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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.

  • Centennial Park History Book

    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 History book

History Book

Buy the authoritative history of Centennial Park today! 

Think you know Centennial Park? Think again! This is the authoritative story of Centennial Park. 125 years old and still one of the world’s best public parks despite the odds.

From humble and desolate beginnings to one of our nation’s most important public spaces  – this story should not be missed, and is guaranteed to surprise!

History book The People’s Park: Centennial Park – A History is a beautifully presented 192-page book with some of the most stunning Park images you've seen. Released to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Park, the book details the politics, bickering and envy of the early days, its status as Australia’s most important experimental horticultural display venue, to its decline and fall into near ruin…before its phoenix-like rise again to be the wonderful place we know and love today.

This is a read not just for those that know and love the Park, but those interested in Australian history. Indeed, many people may not even know that modern Australia was ‘born’ in Centennial Park!

A great present, a great read and a great Park.

Where to purchase the book

There are many ways to purchase the book:

  • Your local bookshop - the book is now available to order through your favourite bookshop (if the bookshop does not currently stock it, just let them know they can order it through Woodslane)
  • Order online - click here to order directly from Woodslane
  • In-person - pick up the book in-person at the Centennial Parklands Visitor Information Counter and Parklands Office (special pick-up price: $30)
  • Mail-out order - download and email an Order Form (if you want the book mailed out to you there will be an additional postage fee)




Special thanks

Our thanks go to Professor Paul Ashton, Kate Blackmore and Armanda Scorrano, ably assisted by Rosalie Catalano and Christine Shergold for bringing the story of Centennial Park to life. To Matthew and Ben at Halstead Press for your very detailed and patient work! Our thanks to the wonderful photographers (too numerous to list here) whose work features in the book, and of course, our thanks to you who visit, enjoy and love this Park every day. We hope you find this a valuable addition to your bookshelf…and your life!