Once little eyeballs spot this park’s giant sandpit, they won't want to leave. Pirrama means ‘rocking stone’ in Gadigal, and the 1.8 hectare park in Pyrmont has cafés, free barbecues, public toilets, and covered picnic areas that all overlook the harbour waters. It also has an excellent playground with a sandpit so large it’s like a mini fossil-excavation site. Toddlers scrape away at the sand, digging for buried treasure – and parents are busy keeping it out of their mouths/ears. But the true gem of this waterside playground is the wide-open pathway of water fountains – soaking all the rudey nudey kidlets running around and screaming at the top of their lungs. It’s heaps of fun in the summer (just remember to bring a change of clothes). If your little one doesn’t love to get wet, there are two baby swings, a small slide, and spinning-gravitational-rotators that are fun to cling onto. Bigger kids (and adults) can clamber over the giant net, or simply run off steam around the expansive grassed park. Careful: it’s not fenced, and there’s lots of access points to the water.