There are many places to explore in Sydney, from your base at beachside Coogee Hotel. Centennial Parklands is one of those ‘must-see’ Sydney experiences as the city’s largest Parklands, only a short drive from the hotel, and accessible by public transport. Covering 360 hectares, the Parklands is a beautiful sanctuary for everyone. It incorporates Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park, and includes Moore Park Golfand Centennial Park Equestrian Centre.
About Centennial Parklands
What does it cost… free!
Getting around… explore the Parklands by foot, bicycle, or even horseback with tours available
Home to… over 15,000 trees, Australian wildlife, ponds with black swans and ducks, cafes and restaurants, playgrounds and the site of many a festival throughout the year.
Did you know… Centennial Park is home to the ‘ederation Pavilion monument, which signifies its significant past as the location of the Federation of Australia inauguration in 1901.
- Dine with a view – The Greenhouse is Centennial Park’s newest dining option with a Middle Eastern inspired menu. Centennial Homestead is considered the heart of the park and offers a variety of dining options and spaces. Or, curate your own picnic hamper and have our hotel concierge help book a picnic site in the Parklands.
- Markets, boutiques and lively events at The Entertainment Quarter – there is no shortage of activity here, with cinemas, restaurants, bars and retail shops, events year-round, and The EQ Village Markets.
- Get your skates on for fun – head to Skater HQ and hire a pair of rollerblades, and enjoy a skate around Centennial Park’s 3.6 kilometre Grand Drive cycling lane.
- A bird-watching paradise – Centennial Parklands is home to an impressive number of birds, with 124 native and 18 introduced species of land and water birds to be spotted.
- Pedal power – Centennial Park Cycles is open seven days a week with a range of bike hire for all ages. They also hire Pedal Cars that can seat up to 4 adults and two kids – a super fun way for the family to get around!
- Playground pickings – there are multiple playgrounds to choose from in the Parklands. In Centennial Park, choose from the Learners Cycleway Playground, or by Paddington Gates and Centennial Parkands Restaurant. There are also playgrounds at Queens Park, and the Rotunda at Moore Park.
Horse Riding in the Park
Over the past two years, Centennial Park has spent over $1.5 million upgrading their Equestrian Centre facilities. It is one of the only global cities to have equestrian facilities in the middle of the city, and stables around 220 horses. There are five riding schools in the Parklands to master your skills on a group or individual lesson. Plus, weekly Pony Rides and school holidays programs for kids, and horse-riding tours year-round for all ages.
You can learn more about the Parklands on one of their free discovery walks. Download the History Walking Tour app or pick up a Heritage and Wildlife brochure from the Visitor Information Counter.