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  • Self-guided Walks

    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures

    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

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    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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Centennial Park 125th Anniversary


Centennial Park is arguably Australia's most historically significant public park. It is the birthplace of modern Australia, chosen as the site for the inauguration of the Federation of Australia in 1901.

When it was opened 13 years earlier in 1888, Centennial Park was given a nickname - the People's Park. This was not just an aspiration by the creators of the Park, but an ethos that has continued down the years.

Today, Centennial Park is the centrepiece of Centennial Parklands, an urban parklands that brings together Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park. With an estimated 25 million visits a year being made here, we provide a critical space for Sydneysiders and beyond to enjoy.


The 125th Anniversary - key highlights

In 2013 we celebrated Centennial Park's 125th Anniversary - a significant milestone for the whole community. The highlights of this celebration included:


The Light Garden: 
A 10-day celebratory event from 18-27 January to mark the Park's birthday! See news, photos and videos of the event.

The 125 Challenge:
We listed 125 things to do in in the Park. Find out more.

As Small Birds Play:
Hear and watch a beautiful musical composition inspired by Centennial Park. Enjoy it now.

125 Bird Challenge:
An ambitious project for all - we tried to spot 125 different species of bird in Centennial Park during 2013? See how we're went.

Photo competitions:
We're ran two fantastic photo competitions in 2013. Find out more.

Your stories:
We collected your favourite stories, memories and anecdotes about Centennial Park. Read them now.

Watch a fascinating documentary:
Nostalgic about the past? Watch a stunning documentary of Centennial Park from 1979. See it online.

A 125 Miscellany: 
A collection of images, videos and other miscellany that has helped to celebrate this significant milestone. See them now.

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