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125 things to do in Centennial Park

Centennial Park has provided so many activities and opportunities for the community for 125 years, that we truly believe we have something for everyone.

Need proof? Here’s a list of the top 125 things to do in Centennial Park!

Your challenge

Can you complete just 25 of the 125 activities and experiences listed below?

  1. Take a walk through The Light Garden in Centennial Park (18-27 January 2013).
  2. Get your running gear ready and join either the annual Sydney Running Festival marathon or the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge and raise money for a good cause.
  3. Bring your family pooch along to Dog Obedience Training in Centennial Park every Sunday.
  4. Hire a bike and go for a ride around Centennial Park.
  5. Go for a horse ride around Centennial Park’s Grand Drive.
  6. Take your kids to one of the Park’s popular playgrounds to enjoy a go on the swings!
  7. Organise your next family BBQ using one of our free gas BBQs. BYO kites, balls, rugs.
  8. Walk your dog through Centennial Park and let them frolic in the off-leash zone near Federation Pavilion.
  9. Have a go at Orienteering in the Park.
  10. Learn and practice eco-meditation in our free sessions once a month on Saturdays.
  11. Dust off your 35mm lens on your camera and take some close range shots of the Park’s incredible flora or fauna. Share them on our Facebook timeline!
  12. Hire the BBQ at the Education Precinct for your next community group function.
  13. Teach your children how to ride a bike in a safe environment over at the Children's Learners Cycleway.
  14. Rollerblade around Centennial Park on Grand Drive (hire opportunity at Skater HQ).
  15. Learn a new sport and ask us about finding a local club. We have everything from soccer to touch, ultimate frisbee to netball.
  16. Take your kids on a nature walk and collect things such as pine cones or leaves for craft (or do one of the many craft programs run by our Rangers).
  17. Hire a pedal car and take a leisurely ride around the park (hire from Centennial Park Cycles).
  18. Hire a sports field on a casual basis for your sports team.
  19. When it’s too windy for the beach, take a kite to Parade Grounds and watch it weave its windy magic!
  20. If your child requires accessible play equipment, visit our Paddington Gates Playground – we have an accessible swing!
  1. Join us in The Light Garden in Centennial Park (18-27 January 2013).
  2. Catch a movie outdoors at Moonlight Cinema (until 31 March 2013; from 12 December 2013).
  3. Come to our annual food and wine festival which brings together the pinnacle of Sydney’s culinary set – Taste of Sydney (14-17 March 2013).
  4. Get your kids to become a Bush Ranger on our ever popular CP Bush Rangers or Junior Bush Rangers program (periodically).
  5. Get running, get laughing and get splattered with colour at the all-new Color Run – just announced in Centennial Park (25 August 2013).
  6. Wander through the outdoor photo exhibitions in Centennial Park as part of the annual Head On Photo Festival (May to June 2013).
  7. Experience what it is like to fly at the Sydney Trapeze School in summer (until 17 February 2013).
  8. Participate in the annual Relay for Life charity event to raise fund for the Cancer Council NSW (20-21 April 2013).
  9. Take the kids for a hand-led pony ride around Centennial Park (first weekend every month).
  10. Join the Centennial Parklands Rangers ‘Park After Dark’ tour to spot the wildlife and night creatures in Centennial Park (seasonally).
  11. Have the family dog pampered and washed at PetWash 2000.
  12. Watch and learn at the annual Polo in the City event in Centennial Park (November 2013).
  13. Let your kids learn through fun and wild play on our Kids v Wild program (seasonally).
  14. Experience one of Peter Solness Night Magic Photography Workshop. Truly amazing!
  15. Dance the night away to international and national artists and DJs at Listen Out (September 2013).
  16. Treat mum to a special experience at Centennial Parklands Dining on Mothers Day on 12 May 2013.
  17. Let your kids experience and learn about fishing at one of our Fishing Clinics for Kids (periodically).
  18. Hold your wedding reception at Centennial Parklands Dining.
  19. Check out Lego Robotics!
  20. Want to organise a picnic for 100+ people? Then our bookable picnic sites are for you.
  1. See The Light Garden in Centennial Park (18-27 January 2013).
  2. Like us’ on Facebook.
  3. Lost or in need of directions – visit our Visitor Information Counter!
  4. Step inside the Federation Pavilion and see the Federation Stone – it opens 9.15am to 4.00pm daily.
  5. Follow us on Twitter.
  6. Learn about the more than 15,000 trees across Centennial Parklands with Senior Arborist Ted, on Ted’s Tree Tour (seasonally).
  7. Visit the History and Heritage section of our website and learn about the history of Centennial Parklands.
  8. Find out what birds live in Centennial Park on Trevor Waller’s Birdwatchers Breakfast tour (seasonally).
  9. Bookmark or subscribe to our Blog – it’s the best blog you’ve (possibly) never read – a wealth of fun and information.
  10. See one of only two lifesize statues of Charles Dickens in the world!
  11. Learn all about the Bats of Centennial Park.
  12. Keep an eye out for the next free history tour, run by one of our experienced and long-serving Rangers.
  13. Find the initials of the stonemasons who built the pillars at Paddington and Woollahra Gates disguised in the stone work (see hint).
  14. Encourage your child’s primary schools to teach our children about the environment from attending our School Excursions.
  15. Forgot your sunscreen, hat – then our Visitor Information Counter to buy them there.
  16. Subscribe to our eNewsletters to keep in touch.
  17. Buy a $2 walking guide at our Visitor Information Counter and go on a park adventure.
  18. Visit our ponds to see if you can spot our resident eels then watch ABC-TV’s Catalyst show to learn more about these fascinating critters.
  19. Walk the Labyrinth!
  20. Watch our online Community Report on Youtube.

