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Central Gardens Nature Reserve

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by Anna Z (subscribe)
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Published May 10th 2017
A family park with an Australian wildlife exhibit
Central gardens, Merrylands, can be accessed from Cumberland Highway. It is a 12 ha nature reserve, with free entry, ideal for a family outing.


Its most popular feature is the wildlife exhibit, open to the public. Although petting or feeding the animals is not permitted, the enclosures allow for viewing the animals at a close distance. There are kangaroos and emus and an abundance of native Australian birds. There is even a recently added kangaroo standee, for photo opportunities for your little ones, to pose as a Joey.


The walkways around the nature reserve take you through a combination of green areas with native bush flora and man-made water reservoirs. There are also two wooden balustrades that act as lookouts, one extends over a serene small lake, and another over a wooden bushy area.


There are plenty of opportunities for a scenic picnic at Central Gardens, whether on the extensive grassy areas throughout the reserve or on the provided picnic areas that cater for small and large families. There are electric barbecues, toilet facilities and even a small water boiler, allowing for a warm cup of tea on a chilly day.


The reserve has two well thought out play areas for children, both covered by extensive shading, which is a rare find on hot summer days. It also has tennis courts for hire.

For more information about Merrylands Central Gardens visit
the website here.
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Why? A family park that combines an animal exhibit
When: Every day 7.30am-5pm
Where: Cnr Merrylands Road & Cumberland Highway, Merrylands West NSW 2160
Cost: Free
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