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Sydney is transforming its urban green spaces - now is the time to explore them

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Sydney has always been a city well known for its beautiful parks and green spaces, with an impressive 188 hectares of parkland and a legacy of celebrated parks. But with the development of new urban green spaces, the city will be taking its green footprint to new heights.

 

Sydney’s green urban developments are transforming old industrial sites in the city into vibrant, communal areas that everyone can enjoy. For example, the Barangaroo reserve was an old concrete container wharf, and is now an award-winning urban green space, providing six hectares of native parkland for people to take walks, picnic, cycle and so on.

Craig van der Laan, the Chief Executive of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, says that green spaces are vital to the city, and, “exceptionally-designed urban green spaces provide opportunities to reconnect with nature in the heart of a bustling city.” We couldn’t agree more.

These are just a few of Sydney’s must-see urban green spaces:

1. Central Park

 

These towering vertical gardens are a sight to see if you’re visiting Sydney. The breathtaking urban jungle wraps around the facades of two buildings with more than 38,000 native and exotic plants. Below the vertical gardens is the equally impressive new Chippendale green. The green is a new public space in the heart of the city which has free BBQs, cascading fountains and lush lawns with trees to relax under.

2. The Goods Line

 

Walking along the goods line you would never think that this elevated pathway and park is a former railway line. The park runs from Railway Square to Darling Harbour, dotted with picnic tables, grassy spaces, table tennis, study pods, and even a children’s water play area and sandpit!

3. Paddington Reservoir Gardens

 

This lovely urban oasis is hidden behind Oxford Street in Paddington. The architecturally-designed gardens are being called a blend of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It is the perfect place to get away from the bustle of the city, where you can wander among sunken gardens, boardwalks and fishponds.

4. Sydney Park

 

You don’t have to wonder where the park gets its name. This popular park on the edge of the city is located next to the trendy Newtown neighbourhood and holds 40 hectares of parklands and wetlands. On any given day you’ll see families, cyclists, dog owners and wanderers flock to the park to make the most of the green space, the amazing playgrounds, the cafés and the expanse of walkways.

5. Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands

 

You can’t talk about Sydney’s green spaces without mentioning these two iconic parks. The 200-year-old Royal Botanic Gardens has a stunning collection of plants and gardens, with guided walks and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney opera house. The Centennial parkland, established in 1888, features a whopping 360 hectares of picturesque parkland and gardens, ponds, historic buildings and sporting fields.

For more information on Sydney’s urban green spaces and parks visit www.sydney.com and www.visitnsw.com

 




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