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

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 15 Locked Bag, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

Phone: (02) 9339 6699

Official Website: Centennial Park


Rated 4.7 out of 5Centennial Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating We had a family day out in Centennial Park & it is a wonderful place. Our Aussie grandson loves this place, especially Lockie Swamp with all the Bats. I enjoyed a fast 3-mile walk around the park before meeting up with our family for a tasty lunch at the excellent Homestead Cafe.

Brendan Wilson - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful park that's surrounded by the city so it has some really unique views. I love that there are so many people walking there dogs here, and everyone is so social. Probably met about 30 people for impromptu doggy dates, very cute! All the amenities are beautifully maintained and the Cafe serves lovely coffee and casual sweets. Perfect spot to laze around on a Sunday afternoon in the sunshine.

Mark Cranitch - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating I love this place so much and so does my dog, it’s absolutely stunning not only so they have wonderful wildlife to see the have such dog friendly grounds. You’ll be met with a few cute little pups and lovely people. There is a tiny forest and rocks to explore. Many of leash areas and a small bush walk. Their are lots of birds and ducks all around, also might see some horses.

Tully Webb - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Great big park in south east Sydney. History to boot. Very well maintained, great for weddings, picnics, pets, ball games. A nice day out.

Terence Lucas - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Great park to visit and soak up the Spring sunshine on a Sunday. Lots of parking, some good walks or just sit and watch the ponds with ducks and fish.

Reg Jarvis - 1 month ago

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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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