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Van Gogh Alive: A Digital Art Experience

Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive: The Digital Art Experience

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s paintings at Van Gogh Alive, a multimedia art experience with digital surround sound in Sydney’s The Royal Hall of Industries.

Van Gogh Alive is a multi-sensory art exhibition celebrating the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Over 3,000 images, including Van Gogh’s works, imagery and animations are projected by forty high-definition projectors onto large screens, accompanied by digital surround, to create a completely multi-sensory experience unlike any other.

The exhibition is housed inside the historic Hall of Industries at Moore Park, in a custom-built facility that is visually spectacular as well as Covid-safe. While Van Gogh Alive has been experienced in 50 cities across the world, including Roe, Berlin, Milan, Shanghai and Moscow, the Sydney exhibition is the largest yet.

Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive is the brainchild of Bruce Peterson, the owner/director of Melbourne based company Melbourne-based Grande Exhibitions. The company has developed SENSORY4TM™ system, using the the state-of-the-art technology to bring Van Gogh’s most famous works to life. SENSORY4™ is a unique technological system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to create an exciting multi-screen environments.

The exhibition is a wonderful way for art-lovers to experience beloved works in a new, immersive way, or for those who aren’t a fan of quiet galleries to enjoy art in a more interactive fashion. It’s also a great way for kids to enjoy art as an entertaining and enchanting experience that gives the sensation of walking straight into a painting rather than looking at a flat object hanging on a white wall. 

Inside the venue, the experience begins with a simple gallery with examples of Van Gogh’s paintings and informative signs on his works and life.

Van Gogh Alive

There is a charming set up that brings his famous painting of his own bedroom to life in a life-size model. Visitors are free to roam this section prior to the start of the main exhibition.

Van Gogh Alive

Through another door way lies the full multi-sensory experience, where guests are welcomed at the designated time, and encouraged to fill out the entire space. The exhibition is a 45 minute show that stops for 10 minutes then resets for each session.

Van Gogh Alive

The show is projected onto large screens throughout the room. Visitors can experience it from the one spot or roam around while it is in process.

Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life in a symphony of colour, light and sound. They are displayed in the timeline of Van Gogh’s life, broken into sections that represent the different stages of his art-making. The art works are animated, paired with photographs, video and music, and give a whole new perspective to the life of one of the world’s most revered artists. 

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Important information for experiencing Van Gogh Alive

Entrance to the exhibition is by ticketed, timed entry.

Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to the time printed on your ticket for access control and health and security checks.

Masks will be required by all guests aged 12+ prior to entry and throughout the experience. If you have forgotten your mask, a disposable mask will be available for purchase.

Visitors will have their temperatures checked on arrival. Guests with a temperature reading of 37.5 degrees celsius or above will be asked to wait for 10 minutes and rechecked. Should their temperature read above 37.5 on the second check, they will not be permitted entry.

The exhibition is suitable for children of all ages. Children under the age of four are free.

The venue is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Photos and video are allowed, however please don’t use a flash.

Get more information on what the venue is doing to ensure Van Gogh Alive is a Covid-safe experience here.

There is a cafe and gift shop at the exit. Please bring cards not cash.

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Two hour free parking is available in the Wilson ‘EQ Carpark’. 

If taking public transport, get information here.

The Royal Hall of Industries, Entertainment Quarter, 1 Driver
Avenue, Moore Park.
Dates: Van Gogh Alive is on display for a limited season, starting September 18, 2020.

Prices: Tickets start at: $30 for Adults. $85 Family Four pack, $22 for youth ages 13-17, $15 for children ages 5-12. Free for children under 4 years old when accompanied by an adult. Special pricing is available for seniors, students and groups of 8+.
Buy tickets here.
vangoghalive.com.au

Van Gogh Alive

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Fagan Park & Playground Galston Sydney

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

Fagan Park & Playground Galston Sydney

Fagan Park in Sydney’s Hornsby shire is a 55 hectare park with themed gardens, playgrounds, historic Netherby Cottage and an Eco Garden to explore.

Fagan Park history

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The Darug people hunted and fished in the region for thousands of years, and were the original inhabitants of the land where Fagan Park sits. The Darug people were forced to leave the land by white settlers as detail above.

