Any Australian science fiction fans out there remember the television series Farscape? Well we played our part in the series, with Centennial Parklands featuring in a number of episodes.

Let’s take a quick look back at a few highlights…


Firstly, what was Farscape about?

Farscape was an Australian science fiction series, produced by Jim Henson Productions and Hallmark Entertainment. While the series was under contract for five seasons, it was cancelled after four (later Henson would buy out the rights to the series to finish the show, as it was cancelled on a fourth season cliffhanger!).

The first four series were filmed between 1998 and 2002. This included filming scenes on several occasions in Centennial Park:


Scenes from the episode "The Locket" were partly filmed in Pine Grove

Scenes from the episode “The Locket” were partly filmed in Pine Grove


A statue is blown apart!

During one particular scene, the Farscape crew created a large-scale ‘stone statue’ and created an ‘explosion’ that blew the statue to pieces. Compressed air spouts that were placed just under the surface of the pond water created the ‘splashes’ that were part of the scene.


The Farscape statue is erected...

The Farscape statue is erected…


Air compressors (to create the special effects) are placed in the water...

Air compressors (to create the special effects) are placed in the water…


And what happened next?

Well, watch this!



Part of big and small screen history…

Centennial Parklands has not only inspired many artists, writers and photographers, but also been the backdrop for many filming projects. And we’ve been involved for a long time.

How long?

One of the earliest movies that used the Parklands was The Kid Stakes (1927) – so nearly 90 years!

Today the Parklands is one of the most sought after filming locations in Sydney.


Find out more

Click here if you want to find out more and see more of our credits. And if you’re interested in filming in the Parklands, visit our website for all the information.


Become an Insider


Similar Articles

  • Sydney history unearthed: five ‘must-see’ heritage landmarks in the Parklands

    Visitors to Centennial Parklands are easily impressed by its surface beauty, filled with green vistas and water features teeming with native and exotic wildlife. Scratch beneath the surface though, and you will find a whole new layer of historical significance to explore. You might be surprised to learn that Centennial Parklands is in fact, rich […]

  • Moore Park’s ANZAC Obelisk included in national Centenary Project

    In 2017, the 100 year old ANZAC Obelisk was refurbished and reinstated to its permanent home in Moore Park East. The Obelisk is an important reminder of the Great War and honours the departure of soldiers from the nearby barracks in Kensington. Now, the historic monument will be included in the national Centenary Projects.

  • A history of bicycle riding in Australia

    In celebration of the Share the Park campaign that launched last week, we decided to do some digging into our historical records and learn more about the history of cycling in Australia. As an efficient, healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to travel, more and more people are turning to cycling as a primary method of transport.

  • Celebrating Charles Dickens at Centennial Park for his 206th Birthday

    Did you know that on 7 February every year a small celebration is held in Centennial Park to celebrate Charles Dickens? This year, there is more to celebrate with the announcement that Sydney will play host to over hundred Dickensians and bibliophiles. After winning the coveted bid to hold the International Dickens Fellowship Conference, now […]