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Things To Do With Kids - Top 10 Sydney Beaches & Parks For Families With Young Children

Things To Do With Kids - Top 10 Sydney Beaches & Parks For Families With Young Children

Although summer is over, there is still plenty of time to enjoy days at the beach

. If you have young children, it can be difficult to find a spot that is safe for them to swim and which offers a playground, toilets and the all-important caf/kiosk for coffees and ice cream. Here are some popular and yet to be discovered beaches/parks which are perfect for families with young kids.

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is located on Sydney's northern beaches - approximately 10 minute walk from the popular Manly Beach. As the name suggests, you can find plenty of sea shells and children can keep busy for hours collecting them or making sand/shell art right on the beach. Don't forget to bring a bucket or a container to store all the treasures they find. Shelley beach is protected, so there are no waves and plenty of shade can be found under large trees. There is also a kiosk/caf for ice-cream, coffees and lunches or bring some sausages and have a BBQ. Shelly Beach has plenty of grassy area and tables where you can enjoy a picnic. Children can ride their scooters or bikes along the footpath. Address: Bower Street, Manly

Little Manly BeachThings To Do With Kids - Top 10 Sydney Beaches & Parks For Families With Young Children

One of Sydney's hidden treasures, Little Manly Beach can be found just over the hill from Manly Ferry wharf. This beach has no waves and has a shark net pool. Just above the beach is Little Manly Beach kiosk which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner through the summer months. You can either sit down and enjoy your meal at the kiosk or get a take away sandwich, coffee or ice-cream. Kids' meals are also available. Little Manly Beach has a couple of swings for young children or if you walk up from the beach to Little Manly Point, you will find a footpath on which children can ride their bikes/skateboards/scooters and there is also a playground. Little Manly beach has spectacular views of the city and is a great spot for family picnics. Address: Stuart Street, Manly

Manly Cove

Manly Cove is located on the "ferry side" of Manly. It has a netted swimming area and virtually no waves. On the northern end of the beach, you will find Manly Oceanworld and Manly Water Works with 3 big slides. Above the beach is a promenade, where children can ride their scooters or skateboards and also large trees and picnic tables. You will also find plenty of cafes and restaurants within a short walking distance as well as great ice-cream shops. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy a fun day out swimming and playing in the sand. For older children you can hire a kayak or canoe. Address: West Esplanade, Manly

Clontarf Reserve

Over the past few years, Clontarf Reserve has become a popular family destination because of its stunning location and facilities. The beach has a swimming enclosure and at low tide shallow water, so it is perfect for swimming and splashing around even for young children. Clontarf Reserve has a shaded playground, which is suitable for children 0-12 years of age. There is plenty of parking - paid and unpaid (within a short walking distance) and a kiosk right in the middle of the reserve, which sells not only coffee and ice-cream but hot food as well. You will also find plenty of BBQs, tables and benches scattered throughout the park and toilets/showers near the kiosk. Although the weekends can get busy, during the week, this fantastic spot is very quiet, so if you have young children that don't attend school, it is the perfect place for a fun day out. Address: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf

Parsley Bay

Parsley Bay Reserve is located in Sydney's eastern suburb of Vaucluse. It is an ideal family park that includes a children's playground, enclosed swimming area as well as picnic facilities. There is plenty of grassy space for children to play ball games or fly a kite or they can go exploring the bushland. The beach has no waves and is quite shallow so children can splash and run through the water. As not many people know about this beach & reserve, it does not get very busy, even during summer months. The beach has a small carpark and toilets and there are plenty of large trees which offer shade during hot summer days. Address: Parsley Road, Parsley Bay

Shark Beach & Nielsen Park

Shark Beach & Nielsen Park are part of Sydney Harbour National Park and are located in Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. The beach is popular for families with young kids as it has a shark net and calm waters. You will also find a caf/kiosk, which serves hot food as well as coffee and ice cream. Toilets, picnic tables and BBQs as well as drinking water and lots of large trees are all in the area. Enjoy stunning views of the city, while the children play on the beach or in the park, but make sure you get there early as parking is limited Address: Greycliff Avenue, Vaucluse

Carss Bush Park & Beach

Carss Bush Park is located in Blakehurst and overlooks Kogarah Bay. It is an ideal family park, with its large playground, plenty of covered picnic tables, sheltered beach, toilets and a special BBQ area as well as a great caf/restaurant, which serves not only hot food, but also drinks and coffee. The playground is suitable for both young and older children and a special Variety swing has been installed for children in wheel chairs. Interestingly the beach has brown sand on top and almost black sand underneath and is perfect for building awesome sandcastles. The park can be quite windy, so bring a sweater, especially in cooler months. Free parking is available in a car park across the road. Address: Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach is located in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. The beach has no waves and so is suitable even for young kids. Children can ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards along the promenade or play at the playground. Build a sandcastle or dig a giant hole ... the kids are guaranteed to keep occupied for hours. And when it's time for lunch, you will find plenty of cafes and take away shops nearby. The beach has spectacular views of Middle Harbour and plenty of trees that offer shade. You will also find toilets and showers in several spots. This is a very popular beach especially on the weekends so get down early to make sure you find a parking spot. Address: The Esplanade, Balmoral

Chinamans Beach & Rosherville Reserve

Chinamans Beach is located at Middle Harbour, not far from Balmoral Beach. The beach is right next to Rosherville Reserve, which has a great playground and modern shower/toilet facilities. There is plenty of grassy area for children to play on and large trees offer shade during summer. Although weekends can be busy, during the week, this spectacular beach and reserve is almost deserted, making it perfect for a day out with young children. The beach has rock formations which can be fun for children to explore and there are no waves. The only thing that is missing is a coffee shop, so pack a picnic and drinks. Address: Parriwi Road, The SpitThings To Do With Kids - Top 10 Sydney Beaches & Parks For Families With Young Children

Robertson Park & Beach

Located in the centre of Watsons Bay, Robertson Park is a popular family destination. The beach is sheltered so there are no waves and its large enclosed playground offers hours of fun for young children. There are also footpaths on which children can ride their scooters or skateboards and plenty of grassy areas suitable for picnics. You will also find park benches and public toilets as well as cafes, take away shops and restaurants. Parking can be difficult to find, so get there early or catch a ferry to Watsons Bay Ferry Wharf. Address: Marine Parade, Watsons Bay

So if you are wondering about what things to do with the kids this weekend, why not pack a picnic lunch and head to one of the great Sydney beaches.

by: Ivana Katz
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