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

Fagan Park is located on a piece of land originally granted to George Hall. After being purchased by the Fagan family it was developed as a citrus orchard  and later a cattle property. The land was donated by the Fagan family for use as a recreational and culture centre. Hornsby Shire Council was appointed as sole trustee for the park, which officially opened in November 1988.

Things to do in Fagan Park

Picnics & Barbecues

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue, with a number of shelters and electric barbecues that accept $1 coins scattered throughout the grounds. (Remember to bring change!)

Gardens of Many Nations

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

Take an ambling stroll around the Gardens of Many Nations, which covers 10 hectares and has 11 themed gardens.

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The gardens include Japanese, Dutch, Chinese, Australian, African and Mediterranean. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are particularly beautiful in spring with cherry blossom trees blooming. 

Netherby Homestead and Rural Museum

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The original Fagan home, Netherby Cottage, was donated to the Crown under Hornsby Shire Council’s care, control and management in 1979. The cottage and adjoining Rural Museum are a great place to learn about colonial life and local history.

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The cottage and museum are open evert Tuesday and second Sunday of each month.

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

Playgrounds

There are two large playgrounds in Fagan Park, one at the Arcadia Road entrance and one at the Carrs Road entrance.

Arcadia Road playground

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The Arcadia Road playground is a modern space with small and large climbing frames, flying fox, swings, including a Liberty Swing, water play, sand play, slides and turning disc.

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

There are picnic shelters and barbecues surrounding the playground, as well as a large toilet block featuring a disabled toilet. 

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

The proximity to the car park, playground, toilets and play equipment makes this a popular spot for children’s parties. The picnic shelters are often booked out on weekends for parties.

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„Carrs Bush playground

Carrs Bush Park Playground Fagan park Galston Sydney

The Carr Bush playground is located in the Carrs Bush area of Fagan Park. The nature-themed playground blends into the surrounding bush landscape.

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Features include climbing logs, a water play feature, swings including a basket swing and disabled swing, an all-abilities carousel and a climbing frame.

There are picnic tables and toilets nearby.

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Eco Garden

The Eco Garden is an educational, sustainable garden. The Council-driven community initiative features over 36 different types of fruit and vegetables, as well as showcasing environmentally friendly gardening techniques.

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The Eco Garden is a great spot for kids, too, with fun features to explore including a scarecrow, sandpit and fairy garden.

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Get active

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

„ Fagan Park is the perfect place to get some exercise. There are long, sealed paths perfect for riding bikes or scooters, large graded areas for ball sports, frisbees or kite-flying and bushland with short bushwalking trails.

„Dogs are welcome, however must remain on a lead at all times.

Carrs Bush

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A beautiful 8.5 hectare area of bushland within Fagan Park, Carrs Bush features several short trails with interpretive signage, picnic areas, barbecues and a playground. 

There are over 120 species of native plants in Carrs Bush, including the endangered Sydney Turpentine – Ironbark. Birds, marsupials, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates take refuge here.

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Important info about Fagan Park

There are two accessible / disabled toilets inside Fagan Park. One is located at the Arcadia Road main amenities block; and the other is located at the Carrs Road amenities block.

Small portable barbeques including charcoal are permitted under strict conditions.

There is a privately run kiosk selling light refreshments (open weekends and selected weekdays only). I would highly recommend that you bring your own food and water. The park is perfect for a long, luxurious picnic. 

All barbeques within the park require $1 coins to operate.

There are two car parks, one off Arcadia Road at the main park entrance, and another off Carrs Road. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. 

Dogs are permitted but must stay on a leash at all times.

There are many water birds living in Fagan Park. Please don’t feed them.

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Fagan Park
38-48 Arcadia Rd, Galston
Hours: Daily, 7am-6:30pm
hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Fagan Park Galston Sydney

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Enjoy Contemporary Chinese Art at the White Rabbit Art Gallery Sydney

White Rabbit Art Gallery Sydney

White Rabbit Art Gallery Sydney

Enjoy a showcase of contemporary Chinese art at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney. The collection includes 2000 works by almost 700 artists and is dedicated to works made in the 21st century.

White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale Sydney, Australia

The White Rabbit Gallery is a privately owned gallery in Chippendale. It was opened in 2009 by Judith Neilson, who has built one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art through her regular aquisition trips to China and Taiwan. 

