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Blaxland Riverside Park

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by Karen (subscribe)
Published July 19th 2011
Blaxland Riverside Park has a unique history. The site was originally part of the Newington Estate that was granted to John Blaxland in 1807. Newington House, the residence of the Blaxland family, remains in the grounds of the adjoining Silverwater Correctional Centre and is listed on the State Heritage Register.

The adjoining Newington Armory (formerly the Royal Australian Navy Armaments Depot) is listed on the heritage register of the National Estate due to its significant and rare extensive military and industrial landscape as well the unique features of its buildings. Located in the heart of Sydney's Olympic precinct, this area offers innovative outdoor fun and fresh air.

Connecting with the areas extensive bike and walking tracks, while offering ample parking and free electric BBQ facilities, this is sure to be a new favorite for Sydney-siders looking for a family-friendly meeting place.

Whether you are looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a coffee while reading the paper in the warm sun or something a bit more active for the kids, this new regional development at Blaxland Riverside Park offers something for us all.

Finding a good playground to meet the needs of various age groups in Sydney could be a challenge until now. All the kids are catered for here, from toddlers to boisterous teens, the less adventurous and those with energy to burn.

The first stage of development at Blaxland Riverside Park play area is open and is perfect for a few hours of energy burning play or a full day family picnic and get together.

Fringed by the Parramatta River, the playground area offers a variety of slides, swings, a dual flying fox, climbing walls, a viking swing, a spinning play disc, tunnels and a climbing web to keep all ages busy while the nearby cafe, BBQ and picnic facilities offer a base for family and friends to meet and mingle.

The second stage of the development is expected to be open in December 2011 and is slated to contain more parking spaces, a water plaza, riverview treehouse and sand play area, and offering further shade and shelter areas.

Blaxland Riverside Park is open sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year and best of all - its FREE!

Located adjacent to historic Newington Armory, the main access road is Jamieson Street (off Holker Street) at Sydney Olympic Park. Arriving before lunchtime will give you the best pick of parking and picnic spots.
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Wow this is on the other side of the Bicentennial Park. I have never seen the other side of it, but if it is anything like Bicentennial Park, I am going to go visit one day soon. I am glad Sydney has places like these, it just sends me away from the stress of reality. It is nice to relax once in a while.
By Hanson Huynh - senior reviewer
Saturday, 6th of August @ 02:17 pm
This park is the BEST!
By Anonymous
Monday, 8th of August @ 02:24 am
I didnt know this park was there, until I went to the Newington Armory & The Birds Australia Discovery Centre. The kids loved it, great facilities and a very picturesque location.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 20th of October @ 12:53 am
I didnt know this park was there, until I went to the Newington Armory & The Birds Australia Discovery Centre. The kids loved it, great facilities and a very picturesque location.
By Brett Miller - senior reviewer
Thursday, 20th of October @ 12:54 am
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