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Sydney Parks

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Sydney has many parks some very large and others just small patches of grass that provide a rest form the city and often good picnic spots. We list them all so go and explore the Sydney parks. There are also a number of natural reserves and national parks which are detailed on other pages.


Sydney Parks
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Bellevue Park
A suburban park in Bondi with good views of Bondi and the Heads around Sydney Harbour and indeed named for the views by Governor Macquarie. Bellevue Park Road, Bellevue Hill.

Bicentennial Park
Created in 1988 to celebrate the bicentenary of Sydney and covers over 100 hectares with lots of walking paths and cycle ways. Bikes can be hired and a good way to find all the sculptures and monuments around the park. Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park, Home bush (02 9714 7888).

Bradfield Park
Bradfield Park is immediately below the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a good place to view the bridge and harbour Broughton Street, Kirribilli.

Centennial Park
A 220 hectare park in the centre of Sydney that was dedicated to the people of people of Sydney in 1888. Watch the guys on roller blades, horse riding, running or join in, bikes and roller blades can be hired. The gardens, ponds and BBQ areas provide for a relaxing break from the city buildings. Oxford street, Paddington.

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Designed in 1988 to symbolise the friendship between China and Australia. The garden features a courtyard of welcoming fragrance; dragon wall; water pavilion of lotus fragrance; pavilions set amongst bamboo, the Gurr a hexagonal two storey building; rock forest and dragon rock. The garden was designed to use the four elements of water, plant, stone and architecture. Located at the south end of Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour (02 9240 8888).

Cook and Philip Park
Across College Street from Hyde Park has a formal garden and swimming complex with a mural on the poolside inspired by Annette Kellerman a famous Australian swimmer.. College Street (02 9326 0444).

Cooper Park
A bush covered valley close to Bondi Junction with picnic areas, playground and tennis courts. >Suttie Road, Woollahra.

Hyde Park
Named after Hyde Park in London, this area was declared a park as early as 1792 and Australia’s first recorded cricket match was played here in 1804. At the Liverpool Street entrance you will find the ANZAC memorial and the Pool of Reflection. Elizabeth Street(02 9265 9333).

Lyne Park
A popular park in Rose Bay with boat ramp, picnic area and the base for the Sydney seaplanes. New South Head Road, Rose Bay.

Macquarie Place Park
Part of the old Government House garden with an elegant sandstone obelisk near the south east corner. Loftus and Bridge Streets.

Nielsen Park
A favourite picnic place in the city but busy with families at the weekend. The Rocks, Sydney.

Observatory Park
This park is at the foot of the Observatory and has good harbour views. The Rocks, Sydney.

North Head Sanctuary

Formerly a School of Artillery and now a sanctuary with former military buildings and natural areas. A good way to see the area is to take the Gunners Walk that will take around 2 hours and passes the Artillery buildings, along the heathland and with many views of the harbour and ocean. (02 8969 2100).

Parramatta Park
A large park with two of the oldest buildings in Australia, The Dairy Precinct and Old Government House. Within Parramatta Park is the Tudor Gatehouse, Governor Brisbane's Bathhouse and the Boer War Memorial. Queens Road, Parramatta (02 8833 5000).

Robertson Park
Robertson's Park is at Watson's Bay and the park lawn is back from beach. Military Road, Watsons Bay. Military Road, Watson Bay.

Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
The gardens were established in 1816 and cover thirty hectares. They are the oldest scientific institution in Australia. Free guided tours last 45 minutes and run every morning at 10:30. The meeting place is at the Visitors Centre on Mrs. Macquarie’s Road which is also the entrance. (02 9231 8111).

Rushcutters Bay Park
Views over the marina and a good picnic spot along with tennis courts that can be hired. New Beach Road, Darling Point.

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Park

A windswept area and s good for kites and being open has good views of the sunrise. Sydney Park Road, Inner West.

The Domain
A small area of green in front of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and occasionally used for outside concerts.

Tumbalong Park
A section of grass in the concrete Darling Harbour with acrobatic water jests and an amphitheatre that hosts free entertainment. Darling Harbour.

Vaucluse Park
The garden at Vaucluse House are well maintained and have a 19th Century pleasure garden. Wentworth Road, Vaucluse.


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