Set beside the water’s edge of Sydney Harbour, Mort Bay Park offers spectacular views of both the city skyline and the Harbour Bridge. The park has something for everyone: a fully equipped playground, basketball courts, shaded areas, wide-open spaces, and a handful of picnic tables. It also has designated off-leash areas for those with four-legged friends. It’s an ideal spot for birthday parties, picnics, play dates and bike riding.
The playground area is quite large and is mostly covered by a sunshade. It has lots to keep your little adventurers occupied including a wooden fort, swings, a climbing structure and slides. You will need to watch your little ones closely, as it is only partially-fenced and parts of the fort are quite high.
Next to the playground you will find a huge fig tree which is not only very instagrammable but popular with kindy and school-aged kids for climbing on.
Between the playground and the water, there is a large flat concrete area, which is a perfect space for kids to practice bike riding or scooting. There is also a single basketball hoop on the concrete path and a full-sized basketball court located on the opposite side of McKell Street, near to the community garden.
There is plenty of on-street parking and the picturesque Thames Street ferry wharf is only a few footsteps away.
The few downsides are that there are no cafes nearby and the toilets facilities are a walk away from the playground (located near McKell Street).
Mort Bay Park ticks many boxes with fantastic water views, shade and play equipment for all ages, and if you are feeling like a stroll then you could try the waterfront walk to scenic Ballast Point.