I am a hungry artist living and working in Sydney. I am completing a philosophy degree and enjoy life.
Published November 20th 2016
Nurture your soul with nature
Centennial Park is absolutely huge and a wonderful break from the concrete jungle. It is the perfect place to go to spend some time relaxing in nature or catching up with friends for a picnic. People often use the extensive grounds to exercise, and walking, jogging or cycling is popular. There are cycle ways around the circumference of the park.
The wildlife is fantastic to see. There is a bird island in the lake, which is home to many species of birds and bats. There are even turtles and fish in the many ponds. The park is home to many species of wildlife such as possums and geese. Children love to feed the fish bread and watch them all swarm close together to eat it. Feeding the geese and swans is also popular for families. If you plan to do this be sure to keep an eye on your children as the geese can bite if provoked, and they have been known to give chase to young children. Apart from this, the park is a lovely and extensive natural area to take the family to. It is dog-friendly and many people enjoy walking the dog in a beautiful natural setting.
There are a few toilet facilities that stay open until sunset each day so you can stay all day in comfort. There is no camping overnight allowed and rangers patrol the park at night-time. You can however walk or cycle the park at night and this is surprisingly popular – some people love to beat the summer heat and exercise without needing any sunscreen, hats or sunglasses.
Morton Bay Figs
A good idea is to take a picnic with you and relax there the whole day. The park is popular but so sparse so you will always find a nice spot just for you. The Morton bay fig trees are a wonder; they are almost an artwork. They are so huge and sculptural that you could get lost in a world of nature. The park is popular for low-key family gatherings and relaxed parties. Some people even take their wedding photos in this beautiful park.
You really can do your own thing in Centennial Park. You can walk your dog, take a walk, go for a jog, go cycling, have a picnic, feed the fish and ducks, have a family gathering, or just meditate in nature. Life in the city is often noisy and hectic, so it is nice to have a space just for relaxation. Once in Centennial Park you can really take stock of life; take a break from everything and relax.