The spooks are back in Centennial Park!

01 Oct

The spooks are back in Centennial Park on Saturday 25 October 2014 – and you can book online right now!

Centennial Parklands and Orienteering NSW are proud to present Sydney’s biggest kids Halloween event.

Follow a map to find lots of ghostly games to play including the all new Zombie Shooting Arcade, the Dread Tunnels of Kalimar and the Spook Walk.

Every spook will take home their own squeezy little monster. Starting out from the Learning Centre at Centennial Park this event for 6-14 year olds is all shivery fun!

Event information

  • Age: 6-14 years
  • Times: Start times are available between 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Meeting Point/Venue: Start at The Learning Centre in the Education Precinct, off Dickens Drive, Centennial Park
  • Price: $15 per child or buy 4 tickets for the price of 3 (only $45 for 4 children)

Reserve your tickets online now to not miss out!

Head to our online ticket page right now and reserve your ticket. We expect this to be another popular year, so don’t miss out!

Spooks in the Park The spooks are back in Centennial Park!

Be very, very, careful. It’s Spook season!



This event is brought to you by a partnership between:

CP and ONSW The spooks are back in Centennial Park!



Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Events, Kids activities
on 01 Oct 2014

Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

30 Sep

Playground in Centennial Park Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

Get the kids outdoors these school holidays and enjoy some of Sydney’s most popularly visited playgrounds.

Centennial Parklands has five outdoor playgrounds and one indoor play centre for children. Most are ideally located close to parking and/or major public transport routes. Even more ideally (for the parents), several are located close to coffee!

Also, one of our playgrounds also features a great Liberty Swing – a swing that allows children in wheelchairs to enjoy all the fun too.

Queens Park Playground winter Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

The popular Queens Park Playground is both a great playground for kids, but is right next door to the Queens Park Shed (for parents!)

Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

There are five playgrounds in Centennial Parklands:

Paddington Gates Playground

Located between the historic Paddington Gates and the Centennial Park Reservoir, this delightful playground (originally known as “the Rocket Park“) is designed for children aged between 1-12 years.

The double see-saw and two play spaces have been created to cater to the varying needs of children, with climbing, swinging, spinning, balancing and sliding equipment, as well as a quiet play area. The ‘younger area’ of the playground is fenced.

Paddington Playground in Centennial Park Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

Paddington Playground in Centennial Park

There is a shaded area with a barbecue installed close by. An accessible toilet is also located near the playground car park.

The playground also features our accessible Liberty Swing, which is a great swing system that allows access by kids who use wheelchairs.

Liberty Swing in Centennial Park Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

The wonderful Liberty Swing at Paddington Gates Playground

And the latest news?

We’ll have a mobile coffee cart regularly located at the Paddington Gates Playground – Lord of the Beans. Max, the owner, will be there on weekends, public holidays and will set up on occasion during school holidays and at other peak periods.

Centennial Parklands Dining Playground

This playground – one of the most popular in the Parklands – is located adjacent to the Centennial Parklands Dining in the heart of Centennial Park.

The playground provides an engaging and experiential experience for kids 0 – 5 year olds, incorporating interactive sound features, with modern play equipment, giant guiros, a water feature, ‘hug-me’ poles and turtle sculptures. The design incorporates timbers and heritage stone gathered from within the Parklands and picnic tables and areas.

CP Dining Playground Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

The Centennial Parklands Dining Playground is popular and just metres away from the kiosk and cafe in Centennial Park

Learners Cycleway Playground

The Learners Cycleway playground is located conveniently within the children’s Learner’s Cycleway near the southern edge of Centennial Park.

It features slides, swings, climbing equipment and is adjacent a public barbecue, toilets and has large shade trees around its boundary.

Learners Cycleway Playground Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

The children’s Learner’s Cycleway Playground is part of a very popularly visited precinct in Centennial Park

Queens Park Playground

This playground is located adjacent to Darley Road, Queens Park, and next to the popular Queens Park Shed.

It caters for all ages and features climbing frames, slides, interactive play equipment and shade structures. The playground is fenced with grassed areas inside to sit and enjoy a snack in between playtime!

There is also an amenities block adjacent to the playground.

