Elkington Park




Named after a local politician in 1883, historic Elkington Park, in Balmain is the perfect family friendly (and dog friendly) park in Sydney’s Inner West.

Located on the foreshore, it overlooks the magnificently restored late-Victorian (1884) timber enclosure at the tidal Dawn Fraser Baths – where Australia’s all-conquering 1956–64 Olympian Dawn Fraser sacrificed her youth swimming laps.

Play equipment

You will find the play equipment for kids under the huge spreading branches of native fig trees.  It’s a small and simple play structure that is ideal for younger toddlers and the good news is that it IS fenced (which means it gets a double thumbs up from Out & About Baby).

There are also four swing sets outside the fenced part of the playground too as well as a beautiful old bandstand which is a great spot for imaginative play and kids parties.

Dawn Fraser Baths

The Dawn Fraser Baths is a tidal flow salt water pool. At low tide there is even have a beach for the kids to build sandcastles.

Fun fact for the kids: The first game of Water Polo in Australia was played at this venue and home to the Balmain Water Polo Club which was established in 1884

Entry Prices 2016/17 Season
Adult (17 yrs and over) $5.40
Child (5 – 16 yrs) $3.70
Child under 5yrs (with paying adult) FREE
Full-time Student (ID Required) $3.70
Senior Concession $2.80
General/Pension Concession* $1.60
Family ‘A’     (1 adult and up to 3 children) ^ $11.40
Family ‘B’    (2 adults and up to 3 children) ^ $15.70
Extra Family child $2.00
Extra Family ‘B’ adult ^ $2.70


There are public toilets available in the park but no baby change facilities.


Street parking is available on White Street but can be at a premium in this area, particularly on weekends.
Hygiene (4.33 / 3)
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Privacy (2.67 / 3)
Atmosphere (5 / 3)

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3 Comments on "Elkington Park"

Alarna K
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What a gem! It was a super hot day when we visited this park but the beautiful breezes off the harbour and huge trees shading the park made for a super civilised picnic. We loved that the playground was enclosed and it was only a short ramble down the hill to picturesque Dawn Frazer Baths. If I had to find a negative it would be the parking which can be a little tricky on a nice day. Also a popular park with dog walkers so we did have a few unexpected guests attempt to nab our tasty treats!

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Such a lovely park and that view!! Plenty of shady trees, a completely enclosed play area for those likely to do a runner and toilets. What more do you need – oh a swimming pool? Sure, the Dawn Fraser Baths are just below and an ideal spot for a dip on a sunny day to wash off the picnic dust. Done!

Laura Ruston
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Probably my favourite park for a picnic in the Inner West. The views over Dawn Fraser Baths and the harbour and gorgeous and the fenced in park kept my toddler entertained for ages. Even better was that when we got home later he went straight to bed and slept the whole night through because he was so exhausted after all the playtime. Total winner. Only issue is that parking can sometimes be tough.

Address: Elkington Park, Glassop St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia

Opening hours

Dawn Fraser Baths Opening Hours

October - November 7:15am - 6:30pm
December - February 6:45am - 7:00pm
March - April 7:15am - 6:30pm

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

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