Centennial Parklands




Located moments from the CBD and easily accessible by car or public transport, Centennial Parklands is a must see location in Sydney. Made up of three major urban parks covering 360 hectares, the Parklands are aesthetically beautiful as well as historically significant, housing Australia’s Federation monument, The Federation Pavilion.

Free to visit, the Parklands are home to over 15,000 trees, Australian wildlife, ponds, flowers beds, statues, as well as offering a selection of cafes and restaurants.

When visiting the Parklands do as the locals do – take a walk, hire a bike, enjoy a round of golf, go horse-riding, or enjoy a picnic in the vast and beautifully maintained open green spaces.

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden.

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden, is a $4M state-of-the-art nature play space designed to engage the five senses, and help to reconnect children to nature. Complete with water, natural vegetation and soaring heights, children have the chance to get lost in the wonderment of nature. WILD PLAY features dry creek beds, an artesian water play area, a bamboo forest, banksia tunnels, turtle mounds and the Park’s first treehouse. It’s a dramatic landscape in which children are encouraged to run, jump, play, learn and discover the wild side of life!

What age’s is it most suitable for? The play space is suitable for children aged 2-12 to enjoy while under parental supervision.

Opening hours: The Garden is open from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily

It is important to note that from time-to-time, operational changes in the Park may mean that the rangers need to temporarily close the Wild Play Garden. Keep an eye on the website for details.

Location: You can access the Wild Play Garden from Grand Drive in Centennial Park.  When you get to Centennial Homestead, keep driving around another kilometre or so around the bend and you will find it.

Price: Free

Food options near the Wild Play Garden: There is a ice cream van come food truck called Bar Coco located inside the Wild Play Garden, near the gathering circle and the Discovery Centre. They sell coffee, cold drinks, water, ice creams and food on site from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, daily.

But your best bet is to pack a picnic or some snacks.

Other Food options in Centennial Parklands:

Also located within Centennial Parklands and worth checking out are Centennial Homestead, and The Greenhouse.

Toilets and Baby Change Facilities: 

There is an amenities block with direct access for the Garden with men’s and women’s toilet facilities for children and adults. These are locked up overnight in accordance with the playground opening and closing times.

There is a baby change table located inside the disabled toilet.

Out & About Baby Tip: 

Make sure you bring hats, sunscreen, sports shoes, a change of clothes, swimmers and towels (especially when visiting the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden). Drinks and snacks in reusable plastic is always preferred. No glass.

Dress code for mums is active wear and backpacks. Dress comfortably and practically because you will be on the go go go!


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2 Comments on "Centennial Parklands"

Laura Ruston
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No swings or slides like a traditional park but you wont need them because your kids will be too busy running around and discovering nature. It’s gorgeous. Pack a picnic (because buying food there is crazy expensive), take some towels and get back to basics in amongst the trees. Plenty of parking available and it’s super safe with a big fence around it for toddlers who are inclined to make a run for it – although it is a pretty big space so you still do need to keep a watchful eye. There is a baby change table in the… Read more »
Danielle Johnston
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The Ian Potter Wild Children’s Playground is a must visit!

I have no idea about the facilities because we didn’t use (so don’t pay attention to my privacy and hygiene ratings) them but I had a great time with my two year old daughter.

The ice creams are a total rip off at $4 for a Paddle Pop but who really cares when the playground is so cool!

Address: Centennial Park NSW 2021, Australia
(02) 9339 6699 http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/

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The Ian Potter Wild Play Garden is open from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily

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