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This little park is across the street from popular ice cream joint, Messina, and situated in the vintage shopping hub of Crown St – so you might have to fight for bench space. There is plenty of grass to go around though, a children’s play set and a relaxed inner city vibe perfect for a quick lunch.

Where: Corner Foveaux and Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Website: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/learn/history/people-and-places/park-histories/shannon-reserve

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Australia’s oldest public parkland, Hyde Park is a large and well-loved park smack bang in the middle of Sydney CBD. A popular lunch-spot for city workers and sunbathers, there is fountains, a war memorial and plenty of trees and lush space for picnicking.

Where: Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Website: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks/hyde-park

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It’s worth spending an afternoon, or even a whole day wandering this beautiful botanical garden. Open since 1816, the gardens feature large fountains, fish ponds, rose gardens, native birds and mammals and more. There are plenty of nooks to explore and seating to take in your surroundings – why not pack a picnic rug and bring along some friends?

Where: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000

Website: http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

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There is no shortage of things to do in this vast, luscious parkland located a short stroll from Surry Hills. A simple walk around the park is a relaxing way to unwind or host a BBQ, watch the birds, hire some bikes or go horse riding – there is plenty of space for big groups too (220 ha to be exact). It’s easy to get lost so don’t forget to designate a meeting point with friends.

Where: Spanning across Moore Park, Queens Park and Centennial Park, Paddington, NSW 2021

Website: http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/

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  Want some family fun? Head to Wet’n’Wild Sydney for a fun-filled day out. The waterpark, which recently opened in Sydney, enjoyed a busy first season and will reopen in September to continue the fun. From the thrilling Skycoaster to The Surf Deck, Wet’n’Wild Sydney caters for all ages and it is any waterpark-lover’s dream! This waterpark has over 40 waterslides and rides and dozens of activities for every age group. A visit to the waterpark makes a perfect daytrip during the sunny season. Tickets are available online and cost approximately $36 per person.

Where: 427 Reservoir Road, Prospect, Sydney, NSW

Phone: 13 33 86

Website: www.wetnwildsydney.com.au

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Sydney has its very own secret garden! Located in Darling Harbour is the wonderful Chinese Garden of Friendship, a walled traditional Chinese garden that makes the perfect break from the bustle of the city. The garden is a tranquil place with several wonderful features, including lakes, waterfalls, exotic plants and even a few hidden pathways! Whether you want to escape from the city, look at the koi fish in the lakes or enjoy Chinese tea and dim sum at the Teahouse, the Chinese Garden should not be missed! The Garden is open every day of the week between 930am and 5pm and adult tickets cost approximately $6.

Where: Pier Street, Darling Harbor, NSW, 2000

Phone: +61 2 9240 8888

Feel like a kid again at Luna Park Sydney. Luna Park is Sydney’s darling amusement park that comes complete with all the traditional amusement park fun—from candyfloss to popcorn, sideshow games to a Ferris wheel. Of course, the park also has a couple of thrilling rollercoasters! Located in Milson’s Point, Luna Park is a great place to have fun and it boasts with spectacular views over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Whether you want to enjoy family time or a romantic fun date, Luna Park Sydney won’t disappoint! The park is open most of the year and tickets can be purchased online or at the park.

Where: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, NSW, 2061

Phone: +61 2 9033 7676

Website: www.lunaparksydney.com

Situated south of Clovelly Beach and north of Coogee, Gordon’s Bay is a delightful seaside spot at all times of the year. In warmer months the bay is populated by tourists and locals alike, with everyone perched upon and around the rocky tide pools. But just because the water (which looks turquoise all year round!) isn’t as swimmable in the winter months, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t drop by. There is a lovely walking track perfect for Sunday mornings, picnic spots that feel warm under the winter sun, and for those brave enough to jump in, a wet suit and snorkel is all you need for a refreshing dip with the quirky sea creatures that call the bay their home.

Where: Major Street, Coogee

Image: Gary Brewer