While the weather is still warm and you’re happy to head outdoors, Woronora is a wonderful suburb to spend some time with the kids!
You might like to start your day with the…
Woronora Bridge Walk
The easiest place to park if you’re driving down to the walk is in Oakwood St in Sutherland at the end closest to River Rd. Follow the pathway along River Rd until it dips underneath the bridge, this is the beginning of the Woronora Bridge Walkway. As you can see it offers some beautiful views of the river.
We had a three and four year old with us so only walked as far as the viewing point and then turned back around, which took a total of 25 minutes and was enough for their young legs, but if you have kids who are up for it you can walk all the way across to Bangor.
Though it is suitable for bikes and scooters, some of the pathway does have grates, which can be a bit bumpy and not always the best surface for riding along.
When you’re ready for some sustenance, head around to…
The Boatshed is very popular at certain times of the day (usually the lunch rush) and even during the week it’s advisable to make a booking so that you don’t miss out.
The Boatshed is right on Woronora River so if you have little kids who you’d worry about falling into the water, then you should ask for a table inside (and near to the decent collection of kids’ toys), but the nicer views are definitely from the outside tables. And if you’d rather eat in the park you can even order picnic baskets a day ahead to enjoy out in the open instead.
The menu offers all day breakfast and lunch options (3pm is closing time) and a Kids’ menu, which includes Bacon and eggs, nachos, pancakes, cheeseburger or toastie fingers. My daughter chose the pancakes. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to try the Brekkie Bruschetta and was not disappointed!
I had really hoped to stick around for one of the Boatshed’s famous Golden Gaytime or Strawberry Fair Floss “Shed Shakes” (among other flavours!) but my daughter was itching to get to the playground so we decided to leave those for another day and instead walked around to…
Prince Edward Park Playground
This is one of those rare playgrounds that ticks all the boxes! It has play equipment for big and small children, adjacent grounds for cricket, soccer or any field-based sport you like, toilets, BBQs and coffee available nearby.
You can find our full review of Prince Edward Park with plenty more photos here.
Its only real drawbacks are that it’s not gated and provides ample opportunity for speedy kids to take off across the field or head straight into the river, so if keeping an eye on multiple kids or those who like to do a runner is a concern for you, maybe wait until you’re past that stage being difficult before you venture here.
What else is there to do in Woronora with kids?
If your kids are up to bushwalking, they’ll love venturing through Prince Edward Park. It has clearly paved walkways from the path that starts on Linden St (Sutherland) between Sutherland Oval and Loftus Cemetery, which go all the way down to Prince Edward Park Road. There are also plenty of less clear bushwalking paths through the scrub for families with older and more adventurous children.
More places to eat include Riverside Takeaway (which the locals affectionately refer to as ‘Wonnie Burger’ because they do crazy-good burgers), Perry’s Pizza, or you can go for Chinese at Woronora RSL.
There is also another great playground, Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, which is getting an upgrade soon (watch this space!)