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15 Free Places Around Sydney to See Black Swans

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Published April 26th 2015
Take a sticky beak at Sydney's Black Swans
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.

Mostly found in wetlands and lagoons, this bird is a recognised symbol in Australia - making up part of the coat of arms and the badge of Western Australia, as well as the coat of arms of Canberra.

To get a glimpse of these graceful inhabitants of Sydney's parks and wetlands, head over to one of the locations below:



Sydney Park
Sydney Park Road, St Peters NSW 2044

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.

Centennial Parklands
Centennial Park, NSW 2021

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Swans at Sunset in Centennial Park. Image credit: Sardaka via Wikimedia Commons

Centenniel Park is a favourite among residents of Inner Sydney and the Eastern suburbs with wide roads suitable for runners, walkers and cyclists. Also an ideal spot for roller blading.

Randwick Environment Park
1B Dooligah Avenue, Randwick NSW 2031

A sprawling park of wetlands and walking paths, the Randwick Environment Park is home to many species of wildlife and almost 100 species of indigenous plants.

Pugh's Lagoon Reserve
Richmond, New South Wales

Immortalised on canvas by eminent painter Charles Conder, Pugh's Lagoon is home to many a water bird. Beautiful at sunset or for a picnic.

Longneck Lagoon Reserve
Whitmore Road, Maraylya, New South Wales

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Black Swans on Longneck Lagoon. Image credit: John Dalton via Wikimedia Commons

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

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Black swans up close at Maluga Passive Park

Maluga Passive Park is a suburban oasis hidden in plain sight, only a few minutes walk from Birrong train station. Beautiful family-friendly location with lots of water birds.

Yeramba Lagoon
923-925 Henry Lawson Drive, Picnic Point NSW 2213

This former estuarine ecosystem lies within the Georges River National Park. See the wetlands and surrounding bush via the Yeramba Lagoon Loop Track.

Eagle Farm Reserve
Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale NSW 2558

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Black swan family at Eagle Farm Reserve

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

The Manly Dam makes up part of the Manly Warringah Memorial Park and has been the site of Black Swan release by the Taronga Conservation Society. The dam is great for mountain biking, and they have a number of walking tracks with scenic views.

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Black swans are often found in pairs

Fagan Park
48 Arcadia Road, Sydney NSW 2159

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.
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Why? Get close to Sydney's Black Swans
When: Daylight hours
Where: Wetlands, lakes and lagoons around Sydney
Cost: Free
Your Comment
This is a great article. We do have some black swans in Geelong Victoria. I would like to come to Sydney to check out all these great places you have highlighted. Great article.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1018) 1041 days ago
The black swans are so unusual. I've never seen any so thanks for the photos!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 1211 days ago
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