Spanning 40 hectares in St Peters and Alexandria, Sydney Park is a firm local favourite recreational spot. Although the park is widely recognised for the two historic tall brick chimneys from the former brickworks, the park in fact offers a wonderful opportunity for its visitors to get in touch with the natural environment, with attractive landscaping, wide open grassy space and rolling hills, and beautiful wetland areas with abundant birdlife.
Sydney Park entices both young and older children to burn off steam and explore nature, at the innovative playground, the popular bike and scooter track, the ample grassed areas and hills as well as the water features, bridges and stepping stones in the recently restored wetlands area.
The playground is situated on the western side of the park, nearest to the Barwon Park Road and the Princes Highway. Although the playground is not enclosed, it is set well back from the car park and highway.
It has a selection of four metal slides of varying lengths built into a hill covered in rubber soft fall. Kids just love climbing the hill and sliding over and over again – a perfect activity to tuckering out busy little people!
There are also several climbing nets to engage older kids. Another favourite among older children is the suspended wobbly bridge.
Younger kids love the shorter slides as well as the meandering paths, dry creek bed, sculptures and multi-sensory interactive features and swings.
The large sandpit, raised about a metre above ground, is another highlight among younger kids.
The bike and scooter track, known as the Sydney Park Cycling Centre, located on the northern side of the park alongside Sydney Park Road, allows children to learn about road safety, complete with roads to navigate and traffic lights.
The hills on the northern side of the park offer impressive views back to the city. Kids love to run or roll down these too! The open grassy areas are perfect for kite flying on a windy day. And the paths, bridges, stepping stones and water features in the southern section of the park are a great way for kids to get back to nature.
The park is a great spot for picnics and gatherings, with built facilities as well as plenty of grassy space available. There is a picnic shelter within the playground area.
The shaded Sydney Park Kiosk, offering gourmet food and drinks, is located right next to the playground. There are tables and chairs as well as toilet facilities in this section. (Additional toilet facilities are available.)
Sydney Park is dog friendly. Dogs may walk off leash at all times with the exception of the wetlands, oval, cycling centre, playground and barbecue areas.
You can access the park by public transport or car. St Peters train station is just across the road from the park. Buses also run along Sydney Park Road and the Princes Highway. The park has multiple car parks: Barwon Park Road (closest to the playground), Sydney Park Road (closest to the cycling centre, Euston Road (closest to the oval and Sydney Park Pavilion) and Campbell Street (closest to the wetlands). Note: some of the roads adjoining the Barwon Park Road and Campbell Street car parks are affected by WestConnex construction.
Overall, we highly recommend this park for a seriously fun family outing for all ages!
Sydney Park Cycling Centre image © Nadia VH; all other images © Ginny Grant
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