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

  • Banknote_227x135
    What do the new $5 note and Centennial Park share in common?

    On the 1 September 2016, last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia unveiled an exciting new look $5 note.  Like most, we were hugely impressed with the tactile features to make the note more accessible for blind and vision-impaired people. We also couldn’t help but be a little excited to learn that there is a distinctive link between […]

  • Obelisk thumbnail_227x138
    Moore Park commemorates ANZAC Obelisk Centenary

    Wednesday 15 March 2017 marked 100 years since a small gathering met at the junction of Moore Park Road and the newly named Anzac Parade, to witness the unveiling of the ANZAC Obelisk. An important war memorial, the ANZAC Obelisk remembers those who served from New South Wales during the Great War. For 81 years […]

  • Charles Dickens Statue
    A world treasure stands in Centennial Park

    Did you know that on 7 February every year a small celebration is held in Centennial Park? There are only three such celebrations held on that day around the world. Curious about what is being celebrated?

  • thumb image_227x135w
    ANZAC Obelisk returns to Moore Park

    Work is underway to return one of NSW’s earliest war memorials and landmarks, the ANZAC Obelisk, to its home in Moore Park.
    After undergoing conservation work and a recent refurbishment the Obelisk will be reinstated to a new permanent home in Moore Park East.