Centennial Park

A visit to beautiful Centennial Park is a must when visiting Sydney

A pelican takes to the air at Centennial Park in Sydney
A pelican takes to the air at Centennial Park in Sydney cc licensed photo by Hasitha Tudugalle

Centennial Park first opened in 1888 to mark the centenary of the Colony and provide a space dedicated to public enjoyment. The park was formed out of an area of swamps, scrub and rock. In 1901, the park was the site of the official inauguration of the Australian Federation.

Following the Victorian tradition, the large 470-acre park features formal gardens, ponds and wetlands, grasslands and woodlands, sports fields and historic buildings. An expansive network of paths invites you to explore this beautiful park. Be sure to click on the 'Photos and Video' Tab to see just how beautiful this park is.

Centennial Park is large, comprising of 470 acres. Nestled between Moore Park to the west and Queens Park to the east, the total area of the three parks offers visitors an expansive 815 acres.

The varied landscapes and vistas throughout the park will delight your senses as you walk through the meandering paths. The Adjacent Queens Park offers some excellent views of downtown Sydney from vantage points along the sandstone ridge at the east end of the park.

With numerous ponds, it is only natural that Centennial Park is home to a wide variety of water birds, making it a great place for bird watchers, or to capture some great pictures.

Other amenities in the park include several picnic areas with free to use electric BBQs available on a first-come basis, playgrounds and sports fields. Neighbouring Moore Park has an 18 hole championship public golf course, numerous sports fields, tennis courts and a playground.

Nearby attractions: Bondi Beach, Paddington Markets and Sydney Football Stadium.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Centennial Park

Fee: No - except for the golf course

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Category: Parks

Address: Grand Dr
Sydney New South Wales 2021

Phone: +61 2 9339 6699


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 27 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating Better than a hundred parks! This park is huge! It's a sprawling park, full of all kinds of amenities! There's so much to see and do here- it's a fantastic... Read More

Curt C. Mar-03-2019

5 Star Rating I finally got around to being able to explore this place. Well, not quite since this place is monumentally huge, and it is absolutely impossible to pretty... Read More

David S. Dec-25-2018

4 Star Rating Similar to Central Park in NYC, Centennial Park is slightly smaller but a lot cleaner and best of all....smell-free :) I love running here during weekdays... Read More

Grace S. Aug-19-2013

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Bus or Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L2Moore Park, Royal Randwick6-9 minutes
Bus 333, 380 or 389From Circular Quay0 minutes
T4Bondi Junction12 minutes

How to get to Centennial Park by Bus or Train

Light Rail L2: From Moore Park Station, walk south on Anzac Parade, then left on the pathway that parallels the right side of Lang Road to the Cook Road Entrance (9 minutes). From Royal Randwick Station, walk southeast on Alison Road, left on Darley Road to Randwick Gates (6 minutes)

By Bus: Board a 333, 380 or 389 bus on Alfred Street near the number 2 ferry wharf (Stand E) and enjoy the approximately 30 minute bus ride to Centennial Park. There are bus stops at a couple of park entrances.

By Train: Take a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra train to Bondi Junction and exit via the mall onto Oxford Street. Walk west on Oxford Street to the Park Entrance (12 minutes).

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Watch this combination video and slideshow to see some of the beautiful scenes and waterfowl in Centennial Park

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