Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters. During summer Moonlight Cinema attracts the crowds.

Among the wide formal avenues, ponds and statues is the domed Federation Pavilion – the spot where Australia was officially proclaimed a nation (on 1 January 1901) – surrounded by the various state flags. Centennial Parklands Dining, near the centre of the park, encompasses a cafe, wine bar and kiosk. At the southern edge of the park is Royal Randwick Racecourse, while on its eastern edge the park joins Queens Park and continues for another 26 hectares.