Inside Scoop – Wulaba Park Playground
Location: 54–60 O’Dea Avenue, on the corner O’Dea Ave & Amelia Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Phone: 02 9265 9333
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Nearest takeaway coffee: BYO from the East Village shopping centre across the road.
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. We parked on Sam Sing street (2 hour limit, 8am – 6pm), and there were other car parks available on Archibald Ave.
Public Transport Options: Buses stop along O’dea Avenue. Nearest train station is Green Square.
- 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.
Toilets: Yes including baby change table
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
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
This park was last reviewed in December 2017.
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