The next Sydney Parks we are visiting is Fagan Park set in a rural setting and situated at Arcadia Road, Galston in Sydney’s North West. This is a huge park set on 55 hectares (165 acres) of beautiful landscaped garden and lawns. Picnic within sight of the car or walk and loose yourself in the extensive grounds amongst gardens, ponds and lakes. Wide paths allow easy walking, wheel chair access and bicycling within the grounds.
A popular spot for wedding ceremonies and photography, there are also guided and self guided tours. These can be booked through Hornsby Council.
Netherby Homestead was built in 1900, the big Victorian period homestead was built by Sam Fagan for his family. Sam continued with his fathers tradition of orchard farming. Sam Fagan died in 1948 and his son Bruce Fagan took over the property. With the continuing decline in the citrus industry Bruce’s main interest turned to Jersey cattle. In 1980 Bruce Fagan donated the property to the community.
The Rural Museum at Fagan Park with its restored buildings, farming machinery and equipment gives an insight into the regions rural heritage.
Take a walk through the Fagan Park Eco Garden and get some ideas on how to apply different techniques to your garden to support sustainable gardening. These includecompanion gardening, crop rotation, water and energy conservation, worm farming and more.
Walk along the pathways through the Gardens of Many Nations to view exotic plants and landscapes some of these include The Australian Garden, The Chinese Garden, The Mediterrean Garden, The Dutch Garden and The African Garden.
The park has a fantastic children’s playground which includes a framed climbing net, small flying fox, sandpit and more. The playground also has a Liberty Swing for people with a disability you will need a MLAK key to gain access.
There are small and large picnic shelters throughout the park. The large picnic shelters are available for hire, to book contact Hornsby Council. There are barbecues throughout the park and they require a $1 coin.
There are two separate parking areas located at Arcadia Road and Carrs Road, the cost of parking is $5 per car.
The next park in Sydney we will visit is Govenor Phillip Park – Palm Beach.
Kerry – Parks in Sydney.