White Rabbit Gallery

The gallery is housed inside what was once a Rolls-Royce service depot in the 1940s. After a complete refit to suit its new purpose as an exhibition space, the gallery has four floors of exhibition space as well as a theatrette, a library and a teahouse. As only a fraction of the collection is able to be displayed at any one time, the entire contents of the gallery are rehung twice a year. 

White Rabbit Gallery

The White Rabbit Collection documents social and artistic change in twenty-first century China. The majority of art works in the collection are by young, emerging artists. 

White Rabbit Gallery

Children are welcome to visit the gallery, however those under the age of 10 are required to hold an adults hand at all times while exploring the art works. While there are no family-specific materials or trails, we found the collection to be highly engaging for our family, with plenty of art works leading to discussions.

White Rabbit Gallery

There is stair and elevator access to all four levels of the gallery, and a bathroom with changing table available.

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Before leaving the White Rabbit Gallery, stop by the gift shop and tea house on the ground floor, right near the entry/exit. The tea house serves the most beautiful teas including flowering teas in glass pots, freshly handmade dumplings from 11:30am, and a sweet or savoury snack plate with dried fruit, nuts and homemade biscuits. 

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Admission is free.

If driving to the gallery, you may be able to score on-street parking. The gallery is a short walk from Central Station.

White Rabbit Art Gallery Sydney
30 Balfour St, Chippendale
Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
https://www.whiterabbitgallery.org

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Historical Sydney: Visiting Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

Visit the world heritage-listed Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park. The former Royal Australian Navy armament depot is now a place to enjoy cycling, art, picnics, wildlife and history.

The Newington Armory was built from 1897 by the Royal Australian Navy. It was designated as a world heritage site on 14 January 2011. What was once an industrial military site is now an arts precinct with a theatre, outdoor amphitheatre, artist studios and an exhibition space, as well as a place to cycle/scoot, picnic and play.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

There are over 100 heritage buildings at the Armory, across 52 hectares of riverside hills and woodlands. You can learn more about the heritage buildings at the Armory through a heritage interpretation program at the original 1897 gate house.

The Armory usually free exhibitions throughout the year (not in 2020 sadly), plus film festivals, public art, cultural activities and kids activities.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

Riverside walking and cycling

Enjoy the Parramatta River by foot, bike or scooter. There are sculptures dotted along the path to enjoy.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

You can hire a bike from Bike Hire @ Sydney Olympic Park (open 9am-5pm,  last hire 4pm, weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

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Armory Wharf Cafe

The Armory Wharf Café in Sydney Olympic Park is a family-friendly, waterfront cafe with a casual vibe and al fresco seating. 

Read more about visiting the Armory Wharf Cafe.

Armory Wharf Cafe

Blaxland Riverside Playground

Blaxland Riverside Park is home to the biggest playground in Sydney. Equipment to suit kids for all ages and abilities is set among three hectares of rolling green hills and big open spaces. The playground includes a fantastic water play area, moving play elements, high and steep landforms and hidden and confined spaces. There’s a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing and a multi-level tree house to be discovered and enjoyed.

Read more about visiting Blaxland Riverside Playground.

Blaxland Riverside Playground Sydney Olympic Park

Armory Gallery

The Armory Gallery is housed in Building 18, one of the largest armament storehouses constructed prior to World War Two. The gallery is a flexible exhibition space which features the longest continuous gallery wall in Australia. While the gallery usually hosts large-scale exhibitions like ArtExpress as well as kids activities and other events, it is currently closed.

The Amory Gallery is accessed by walking through a tunnel along the railway tracks.

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Heritage Railway Discovery Tour

While the tour was closed when we visited, the guided Heritage Railway Discovery Tour, “Riding the Rails”, usually runs every Sunday from 9.30am to 10.45am, on the historic railway that was once used to move missiles and torpedoes around the Armament Depot. The tour usually runs every Sunday 11am to 1pm, every half hour. If you have kids, be aware that the tour is suitable for kids aged 10+. There is a tour during the school holidays suitable for younger children. On the first Sunday of every month is the Heritage Railway Discovery Tour.

BirdLife Discovery Centre

Also sadly closed at the moment is the BirdLife Discovery Centre, a great place to learn about birds living in the area. Watch the centre’s resident pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles on their nest using EagleCAM or take a free guided bird walk around the Newington Armory (they run on the last Sunday of the month at 10am for one hour).

