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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Parks Sydney Wide

Looking for the best parks Sydney has to offer? This year we have been visiting and revisiting our favourites. We have pulled together this detailed guide of parks across Sydney to help you decide where to go next. There are a couple of options in each part of the city, and we have included all the essential details to help you decide which ones are right for you.

The pressing questions you have when you are looking for a new park to visit:

  • Which parks are dog friendly
  • Which parks are easiest to get to by public transport
  • Which parks have good accessibility for wheelchairs and prams
  • Which parks offer free barbeques and good picnic areas
  • Which parks have great playgrounds for older and younger kids

A Detailed Guide to the Best Parks in Sydney

Did you know there are over 400 parks in Sydney? Some are small pocket parks, others vast outdoor spaces like Centennial Park and Western Sydney Parklands. So while this list may seem long, it was tough work deciding which ones to include.

Whether you are heading out with your picnic basket, keen to cook a BBQ, looking for a new place to walk your dog or hunting down a playground to wear out the kids we have you covered.

Thankfully 2020 has given us plenty of time to explore, and we have visited every single one of these this year to make sure our memories and the facts we are sharing are correct. However, as always we suggest you double-check any of the details that are essential for you before you head out.

Parks in Sydney City and CBD

Barangaroo Reserve

After decades in the planning, Barangaroo Reserve on the western side of the Harbour Bridge has fast become one of the city’s most popular inner-city gathering spots. While the Royal Botanic Gardens are very much about our colonial past, this garden celebrates one of the Cadigal Nations important women.

Barangaroo Reserve Sydney Australia
Picnic on the top level and stroll along the footpaths at the bottom.

Be sure to check out Barangaroo Ngangamay, an experience that will help you to learn more about Barangaroo the woman. There are five rock engravings and five short films that play as you explore the area. While you are there, you can also view Wellama, a 10 minute Welcome to Country.

Barangaroo was a Cammeragal woman, the wife of Bennelong, and a strong presence in the Eora community.

The area has been planted with 75,000 natives, that were chosen from the species described by Joseph Banks in his early journals.

2020 has seen another section of the waterfront walk, Waterman Cove open, so we are very close to completion of the full walkway from the Rocks to Darling Harbour.

Is Barangaroo the right park for you?

  • Public transport rating: Easy, ferry or train to Wynyard
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: No
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: No
  • Cafe or kiosk on site: 5 mins walk either side of the park

Where: Hickson Road Barangaroo
View map: Barangaroo Reserve

 

Royal Botanic Gardens

A playground for city workers, a place to enjoy a picnic lunch with friends, a popular jogging route for locals and visitors, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the lungs of the city.

If you are looking for a place where you can forget the pace and crowds of the city streets you have found it. Make your way here and spend some time soaking up some sunshine and walk barefoot on the grass.

This Koala is just one of the topiary creatures – pop in and look for the others.

There are sculptures to discover, free guided tours, a cafe and restaurant and in summer a lovely bar on the lawn near towards Mrs Macquarie’s Point.

Is this the right park for you?

  • Public transport rating: super easy, a short walk from Martin Place or St James train station or stroll around from Circular Quay
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes, although you should avoid the top gates as there are lots of stairs or a long walk round to the bottom. There is also a people mover for a tour on wheels.
  • BBQs: No
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: – but ducks and eels in the lake might work 😉
  • Cafe or kiosk on site: Yes, a cafe and a restaurant

Where: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
View map: Royal Botanic Garden

Centennial Parklands

The largest park in the Sydney City region, roughly six times larger than the Botanic Gardens offering almost 190ha of wide-open space. Made up of Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queen’s Park, there is a lot of space to spread out here.

Just 3km from the centre of the city, it’s kind of like Sydney’s version of Central Park. It’s a popular spot for locals to walk their dog, cycle or go for a jog.

Centennial Park, Sydney
Lily Pond Bridge in Centennial Park, Sydney

Things to do in Centennial Park

  • Take the kids to the exceptional Ian Potter Wild Play Garden
  • Find your way through the stone labyrinth
  • History lovers can check out The Federation Pavilion
  • Rent a bicycle or ride a horse around the park

Tip: If you are meeting friends here be sure to check the map and chose a place – it can be hard to find each other here.

