Central Gardens Nature Reserve

Central Gardens Nature Reserve is the ideal location for family parties, group activities and school excursions.

Opening hours

During daylight saving time, Central Gardens Nature Reserve is open:

  • 7:30am to 7pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Closed on Christmas Day

For the remainder of the year, Central Gardens Nature Reserve is open:

  • 7:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

The animal enclosure is open 9am to 4pm, everyday (Closed on Christmas Day).


Central Gardens is located at 71 Paton Street, Merrylands West - view on google maps.


  • Two adventure playgrounds.
  • Animal enclosures.
  • Educational bush trails.
  • Ponds and water features.
  • Amphitheatre.
  • Central Gardens Tennis Court - bookings required.
  • Large open space grass areas.
  • BBQ and picnic areas.

Areas for hire within the gardens

Areas within Central Gardens are available to hire for a range of activities, including group parties, meetings and wedding ceremonies and photos.

The following areas can be booked through bookable

Yarrabee Picnic Area

The Yarrabee area is located towards the Merrylands Road/Cumberland Highway corner of the park. The area is ideal for large gatherings, incorporating a shelter structure with a long picnic table and benches underneath. Children will be entertained with the playground next to the area, bush trails close by and a short walk to the animal enclosures.  

There are 2 electric BBQs, 5 picnic tables and benches surrounding the shelter offering easy set up and flexible layouts for events.

Pinaroo Picnic Area

The Pinaroo area is located near the Paton Street/Cumberland Highway corner of the park. The area is a large open space with shade trees and includes 4 picnic tables and benches and 2 electric BBQs. Pinaroo is close to amenities including the disabled toilets.

Norie Maley Kiosk

The Norrie Maley Kiosk is a distinctive meeting room surrounded by an exquisite peaceful pond and waterfall. This facility has a maximum capacity of 50 people.