Call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au with queries.

Get more information on the BirdLife Discovery Centre.

Segway Tours

Take an exhilarating Segway tour of the Newington Armory. The tours give historical commentary on the site and include a stop at the Building 39 armament exhibition. Segway tours run 10am-3.30pm weekends and school holidays. 
Get more information on Segway tours.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

Must-know information about visiting the Newington Amory

Opening hours: Daily, 9am-5pm

Free 3 hour parking is available. Parking is limited to arrive early on weekends and during holidays.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

There is a kiosk offering basic snacks, drinks and ice blocks open Mon-Sun.

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

Picnic and barbecue facilities are available next to the Armory Wharf Cafe.

Armory Wharf Cafe

Public restrooms are also located near the cafe.

Newington Armory
Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
https://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/parks/newington-armory

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Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

Armory Wharf Cafe: Waterfront & Family-Friendly Cafe in Sydney

Armory Wharf Cafe

Armory Wharf Café

The Armory Wharf Café in Sydney Olympic Park is a family-friendly, waterfront cafe with a casual vibe and al fresco seating. 

Armory Wharf Cafe

Located on the edge of the Parramatta River in the Newington Nature Reserve, the Armory Wharf Café is a licensed venue that has stunning 270-degree water views of mangroves and the industrial Armory wharf. 

Armory Wharf Cafe

The Armory Wharf Café has a mix of shaded outdoor and indoor seating, and a menu that offers fresh, seasonal cuisine.

Armory Wharf Cafe

There are daily specials and a decent amount of options for kids.

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The cafe is an extremely popular spot for families in particular, with its close proximity to Blaxland Riverside Playground. There is a section of the playground close enough for older kids to enjoy while their parents are waiting for meals to arrive in the cafe. 

Armory Wharf Cafe

Our group ordered the Beer-battered Fish n Chips (served with mushy peas and tartar sauce, $24), Grilled Salmon (served with a spinach, nut and grain salad and beetroot hummus, $28), Berry Good Smoothie (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and skim milk, $8), Loaded Focaccia (housemate focaccia topped with scrambled eggs, haloumi, spinach, tomato relish and avocado, $20), Kids’ Mini Pizza Pocket (cheese and tomato pizza pocket, $12).

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The fish and chips, salmon and loaded focaccia meals were all excellent. Great sized services, bright, fresh produce and excellently cooked. All meals arrived quickly and were very well made.

The only dish that was a let down was the pizza pockets. They were a bit sweet and weird tasting, and not a hit with any of us unfortunately.

I would highly advise making reservations to secure a spot. Parking is available nearby however is limited and is also used for the playground, so arrive early enough to wait for a spot to become available if you are visiting on a weekend. 

Afterwards, take kids to Blaxland Riverside Playground or to explore the Newington Armory.

Armory Wharf Cafe
Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson Street, off Holker St, Newington NSW
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am–2pm
http://www.armorywharfcafe.com

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Sotto on Ryde Cafe, Ryde Park: Kid-friendly Cafes in Sydney

Sotto on Ryde

Sotto on Ryde Cafe, Ryde Park: Kid-friendly Cafes in Sydney

Sotto on Ryde Cafe is a family-friendly gem, located in Ryde Park, Sydney. The cafe features outdoor seating, overlooks a playground and is a few steps from a bike and scooter track.

The cafe features a very reasonably-priced menu, with all-day breakfast, weekday lunch specials, and an excellent kids’ menu.

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The cafe is open-air, with plenty of tables, and overlooks the playground and park.

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The service is efficient and fast. The food fresh and served quickly.

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There are easily-accessible public restrooms at the rear of the cafe.

Sotto on Ryde Cafe, Ryde Park, Sydney

The playground is best suited to preschool/ lower primary-aged kids.

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Read more about visiting Ryde Park and Ryde Park scooter and bike track..

Sotto on Ryde Cafe
30 Argyle Ave, Ryde
Hours: Daily, 7am-5pm
sotto-on-ryde.business.site

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Bodhi Restaurant Bar: Vegan Yum Cha Sydney

Bodhi Restaurant Bar: Vegan Yum Cha Sydney

Bodhi Restaurant Bar: Vegan Yum Cha Sydney

Enjoy vegan yum cha in the heart of Sydney at Bodhi Restaurant Bar. Located under St Mary’s Cathedral, diners can relax under fig trees while being served bright, fresh yum cha dishes. 

