Picnics and Picnic Bookings
Centennial Parklands has been a meeting place for many generations of Sydneysiders and visitors alike. To come to the Parklands and enjoy a picnic with family and friends is one of life's pleasures - especially in Sydney.
Centennial Park was dubbed 'The People's Park' at its opening in 1888, and it remains exactly that today. These public spaces have been a treasure for generations, and we must ensure that we can enjoy them for many generations to come. We need all park visitors and picnickers to assist us in ensuring we can create a sustainable and beautiful space for the whole community to enjoy and as safe environment for our native birds and animals.
There are a few simple regulations in place to enable this. These are found on our Rules and Regulations page. In addition to these, we have a few simple waste management principles we want you to comply with:
- Do the right thing and use the right bin; or
- Leave no trace and take your waste with you when you leave
Help us to keep these Parklands beautiful, clean and healthy for all.
Bookable picnic sites
When picnic groups, or social gatherings, of more than 100 people come to the Parklands, we are required to register such groups to ensure we can protect and preserve our environment, facilitate the potential traffic and parking implications and maintain accessibility for other park visitors.
We want to be able to facilitate such large groups, and have put together a new exclusive site bookings process to meet the evolving wants and needs of the community.
Ten new 'bookable' sites have been chosen around Centennial Park that can be booked by large groups, school groups or corporate groups. These sites have been specifically chosen because they are environmentally suitable to handle large groups of people, are located within reasonable distance of shared barbecues and/or amenities, have lovely outlooks and are a place that will make your large group occasion memorable.
Each site is indicated by a permanent wooden marker for clear identification, and you and your group will be entitled to use the space exclusively throughout your booked day (meaning you no longer have to arrive early to reserve your spot!).
Below is a comprehensive list of documents that will help explain and guide you through the booking process. As each of the ten chosen sites offer different aspects, views, facilities and capacities, we have also provided comparison information so that you can find the most suitable site for you.
We hope you enjoy and benefit from this new opportunity!
General Information about picnic bookings
- Information about picnics in Centennial Park (PDF, 540 kb)
- How to book a picnic site (PDF, 100 kb)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF, 140 kb)
- Picnic site comparison table (PDF, 66 kb)
Booking rate cards
- Bookings by the public (PDF, 105 kb)
- Bookings by schools (PDF, 105 kb)
- Bookings by corporates (PDF, 128 kb)
Booking application and payment forms
- Booking application form (PDF, 142 kb)
- Payment Authorisation form (PDF, 58 kb)
- Terms and conditions of booking (PDF, 119 kb)
- Summary of the Parklands Regulations (PDF, 178 kb)
Site-specific fact sheets
- Site 1: Paddington Gates (PDF, 364 kb)
- Site 2: Learners Cycleway (PDF, 396 kb)
- Site 3: Frog Hollow (PDF, 370 kb)
- Site 4: Willow Pond (PDF, 401 kb)
- Site 5: Paperbark Grove (PDF, 402 kb)
- Site 6: Lachlan Reserve (PDF, 401 kb)
- Site 7: Model Yacht Pond (PDF, 373 kb)
- Site 8: Ash Paddock (PDF, 381 kb)
- Site 9: One More Shot Pond (PDF, 384 kb)
- Site 10: Musgrave (PDF, 380 kb)
The above information should provide all of the general information you will need, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should capture most of your common questions. For the more specific questions, or to help facilitate your booking, please contact the Parklands Office on (02) 9339 6699 or email: email@example.com.