Sydney offers boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, whether it’s picnicking near Sydney Harbour, kicking a ball around with friends and family, cycling through tranquil parks or simply watching the sun set.
Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, occupy one of the city's most prominent positions next to the Sydney Opera House on the harbour. It's a place where locals and tourists retreat for peace, relaxation, education and learning about horticulture. Aboriginal Heritage Tours of the Royal Botanic Gardens are available and free guided walks kick off daily at 10.30am from the Garden Shop.
People-watch in Sydney’s central green space, Hyde Park, and take a stroll under its arbour of trees. Nearby, you’ll find Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a World Heritage-listed site where you can learn about Australia’s convict past. Enjoy zen tranquility in Darling Harbour’s serene Chinese Garden of Friendship and experience a dose of rich cultural history.
Sydney Harbour meanders through the heart of the city, the foreshore lined with parks and gardens. Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, at the end of Pirrama Road, is a great location to enjoy expansive harbour views, barbecues, shaded areas and a children’s playground.
The showpiece of Headland Park is Georges Heights Lookout. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views of Sydney Heads, the Pacific Ocean, the eastern suburbs and city skyline. The park also has extensive bushland, with walking tracks, picnic spots and cafes. Nearby, Clifton Gardens in Mosman is like finding hidden treasure, well-loved by the locals for its great children’s playground and large park by the harbour.
In the eastern suburbs, Centennial Parklands has 360 hectares of wide-open space for cycling, walking, horseriding and lazy lakeside dining. Also in the east, Nielsen Park, part of Sydney Harbour National Park , is a popular recreation area. The harbourside park at Watsons Bay is a great place to devour fish and chips while watching the sun set over the city. Catch the ferry back to Circular Quay for a final treat.
West of the CBD at Sydney Olympic Park, you’ll find barbecues, picnic shelters, walking trails, cycling paths, playgrounds and fountains, perfect for an active day in the outdoors.