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Central Gardens

Set over 12 hectares, the Central Gardens Nature Reserve is the ideal local outdoor venue for family parties, group activities and school excursions. It is located at the corner of the Cumberland Highway and Merrylands Road, Merrylands.


  • Two adventure playgrounds
  • Animal enclosures
  • Educational bush trails
  • Ponds and water features
  • Amphitheatre
  • Tennis courts
  • Open grass areas
  • BBQ and picnic areas
  • Adequate parking

Opening hours

The Central Gardens Nature Reserve is open from:

  • 7:30am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (weekends) outside of daylight savings
  • Water feature operating hours 11am to 2pm daily

Central Gardens is Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Places for hire

Yarrabee Area – Virtual tour available

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 two electric BBQs, five picnic tables and benches surrounding the shelter offering easy set up and flexible layouts for events.

Pinaroo Area – Virtual tour available

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 four picnic tables and benches and two electric BBQs. Pinaroo is close to amenities including the disabled toilets.

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

Norrie Maley – Virtual tour available

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.