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access (333, 340, 352, 355, 389 and 440) from the city or Bondi Junction. You can also take a 10-minute walk from Bondi Junction Station.
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes and a wheelchair-accessible playground
  • BBQs: Yes – 16 in total spread around the park.
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: Yes the award-winning Ian Potter Wild Play Garden
  • Cafe or kiosk on-site: Plenty of choices – restaurants, cafes and a food truck

Where: Oxford Street Paddington or Anzac Parade Kensington
View map: Centennial Park

 

Pirrama Park

With views of the Anzac Bridge, Barangaroo and Harbour Bridge Pirrama Park is a lovely spot on the western edge of the city. Pirrama, which means

Tied To Tide sculpture by artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford who have created six other large scale pieces across the city including Halo at Chippendale’s Central Park complex.

Time and Tide Pirrama Park
The tides lower and raise the beams of the sculpture.

The playground on the western side and has a good cafe, right opposite, perfect for refuels when the kids wear you out. This playground is probably best suited to young kids with a sandpit, water fountains and mainly small kid-sized equipment.

The part of the park was previously known as Pyrmont Point Park until it was expanded after land that had housed the NSW Water Police Headquarters was added in 2005.

Waterplay Park at Pyrmont
Waterplay, sandpit and plenty of shade!
  • Public transport rating: easy the 389 bus stops at the eastern corner, and the light-rail is 200m away.
  • Wheel Friendly: yes – lots of flat paths
  • BBQs: Yes, lots, some undercover
  • Dog-friendly: yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: – Yes – partially fenced playground with water play area and some accessible features
  • Coffee or kiosk on site: Yes

Tip: There is some parking, but it is metred – alternatively park at the Star Casino or take the light rail.

Where: Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
View map: Pirrama Park

 

Glebe Foreshore Park

Four individual parks combine to make up the Glebe Foreshore Park. You can walk from the Fishmarkets to the Tramsheds taking in most of the parkland as you go. The waterfront aspect is lovely and the views back over the city quite different to anything else along the harbour.

The area was never used for housing as much of the land was reclaimed and not suitable for building. Timber yards and shipping were the main activities here, along with a water police station.

The parks here seem to run into each other so it can be hard to know which one you are in. This doesn’t really matter unless you are meeting friends. They are the perfect place for a picnic with friends as there is plenty of green space to spread out and transport is so easy.

The four parks that makeup Glebe Foreshore are:

  • Federal Park
  • Blackwattle Bay Park
  • Jubilee Park
  • Bicentennial Park

Johnson Creek splits the parkland with Federal Park sitting on the western side and the rest on the city side.

Jubilee Park Playground
Jubliee Park Picnic shelters

Federal Park – The first park in the area, dating back to 1899, Federal is a great choice for older kids with an adventure playground and a skate park. There is also a heritage picnic shelter, but you usually need to get in early to secure this spot. This park is closest to the Tramsheds.

Jubilee Park is the biggest of the parks here, with its Canary Island date palms and figs offer plenty of shade, it’s perfect for summer get-togethers. There are some picnic sheds, a children’s playground and an on-leash dog area.

Jubilee Oval

The fenced oval, which sits at the southern end, is a hive of activity on weekends with various sporting sessions. The light rail stops in the park and the Tramsheds are directly behind it. Parking is fine during the week, but on weekends it can get near impossible.

Blackwattle Bay Wharf and the city skyline

Blackwattle Bay Park, a relatively new addition, opening in 1983, this land was once home to timber yards and shipping businesses. You can enter from several spots along the walkway, but we usually start our visit at Ferry Road near the Glebe Rowing Club after grabbing some seafood from the fish market.

Along the waterfront is the old crane that reminds us of the areas of a former life. You will also find Bellevue Cottage, a lovely old home that is now a cafe.

The view of the Anzac Bridge here are excellent; you can see the full span. Along with the great views from the waterside walking track, Blackwattle Park offers BBQs, a playground and an off-leash dog area. The old fig trees provide shade and even have their own Google map listing.

Bicentennial Park – facing onto Rozelle Bay this park offers plenty of shady grassed area perfect for picnicking. Dogs are welcome on a leash. The first section opened in 1988 and in 1995 the western section was added.

Features you will find at Glebe Foreshore Parks

  • Public transport rating: easy light rail stops right at the park. There are also buses, 433, 431
  • Wheel Friendly: yes
  • BBQs: Yes, lots, some undercover
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on and off-leash areas
  • Playground: – Yes – partially fenced playground
  • Cafe or kiosk on site: Yes, in Blackwattle Park

Glebe Foreshore Parks Map

Where: Chapman Rd, Annandale
View map: Glebe Foreshore Park

 

Parks in Sydney’s North

Berry Island Reserve

We have written about Berry Island before; it was one of our favourite places to take our dog. This park sits on land that was once another harbour island. With its lovely views and shaded walking track, it’s a great spot for a picnic and a great short bushwalk for kids.

