I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever in Australia I may find myself.
Published November 25th 2014
Fagan Park is one of the most beautiful parks I've ever been too. It's a 55 hectare space full of open grassy areas, picnic shelters, a lake and even a series of specially themed gardens that reflect the cultures of countries all over the world. Then there's the eco garden, historic buildings, and the list goes on...
The lake with the Mediterranean Garden up the back (to the left)
Being located out in rural Galston, which is in the north of Sydney, the park has begged the question, Why? Why is there such a space here? Well, the land was donated to the Department of Lands by the local Fagan family, who had been using it as an orchard and cattle farm. The Hornsby Shire Council then transformed it into the current park for its bicentennial project and the space was opened in 1988.
As mentioned, Fagan Park has all the typical features you expect of a family park. There's plenty of open space (events like the Hornsby Shire's Bushland Festival are held here annually) and close to each of the two entrances are separate areas with BBQs, play equipment, picnic shelters and toilets.
There is heaps of space
The Gardens of Many Nations are a particularly special feature of Fagan Park. They are scattered across a 10 hectare section of the site and involve eleven spaces that have been designed to reflect the cultures of Japan, Australia, Africa, the USA, China and others. The Mediterranean one is pretty popular as it makes for great photo opportunities and overlooks the lake (it is also often used for weddings).
Part of the Australian garden
Visit Holland right in Sydney
The Eco Garden in another interesting feature. It is maintained by volunteers and showcases environmentally-friendly gardening techniques.
There's also Netherby Cottage, the original Fagan homestead. It's only open on Tuesdays (10.00am to 4.00pm) and the second Sunday of each month (1.30pm to 4.00pm). Beside it are rural museums that offer insights into the site's past.
Inside Netherby Cottage (it also opens during the Bushland Festival, when I visited)
Parking at Fagan Park includes two car parks (one off Arcadia Road and the other off Carrs Road). They both cost $5.00 per vehicle. However, unless it's really busy there is usually space on the side of the road outside these entrances, which is where I park.