Close to the Sydney Central Business District in Randwick, you’ll find beautiful Centennial Park. This beautiful green space was opened as a public park in 1888, at which time it was dedicated to the people of New South Wales. Visitors are more than welcome and the park offers a wide variety of things to see and activities to enjoy.
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Centennial Park forms part of the wider Centennial Parklands area, which also encompasses Moore Park and Queens Park. The traditional custodians of this land were the Gadigal clan of the Eora Nation. Today their legacy is preserved by the conservation of the area’s wildlife.
Much of this can be seen at Centennial Park, where you can regularly spot the famous flying foxes at the Lachlan Swamp. You can also see turtles, several species of ducks and geese, moorhens and eels.
The area is within easy reach of many of central Sydney’s main attractions, and is an essential stop on any visit to the city. It can be accessed within 10 minutes by car from the Central Railway Hotel, located just over 2km on Wentworth Street.
Main Features of Centennial Park
Aside from its stunning natural greenery and the variety of wildlife it contains, Centennial Park is also home to some of Sydney’s best-known landmarks. One of these is the Federation Pavilion, which houses the Commonwealth Stone. It stands on the site where the official ceremony was held to mark the Federation of Australia and the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.
On the western edge of the park is a housing development that was built in the Victorian era and features some beautiful examples of the architecture of the time. One of these is the heritage-listed former home of the writer Patrick White.
The main road through the park is Grand Drive, a circular route that formed part of the marathon course during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It preserves the serene nature of the park by having separate tracks for walking, cycling, horse riding and cars.
Things to Do at Centennial Park
Centennial Park offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Horse riding is particularly popular here, with the Centennial Park Equestrian Centre offering riding lessons for both children and adults. Kids can also get to know the horses better by helping out in the stables.
Centennial Park also boasts its own stone labyrinth, one of the most intricate of its kind in the world. It has 11 circuits and is based on a Medieval French design. It is thought to help with relaxing and meditation.
There are numerous other activities on offer at Centennial Park, including birdwatching, horeseback riding, cycle hire or even a good old-fashioned Australian barbecue! There are eight electric barbecues at various locations throughout the park, which are available for you and your family to use, absolutely free!
Should you a sumptuous meal, Centennial Park’s Homestead Cafe and restaurant (the latter is on the fancier side and can be rented our for weddings) is just the ticket. Follow up this fine meal with a leisurely stroll through the parklands’ beautiful grounds; it’s Sydney at its very best!
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Hours of Operation
Centennial Park is open to the public 365 days a year, but cars are generally not permitted between sunset and sunrise. The gate opening times vary depending on the time of year, but the main gates are all open at the following times:
- May – August: 6.30am – 5.30pm
- September – October: 6am – 6pm
- October – April: 6am – 8pm
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