Lay on the grass and admire the view
Or take a bushwalk

There is a 20-minute circular walk, the Gadyan Track, that tells of the history of the Cammeraigal people over a series of signboards.

  • Public transport rating: super easy, a short walk from Wollstonecraft
  • Wheel Friendly: not particularly
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: – Yes a fully-fenced playground
  • Cafe or kiosk on-site: No

Where: 10 Shirley Rd, Wollstonecraft
View map: Berry Island Reserve

Headland Park

Headland Park at Mosman is made up of three main areas. The Harbourfront Clifton Gardens, and Chowder Bay, Georges Heights with it’ stunning lookout and Middle Head. They are connected by one of the loveliest walking tracks on the lower north shore.

There are plenty of picnic tables at Clifton Gardens Reserve.

Formerly a defence base, you can explore the gun batteries and fortifications on a guided tour of Middle Head.

Did you know? In 1815 Governor Macquaire established Georges Heights as an experimental farm. Eighteen first nations families worked the land, and it became known as Bungaree’s Farm.

Take the steep steps of Bungaree’s walkway from Chowder Bay to George’s Head for breathtaking views (literally)

The parklands area offer three beaches, two of which Cobblers Beach and Obelisk Beach are clothing optional, Chinaman’s Beach at Chowder Bay is the best family-friendly option.

There is also an artists colony, six fabulous large scale sculptures, and a marine centre where you can learn more about Sydney Harbour. There is also a weekly market on Wednesdays. Check the latest events at Headlands Park here.

Georges Head view

If picnics are not your style, there are at least half a dozen cafes and restaurants in or on the edge of the park including Gunners Barracks, Frenchy’s Cafe at Georges Head, Ripples and Drift at Chowder Bay and Burnt Orange at Middle Head. Don’t ask me to pick a favourite – they are great choices.

Are the parks here right for you?

  • Public transport rating: Easy 244 bus from Wynyard Station stops 3 minutes away or ferry to Taronga and bus 238.
  • Wheel Friendly: Mostly, some hilly areas – best check the website before you head off.
  • BBQs: Yes at Chowder Bay
  • Dog-friendly: No
  • Playground: – Yes at Chowder Bay
  • Cafe or kiosk on site: Yes, several

Where: Best Ave, Mosman
View map: Headland Park

 

The Coal Loader

The Coal Loader ( Officially the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability) offers a large rooftop garden space overlooking Sydney Harbour at Waverton. Along with being a fantastic place to learn more about sustainability, it’s a great place to head to relax.

The site was once exactly what is sounds like – a place where coal was loaded onto ships in the harbour. Remnants of its former life remain, and you can explore the history of the site on a free guided tour.

There are gorgeous harbour views, plenty of shade, a community garden and chickens. The Coal Loader also hosts several regular events including sunset sessions, markets and more.

  • Public transport rating: Easy 6 minutes walk from Waverton Station
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs:
  • Dog-friendly: yes, on leash
  • Playground: no but the tunnel is very popular with kids
  • Cafe or kiosk on-site: Yes (Wed-Sun)

Where: 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton
View map: The Coal Loader

Parks in Sydney’s South

Oatley Park

A local favourite since early last century Oatley Park offers it all, bushwalks, views, a sheltered beach, cycling Small netted beach, BBQs new children’s playground, great for bird watching.

The most popular features are the Castellated Tower known as the Castle, which is now a picnic shelter but was a kiosk when I was growing up. At this end of the park are several picnic tables and BBQs.

Oatley Park is lush and green with plenty of space, and it’s own beach.

Down the track from the Castle is Sandy Bay with its swimming baths dating back to the 1920s. Follow the road around to Webster’s Lookout for great views over the Georges River.

Oatley Park is a great place to get some exercise with 4km of walking tracks, a cycling loop, of course, the new Adventure playground that will exhaust kids and the adults chasing them. The flying fox is particularly popular.

Oatley Park Adventure Playground

You could visit Oatley Park two or three times and see something different. There is plenty of birdlife, over 100 species have been spotted here, there are also possums and very occasionally an echidna if you come on a quiet day.

