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The Best Parks in Sydney
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The Best Parks in Sydney

Picture of Chloe Hanschen
Updated: 9 February 2017
Known for their warm weather year-round, Sydney, Australis has some of the best parks in the world. These parks offer refuge from the busy city life. Many of them have perfect picnic areas and breathtaking views. Below we have compiled a list of Sydney’s best parks.

Mrs Macquarie Point

Come to Mrs Macquarie’s Point for the best views in Sydney. The park offers unobstructed and breathtaking views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Another popular reason people visit the point is to sit in Mrs Macquarie’s Seat – this historical landmark is a sand stone rock cut into the shape of a bench. Local legend says that if you make a wish there, it will be granted!

Address & Phone Number: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. +61 2 9265 9333

Centennial Parklands

Located in the Eastern city suburbs is Centennial Parklands. This park is made up of three smaller parks: Centennial Park, Moore Park, and Queens Park. With over 360 hectares, there are so many activities available here, like horseback riding, cycling, and running. Feeling like a lazy day? With so much space, there’s no problem finding space to read a book or have a picnic under a tree.

Address & Phone Number: Grand Dr, Centennial Park NSW 2021, Australia. +61 2 9339 6699

Nielsen Park

Nielsen Park is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or just a nice afternoon. Located in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, the park offers access to Shark Beach, and has stunning views of the water. Known for their great outdoor amenities, the park includes three sheltered picnic areas. Also located nearby are the Steele Point Cottage, Nielsen Park Café, and Bottle and Glass Point.

Address & Phone Number: Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse, Sydney NSW Australia +61 29337 7333

Royal Botanic Gardens

Right near Sydney Opera House lies the Royal Botanic Gardens. This is the oldest scientific institution in the country and was founded in 1816. Besides having diverse and beautiful gardens, with more than 1 million specimens, the harbour views are excellent. The gardens are popular with both locals and visitors, and the location is perfect for having a lazy picnic lunch or for a quick morning jog to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Address & Phone Number: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia +61 2 9231 8111

Sydney Harbour National Park

The Sydney Harbour National Park protects Bradley’s Head, Clark Island, Shark Island, and many other landforms. Originally created protect Sydney from the threat of invasion, today the park has evolved into a nationally protected park. The park includes great picnic areas, picturesque walking trails, and pristine beaches. The park also protects original Aboriginal sites.

Address & Phone Number: Manly NSW 2095, Australia. +61 13 15 55