Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park!
- Walking makes you feel good, gives you more energy and can be enjoyed on your own or with friends. The Grand Drive circuit is 3.6 kilometres, relatively flat and good to monitor fitnkeepess.
- Of course, for the more active, a light jog is a great way to lose weight and enjoy the surrounds.
Centennial Park also forms part of the Harbour Bridge to Clovelly Walking route – a scenic way to see the eastern suburbs and take in the sites at a leisurely pace. Please visit the Parklands Office for a copy of this brochure or download it here.
Popular self-guided walks
If you're looking for a scenic or educational walk in Centennial Parklands, we recommend a number of popular routes:
1. History Walking Tour App
Explore one of Australia’s most beautiful and treasured parklands using our free Walking Tour App. A self-guided tour with audio commentary and historic footage will take you through the rich history of ‘The People’s Park’ – over 125 years of tales, intrigue and challenges.
You will discover the park’s personalities and ‘statuesque’ residents, stand upon the site where our modern nation was born and discover more about the Park’s rich sporting legacy and elegant gardens. From swampland and rocky outcrop, the tales that helped shaped a nation await.
It's available for download on iPhone and Android.
2. Wetlands Interpretive Maze
This trail, located on the northern edge of Duck Pond, uses interpretive signage, sculptures and native garden beds to tell the story of water use in the Parklands. The trail also describes the functions of wetland habitats and how we can protect them.
A leisurely stroll along this trail will take you about 30 minutes. You can access the trail from Parkes Drive near the Shelter Pavilion. It has disabled access.
3. Lachlan Swamp Nature TrailLachlan Swamp, one of the most peaceful and historic areas of Centennial Park, is home to a native paperbark forest and swamp vegetation.
The swamp gives an insight into what the area was like before the Parklands were developed.
Signage explains the indigenous and European history of the area, the significance of swamps for flora and fauna, and the natural processes of swamp environments.
A wander through Lachlan Swamp will take you about 45 minutes. Please stay on the paths to protect native vegetation.
Though the trail has been designed to facilitate wheelchairs and strollers, paths may be difficult after wet weather.
You can access this trail from both Lily Pond (off Parkes Drive near the Shelter Pavilion) or from Lachlan Reserve (next to the intersection of Dickens Drive and Loch Avenue).
This trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or people who require other walking aids.
If you have wheelchair or other assisted access requirements, we advise you contact the Parklands Office before undertaking any of our self-guided walks for information on access issues and ground conditions.