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Holroyd Gardens
Holroyd Gardens is located between Pitt and Walpole Streets in Merrylands. Parking is available off Walpole Street and pedestrian access can also be gained from Pitt Street.

Holroyd Gardens Park covers an area of 8.1 hectares. Holroyd Gardens is home to the Bicycle Training Track which provides a ‘on–road’ experience for young cyclists. Don’t forget to bring your bicycle and your safety gear!

There are two playgrounds within Holroyd Gardens Park; the adventure playground with slides, a chain bridge, forts and climbing equipment; and the accessible playground ‘Home Away From Home’ which includes swings and climbing equipment and is designed to be easily accessed by special needs and young children.

Holroyd Gardens has three sheltered areas with picnic tables and benches and three covered electric BBQs available for use.

Holroyd Gardens Park is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on weekends. During daylight savings the park is open from 7.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 7pm on weekends

Sydney Olympic Park

The Park is endowed with many exceptional venues that are available year-round to enjoy:

  • stand on the winner’s dais on an ANZ Stadium Explore Tour for a gold medal moment
  • go swimming or soak the kids at Splasher’s Water Playground in the Aquatic Centre
  • practice your return and serve at the Tennis Centre
  • take your skateboard, scooter or BMX for some wicked tricks at Monster Skatepark
  • acquire a brand new skill at the Archery Centre and go for the bullseye.

Looking for things to do in Sydney? or What's on in Sydney? discover more at Sydney Olympic Park:

  • enjoy a BBQ and let the kids ramble safely through the Park with Clue Trail, Crack the Code, the Amazing Chase and disc golf
  • learn to juggle, walk a tightrope and swing on the flying trapeze at Circus Arts
  • bike hire Sydney Olympic Park or bring your own for the 35km of cycleways or shorter scenic circuits and discover lookouts, bird hides, wildlife refuges, mangrove boardwalks, shipwrecks and outdoor art
  • ride the electric heritage train past the eerie bunkers of Newington Armory to the Birds Australia Discovery Centre
  • visit the Armory Gallery for free art exhibitions and meet the resident artists at work
  • stroll the extraordinary circular elevated walkway of the Brickpit Ring Walk
  • watch recent-release movies under the stars each January for free, at Cathy Freeman Park
  • Kids in the Park has kids activities Sydney to keep them entertained

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is a diverse natural asset combining the Badu Mangroves wetlands on Homebush Bay with 40 hectares of beautiful parklands in Sydney featuring gentle hills, lakeside meadows and soothing green vistas. This Sydney park features playgrounds, picnic shelters, BBQ, toilets and several car parks. It’s open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bicentennial Park and we invite you to celebrate with us.

Things to do at Bicentennial Park:

  • Enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks of Lake Belvedere or under a shady shelter
  • Have your own sausage sizzle using the free electric BBQ
  • Explore the adventure playground with its sandpit, slide, climbing frame, swings and shade sails
  • Walk, run or cycle along the shared pathways
  • Take your dog for a walk (on-leash at all times in this park)
  • Duck and weave through the splashing fountains and water spouts at the water play area
  • Take the stairs to the top of the Treillage Tower for views over the wetlands, Homebush Bay and the city skyline
  • Ponder world peace at the imposing metal sculpture of the ‘Peace Monument’ or refine your time-telling techniques at the ‘Sundial’ sculpture
  • Follow the boardwalk into the dappled light of the mangroves for a walk of discovery
  • Set up your bird watching binoculars at the bird hide in the waterbird refuge
  • Hire a two-wheeling dragster, cruiser, tandem or trike at the bike hire shop
  • Enjoy a good coffee, hearty breakfast or refreshing rest stop at Lilies Café
  • Select a site to hire for your community or corporate event
  • Book a room for your next group gathering at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park

Newington Armory
Newington Armory is a special place - formerly the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot (RANAD), it features over 100 heritage buildings of various ages and types, set amidst a 52 hectare riverside landscape of undulating hills and woodlands.

The heritage buildings provide the Armory with a unique character, which is described through a heritage interpretation program, that can be viewed at the original 1897 gate house.

The Heritage Railway operates on weekends and takes you on a unique behind the scenes tour.

Birds Australia Discovery Centre is a great place to learn the secrets of birds on site.

Opening times

Weekends 10am - 4pm


Lake Parramatta 
Lake Parramatta Reserve is a 60 hectare bush and parkland reserve located within two kilometres of the Parramatta CBD.

The lake was Parramatta's water supply until 1909, and the original function of the reserve was to protect its water quality.

The reserve is now recognised as one of the most significant and beautiful bushland remnants in Western Sydney. Surveys undertaken in 1990 and 2001 identified 67 species of native birds, 12 species of reptile, 5 frog species and 13 native species of mammal, plus several exotic species of birds and mammals, as well as wild flowers, living in the reserve.

Evidence still remains of the regular usage and occupation by the Aboriginal Burramattagal clan within Lake Parramatta Reserve and Hunts Creek. It exists in the form of shelter caves, hand-stencils, stone flaking, tree scars and midden deposits. The local Aboriginal Community and Parramatta City Council have in recent years, established a Bushfoods Garden and Walk to show these remarkable items to visitors. Brochures on this are available at the Lake.

The catchment area for the Lake is bound by North Rocks Road, James Ruse Drive and Pennant Hills Road. The bushland extends beyond the boundary of the reserve along the banks of Hunts Creek. Access is from Lackey Street off Bourke Street, in North Parramatta.

The reserve is open all year round, with the main gate opening at 6:30am and closed at 5:30pm (7:30pm during daylight saving).It offers ample parking, picnicking and BBQ facilities, playgrounds and bushwalking tracks.

Lake Parramatta is an ideal location for family outings, exercising, nature-watching or excursions.

(There are also a range of active bush regeneration programs being run in the reserve. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Parramatta Council's Nature Resource Officer on 9806 5050.)


26 Mimosa Ave, TOONGABBIE
This 20.4 hectare park is a popular sporting venue and is named after nearby McCoy Street. McCoy Park has the following facilities:

Children’s playground

Sporting fields

Cricket pitch

Off-street carpark

Dog off-leash area - Designated area only (Basin Area)