One of the best ways to get some exercise is undoubtedly with a walk or a run in Centennial Parklands. Perhaps one of the Sydney’s most iconic and best-loved walking and running tracks is the 3.5 kilometre loop that follows Centennial Park’s Grand Drive, but there are a few more – shorter and longer – that you may not know of. Here are a few of our favourites!
#1 Duck Pond and Grand Drive loop (2.5 kilometres)
With a fabulous new pathway that’s pram accessible and plenty of bird life to check out on the way. Cut along Parkes Drive, beside Duck Pond and loop back on to the Grand Drive circuit to finish your lap.
#2 Self-guided Nature and Wildlife Walking Tour (3 kilometres)
Easily downloaded from the Centennial Parklands website or the izi Travel app, this self-guided walking tour will take you on a relaxed stroll to parts of the Park you have probably never visited – and with lots of beautiful gardens and wildlife along the way. More of a history buff? We have that covered too! Take a look at our History Walking Tour on the izi Travel platform.
#3 Outer fence of Centennial Park (6.6 kilometres)
Shake up your routine and trace the outer pathway of Centennial Park. There are lovely heritage fences and gates to admire with a backdrop of parklands greenery and vistas.
#4 Centennial Park to Queens Park (7 kilometres)
Trace the inside route of Centennial Park following Grand Drive, exit via Musgrave Avenue and follow the outer pathway at Queens Park. This is a popular choice for runners looking to add some extra distance to their courses without compromising on views and scenery!
The Parklands not only offers a green setting for a work out in nature (which is great for your health), it is conveniently full of cafés and sealed pathways which are accessible for prams and wheelchairs!
Here are just a few of the local personalities, celebrities and community groups spotted on a stroll or jog in Centennial Parklands:
- Ben St Lawrence
- John Churchill
- Up and Running
- Rejoov Runners
- Running Mums Australia
- Nikki Phillips
- Can Too
- Jessica Mauboy
- Anna Heinrich
- Athletics East
- Nike Run Club
- Samantha Armytage
But whoever you exercise with and whatever your preferred pace or route, don’t forget the key rules and guidelines next time you walk or run in the Parklands:
- respect horse tracks and entrance ways, especially at Robertson Road Gate;
- use marked pedestrian crossings whenever they are provided;
- look both ways for bikes and cars before crossing the road;
- if you walk or jog with headphones in your ears, take care before stepping out onto any roadway.
There’s also a social media competition, giving you a chance to WIN a night of luxury at the Centennial Park Residences. You still have a few days to enter, so visit the Parklands website to find out more here. Get out there, just remember to take care!