Sydney’s east is dominated by the city’s green lungs, Centennial Park. Stretching south of Paddington, the park is a magnet for joggers, sun-worshippers, picnickers, tai-chi exponents, horseriders and lovers of the great outdoors.

Centennial Park

South of Paddington lies Centennial Park, a massive complex of parklands, playing fields, bridle paths and riding tracks. It’s a great place to get away from it all and relax with a picnic.

Once a huge catchment of creeks, swamps, springs, sand dunes and ponds fed by groundwater, it was traditionally home to the Gadi people. The distinctive Federation Pavilion commemorates the site of the inauguration of Australian Federation on 1 January 1901.

(02) 9339 6699. Bicycle hire found on Clovelly Road, on the south side of the park.