After dropping my parents at Sydney Airport, we decided to visit Sydney Park at St Peters. The park is approximately two kilometres north of the airport. We arrived at 7.30am and at first glance there did not seem to be much here, but when we walked up the hill WOW! The park is massive, in fact, 44 hectares of rolling parklands, which is criss-crossed with paths.
The park is perched in the inner city of Sydney and is surrounded with high rise units and industry. This is where parklands meets industrial, meets inner-city living.
This year Sydney Park is celebrating its 21st birthday. The park was originally a brick works, and the only visible signs of the brickworks are four chimneys and the kilns on the north western corner of the park. After the brickworks were closed, the area became a waste disposal site known as St Peter’s Tip.
When walking around the park you do not feel like you are in the inner city, it is so peaceful and the trees and hills block the view of the roads. The park has large interlinked lakes that have a variety of bird life. The many paths make navigating around the park extremely easy, whether you’re jogging, walking or cycling. The highest point in the park has views of the city skyline and the surrounding suburbs.
Dogs in Sydney Park
Sydney Park is an off-leash dog park and to mysurprise, there were dogs everywhere, and they were having so much fun. There were people walking their dogs, jogging with their dogs, having a coffee at the kiosk with their dogs and talking to other people with dogs. It was a real social event, and all the dogs were so well behaved. It was lovely to see that dogs could enjoy some freedom off their leads.
Sydney Park Playground
The children’s playground at Sydney Park is unbelievable. The playground will keep the children occupied for hours. There are large sandpits, swings and spacenets for climbing. The slippery dips are built into the hill, between the slides is a soft climbing wall, and this eliminates the worry of children falling off the slippery dip. There is also a small suspension bridge, that is suspended over a soft rocky flooring that the children can climb over. The playground is wheelchair friendly and accessible by wheelchair.
Children’s Bike Track
Sydney Park has a fantastic bike track for children which consists of miniature roads, working traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and streets signs. An ideal place for children to ride their bikes and learn road safety.
There is a kiosk where you can purchase coffee, tea and cold drinks, sandwiches, pies, sausages rolls, cakes, ice cream and much more. The kiosk offers a covered area with tables and chairs, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
Entry, Parking, Transport and Directions
Entry and parking are free, there are two carparks and street parking. There is also transport by train and bus services to Sydney Park, with the train station a bare 100 metres away.
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