Queens Park Playground Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

The line up at the Queens Park Playground makes this an engaging place to play

Moore Park Rotunda Playground

The small Moore Park Rotunda playground, located on the corner of Moore Park Road and Anzac Parade in Moore Park West, offers experiences and  equipment for children from 1-12 years.

Moore Park Rotunda Playground Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

Moore Park Rotunda Playground is adjacent the sports fields and popular dog walking areas of Moore Park West

Indoor Play Centre – Monkey Mania

While our outdoor playgrounds offer variety and fun for kids, we also have a fantastic indoor play centre at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Monkey Mania offers play equipment for ages 1-12, inflatable jumping castle, dedicated toddlers area with uniquely themed party rooms, café and friendly mature staff. And there are the electric kiddies go-karts!

Monkey Mania offer a family membership for $12 for the year with benefits that include discounted entry and food pricing.

Monkey Mania Playgrounds in Centennial Parklands

Monkey Mania is a great rainy day option for kids!


Want to be part of making something special for the kids of Sydney? We are creating Sydney’s very first children’s garden in Centennial Park – an amazing wild play experience that generations of kids will enjoy. We need your help to make it a reality. Support the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden today!



Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Health and lifestyle, Kids activities
on 30 Sep 2014

Healthy park, healthy heart

29 Sep

Heart Week Healthy park, healthy heart

Did you know that each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack? Heart health is an important issue for Australians of all ages, and Centennial Parklands can play a key role in helping to prevent heart disease and improve your heart health.

Let’s start with the medical bit first.

Beating heart disease

Inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. However, exercise helps improve heart health, and can even reverse some heart disease risk factors.

Like all muscles, the heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise, so it can pump more blood through the body with every beat and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood.

A person who exercises often and vigorously has the lowest risk for heart disease, but any amount of exercise is beneficial (read more about the medical side here).

Sport and exercise in Centennial Park Healthy park, healthy heart

Exercise, activity or sport – these are becoming more crucial in our lives

Get physically active

The Heart Foundation recommends that being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Young or old, physical activity has a range of benefits, and the good news is it doesn’t have to be strenuous – moderate activity such as brisk walking, is great for your health. They endorse the National Physical Activity Guidelines which outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain a health benefit and ways to incorporate incidental physical activity into everyday life.

Parks make you healthy

Parks and natural spaces are a source of both mental and physical health benefit (including cardiovascular benefits). You can download and read the full report titled: Healthy Parks Healthy People here to learn more. However, the key is to find activities that suit you. That’s where we come in.

Cycling Running Walking Healthy park, healthy heart

Walk, run, cycle, play sport…there are endless opportunities available all year round

How Centennial Parklands can help you

We live in increasingly crowded, busier and built-up cities. Our more sedentary lifestyles (i.e. lifestyles with little or no physical exercise) mean that we must find opportunities to get active, get outdoors and – most importantly – enjoy it!

To help your health and your heart, here are a range of ideas from right here in Centennial Parklands:

Tips for kids:

  • Walk with your child. Just spend time exploring the Parklands and allowing your child to lead the way. Exploration and discovery of nature is a healthy thing!
  • Make walks in the Park fun for very young kids by inventing games – for example, see if you can spot five different birds today; see if you can spot five red objects in the Park. They’ll spend so much time walking and searching they won’t realise they’re exercising.
  • Take up riding a bike with your child (or we have a popular Children’s Learners Cycleway). If you don’t own a bike, no worries – buy one from The Lab at the Entertainment Quarter or hire one from Centennial Park Cycles right here in Centennial Park.
  • Keep a football, frisbee, jump rope, scooters or bat and ball in your car at all times. If in the Parklands, or passing nearby, stop of for an unscheduled play session.
  • Book your child on one of our sports or nature play programs during the school holidays (see our What’s On calendar).

Tips for teens:

Tips for adults:

Tips for older Australians:

We all need to take the time to consider our heart health. Get outdoors, get active and improve your life!

Kicking a ball Healthy park, healthy heart

A family kick about is a fun exercise time


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Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Health and lifestyle, Kids activities, Sport and recreation
on 29 Sep 2014

Australia’s last official duel?

26 Sep

Last duel Australias last official duel?

Today’s guest post by park visitor Tempe Macgowan

Two men fighting for their honour in the midst of the swamps of the future Centennial Park seems an unlikely scenario. However this true slice of Australian history, that happened 163 years ago tomorrow, has gone down as the last known challenge to a duel in Australia!

