The ponds of Centennial Park are some of the most iconic, picturesque and most-loved features of the Parklands. However, like many aspects of Centennial Park, we all take for granted what we know today – but they weren’t always so beautiful!

Here is a couple of images of what we enjoy today…


Duck Pond (image by Bettina Cutler)

Duck Pond (image by Bettina Cutler)


Busbys Pond (image by Chris Gleisner)

Busbys Pond (image by Chris Gleisner)



Here is a couple of images of what our ponds looked like in the early 1980s before the Trust was established to manage the Parklands…


Car in Willow Pond

Car in Willow Pond


Rubbish and other debris  floating in Musgrave Pond

Rubbish and other debris floating in Musgrave Pond


We need your help to keep them clean and beautiful

Help us keep what we have and not go back to what we had by:

  1. In Centennial Park, please dispose of litter thoughtfully and use the right bins;
  2. Outside Centennial Park, please don’t throw rubbish down the gutters and stormwater drains. It ends up in our ponds and other waterways across Sydney.

Thanks in advance!


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