Ankle Deep Water, NSW
Shallow Water Play Areas for Kids
Keep the kids entertained with these fun shallow water play areas in and around New South Wales, Australia. Guaranteed to excite and hopefully wear the little tackers out with heaps of running, jumping, scooping and splashing. Ankle Deep Water is my collection of very shallow water play areas for kids that I collated incidentally while compiling the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes for grown ups. I have visited and enjoyed all of these sites with my own children. Currently only available in NSW for the south coast, but feel free to suggest a location elsewhere in NSW for me to visit.
Select Your Water Play Area:
Click or tap on the title of each shallow water play area below to find out how to get there and what to expect, or alternatively search by map. These areas have been divided into free splash parks and shallow entry lakes and beaches.
Shallow Entry Beaches
The Bruce Steer Pool is a gently sloping, sheltered beach next to the breakwater of the Bermagui harbour. Perfect for those days when it is too windy at other beaches, and big enough for older kids and adults to enjoy as well… This tidal estuary has a large sand bar that creates a wide area of shallow, slightly warmer water for kids to frolick in, with clear water and soft sand under foot. Bring some blow up toys to float under the bridge on the outgoing tide…
Water Play Areas, Splash Parks and Splash Pads
A splash park in the caravan park on the foreshore at Tathra with several medium sized waterslides. Free if you're staying at the caravan park or find out here the times when it is accessible to the general public…

Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information. In addition to your own independent planning, risk management and safety measures, I suggest that if you are visiting these spots, bring a swimming nappy (if your child is not yet toilet trained), bathers, sunscreen, a hat, a towell, a pair of crocs or sandals for your kid's feet, a set of warm clothes for them to change into, a bucket and spade, and any floating toys (like rubber ducks) that you want. Pack a pair of bathers and sandals for yourself so you can supervise your child in the water. You can also visit these some of these spots in winter if everyone is wearing gumboots.

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