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28 Jul 2023

Significant trees of Centennial Park

Discover the Centennial Park with its astonishing collection of over 15,000 trees, showcasing a remarkable diversity of 230 tree species. Within these lush grounds lie not only the providers of life-giving oxygen and tranquil picnic spots but also vital havens and critical habitat for wildlife. Despite the numerous visits to Centennial Parklands, many visitors remain spellbound by the majestic trees, unaware of the captivating stories hidden amidst the verdant foliage.

At the Parklands, we celebrate these extraordinary plants every day. However, on National Tree Day, we are taking the opportunity to showcase our most significant trees. To enhance your experience, we invite you to explore Pete's Top 10 Tree Trail. Peter Butler, our esteemed Centennial Parklands Senior Arborist, will give you capitvating insight to his favorite trees in Centennial Parklands. Delve into the enchanting stories of our favourite trees and don't forget to share with us your favourite species!

1. The Queens Park Giants, Moreton Bay figs

Within the Northern part of Queens Park lies a precious treasure - three colossal Moreton Bay figs (Ficus macrophylla) that predate the park itself, which was established back in 1888. These majestic fig trees stand in close companionship, adorning the eastern border of the park. Their grandeur exemplifies the iconic beauty of this species, making them among the finest specimens of the Moreton Bay figs found in Sydney.

2. A place for quite relaxation in Musgrave Pond, Southern live oak

Discover the splendour of the Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) gracefully standing on the Eastern side of Musgrave Pond. While it may not be the oldest, this majestic oak, aged 99 years, reigns as the grandest among its peers within the Parklands. Remarkably, it is among the privileged five trees from Centennial Parklands that have earned their place on the esteemed National Register of Big Trees. Its spiralling canopy exudes an ethereal charm and is a great place to meditate and be at one with nature.


3. A Thousand Memories, Broad leafed paperbark - Parkes Drive

Located adjacent to Parkes Drive in Centennial Park (between Grand Drive and Paddington Gates), Paperbark Grove was planted in 1899. The grove follows a natural watercourse and has matured to form a unique avenue which has provided a magnificent setting for thousands of Sydney weddings and special occasions. Many treasured memories for Sydneysiders have been captured with Paperbark Grove providing a stunning backdrop.

4. Our favourite tree, Tuckeroo - Horse track west Dickens Drive

Earned a prestigious spot on the esteemed National Register of Big Trees, this magnificent Tuckeroo stands as an exemplary representation of its species, a true gem among Sydney's flora.
Beneath its sprawling canopy, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring grandeur of nature, finding solace in a serene sanctuary far removed from the city's hustle and bustle. Among the cherished trees held dear by our arboriculture team, this Tuckeroo reigns supreme within our remarkable collection.

Credit: National Register of Big Trees

You can discover these trees for yourself with the map below.

Trail map guide:
1. Moreton Bay figs
2. Southern live oak
3. Broad-leaved paperbark
4. Tuckeroo

Remember to tag us in your tree posts on Twitter and Instagram, @centparklands

Category: Nature
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