  • Public transport rating: not great – a 20-minute walk from Oatley Station or 955 bus from Hurstville
  • Wheel Friendly: yes, wheelchair accessible Myra Wall Garden walk is lovely
  • BBQs: yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: yes, an excellent adventure playground particularly for older children
  • Cafe or kiosk: Nothing in the park but several nearby

Where: 1 Dame Mary Gilmore Rd, Oatley
View map: Oatley Park

 

Carss Bush Park

Pretty much a secret outside southern Sydney, and hugging the waterfront at Kogarah Bay, Carrs Bush Park is the perfect spot for a family bbq or late afternoon picnic with someone you love.

The new walkway at Carrs Park

The park has plenty of shade, and the small beach is the perfect place to build a sandcastle. A new footpath runs around to the left of the beach to a new grassy space and pretty waterfront views. Lovely for stretching your legs after lunch.

The cafe and bushland at Carrs Park

There is also an excellent playground which attracts lots of kids on weekends and after school.

If you are visiting on a Sunday, you can explore Carss Cottage for just $2 and learn more about the history of the area.

Carrs Cottage Museum Carrs Park Sydney
Carss Cottage is Open on Sundays

NoteAustralia Day is a big deal here – the park was dedicated on Australia Day in 1924 making the annual celebration even more special to locals.

  • Public transport rating: not great – there is a private bus
  • Wheel Friendly: yes, wheelchair accessible
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: Yes – new playground
  • Cafe and kiosk: Yes, the cafe here is one of our favourites.

Where: 74 Carwar Ave, Carss Park
View map: Carrs Park

Gunnamatta Park – Cronulla

A great park for those without cars, Gunnamatta is just a couple of minutes from Cronulla train station. Situated on the Pork Hacking River, this is a lovely shady park with all the usual facilities.

There are plenty of large trees and several picnic shelters, so finding a spot out of the sun is pretty easy.

Gunnamatta Park Picnics
Plenty of picnic sheds

If you are looking for a large picnic shelter for a gathering there is a huge one here, check with council about using it for an event.

Kurranulla means ‘‘place of the pink seashells’’ in the dialect of the area’s Aboriginal inhabitants, the Dharawal people.

You will also find a netted swimming enclosure and jetty perfect for jumping off.

Gunnamatta Baths Cronulla
The water is remarkable clear and calm.

If you fancy spending a bit more time in the area, head around to the beach and take the scenic walk past Cronulla’s four beaches.

  • Public transport rating: Very easy, a short walk from Cronulla Station
  • Wheel Friendly: yes, wheelchair accessible
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome but not on the beach
  • Playground: Yes small playground
  • Cafes and kiosk: Not on site but only 5 minutes walk back to Cronulla Mall

Where: 39 Nicholson Parade, Cronulla
View map: Gunnamatta Park

 

Como Pleasure Grounds

This leafy park with its pretty water view over the Georges River is a great find.

The Georges River in the early morning light.

A loop track is perfect for a short bushwalk or for future cycling champs to practice their skills. There is also a free 20m outdoor swimming pool, perfect for hot summer days. The pool is open afternoons from October to March. There are also netted tidal baths if you prefer to swim in the river.

The park can get pretty busy on weekend mornings with children’s birthday parties and family picnics filling the tables and uncover shelters. However, at other times you can almost have the place to yourself.

The upper level of the park, known as the knoll is usually quiet.

You could also head up to the knoll, and climb the rocks for a great view over the area. There are usually fewer people up here too, even on busy days.

Take a seat on one of the benches on the lower level of the park and watch the boaties enjoying the waterway.

  • Public transport rating: Ok – a 10-minute walk from Como Station
  • Wheel Friendly: yes, wheelchair accessible
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, dogs on leash are welcome
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes Black Fish Cafe and it’s great.

Where: 2A Cremona Rd, Como
View map: Como Pleasure Grounds

Parks in Sydney’s Inner West

Cabarita Park

Sitting on the banks of the Parramatta River Cabarita Park is popular with weddings and family gatherings, for a good reason, it’s a picturesque spot with plenty to keep you busy.

Cabarita Park PIcnic tables
There are several picnic tables and a large BBQ shelter facing the river.

With its river beach, plenty of BBQs this is a great summer park with lots of shade, on both the playground and pool area.

Cabarita Park Federation rotunda
Cabarita Park is popular for weddings
  • Public transport rating: Easy bus and the ferry takes 30 mins from the city.
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes and a wheelchair-accessible playground
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, with affordably priced options

Where: 172 Cabarita Rd, Cabarita
View map: Cabarita Park

Steel Park Marrickville

Best known for its kid’s water play park and huge flying fox Steel Park is a great family park. There are BBQs and covered picnic tables and plenty of shade.

