Balmoral Beach Playground
Balmoral Beach playground has been under construction for a while so I was expecting an amazing playground when it was finally unveiled. I’m not sure this playground has met my expectations.
It’s nice but its not as great as I had expected. The draw card however is its location – the setting and the proximity to the beach.
Where is Balmoral Beach Playground
The playground is located at the South End of the Esplanade near Balmoral Baths, Lawry Plunkett Reserve and the Mosman Oval.
The best road to put into your GPS is The Esplanade, Mosman 2088.
There is plenty of parking on the road adjacent to the playground (The Esplanade) but it is ticketed parking and is approximately $5 an hour during the week and $7 an hour on the weekend.
Balmoral Beach Playground Features
The playground has:
- Huge climbing net with a few add-ons. Its very impressive and older kids would love it.
- Cubby house with a slide and twirly fireman’s pole.
- A swing structure that has 5 swings on it. It’s quite a cool concept where the children swing facing each other.
- Wooden ship for little ones.
Balmoral Beach Playground Facilities
The playground is completely enclosed and the floor is all of that soft spring which is a great comfort for little feet.
There is plenty of shade provided by the beautiful figs trees with two picnic benches in the shade and a few chairs along the perimeter.
Food and Coffee Nearby
There are two spots for coffee, snacks and even a full blown meal within a stone’s throw of the playground – there is a little kiosk and then there is the Boathouse. The other option of course is for you to bring a picnic along and make a day of the beach, playground and walk along Balmoral Beach Esplanade. You can check out the Balmoral Beach walk post here.
The problems with the playground
I am not sure that this playground is suited to kids under 2.5 years of age just for the following reasons:
- The swings aren’t catered to little ones as they don’t have those bucket shaped ones. There only ‘brace’ is a metal chain.
- The slide has no steps or access for little ones to climb up on.
- Underneath the trees is sand which isn’t great because its full of dirt and decaying leaves. Its fine but my littlest wanted to sit in there and play with the things poking out of the sand.
There are two things that confuse me about this playground 1) it was great before but just needed a fence and 2) it has enough space for a lot more features.
While this seems to be quite a negative post and I apologise but I wouldn’t want you driving all the way there on a non-beach day just for the playground.
Below, I have included a list of other North Shore and Northern Beaches Playgrounds you could check out instead.
But it is close to the beach
But, if the weather is great and you’re aiming for a playground near a beach then this is a good option. Balmoral beach is amazing and I’ve included a picture below just for reference 🙂
Other Playgrounds on the North Shore and Northern Beaches