Sydney’s best horse riding experience

01 Aug

Horses in Centennial Park Sydneys best horse riding experience

It’s just all about the horses. Well, the horses and Centennial Parklands. Horse riding in the Parklands has to be one of the true hidden gems of Sydney, and an iconic activity for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t believe us? Here are some of our favourite photos of horses in the Parklands. Great sights, great memories and great experiences.

The stables at CPEC Sydneys best horse riding experience

The stables at the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre are some of the best in Australia – just ask our residents!

Morning Horse Ride Sydneys best horse riding experience

Early morning horse rides can be stunning…

City skyline Sydneys best horse riding experience

…but a daytime ride with the city skyline backdrop is special.

Park ride Sydneys best horse riding experience

You can take a hand-led park ride…

Jumping Sydneys best horse riding experience

Or for the more experienced rider, practice your equestrian skills.

Covered arena Sydneys best horse riding experience

We have a huge covered arena…

Park trail Sydneys best horse riding experience

…and a 3.6km horse track in the Park.

Kids at CPEC Sydneys best horse riding experience

Kids can do it…

Adults in Centennial Park Sydneys best horse riding experience

Adults can do it…

Mounted Police Sydneys best horse riding experience

Even the Mounted Police do it!

So what are you waiting for…

 

This could be you today Sydneys best horse riding experience

This could be you – today!

Ride a horse in Centennial Parklands

Horse rides available all year round, for all ages and abilities. Here are the details:

 


Need any more convincing? Watch our video here:

 

 

 

 
 
Posted by Centennial Parklands in Birds and animals, Sport and recreation
on 01 Aug 2014
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High speed photography at height

31 Jul

Most of us see Centennial Parklands from ground level. Some of us slightly elevated on horse back. And very occasionally a limited few get to see the Parklands from very unusual angles.

Previously we’ve shared images taken from a cherrypicker, an airship and an octocopter. Today we have yet another vantage point – and this time heading at great speed!

Our friends at Sydney HeliCharter recently tweeted us to say they’d be heading past us soon and would give us a wave…and wave their camera in our direction.

They’ve now just tweeted us some great photos taken as they flew past at 220 kph!

Sydney HeliCharter1 High speed photography at height

 

 

Sydney HeliCharter2 High speed photography at height

Thanks for sharing guys!

Share your photos with us

Taken a photo of Centennial Parklands from an unusual angle? Captured a great shot of the Parklands at sunrise or sunset? Have an old photo from yesteryear of interest? We’re always interested in seeing the Parklands through the eyes (and lens) of others. Share them with us through Facebook, Twitter, email or drop old photos into our office or Visitor Information Counter.

 


Photography is one great way to enjoy Centennial Parklands and has a number of health and wellbeing outcomes as well! We have many tips, advice and ideas on how you can improve your health and fitness using the Parklands in our Health and Fitness eNewsletter. Subscribe to our Health and Fitness eNews now.

 

 
 
Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Photography
on 31 Jul 2014
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Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

30 Jul

Woollahra Gates Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

Restoration of the historic Woollahra Gates in Centennial Park has now been completed and the gates officially re-opened to the public.

Works on restoring and repairing the 126 year old sandstone gates began in April 2014 and involved the repointing of joints, stone repairs, reconditioning and repair of the steel gates, removal and treatment of rust, and repainting of the heritage gates and bollards. The work was part-funded by the Minister’s Stonework Program, and the community through the generous support of the Centennial Parklands Foundation.

Similar to the recent restoration of the Paddington Gates, the restoration works were undertaken by specialists from NSW Public Works and the Government Architect’s Office.

Woollahra Gates reflection photo by Craig Easdown Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

Woollahra Gates are an iconic part of Centennial Park

A little history on Woollahra Gates…

As part of the Centenary Celebrations of European settlement in Australia, the NSW Parliament approved the creation of Centennial Park (read more here). One of the earliest elements of the Park was the perimeter fencing around the entirety of the Park’s boundaries, with a series of ornate and imposing sandstone gates.

