There are few more majestic sites than that of the slender arched neck and dark plumage of a Black Swan gliding across the surface of the water. Truly an impressive bird, the Black Swan or Cygnus atratus weighs up to 9 kg and has a wingspan of up to 2 metres at maturity.
Comprised of 40 hectares of greenery, Black Swans have been spotted raising young here, and it's no wonder. Sydney Park provides the perfect habitat with it's lush wetlands and various swan-friendly flora. Apart from the wildlife, this park is a multi-purpose location great for dog-walking, exercising and taking the kids.
Royal Botanic Garden Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
This botanical gem in the heart of Sydney's CBD attracts a myriad of wildlife - including Black Swans. While at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, be sure to also explore the modern sculptures and various themed gardens.
Part of the little-known Scheyville National Park, Longneck Lagoon is one of the most beautiful habitats for waterbirds that this part of Western Sydney has to offer. Make your way to the central lagoon for swan-spotting. A tranquil location popular with bird watchers.
Bicentennial Park 8 Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Not to be confused with Centennial Park, Bicentenniel Park in Homebush is part of the greater Sydney Olympic Park Complex. Enjoy a picnic on Lake Belvedere while viewing the local bird life or hire a bike, take a scenic walk or let the kids loose on the play equipment.
Bakers Lagoon Richmond NSW 2753
Back in 1936 Bakers Lagoon was proclaimed a sanctuary for native birds and was considered a chief breeding place for Black Swans. To this day it is considered a bioregionally significant wetland within the Sydney Basin Bioregion.
Maluga Passive Park Along Gascoigne Road, Birrong NSW 2143
A medium-sized neighbourhood park, the Eagle Farm Reserve has a beautiful pond in the centre where swans, ibis, swamp hens and different types of ducks live. A walking track encircles the pond and there is seating for lunch looking out over the water.
Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, NSW 2567
Utilise the bird hide on the banks of Lake Nadungamba. Alternatively, move further into the gardens to the centrally located Lake Fitzpatrick and Lake Sedgewick for views of the local water fowl. Picnic tables are available on the banks. Other attractions at the site include the peaceful Stolen Generations Memorial Walk.
Narrabeen Lakes Narrabeen Lakes, NSW
A haven for wild life, Narrabeen Lakes is the largest estuary system in Sydney's Northern beaches and Black Swans have been spotted near the southern shore of the lake near South Creek. While there, consider taking the picturesque Narrabeen Lagoon Bush Trail with it's stunning views of the lake.
Manly Warringah War Memorial Park King St, Manly Vale, NSW 2093
One of those impressive sprawling parks, Fagan Park is home to an historic house and adjoining buildings, an eco-garden and a 'Garden of Many Nations' which showcases gardens from around the globe. Head to the central lake for views of not only the local black swans but also eurasian coots, purple swamp hens and different varieties of ducks. Entry to the park is free, however parking is $5 per vehicle.