Planning a day out with the family? If you’re looking to escape the bustling noise, traffic and crowds of the Sydney CBD, the grounds of Sydney Olympic Park offers families, couples, pets and exercise enthusiasts some of the best parks in Sydney.
Bicentennial Park One of the largest and most popular parks in Sydney, Bicentennial Park is set just 16km west of Sydney city and features 40 hectares of beautiful parklands. A combination of grassy hills, sweeping, green vistas, mangrove wetlands and lovely lakes, Bicentennial Park is great for picnics, BBQs and kids, with playgrounds, sandpits and water play areas on offer. Cafes, shelters and public toilets can also be found at the park, as can extensive cycling and jogging tracks (bicycle hire is also located nearby).
A trip up to the Treillage Tower – the highest point in the park at 17m – will allow you to take in the spectacular high-rise views over the park, the Parramatta River and the city skyline.
Blaxland Riverside Park Blaxland Riverside Park runs, as the name suggests, alongside the gorgeous strip of the Parramatta River. Once part of the Newington Estate and owned by pioneer John Blaxland, Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the most attractive parks in Sydney and is a hub of lunch-goers, picnickers, walkers and cyclists, all looking to share the open beauty of this prime, riverside location.
Activities for kids are encouraged here and aside from running and bike tracks, children can have a go at the climbing walls, rope nets, slides and flying fox, all located in the park’s ‘play space.’ For those interested in a spot of alfresco dining, the Armory Wharf Café and a Kiosk are also close by. Dogs are welcome here too, but must be on a leash at all times.
Cathy Freeman Park We all know (and cherish) Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman, and her namesake park is now located on the grounds adjacent to Sydney’s famous Olympic Stadium (now known as ANZ Stadium).
This beautiful, tree-lined park in Sydney is ideal for those who are keen to picnic, walk their dogs, entertain kids at the playground or indulge in a game of oversized chess! Cafes, bars and public toilets are easily accessible and during school holidays, and some ‘Kids in the Park’ school holiday activities areas held here (which includes events like circus classes, kite-making and sports camps). Visitors will also find the Cauldron here, which is now both a flowing waterfall for children to play in and a homage to the Australian medallists who participated in the Sydney Olympic Games.
Wentworth Common Perhaps one of the lesser-known parks in Sydney, Wentworth Common is a gorgeous, open grassland adjacent to Haslams Creek and the Waterbird Refuge. Sausage sizzles and picnics can be perfect here and the park features a large range of outdoor art and sculpture, as well as various playgrounds for the kids. Wentworth Common is one of the better parks in Sydney to visit if you’re after something a bit less crowded and a little more peaceful.]