Central Gardens Nature Reserve is often better known simply as Central Gardens Merrylands, and is a much-loved local area of natural beauty.
Central Gardens is one of the best of Sydney’s free entry wildlife parks, seeing the animal enclosures at the Gardens is a highlight for little kids.
There are also beautiful bush trails and two adventure playgrounds. as well as lush grassy spaces, excellent areas for BBQs and picnics and lovely bush trails.
NB The larger playground is currently closed for an upgrade! Opening late in 2019, it is hoped.
Have you visited Central Gardens in Merrylands?
You haven’t? How daft! You need to get over there!
Central Gardens Merrylands Map
Central Gardens Merrylands
Cnr Betts and Merrylands Roads
Merrylands West 2160
Central Gardens Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 5pm at weekends. Closed Good Friday and Christmas day. Daylight savings hours, check Council webpage here.
Water features operates from 11am – 2pm daily.
Central Gardens is a huge park with great playgrounds close to both entrances and a massive open space in the centre. The smaller playground is to the right of the Merrylands Road entrance, beside the Yarrabee picnic area.
It has long, wide ramps, two slides, a rope-grid bridge and spring rockers. The picnic area is shaded and has barbecues. Beside it is a huge pond full of ducks and other birdlife, plus two fountains and a waterfall.
There is another picnic area on the other side of this playground and close to it is Central Gardens biggest attraction for kids, the aviary and animal enclosures. The animals on view include wallabies, hens, cockatoos, budgies and waterfowl. There are koalas here too, but they are very shy!
To the right of the Paton Street entrance is a third picnic area with barbecues, lots of picnic tables and plenty of tree shade. The larger playground is found here, currently being upgraded.
Nearest takeaway coffee: BYO
Toilets: Toilet blocks beside both playgrounds, the disabled toilet has a baby change table
Enclosed: The playgrounds are not enclosed but the gardens themselves are fenced
Dog friendly: No, dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
Mum’s report: A great spot for a picnic and play, especially if you are meeting friends and family. A trip to see all the animals always goes down well with the children.
Parking: There are car parks near both playgrounds, entry from Merrylands Road and from Paton Street
Bus stop nearby: Yes, at Merrylands Road
Extra: The Gardens Playground runs on Mondays in term time, check Gardens Playgroup website here
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