  1. Become a member of the Parklands by joining our Centennial Parklands Foundation.
  2. Dedicate a tree to a loved one in Centennial Park.
  3. Volunteering in our Community Nursery.
  4. Encouraging your company or an organisation you know to sponsor a project in Centennial Park.
  5. Get a corporate group together and participate in an afternoon of Corporate Carp Fishing on one of Centennial Park’s ponds.
  6. Pick up dog poo after your dog and dispose of it properly!
  7. Become a bush regeneration volunteer and help restore the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
  8. Attend our Australia Day Plant Sale.
  9. Want to organise a picnic for 100+ people? Then our bookable picnic sites are for you.
  10. Make a donation to the Centennial Parklands Foundation.
  11. Contact the Centennial Parklands Foundation to discuss philanthropic givingopportunities – help create a legacy!
  12. Dedicate a park bench in the Rose Garden.
  13. Learn which areas of Centennial Park are on-leash and off-leash dog walking areas…and stick to it!
  14. Support the Centennial Parklands Growing Group by coming along to their plant sales and buying plants propagated from the Park.
  15. Attend a Centennial Parklands Foundation fundraising event.
  16. Encourage your mother’s group meeting to meet in the park on a regular basis – there are some beautiful shady places and lots of good paths for pram strolls.
  17. Does your company or organisation have certain products and services that may benefit the Park? Talk to the Centennial Parklands Foundation about in-kind services that may help us manage the Parklands better.
  18. Do the right thing when you leave the Park and take your rubbish with you.
  19. If updating your will, remembering Centennial Park as part of our bequest program.
  20. Visit the proposed Centennial Park Labyrinth and consider supporting the fundraising effort.
  • Experience The Light Garden in Centennial Park (18-27 January 2013).
  • Experience a sunrise in the park, its a quiet and beautiful time of day.
  • Buy a coffee or tea on a cold winter’s day from CP Kiosk before going for a walk in the park.
  • Read a book under one of the beautiful giant liquidambar trees around the park.
  • Take photos of your favourite corner of the Park and post it on our Facebooktimeline.
  • Go for a scenic walk or jog along one of the many tracks around the Park.
  • Sketch or paint your favourite landscape.
  • Have a BBQ at the Learner’s Cycleway while the kids learn to ride their bikes around the cycleway.
  • Listen to Alchemy Duo play on a Friday at Centennial Parklands Dining.
  • Experience the Busby’s Bore walk and learn about the history of Sydney’s initial freshwater source.
  • Have a egg and bacon roll on a cool Sunday morning from our renowned Mobile Food Van, opposite the Duck Pond.
  • Take a walk the the Lachlan Swamp interpretative maze and learn about our wetlands area.
  • Experience a sunset in the park, particularly over the ponds – some magical colours at different times of the year.
  • Try to spot the Tawny Frogmouths around the perimeter of Lachlan Swamp.
  • Put on your gumboots and visit the park on a wet, windy day. It’s amazing how the landscape changes and you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself!
  • Smell the roses in Rose Garden in summer at sunset. As the light fades your sense of smell is heightened and the perfume is delicious!
  • Sit on the park bench at the back of Duck Pond and just relax and take in the view.
  • Get lost in the wild native grasses of South West Paddock.
  • Visit the Park to see the magnificent Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.
  • Just come and walk in the Park for health.

But that's only 100!

Well, we cheated just a little. The last 25 things to do are in Moore Park…but as it’s part of Centennial Parklands, we see them as an extension of the activities that support Centennial Park!

  • Play a round of golf at the closest public access golf course to the Sydney CBD – Moore Park Golf.
  • Attend a comedy show at Sydney’s famous comedy venue – The Comedy Store.
  • Buy a ticket to a live concert at the historic Sydney live music venue, the Hordern Pavilion.
  • Come to Australia’s largest inflatable waterpark!
  • Stroll through the fresh produce of the EQ Village Markets every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Book on one of our tennis camps at the Parklands Sports Centre.
  • Play a round of netball or basketball on the courts located at the Parklands Sports Centre.
  • Your kids will love our wide range of horse riding camps available at Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre.
  • See an exhibition at the historic Royal Hall of Industries.
  • Train at the ES Marks Athletics Field Open Nights on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • Spiegelworld present Empire…make sense? No? Well, check it out quick as it will be intensely popular.
  • Watch a movie indoors in comfort of La Premiere at Hoyts Cinema.
  • Hire a bucket of balls at the Moore Park Golf Driving Range and have fun smashing them! 1 million balls a month are hit off our driving range!
  • How does a 1-hour networking golf lesson for women sound? Try it at Moore Park Golf.
  • Pick a restaurant or cafe at the Entertainment Quarter and have a great time!
  • Take on your friends in a game of Strike Bowling, Entertainment Quarter.
  • Get your kids along to our Junior Golf Days at Moore Park Golf.
  • Catch a live gig at The Hi-Fi Sydney.
  • Make your next child’s birthday party a Pony Party!
  • Experience the ultimate foodie event when MasterChef Live invades Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries.
  • Grab something to eat or drink on the run from the Travelling Barista in Moore Park or Queens Park.
  • Watch the 2012 AFL Premiership winning Sydney Swans training at Moore Park.
  • Visit the beautifully designed Korean War Memorial in Moore Park.
  • Visit the peak of Mount Steel in Moore Park for an impressive view of the city skyline from our highest point.
  • Join the Centennial Health Club!

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