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A holiday trip to Centennial Park, especially in summer, reveals families at their leisurely best. And they have all the reasons to do so. Sydney’s Centennial Parklands consists of three main urban parks that sprawl over 360 hectares. Artistically planned, these parklands hold historical value with several components of national, local, or state heritage significance inside the parks.
With over 15,000 trees and rich wildlife, as well as beautiful flower beds and ponds, the parkland offers many activities for you in the vast and beautiful open green spaces with friends and families. Whether you have a pony lover or budding golfer, there’s a workshop, program, or activity that will delight any youngster in the Parklands. Let’s see what’s going on in the Parklands and how you can enjoy these vast and beautiful open spaces with your nearest and dearest.
There’s plenty to do and see in Sydney’s Parklands! In just three self-guided walks, you can stroll through the parklands to learn more about the Wildlife and Nature, The History of the Parklands, and the Wildlife and Heritage of the structures. All it takes is some free time, the right person to go with (or why not alone), and the right mood for it. However, if you feel like an exclusive tour experience, the Centennial Parklands’ rangers run a range of regular tours throughout the year.
Take a bike ride
Bike savvy? Then you’ve come to the right place. Centennial Park Cycles offer one of the best and most reliable bikes hires in town, operating between 8.30 am-5.30, seven day a week. There’s enough to satisfy all your peddling needs – the hire fleet is extensive and includes even some pedal cars! However, nothing can’t stop you from bringing your own bike and enjoying the shared cycleways around the park. You can also find great locations for skateboarding and rollerblading and hire these at The Entertainment Quarter located in Moore Park.
Pack a Picnic
While you should definitely spend more time outdoors with your nearest and dearest, an outdoor event is sometimes the best possible solution. And the Centennial Park is without question the safest place to plan a Sunday picnic. It has a wide range of bookable picnic spots, with capacity for nearly 3000 persons where you can enjoy a nice picnic or host a party with friends and family alongside the most beautiful scenery. Not only that, but most of these picnic locations are also located conveniently near amenities.
With almost 44% of the Parklands being off-leash, Sydney’s biggest natural sprawl is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in town. There are also dog-wash services available around, and the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Clubs offer obedience classes every Sunday from 8.15 am at Musgrave Avenue Centennial Park.
Take off on a Horse-Riding adventure
The Equestrian Centre offers a variety of horse-riding experience in the Parklands, from romantic rides to corporate team building. The best part is that you can book in kids riding parties and adults-only or even shadow the groom for the day. Learn everything you want about these splendid horses, ask questions and gain new skills.