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  • 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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Heritage Listings

There are numerous listings and citations relating to Centennial Parklands across government and non-government heritage registers.

While Government-maintained registers require and regulate legal obligations as a result of listing, non-government listings have no legal force.

The listings include:

Register of the National Estate

The Australian Governments' Register of the National Estate is managed by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The following items relating to Centennial Parklands are listed on the Register:

  1. Busbys Bore or The Tunnel; Oxford St, Sydney, NSW
  2. Centennial Park, Oxford St; Centennial Park, NSW
  3. Centennial Park Gates; Centennial Park, NSW 
  4. Centennial Park Reservoir WS001; Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW  
  5. Centennial Park, Moore Park, Queens Park; Centennial Park, NSW 
  6. Centennial Parklands; Anzac Pde, Centennial Park, NSW
  7. Federation Monument; Grand Dr, Centennial Park, NSW 
  8. Reservoir Fence and Steps; Carrington Dr Centennial Park, NSW

State Heritage Register

The NSW Government's State Heritage Register is managed by the Heritage Branch, Department of Planning.

The following items relating to Centennial Parklands are listed on the Register:

  • Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park
  • Busby's Bore - Centennial Park to College Street
  • Centennial Park Reservoir WS001
  • Centennial Park No.2 (Covered) (WS 0023)
  • Centennial Park (South East Corner)
  • Centennial Park Reservoir No.1 (Covered) (WS 0022)
  • Gates to Centennial Park
  • Moore Park Heritage Conservation Area
  • Superintendant's Residence, Centennial Park

National Trust Register

There are twelve items listed on the National Trust Register. These are listed as items within the Centennial Parklands Landscape Conservation Area.

  1. Centennial Park; (listed 1976 and 1996);
  2. Randwick Gates, Centennial Park; (listed 1977);
  3. Paddington Gates, Centennial Square;
  4. Woollahra Gates, opposite Ocean Street;
  5. Federation Monument, Grand Drive/ Loch Avenue;
  6. Superintendent’s Residence (1891), Oxford Street;
  7. Woollahra Reservoir, Oxford Street/ York Road;
  8. Reservoir No 1 (1899), Centennial Park (listed 1986);
  9. Steps and Fence for Reservoir No.1, (1899), Oxford Street;
  10. Moore Park Conservation Area (1866), Moore Park, (classified 1989);
  11. Centennial Park Residential Conservation Area (1888), Martin Rd and part of Lang Road;
  12. Two individual bear pits, Moore Park Zoo (1883), Sydney High Schools.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

The following item is registered on the RAIA Register of 20th Century Buildings of Significance:

  1. Oxford Street Toilet Block No.1, Oxford Street, 1968

The Institution of Engineers Australia

The Institution of Engineers Australia do not maintain an official register of heritage items. However, the Heritage Committee has an informal list (generally without written significance assessments) of buildings or structures considered to have heritage value. The following are listed on the Institution of Engineers heritage list:

  1. Federation Pavilion and Belvedere, Loch Avenue;
  2. Busby’s Bore;
  3. Reservoir No 1, (1899), Oxford Street;
  4. Hamilton Memorial Gate, (1938), Bird Sanctuary, Centennial Park;
  5. Lachlan Swamp and levees, Dickens Drive

Randwick and District Historical Society

The Randwick and District Historical Society lists the following on their register of heritage items:

  1. Centennial Park Conservation Area;
  2. Busby’s Bore, 1827-37, ceased operation 1887;
  3. Randwick Gates, Darley Road;
  4. Paddington Gates, Centennial Square;
  5. Woollahra Gates, opposite Ocean Street;
  6. Federation Monument, cnr of Grand Drive and Loch Avenue;
  7. Tree Planting throughout Centennial Park;
  8. Cast iron bollards, at various gates and Grand Drive;
  9. Superintendent’s Residence, Oxford Street;
  10. Woollahra Reservoir (1879), cnr Oxford Street and York Road;
  11. Reservoir No 1 (1899), Oxford Street;
  12. Fence and steps for Reservoir No 1, (1899), Oxford Street;
  13. Ranger’s Residence, (1899), Martin Road;
  14. Perimeter Fence, Centennial Park, (1885-1893);
  15. Hamilton Memorial Gates, (1938), Bird Sanctuary, Centennial Park;
  16. Lachlan Swamp remnant, Centennial Park;
  17. Rose Garden, (1910), Centennial Park;
  18. No 1 Oval, McKay Sports Ground (1932), Centennial Park;
  19. Two ceramic statues and columns, (1890s), Centennial Park;
  20. “We Won”, bronze statue by Tomasso Sani, (1893), Grand Drive, Centennial Park;
  21. Sandstone vehicle bridge, (1894), Dickens Drive;
  22. Sandstone lined drive, (1918), Frog Hollow;
  23. Two sandstone pedestrian bridges, (1894), Frog Hollow;
  24. Sandstone calvert, (1891), cnr Musgrave Avenue and York Road;
  25. Vernon Shelter Pavilion, (1898), Parkes Drive;
  26. Two Crimean War cannons, (transferred to Centennial Park, c. 1920), cnr Parkes Drive and Grand Drive;
  27. Moore Park, (1866);
  28. Boundary Stone (1833), cnr Cleveland Street/ South Dowling Street;
  29. Toll Bar Cottage, (1860s), cnr Cleveland Street/ Anzac Parade;
  30. Renny Drinking Fountain, (1869), cnr Dacey Avenue/ Anzac Parade;
  31. Tram waiting shed, (1904), cnr Anzac Parade/ Lang Road;
  32. Grand Drive, parallel to Lang Rd;
  33. Plaque, Mount Steel, (sic) 1870.

Further reading

For more information on the management of heritage places and items in Australia, see the Burra Charter.