Woollahra Gates, being one of the most impressive and beautiful of these gates, is located in the north-eastern corner of the Park along Oxford Street. Finished in 1888, these entrance gates were designed by Louis Robertson of the Colonial Architect’s Office and comprises five sandstone columns with cast iron gates, allowing both vehicular and pedestrian access. They were constructed by renowned stonemasons, Loveridge & Hudson.

Woollahra gates early 1900s Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

Woollahra Gates – photo dates from the early 1900s

The historic photo of the Woollahra Gates above has a number of interesting aspects to it, most notably the original statuary that accompanied the gates can be clearly seen in the background, and the tram tracks down Oxford Street in the foreground.

Also, what appears as quite a lush, green backdrop from the early years of the Park had made way for a sparser look by 1935, as can be seen in the following photo:

Woollahra gates 1935 Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

Woollahra Gates in 1935 – looking east along Oxford Street

(Also of note is the relative traffic-free Oxford Street!).

Today…

Woollahra Gates continue to be one of the most iconic sandstone structures in Centennial Park and is a major entrance for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians coming to the Park. We are grateful to the NSW Government and the Centennial Parklands Foundation for their generous support of this project, and would like to thank those in the community who attended and/or contributed to the various fundraising events that made this project possible.

Rebekah Giles Historic Woollahra Gates restoration completed

Rebekah Giles, Chair of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, addresses the gathering at the official reopening of the Gates in July 2014

 


Interested in knowing how you can support Centennial Parklands? Here are a few ideas:

 

 
 
Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, History and heritage, How you can help
on 30 Jul 2014
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An animal visit with a difference

29 Jul

Gillie and Marc An animal visit with a difference

Centennial Park is a haven for many birds and animals – however recently we were visited by several new ‘species’.

Renowned Australian contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner are regular visitors to the Parklands, and on one of their most recent visits they brought some friends along. Not only did human passers-by stop and take a look, but a few of our feathered friends also took a gander!

Gillie and Marc 1 An animal visit with a difference

Sculpture: She thought a bird and coffee in the hand was better than just a bird (image courtesy of Jessie Schattner)

Gillie and Marc 2 An animal visit with a difference

Sculpture: He thought the early bird gets the coffee (image courtesy of Jessie Schattner)

Gillie and Marc 5 An animal visit with a difference

Sculpture: She thought she had the whole world in her hand (image courtesy of Jessie Schattner)

Gillie and Marc 4 An animal visit with a difference

Sculpture: He thought from little things big things grow (image courtesy of Jessie Schattner)

However this particular red dog generated some interest from the locals!

Gillie and Marc 3 An animal visit with a difference

Sculpture: Lost Red Dog (image courtesy of Jessie Schattner)

Thanks to Gillie and Marc for sharing your photos with us!

 


Photography is one great way to enjoy Centennial Parklands and has a number of health and wellbeing outcomes as well! We have many tips, advice and ideas on how you can improve your health and fitness using the Parklands in our Health and Fitness eNewsletter. Subscribe to our Health and Fitness eNews now.

 

 
 
Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Photography, Quirky Park
on 29 Jul 2014
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A bumper Birdwatcher’s Breakfast

28 Jul

Our Birdwatcher’s Breakfast on Sunday 27 July was quite possibly the best ever!

The winter sun was shining and the tour, led by expert bird watcher Trevor Waller and Education Ranger Vanessa, were lucky enough to see many different bird species, but the highlight was definitely these two:

Astonished Tawny Frogmouth Centennial Park A bumper Birdwatchers Breakfast

Tawny Frogmouth in Centennial Park (photo Daphne Gonzalvez)

Barnowl Dickens Dr Lachlan Reserve Dominic Gonzalvez 12.10.09 A bumper Birdwatchers Breakfast

Barn Owl in Centennial Park (image: Dominic Gonzalvez)

Don’t miss out – click here to book for the next Birdwatcher’s Breakfast.

 


 

The Powerful Owl pair are back in Centennial Park too! Have you seen them this week?

Powerful Owl A bumper Birdwatchers Breakfast

Our two Powerful Owl friends have been ‘very friendly’…

 

 

 

 
 
Posted by Centennial Parklands in Birds and animals, Nature, Photography
on 28 Jul 2014
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