The park is along the Cooks River cycleway (also a walking track) making it easy to add some exercise to your park visit. You could decide to cycle or walk from Tempe or Hurlstone Park Train Stations along the route stopping for lunch in the park.

  • Public transport rating: Short walk
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes and a wheelchair-accessible playground
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, with affordably priced options

Where: 531-565 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
View map: Steel Park

 

Sydney Park – St Peters

The third-largest park in inner-city Sydney, after just a few minutes at Sydney Park it’s easy to forget the din of the Princes Highway only a few hundred metres away. Best known by most locals for the three brick chimneys that mark the northwestern entry of the park, many who pass by daily have no idea of just how beautiful it is.

Originally a brickworks the area was transformed in the early 1990s and has since won numerous awards most recently one for is sustainable water plan.

Information panels around the park help you understand the environment

This is a park where dogs significantly outnumber kids and the perfect place to get a pooch fix if you are a wishing you had a pup of your own. Most of the park is off-leash bar the wetlands, which are fenced, the oval, and the children’s playground.

Things to do in Sydney Park

  • Go birdwatching in the wetlands – dusky moorhens, black swans and even pelicans can be found – please don’t feed the bird.
  • Visit the Spaids Memorial – a permanent memorial to people lost to AIDS.
  • Join in on the Saturday morning St Peters Parkrun, a weekly free 5 km run 
  • See if you can read the time using the human sundial.
  • Public transport rating: Buses 308 and 422 from the city or the 370 from Coogee or Leichardt. St Peter’s Train Station is opposite.
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, extensive off-leash areas and plenty of water bowls on offer
  • Playground: Yes and also a skate park and cycling area
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, small kiosk near the playground

When you are finished exploring the park take some time on the way to check out some of the best street art in Sydney just 5 minutes away in Newtown.

Where: 416 Sydney Park Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
View map: Sydney Park

Parks in Sydney’s East

Nielson Park – Vaucluse

Part of Sydney Harbour National Park Nielson Park is home to Shark Beach, one of the best harbour swimming beaches, despite its name!

With an abundance of fig trees to picnic under, there are also three large picnic shelters making this perfect for a summer’s day. It is also very popular, parking can be really hard in the summer but head here any other time of year and you will find plenty of space.

Walk off your lunch with a stroll around to Rose Bay on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk.

Tip: This is an epic place to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day.

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access from city or Edgecliff
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: No
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes a restaurant and kiosk

Where: 6 Steele Point Rd, Vaucluse
View map: Neilson Park

Robertson Park – Watsons Bay

Harbour views and expansive green lawns combined with a famous fish and chip take away stand on the wharf makes this park a pretty popular place.

Hornby Lighthouse in bad weather
Robertson Park Watson’s Bay

At the water’s edge, you will find Vaucluse Yacht Club and Watsons Bay Baths, a harbour tidal pool which offers deep water wheelchair access to the harbour.

Robertson Park Watsons Bay Sunset
Sunset from Robertson Park

While you are here take a walk out to Hornby Lighthouse.

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus and ferry access from city or Bondi Beach
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: No
  • Dog-friendly: No
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes cafes, restaurants and a bar

Where: Robertson Road/ Marine Parade, Watsons Bay 
View map: Robertson Park

 

Bronte Park

Best known for its white picnic shelters Bronte Park looks out over one of the eastern suburbs prettiest beaches. Fringed by native bushland in the rear and the Pacific Ocean

This is the ultimate beach picnic spot, with over a dozen covered shelters and lots of bbq’s there is almost a snag cooking here.

Bronte Park over looks Bronte Beach

There is also a great children’s playground over to the northern side of the park.

Bronte is a good midway stop on the Bondi to Coogee Walk.

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus from the city
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes – not fabulous but possible
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: No – although there is a current dog walking trial.
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes and lots of cafes in Bronte Road.

Where: Bronte Rd, Bronte
View map: Bronte Park

Parks in Western Sydney

Kissing Point Park – Putney

With a name like Kissing Point, you may expect a story to its origin. There are a few versions of how the point got its name ranging from this being a place where Governor Hunter kissed his wife here, but the more likely one is a little less romantic.

“Kissing Point” was named such because the area of water around it was the furthest up Parramatta River that heavily laden vessels could reach before their keels “kissed” the bottom.

