Making a significant contribution to Sydney’s health and wellbeing

Stream: Improving health and wellbeing - Healthy parks, healthy people
Host Organisation: Centennial Parklands
Location: Centennial Parklands

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Above & Tile: Centennial Parklands

Today we readily recognise and promote the mental and physical health benefits of engaging with nature and green spaces. Your visit to the beautiful Centennial Parklands will showcase the crucial role that urban parks play in the wellbeing of our communities and their significant role in sport and recreation.

Encompassing three major urban parks - Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park - the 360 hectare parkland is known as the green lungs of the city. It is located minutes from Sydney’s CBD and attracts over 20 million visits annually.

With over 120 turf fields, tracks, ovals and other sports surfaces, Centennial Parklands is the largest community sports hub in Australia. It provides 600,000 registered sports users a wide range of opportunities to train and compete – from children through to elite athletes.

Take in some fresh air on this visit and experience one of Sydney’s favourite large urban park environments with a leisurely 3km walking tour of Centennial Park. Witness how activities such as horse riding, cycling, walking and jogging take place alongside each other along the bustling and picturesque Grand Drive. You will also experience one of the Parklands quieter natural spaces, with a walk through Lachlan Swamp, an atmospheric wetland grove of paperbark trees called home by Sydney’s largest colony of native Grey Headed Flying Foxes (one of Australia’s threatened species).

Each year over 250,000 patrons come to Centennial Parklands to enjoy a diverse range of outdoor community and charitable events. You will see the event sites for Polo in the City and JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, which will demonstrate the importance of professional event management in cities. Events are nothing new in Centennial Park, which was the site of Australian Federation in 1901, and you will also visit the commemorative Federation Pavilion in recognition of this.

Lunch will be served in the Wine Room at Centennial Parklands Dining, and you will have the opportunity to network with staff and local representatives before participating in a discussion to explore the role of parks in sustaining a healthy society. This excursion is a unique opportunity to get out and active at one of Australia’s most visited and loved parklands. You will learn how park and protected areas agencies are implementing innovative programs to improve the health and wellbeing of the wider community. Return transport is to Sydney Olympic Park where you can enjoy the afternoon entertainment at PlanetFest.

Particulars and requirements

This excursion includes a 3km walking tour. A good level of fitness is required.


Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Closed-toe walking shoes
  • Sun lotion
  • Weather gear (hat, rain jacket)
  • Water bottle


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