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- Beautiful gardens with tropical plants! Overlooking Sydney Opera House and free. Highly recommend a visit - it was one of our favourite bits!Written 15 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Located in the inner Sydney suburb of Paddington accessible from Oxford street or Oatley street. A decommissioned reservoir early source of water supply for Sydney. Repurposed for park and garden.
Popular location for wedding photos. Accessible by public transportation. Hidden gem for visitors.Written 13 May 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Always enjoy visiting Nurragingy Reserve. Really love the Chinese Garden - makes a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos.
Always disappointed that the cafe is shut when we have been there, even on days when it is advertised as being open.
This year, the drought meant that the water in the lake was very low, which was a shame, especially for the birds.Written 7 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- When we heard about Lisgar gardens in Hornsby it was much to our surprise as we had never heard of it even though having been residents n the Hornsby Shore for more than 6 years. A HIDDEN GEM in Hornsby for sure! Not too big but enough to enjoy and appreciate and spend few hours if you pack a picnic. Easy to get to and there is some seating and a lovely undercover wide open area. Just beware of leeches. Limited opening hours.Written 18 February 2022
- A nice and well maintained formal garden contained within Hyde Park. very colourful at the moment and certainly worth stopping for a few minutes.
It might just be me but the positioning within the park means you need to seek it out as it's not on the normal walking routes.Written 8 February 2023
- This is one of the very best play areas for small kids. Located within Sydney’s Centennial Park, the whole thing is quite magical and it’s free.
There are all sorts of activities here for the adventurous child who wants to explore and climb and dart through tunnels. Equally, for the less adventurous, it is a beautiful space to walk through, with interesting little paths, quiet corners, hidden surprises and secret areas.
The highlight is the central water play area. Shallow pools with a number of fountains provide endless water play. Timed water jets prompt shrieks of delight as small children are continually caught unaware. It’s a very safe area. The jets are all very gentle and the water is so shallow that an adult can walk across the pool in running shoes without getting wet.
The whole area is securely fenced and there are plenty of spaces where you can sit.
There were only a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, it is reasonably easy to lose a small child if you have ‘a bolter’. The greenery along the paths is so dense that you can’t always see very far ahead and the maze of paths take so many little twists and turns, intersecting at different points that a child can dart off very quickly. The other thing is that the park benches in the more heavily shaded area, had quite a lot of mosquitoes.
Apart from this, the park was easily the best one I’ve seen in ages. Afterwards, take the kids to Duck Pond and watch the swans, ducks and fish. This is also a lovely spot to have a picnic beside the water.Written 4 April 2022
- In the middle of the city, a place where you can get away from everyday life.
A nicely and painstakingly built oasis where you should be careful not to step on a lizard. There are a lot of them and they are surprisingly inconspicuous.
You should go here with time and enjoy the atmosphere and relaxation.Written 28 October 2023
- Located just to the north of the Macquarie Place a park, this is another small gardens. It is nicely maintained and contains a couple of sculptures and an eatery to the northern side.Written 17 January 2022
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