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    Three things you can do: Centennial Park’s history


Centennial Park is full of history. Not just full of history, but bursting at the seams with tales of tragedy and triumph, of people and places, and of events and experiences. Here are three great ways to learn about the history of Australia’s most historically important, and much-loved public park.

You can hear these great stories by:


#1: Taking a walk in the Park

Centennial Park’s fascinating history comes to life with the Centennial Park History Walk app. The app is a multimedia experience that will be a hit with those who love Australia’s most historically important public park.

You will enjoy a self-guided tour with audio commentary, and historic footage that will take you through the rich history of ‘The People’s Park’ – over 125 years of tales, intrigue and challenges.

Available in iPhone and Android versions, you’ll be amazed how much you didn’t know about Australia’s most historically important public park.

Click to learn more about the Centennial Park History App

Click to learn more about the Centennial Park History App


#2: Watching this film

Recently a long forgotten documentary of Centennial Park was unearthed in the National Film and Sound Archive. We were delighted to see it – then even more delighted when they put it online for all to see!

Return to a Centennial Park of 1979 – the Park, the people…the fashion, the cars. This remarkable film reminds us, yet again, of how the Park has always been true to the nickname it was given 125 years ago: “the People’s Park”.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.



#3: Reading this book

Pick up the authoritative story of Centennial Park right now!

125 years old and still one of the world’s best public parks despite the odds. From humble and desolate beginnings to one of our nation’s most important public spaces  – this story should not be missed, and is guaranteed to surprise! This beautifully presented 192-page book with some of the most stunning Park images you’ve seen was released to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Park.

This is a read not just for those that know and love the Park, but those interested in Australian history. Indeed, many people may not even know that modern Australia was ‘born’ in Centennial Park!

A great present, a great read and a great Park.


Click to learn where you can buy this great read

Click to learn where you can buy this great read



From time-to-time we also run guided history walks. These are advertised on our What’s On planner. To know when the next tour is available, you can download our Centennial Parklands visitor app or subscribe to our What’s On eNewsletter.


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