Walluamni Wind Sculpture

The location on the Parramatta River is lovely for a sunny afternoon, there is plenty of shade, and it’s fun to watch the boats sail up and down the river from Concord Sailing Club. Visit in the early morning and you will likely see (and hear) rowing teams practising on the river.

Things to see and do in Kissing Point Park

  • Workout on the outdoor fitness equipment
  • Take the Ryde River Walk – a 12km walk from the Ryde to Gladesville Bridge
  • Learn more about the history of Kissing Point from the information panels around the park
Sydney Park - Kissing Point
The Playground suits younger and older kids
  • Public transport rating: Ferry wharf at the park or the 507 bus stops nearby. Decent amount of parking
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes
  • Playground: Yes
  • Cafes and kiosk: None on-site – make your way to Morrison Road before your visit

Where: 87 Waterview Street, Putney 
View map: Kissing Point Park

Parramatta Park

One of the cities most historic parks Parramatta Park can keep you busy for an entire day. Along with it’s UNESCO World Heritage listing as part of the “Australian Convict Sites” this is a great place to get some fresh air and exercise.

Darug Peoples, the traditional owners of this land called Parramatta Burramatta translated as “the place where the eels lie down”

Parramatta Park
Just one of the historic features at Parramatta Park

Things to do in Parramatta Park

This 85 hectares park has plenty of attractions along with all the grassy open spaces.

  • Tour old Government House and check out other historic features around the park
  • Check out one of the largest collections of heritage roses in Australia in the Rumsey Rose Garden.
  • Have high tea in the Gatehouse Tearooms
  • Take a guided tour of the Dairy Cottage, one of the oldest intact cottages still standing in Australia today
  • Take the kids and visit one of the two playgrounds
UNESCO site Old Goverenment House Parramatta NSW
Old Government House in Parramatta Park
  • Public transport rating: Easy 10 minute walk from Parramatta station
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes on leash
  • Playground: Yes two playgrounds, one offers varied mobility and is wheelchair-accessible
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, two cafes, a tearoom and a restaurant

Where: Pitt St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta
View map: Parramatta Park

 

Bicentennial Park – Sydney Olympic Park Homebush

There are so many Bicentennial Parks in Australia, 1988 must have been a bumper year for landscapers! Spanning 40 hectares of parkland on the shores of Homebush Buy, Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park is among the cities biggest and also a natural heritage site.

There is a LOT to do here, and they have a impressive activity program.

We loved this pretty grove of trees near the lake.

Things to do at Sydney Olympic Park

  • Learn more about the 65 hectare Badu Mangroves site
  • Watch the sunset from the Hill Pavilion
  • Check out the waterbirds at Lake Belvedere
  • Admire the art installations including the Peace Monument and the Bicentennial Park Sundial
  • Go birdwatching at the Bird Hide near Wentworth Common
  • Climb Treillage Tower for views over the park
  • Cycle over 8km of trails

Did you know you can spot over 25% of all Australia’s bird species from Bicentennial Park.

BBQ Shelters like this one are spread across the park
  • Public transport rating: Easy – train from central or bus from Strathfield
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes, many check this map
  • Dog-friendly: Yes on a leash but not permitted in the mangroves.
  • Playground: Yes 2 playgrounds, one with a liberty swing, and a water play area
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, Waterview Cafe overlooking the lake

Where: Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park
View map: Bicentennial Park Homebush

Western Sydney Parklands

With the tagline ‘Sydney’s Biggest Backyard’ you could be forgiven for thinking its hyperbole, but in this case, it’s true. Western Sydney Parklands covers 5,280 hectares and has over 60km of tracks and trails to explore. The largest urban park Sydney covering parts of Liverpool, Blacktown and Fairfield.

Sydney Park Western Sydney Parklands
Western Sydney Parklands offers over 60km of tracks.

This enmorous park is split into five precincts:

  • Bungarribee Western Sydney Parklands 
  • Lizard Log
  • Plough and Harrow
  • Shale Hills
  • The Dairy

This is a park you will find yourself heading back to with walks ranging from 30 minute strolls to three hour hikes. There is plenty to do here with or without kids; Lizard Log Playground and Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens are two must see sites.

  • Public transport rating: possible but not easy – train to Blacktown and then bus
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes, many check this map
  • Dog-friendly: Yes on a leash but not permitted in the mangroves.
  • Playground: Yes 2 playgrounds, one with a liberty swing, and a water play area
  • Cafes and kiosk: Yes, Waterview Cafe overlooking the lake

Where: The Horsley Dr &, Cowpasture Rd, Abbotsbury
View map: Western Sydney Parkland

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