On a hot day the children’s playground at Darling Harbour is a perfect place to cool off as it has water pumps, streams and jets that kids love to play with. Toddlers are kept fascinated by the water buckets and contraptions, and bigger, fearless kids get to challenge themselves on the thrilling giant slides, ropes and flying foxes. The latter is 21 metres long, and parents have been known to race along with their little champ as they cling to the wire (it’s hard to stay focused on not falling off).
It’s an incredibly popular place to play at all times of day and night, and the playground is surrounded by fast food chains, toilets, water bubblers and convenience stores. The big winner with the kids is the three-metre-high, eight-metre-wide metal slide that swarms of tweens love to fling themselves down. It’s thrilling – especially for helicopter parents.