Bicentennial Park has so much to enjoy and for all ages. From two playgrounds (Village Green and Concord West), bushwalks and a lake with ducks to open grassed areas, bike/ scooter pathways, plenty of picnic tables and bbqs, water fountains, a bike hire shop and Water View Cafe. It is Western Sydney’s great equivalent to Centennial Park in the eastern suburbs….well without the horses! And now there is a fortnightly storytime with Poppy the Possum on Tuesdays at the Water View Cafe.
Bicentennial Park is probably one of the first parks we explored as a family when we moved to the Parramatta area, over three years ago. And we have been coming back regularly ever since.
In the beginning, we would mostly spend our time in the sandpit at the Village Green playground, and if the stars aligned, I was able to grab a bit to eat at WaterView Cafe. With time, my boys became more adventurous in the playground at Village Green and we started walking down to the lake to see the ducks. It is only recently that we discovered the other playground at the eastern side of Bicentennial Park – Concord West playground). My Mr 4 and Mr 3 now scooter easily between the two playgrounds (only about 10-15mins apart) and we are keen to go on more walks in the park.
There are plenty of picnic shelters, most with bbqs, throughout the 40 hectares of parkland. A number of them can be booked for parties but for the ones that can’t, you will need to get there early to secure a spot. There is also a decent amount of free parking, but it fills up by about 10:30am on weekends.
This review of Bicentennial Park covers:
- Village Green Playground
- Concord West Playground
- Treillage Viewing Platform
- Water Fountains
- Lake Belvedere
- The walk between the two playgrounds
Village Green Playground
There is a wide range of play equipment and things to do at this shaded playground. It should easily keep toddlers through to primary school kids busy for one to a few hours. The ground is soft fall and there is also plenty of sand to play in, with a sandpit that thankfully is raked regularly and a spider rope tower with sand underneath (which isn’t shaded).
The playground has:
- five swings, including two baby/ toddler swings near the sandpit and an enclosed liberty swing;
- low climbing play gym for toddlers with a small slide;
- high climbing play gym for preschoolers and primary school kids with two slides, climbing and walking walls and suspension bridge;
- vertical interactive play boards;
- stepping stones;
- twister; and
- pretend shop.
Near the playground, there are picnic tables and benches, plus plenty of grass to sit on. Toilets can be found at the WaterView Cafe, which is less then 5mins walk away.
Concord West Playground
We only discovered this playground following its recent upgrade in April. In a few ways we probably now prefer it over the Village Green playground. It is definitely less crowded and has a number of nature based play elements for the kids to enjoy. The scooter track is also great, the toilets are right nearby and the play equipment is newer, plus it is also mostly shaded. Like Village Green, there is a mixture of equipment catering for different ages and a dry creek-bed but no sandpit.
At the Concord West playground there is:
- four swings, including two baby/ toddler swings next to each otherl
- two climbing play gyms;
- a section for teenagers, called teen rager, with things like a snow rider;
- monkey bars;
- slides; and
- a grid hopper game.
There are a number of sheltered picnic tables near the playground, plus park benches and plenty of grass to put out a picnic rug. Toilets can be found towards the carpark only a few minutes walk away.
Treillage Viewing Platform
Between the two playgrounds is the Treillage viewing platform, or tower as we simply call it.
There would be over 60 steps to reach the top but it is definitely worth the trip up and my Mr 3.5 and Mr 2 easily manage it. Once up there, you have gorgeous 360 degree views out over the park and beyond.
The railing around the viewing platform is actually covered in hard plastic, creating a wind break for the kids. My little ones like to have a picnic up there and play chasings.
In the south west corner of Bicentennial Park, down the hill from the Waterview Cafe, is Lake Belvedere with plenty of ducks and other wildlife. There is a fenced platform out onto the lake as well as a path around it.
Near the tower, is a series of water fountains. While not a water playground, it is a great place for kids to cool off on a warm day. Keep in mind that it can get slippery and there is no shade.
The Walk Between the Two Playgrounds
Looking at the official map for Bicentennial Park, it seems that you have to walk a rather long way to reach the other playground. The reality is very different.
From Village Green playground head to the path on the other side of the rope climbing tower. From there, you cross a small zebra crossing and follow the path down a series of steps. After a small bridge, you will come to a t-intersection. If you go straight you will reach the tower and water fountains. If you go left you will go around to the Concord West playground (well there is an additional sign posted right turn and another bridge crossing). See black arrows on the map for a guide.
Finding Bicentennial Park
Bicentennial Park is located within Sydney Olympic Park. It is bordered by Homebush Bay Drive, Australia Ave and Bennelong Parkway. The main entrance is from Australia Ave, near the roundabout to enter Homebush Bay Drive and DFO. There is a very tall metal sign, which is easy to miss. To drive to Concord West playground, you enter the park from Victoria Ave, Concord.