Located at the forest's edge of the Newington Nature Reserve, the newly-opened Discovery Centre sits within four heritage buildings at Newington Armory providing administration offices, an extens...www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/whats_on/things_to_do_and_see_events/birds_australia_discovery_centre
Gardens and parks in Sydney
Relax in Sydney's parks and gardens
With its abundant green spaces, leafy parks and fragrant gardens, Sydney’s natural environment is the perfect place to embrace the warmth and energy of the great outdoors in Sydney.
Sydneys natural attractions
Sydney offers boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, whether its 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 Sydneys central green space, Hyde Park, and take a stroll under its arbour of trees. Nearby, youll find Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a World Heritage-listed site where you can learn about Australias convict past. Enjoy zen tranquility in Darling Harbours 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 childrens 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 childrens playground and large park by the harbour.
In the eastern suburbs, Centennial Parklands has 360 hectares of wide-open space for cycling, walking, horse riding 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, youll find barbecues, picnic shelters, walking trails, cycling paths, playgrounds and fountains, perfect for an active day in the outdoors.
Saddle up for a ride in Centennial Parklands, just 15 minutes from the city centre. The Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre offers rides and instruction for every age and level, providing you with a unique opportunity to get close to nature.
Family-friendly picnic parks
Enjoy one of Sydney's many family-friendly parks. Bradleys Head in Mosman is right by the harbour, while picturesque Nielsen Park has a netted harbour pool and a shady park. Bicentennial Park at Homebush Bay is great for a sausage sizzle with free barbecue facilities on-site. Parramatta Park has walking trails and picnic shelters.
Take advantage of the family-focused adventures on offer at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The fun and educational school holiday activities range from storytelling and insect hunting, to creative arts and crafts, as well as tours discovering Australia's edible plants.
Cumberland State Forest is a 40 hectare oasis of green in Sydney's north-western suburbs.Enjoy a stroll on one of Cumberland's forest walks, meander through the tall eucalypt forest, explore...www.forests.nsw.gov.au/visiting/forests/cumberland-state-forest
Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park. Divided by Park Street, the southern section of Hyde Park contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre, the pool of reflection and numerous monuments a...www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks/hyde-park
5km (one way) - 3 hour - Easy difficultyThe delightful Riverside walking track meanders through natural bushland and a string of picturesque picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park, just nor...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/lane-cove-national-park/riverside-walking-track/walking
Just 40 minutes from Sydney, popular d'Albora Marinas is nestled in the heart of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the Cowan/Hawkesbury River system. This makes it a perfect base for delving into the...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/ku-ring-gai-chase-national-park/dalbora-marinas-at-akuna-bay/eat-drink
Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park is a perfect outdoor location to highlight the best of Sydney's urban and natural charms. Located in the southern reaches of Sydney Harbour National Park, just east ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/shakespeares-point/lookout
The walking track around Bradleys Head provides an ideal opportunity to view the major Sydney icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison while on a gentle stroll ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Sydney Harbour National Park is home to several known rock engravings made by the region's Aboriginal inhabitants. Fascinating, well-preserved and etched into the Sydney basin sandstone, these images ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/grotto-point-aboriginal-engraving-site/aboriginal-site
2km (one way) - 1.5 hour - Hard difficultyMount Coryah walking track begins at Coryah Gap carpark and climbs steeply up the stepped ridge. The terraces were formed by a series of lava flows,...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/mount-kaputar-national-park/mount-coryah-walking-track/walking
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