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 playgrounds. as well as lush grassy spaces, excellent areas for BBQs and picnics and lovely water features to relax beside.
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
Cnr Merrylands Road and Cumberland Highway
Merrylands West 2160
Central Gardens Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 5pm at weekends. Until 7pm during daylight savings. Closed Good Friday and Christmas day.
Water features operates from 11am – 2pm daily.
Central Gardens is a large park with great playgrounds close to both entrances and a massive open space in the centre.
Central Gardens Wildlife Exhibits: you’ll find the animals close to the Merryland Road entrance and car park.
Opening hours are: Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 5pm or 7.30am – 7pm in daylight savings. Weekends: 9am – 5pm pr 8am – 7pm in daylight savings.
Central Gardens Playgrounds
The smaller of the two 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.
It is pretty close to the huge pond full of ducks and other birdlife, plus two fountains and the long waterfall.
The second playground is being completely updated – photos to follow when it is complete!
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. There are lovely areas to picnic by the river area here.
Central Gardens also has bush trails to follow with interesting interpretative boards. So a visit here can stretch the legs and the mind too!
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 Playgroup runs on Mondays in term time, check Gardens Playgroup website here
Central Gardens Merrylands Map
Hope you have enjoyed a look around the lovely playgrounds at Central Gardens Nature Reserve and around the lovely Merrylands animal park there. It is a fun place to visit!
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