The protagonists were two distinguished men of the colony. The duel was held between Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas L. Mitchell, soldier-explorer and surveyor general of NSW and Stuart Donaldson, a New England settler who became Premier of NSW in 1856.

The duel Australias last official duel?

That’s amazing – how did we get a photo of the duel? See below.

The duel in Lachlan Swamps

The dispute was over withdrawing one word from a note from Mr. Donaldson to Sir Mitchell in a case where Donaldson criticised Mitchell. After several to and froes where they failed to resolve the matter, “a hostile meeting was declared the only alternative. Both parties met at half-past four on Saturday afternoon, at a secluded spot near the Water Reserve – Sir Thomas attended by Lieutenant Burrowes, and Mr. Donaldson by Mr. Dobie.”

They each exchanged three shots, and in the last fire a ball passed through Mr. Donaldson’s hat, and another was within an inch of Sir Thomas’s throat. The seconds then interfered, and the combatants left the ground”.

Reports are vague about the duel in the Centennial Park area, however it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 30 September 1851.

The dueling pistols that Mitchell used survive in the National Museum Australia.

But was it really the last?

There are conflicting claims made as to whether this was the last duel officially fought in Australia (a monument in Wellington, NSW marks an 1854 ‘duel’ between Dr. Samuel Curtis and Mr. B Sheridan, however this was apparently an alcohol-fuelled affair where no one was injured).

What is it about duels?

Even in those days, duels were not considered a satisfactory way of settling a dispute. Duels were a legacy of medieval times and the Renaissance when they were considered an acceptable manner of defending your honour by members of the gentry or aristocracy. They were typically held after an offence had happened and there were strict codes of conduct to follow.

By the 1800’s though, when swords were largely replaced by pistols, duels were banned in most countries. For example, in the early days of the colony duels were not thought of as ‘honour’ crimes but rather treated as murder by the law. An admirable attempt at cataloguing known duels around the world is on Wikipedia (while obviously incomplete, it is still a fascinating collection to read through!).

Re-enactment for the small screen!

In 2011 we had a visit by a camera crew and small acting cast who were re-enacting the famous duel for a documentary on the National Geographic Channel.

Here are some great photos from the day!

Re creation of duel Australias last official duel?

Filming the re-enactment of duel in Centennial Park on the site of the real duel

Nat Geo Duel on camera Australias last official duel?

Filming the protagonists up close


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Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, History and heritage, Quirky Park
on 26 Sep 2014

Tennis in Centennial Parklands

25 Sep

Kids tennis in Moore Park Tennis in Centennial Parklands

Australian tennis has been going through a tough time over the last few years, but Centennial Parklands is doing its bit for the future of Australian tennis through its coaching clinics, school holiday camps and publicly bookable courts.

The Parklands features two sets of tennis courts in Moore Park…

Aerial of courts Tennis in Centennial Parklands

Aerial of courts looking towards the Sydney CBD

Parklands Sports Centre

Parklands Sports Centre is located at corner of Lang Road and Anzac Parade, Moore Park. The Centre offers tennis court hire, adult and children’s coaching, weekly competitions, school holiday tennis camps and social play. The Centre has 11 floodlit courts (9 synthetic, 2 hardcourt) and is open 7 days a week.

Find out about the upcoming tennis camps for kids during the school holidays here.

For all enquiries phone (02) 9662 7033 or visit their website.

Tennis camps Tennis in Centennial Parklands

Tennis camps in Centennial Parklands

Moore Park Tennis

Located just below the Moore Park Golf Course on Cleveland Street, Moore Park Tennis offers tennis courts for hire as well as coaching, social competitions, racquet and ball sales and ball machine hire. There are four floodlit synthetic grass courts open seven days a week from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm.

For all tennis enquiries phone Stephen Ashcroft on 0412 123 456.

A history of tennis in the Parklands

Centennial Parklands has a long running history of tennis….check out this oldie photo from 1915!

Tennis in 1915 Tennis in Centennial Parklands

Tennis was formerly played atop the reservoirs in Centennial Park!


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Posted by Centennial Parklands in Blog, Health and lifestyle, Sport and recreation
on 25 Sep 2014
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