Centennial Park - Centennial Park, NSW

Centennial Park

Originally swamp land and then set aside as land for a water source for Sydney, Centennial Park opened in 1888 following reconstruction as a public park. At the time Sir Henry Parkes vision was to create a "People's Park" in which the citizens of Sydney could "take in the air" away from the Sydney town centre.

The park covers an area of 189 hectares and has been designed in the Victorian period tradition featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues, historic buildings and sporting fields. Historical features include Federation Pavilion, Lachlan Swamp and the Superintendants Residence located at the Oxford Street gates.

The Hon. Neville Wran AC QC, Premier of NSW, 1976-1986 on the occasion of the establishment of the Centennial Park Trust in speaking about the Park said:

"Centennial Park is of singular recreational, historical, educational, cultural and environmental significance to the people of New South Wales. "The area is no ordinary park and, therefore, like the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain, should be the subject of specific legislation to ensure that it is protected for the enjoyment of future generations of this great State and, indeed, any person visiting it."

Centennial Parkl is less than five kilometres from Sydney CBD and is easily accessible by public or private transport.

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Centennial Park, NSW, 2021