Bicentennial_Park.JPG (34172 bytes)Bicentennial Park: is part of Sydney Olympic Park and is situated on the banks of the Parramatta River, west of Sydney’s CBD.
The Park was created in the 1980’s to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988.
It is a 100 hectare (250 acre) site that protects an important wetland ecosystem and the habitat of an endangered frog. Included in the Park is 40 hectares (100 acres) of parklands complete with picnic areas, barbeques and children’s playgrounds. There is also a restaurant and conference centre.
Away from the parklands there are boardwalks that lead through mangroves to views of the Parramatta River. Signs along the way provide information on the importance of mangroves and the wildlife that is dependant on these unusual plants.
Bird watching is another activity that is possible in a specially built bird hide.
There are over eight kilometres of shared pathways and cycleways allowing visitors to walk, run or cycle. Bikes are available for hire.
Probably the most striking and unusual feature, of the Park, is the Brickpit Ring Walk. The Ring Walk is an elevated circular walkway that surrounds a century old brickpit (not in use) that is the habitat of the endangered Green and Gold Bell Frog. The Ring Walk is suspended 18.5 metres above the water in the brickpit. This allows visitors to view the frog habitat without damaging this fragile environment.
The Park was the site of a factory that manufactured many of the bricks used in Sydney’s buildings (hence the brickpit). When brick manufacture ceased the site became a rubbish dump and the haunt of feral pigs. The transformation is remarkable.
Sydney’s Bicentennial Park is an asset of the city and provides a range of educational and recreational activities.
The image shows mangroves growing along Powell's Creek in the Bicentennial Park.