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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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Model Yacht Pond

Stormwater enters Centennial Parklands’ pond system at the eastern side of Centennial Park via Model Yacht Pond. Sailing model yachts was once a familiar pastime for park visitors, giving this pond its name. A Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) is installed adjacent to Model Yacht Pond to prevent pollution carried through the stormwater from entering the pond environment.

The GPT acts as a giant sieve to catch and remove from the stormwater any solid rubbish greater than 1mm in diameter. This includes cigarette butts, polystyrene cups and organic material such as leaves.

During high flow periods, following heavy rains, the GPT may be bypassed causing pollutants flow directly into the pond. An artificial island has been constructed to prevent water stagnating in this pond and reed beds around the island act as natural filters to remove dissolved pollutants. Together these features provide excellent habitat for nesting water birds including ducks and swans.