Centennial Park Sydney

Centennial Park is located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, at Randwick and encompasses 189 hectares of beautiful parkland situated adjacent to Moore Park and Queen Park. Just 4 kilometers south-east of Sydney’s central business district, Centennial Park draws visitors by the thousands each year.

History

Centennial Park was once an area of creeks and swamplands and was originally intended to be a place for grazing livestock. In 1824, engineer John Busby was appointed to locate another water source for Sydney, as the main supply was insufficient and polluted. Lachlan Swamps at Centennial Park were chosen, and served as Sydney’s main water supply from 1837 to 1859.

The Federation Pavilion

The new Federation Pavilion at Centennial Park Sydney is a striking work of architecture. The federation building was opened in 1988 as part of Australia’s bicentennial celebrations. The multi-coloured glass dome ceiling of the circular structure protects the “Commonwealth Stone” located inside the pavilion. This magnificent ceiling is comprised of 1440 vitreous, enameled-steel panels.

The pavilion sits where in 1901, 60,000 people gathered around the original Federation Pavilion, to witness the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Pavilion fell into a state of decline, and in 1903 was purchased by Concord Council and moved to Cabarita Park.

Centennial Park – Grand Drive

Running 3.8 kilometers, Grand Drive is a circular main road that runs through Centennial Park. The Drive is not only used by cars, there is cycling, rollerblading, horse riding, walking and jogging. Dogs are allowed on the Grand Drive Circuit, however, must be kept on a lead. There are off-leash areas in the park outside of Grand Drive.

Children’s Playgrounds

There are three playgrounds at Centennial Park, which are close to parking and public transport:

  • The Restaurant Playground suitable for children 0 to 5 years, next to the Centennial Parklands Restaurant.
  • Paddington Gates Playground  for children 1 to 12 years, originally known as the Rocket Park.
  • Learners Cycleway Playground, located within the Learners Cycleway.

Moonlight Cinema Sydney

The Ford Focus Moonlight Cinema is an open-air cinema and located at Centennial Park. Tickets go on sale in November. What a great way to enjoy a hot summer night watching a movie under the stars.

Amenities

Centennial Park has a visitor’s information counter, located on the corner of Grand Drive and Parkes Drive. Food can be purchased at the Centennial Parklands Dining, which offers takeaway food or sit-down cafe.

There is also a mobile food van which operates weekends and public holidays. It is located adjacent to the Shelter Pavilion and Duck Pond on Parkes Drive. There are eight free electric barbecues, throughout the park, each with two hotplates.

Centennial Park, Sydney is truly an amazing park, there is something here to suit everyone. Enjoy a picnic with family and friends, hire a bike, go horse riding, there is even birdwatching. The park is also popular for weddings, which make for a romantic outdoor venue.

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