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

Bodhi is a Sydney dining institution. Perfectly situated in the centre of the CBD, overlooking Cook + Phillip Park, the restaurant and bar features a large outdoor dining area as well as inside seating. 

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

The restaurant opened in 1988 as one of the first vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Sydney, and has been a family-owned and operated business for three generations. Bodhi today is the longest running and largest vegan establishment in Australia. 

Bodhi has a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients, with a company ethos of “do no harm”, and “minimize your impact”. Their chefs follow aBuddhist vegan cooking philosophy, using no garlic, onion, chives, scallions and leek in their dishes. As a result, the food is quite subtle in flavour. 

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

Bodhi also has a large variety of dishes catering to special dietary needs such as gluten or nut allergies.

​The vegan yum cha menu includes dumplings (my fave are the sweet Japanese pumpkin dumplings), fresh items such as blanched fresh kalian vegetables and Vietnamese rice paper salad wraps, steamed dishes, including the delicious green vegetable bread buns, oven-baked/fried/sauteed dishes (the vegetable curry puff is a must-try) and sweets. We loved the adorable custard lava buns shaped like pigs.

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

Inside the dumplings and buns you’ll find a mix of vegetables, tofu and mock meats. The menu is extremely wide and varied, so even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something that they like.

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

We are frequent visitors to Bodhi and always find the staff to be extremely knowledgable about ingredients and accomodating.

Bodhi Restaurant Sydney

It’s a great place to take kids to try some new dishes, too. With the open-air dining area and wide tables with plenty of space in between, it’s an easy place to bring the family and relax. 

There is parking under St Mary’s Cathedral nearby, or in the Domain car park. Both have reasonable weekend rates. Read more about where to find cheap parking in Sydney.

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Bodhi Restaurant Bar
2/4 College St, Sydney
Hours: Yum cha Wed-Fri 11am-3pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Dinner (a la carte) Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm.
https://www.bodhirestaurant.com.au/

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Bodhi Restaurant Bar: Vegan Yum Cha Sydney

Wentworth Common at Bicentennial Park Sydney

Wentworth Common, Sydney

Wentworth Common at Bicentennial Park Sydney

A hidden gem inside the sprawling Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Common is a quiet, grassy park with wetlands, a playground and picnic facilities. 

Wentworth Common is easy to find, with a car park directly outside, off the main road (Marjorie Jackson Pkwy). It’s often overlooked, making it a lovely spot for those seeking solitude. 

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

The park features a huge grassy area, with lots of trees around the perimeter for shade. There are several sheltered picnic areas and free barbecues, plus a large, modern bathroom block. 

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

There is a large adventure playground with a huge sandpit, slide, climbing frame, swings and flying fox.

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Little kids will love the stone sculptures of the lizard and frog in a smaller sandy play area. 

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There is a small water play feature connected to the sandpit in this part of the park for play during the warmer months.

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

There are some lovely wooden beams linking the two small play areas though the wilderness as well as low circular stepping stones dotted throughout the bush – great for balance as well as imaginative play.

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

Dogs are allowed on-leash. 

If you want some exercise, walk or cycle to the top of Bay Marker lookout for views of the wetlands, Haslams Creek, Homebush Bay and the city skyline.

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Look for ducks and other water birds in the wetlands.

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

Afterwards, check out nearby Brickpit Ring Walk.

There is more of Bicentennial Park to explore as well, plus nearby Blaxland Riverside Playground and the Olympic Cauldron in Cathy Freeman Park. Or, take a dip in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Scoot or bike around the Newington Armory.

Wentworth Common at Bicentennial Park Sydney
Marjorie Jackson Pkwy, Sydney Olympic Park
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Brickpit Ring Walk at Bicentennial Park Sydney

Brickpit Ring Walk, Sydney

Brickpit Ring Walk at Bicentennial Park Sydney

The Brickpit Ring Walk is an urban park and elevated walkway over a frog habitat and water storage facility in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.

Brickpit Sydney Olympic Park

The Ring Walk is accessed by an elevated walkway in two spots – the easiest is at the Brickpit Ring Walk carpark.

