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Peace Park

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published January 17th 2017
Past, Present and Future
Peace Park is possibly the best park in the Inner West from which to get a sweeping view of the surrounds. It is situated high up in Ashbury on the site of the old brickyard and gives visitors a unique view of many of Sydney's inner suburbs.



What's more, a viewing tower has been erected on top of the hill, broadening the vista even further. The platform is big enough that you could even sit up there quite comfortably on a blanket and perhaps read.

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A sturdy tower


More like a 360 degree viewing platform, while it provides the best views towards Canterbury, you can even spot the Sydney Harbour Bridge from there on a fine day.

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Glimpses of the city and Sydney Harbour bridge from the tower


Despite its clear appeal, Peace Park is not a well-known park. It is a little off the main drag, located to one side of the sleepy residential suburb of Ashbury.

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Peace Park at sundown


This location helps the park to live up to its name however, as it is a quiet spot, perfect to chill out and think. Locals tend to use the park for relaxing in the day or watching the changing light and shadows as the sun sets of an evening.

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Plenty of sloping green space


There are scattered seats around the park, lots of grassy areas and a looping walking path.

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Relax at Peace Park


There is also a popular children's play area and this area is consistently the busiest part of the park. There are also toilets on site which are open throughout the better part of the day, so this is handy also.

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Space to park


There is a decent car park beside the children's area in Peace Park. This is handy considering the site is not located close to much public transport.

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The site of a time capsule


A unique feature of the park is that it is the site of a buried time capsule that will not be opened until the year 2043. The time capsule was buried in 1993 during celebrations marking 200 years of European settlement in the Canterbury area.

Present day attractions aside, Peace Park has a little history to it. It is located at the northern boundary of the first ever land grant given within the Canterbury area. The grant, comprised of 100 acres, was given in 1793 to the Reverend Richard Johnson - who was the chaplain of the first fleet.

Two years later, 38 acres of that was in cultivation, growing a mix of wheat, stone fruit, citrus and even almonds and guavas. He also kept sheep and goats.

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Lots to see


The agricultural diversity created on the land by Reverend Johnson, paints a sharp contrast to the built-up and densely populated nature of the Inner West today. And how different again will it be when the time capsule is opened in in a few decades from now?
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Why? For a little peace and some stunning views
When: Daylight hours
Phone: (02) 9707 9000
Where: Trevenar St, Ashbury NSW 2193, Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The name of the park says it all and It looks peaceful
by RC (score: 3|1221) 942 days ago
Wow what a lovely park! Great article
by Brooke. A. R (score: 2|405) 941 days ago
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