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Centennial Parklands

  • Things to do
  • Centennial Park
  1. Centennial Parklands
    Photograph: Supplied/Centennial Paklands
  2. Photograph: Supplied
  3. Centennial Parklands Ian Potter Wild Play Garden
    Photograph: Supplied/Centennial Paklands
  4. Centennial Parklands Ian Potter Wild Play Garden
    Photograph: Supplied/Centennial Paklands
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Time Out says

A weekend trip to Centennial Park, especially in summer, reveals Aussies at their leisurely best. There’s an outdoor fitness station, and you can hire rollerblades and bikes or even go horse riding. Cyclists used to be a bit of a menace, but these days most adhere to the 30km/hr (18.6mph) speed limit and will dodge a pedestrian if at all possible. But don’t be scared off by all this activity: the park is also teeming with those just looking for a shady spot to snooze or read a good book. Even in peak season, when it seems every Sydneysider wants a piece of the park, the vast lawns mean that there’s always a secluded spot to claim as your own. Statues, ponds and native Australian flowers make it one of the prettiest places to spend a day, and there’s a great restaurant and café. Ranger-led walks include Tree Tours, Frog Pond workshops and the night-time Spotlight Prowl, and keep your eyes peeled for the Moonlight Cinema from December to March. Another highlight perfect for families is the Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden – a fenced-off landscape featuring a bamboo forest, dry creek beds, banksia tunnels, turtle mounds and a huge treehouse, with water play fountains to splash around in during summer. 

Details

Address:
Between Oxford Street, York, Darley, Alison & Lang Rds
Centennial Park
Sydney
2021

What’s on

Moonlight Cinema

  • Outdoor cinema

It’s time to stop and smell the popcorn and grab your picnic basket – this popular outdoor cinema is returning to the beautiful surrounds of Centennial Parklands this summer. From November 23, 2023, Moonlight Cinema is back in action for its 28th year in Sydney and screening a bunch of flicks in the open air and under the stars. The program features a stellar line up of 2023 Box Office blockbusters, festive movie favourites and family flicks right through to March 24, 2024. The Moonlight experience is about more than the movie. You can snuggle up in the comfiest of bean bags – and so can your furry best mate, because dogs are allowed! It’s BYO friendly (so chuck a bottle of bubbles on ice) but if you’re famously under prepared, have no fear – there’s a phalanx of food trucks, licensed bars for libations (including freshly made Aperol Spritzes) and on-site activations flogging free samples, to boot.  There are multiple ticketing options at various price points to choose from. Are you the extra-AF type? Level up your outing with the Platinum Experience package, you’ll enjoy the evening sunset with an exclusive hamper featuring a range of classic picnic delicacies from Victoria’s High Country. Plus, waiter service to your deluxe double bean bed.  So what’s playing this summer? Moviegoers can expect a line-up of some of 2023’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters, from The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Trolls Band Together and the brand-new R-rated romcom Anyone But You s

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