Brickpit Sydney Olympic Park

A circular walkway 550m in circumference and raised 18.5 metres above the sandstone floor of the Brickpit, the Ring Walk  allows visitors to experience what was once the State Brickworks and is now a habitat for the endangered Green and Golden Bell frog and other native Australian animals. 

Brickpit Sydney Olympic Park

It’s only a short walk to complete the circuit, however it’s a fascinating one with information panels outlining the significance of the Brickpit’s heritage and environmental significance. 

Brickpit Sydney Olympic Park

Brickpit Sydney Olympic Park

There are stunning views on the walk as well, to the chorus of frog and bird calls, and the recorded voices of the pit workers as they discuss their experience working to make the clay bricks in this spot that were sent all over Sydney to build our city.

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Afterwards, check out nearby Wentworth Common. It has excellent picnic facilities and a large nature-based playground.

There is more of Bicentennial Park to explore as well, plus nearby Blaxland Riverside Playground and the Olympic Cauldron in Cathy Freeman Park. Or, take a dip in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Scoot or bike around the Newington Armory.

Brickpit Ring, Sydney Olympic Park
Marjorie Jackson Parkway
Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney
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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden: Sydney’s Best Parks & Gardens

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden: Sydney’s Best Parks & Gardens

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a 123-hectare garden on Sydney’s north shore. Established in 1968, the garden is dedicated to preserving and showcasing Australian plants.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Located adjacent to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the garden is home to two endangered ecological communities; Duffys Forest and Coastal Upland Swamp as well as 18 threatened species of flora and fauna.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a beautiful spot to picnic, bushwalk and learn about Australian flora and fauna. 

While some areas of the garden have been cleared from bush such as Lambert’s Clearing, which has a large grassed area with picnic tables and a children’s playground, most of the garden is in a natural bush state.

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The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is tended by volunteers from the Australian Plants Society, who cut samples of common wildflowers in bloom and place them on a labelled stand in front of the St Ives Visitor Centre.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

When visiting the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, your first stop should be the aforementioned St Ives Visitor Centre to collect a map, and take a quick look at the stick insects and snake on display inside. The visitors centre sells cold drinks and ice blocks. 

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There is no cafe inside the garden so bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water. There are lots of picnic tables dotted around the gardens for use.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

There are bathroom facilities in several places around the garden, including at the visitors centre.

While most of the garden is quite wild, there are a few features of interest: The Knoll Garden
(a display garden containing native plants from around Australia), the Fern House, Caley’s Pavilion Gardens (featuring a wide variety of showy native flowers, rainforest trees and bush foods such as macadamia, Davidson’s Plum and native ginger).

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Use the map to take one of many walks around the garden. We took the Solander Trail which took about 40 minutes to complete and had plenty of lovely wildflowers along the path. 

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Plenty of the trails are step-free and paved, suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Other “adventure tracks” offer an off-road trekking experience. 

Step-free paths
The Senses Track
The Senses Track is located at the top of the Wildflower Garden opposite the Visitor Centre.

There are two loops of 400m and 500m respectively, which each take ten minutes or so at a steady pace. Interpretive signage reveals interesting facts about the bushland. This is a great track for kids to enjoy.

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The Solander Trail
The Solander Trail is an almost 2km circuit that takes visitors past some of the best wildflowers in the garden. It takes about 40 minutes to an hour to complete. 

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

The Brown Trail
The Brown Trail is a short detour off the Solander Trail route that offers a view of Donnelly’s Swamp and access to the Mueller Track.

There is also a short, step-free path that winds through Caley’s Pavilion Gardens and boardwalk over the wetland area.

All of these paths are adjacent to accessible picnic areas and toilets.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Short adventure tracks
Banks Track
The Banks Track is 200m in length and takes about 5 minutes.

Smith Track
Smith’s Track is 400m in length and takes 10-15 minutes.

Bentham Track
The Bentham Track is 400m long and takes about 10 minutes.

Caley Track
Caley Track is 200m long and takes about 5 minutes.

Wilderness path
Mueller Track
A strenuous walk of 4km in length.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

I really enjoyed looking around the  Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Nursery, located inside the Visitors Centre. The nursery specialises in local indigenous plants. It also stocks a variety of native plants suitable for planting in Sydney gardens.

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Garden runs programs for kids throughout the year. You can see what’s coming up online.

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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 
420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives (entry off Richmond Avenue).
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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden