Did you know there are 11 ponds in Centennial Parklands? While most people have their favourite, one pond is undoubtedly the most photographed of the lot. Can you guess which?
Lily Pond is located adjacent Lachlan Swamp in Centennial Park…
The pond was originally referred to as Fiddle Pond, due to its shape. It was developed as an ornamental waterbody in the 1890s to grow and display water lilies of various species (at this time the stunning white timber bridge was built).
Unlike all other ponds in the Parklands that are fed by stormwater, Lily Pond is fed by a natural, underground spring in Lachlan Swamp.
By the 1920s a range of water irises were also planted in the pond, and during the 1940s stone edging was completed to help prevent flooding.
Today its small islands, vegetated with papyrus, provide an important habitat for water birds such as purple swamphens, black swans and the clamorous reed warbler. Its water brims with aquatic invertebrates such as dragonfly nymphs, water boatmen and aquatic earthworms during warmer months.
Three visual reasons to love Lily Pond!
A picture, as they say, speaks a thousand words. So let’s just see why so many people love Lily Pond…
Come and see Lily Pond for yourself. Such a stunning part of Centennial Parklands!
We are very lucky to have such beautiful Parklands to enjoy, right on the doorstep of the city. While there are many strategies and initiatives in place to keep Centennial Parklands looking spectacular, every little bit of help goes a long way! You can help us by adopting the ‘leave no trace’ approach when you visit […]
The Parklands is often recognised for its beautiful vistas. From lush woodland areas to pockets of ‘semi-wild’ open paddock, to rocky outcrops, to rolling greens set before a magnificent city skyline. This edition of Photos of the Week, ‘What A View!’ is a celebration of your striking photographs of some of the most iconic and romantic aspects of Centennial Park, […]
Centennial Park’s ornamental ponds are some of its most popular features and many will know them for the beautiful habitat they provide for water birds and aquatic life. People are often surprised however, to hear that these water features (with the exception of Lily Pond), act as a detention basin for stormwater runoff and have an […]
Baby birds around Sydney are making the transition from nestling to fledgling, trying out their wings and learning to fly. Young birds are often seen on the ground throughout late spring and early summer and this is a normal stage in their transition to adulthood. Centennial Parklands is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 50 species […]
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