The little village of Berrima, about 90 minutes’ drive south-west from Sydney, is the perfect halfway stopping point when travelling to Canberra or the winter ski fields. And this amazing playground is the best you will find for a breather along the way. 

Renovated in 2012 with equipment that was modified to suit the heritage architecture of Berrima, the Marketplace Park Playground is a fabulous open playground, set at the far side of the park, and a very safe distance from the relatively quiet main road.

The playground has a pine bark ground surface, and equipment that makes it great for all ages, from babies in the spider swing through to teens on the flying fox

Time your trip just right and enjoy a picnic while the kids wear themselves out. You can then persuade them to clamber back into the car where they will fall asleep for the rest of the ride (you can’t blame us for hoping…)

Play Equipment A fort castle with tunnels, climbing nest, ladders, a bridge, climbing plank, peepholes, a climbing wall and slides; swings including infant swing as well as a spider swing; animal rockers; Spinpoint twister; and 25 metre flying fox

Why go For a wonderful run around that will tire out the little folk

Who is it best for All ages from babies to teens

Top Three Features The flying fox, the fort and the beloved tree that stands like a giant botanical teepee beside the fort.

Shaded Play Areas No shaded areas, but cafes and shops across the road in case of a sudden downpour, and there are trees to take shade beneath on a sunny day

Top Tip Make a picnic of it and head to The Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop before you settle in for the whole play

Don’t Go… Without setting the timer. We can assure you, the kids won’t want to get back in the car, so make sure you have a time planned, then allow an extra five minutes for that final fly on the flying fox

While You’re Here We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again… head to The Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop – whether it’s for ice cream, a coffee break, some honey for the pantry, or some chutney for a Christmas gift, it’s a great little shop.