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Central Gardens

Located in Merrylands, offering spectacular water features, two large shaded playground areas, walking track, picnic settings and electric BBQs exciting animal enclosures and an aviary, Central Gardens Nature Reserve is the ideal local outdoor venue for family parties, group activities and school excursions. Central Gardens Nature Reserve is 12 hectares of natural bushland bordered by Merrylands Road, Cumberland Highway and Paton Street in Merrylands. Two areas within Central Gardens are available to hire for group activities and children’s parties, Yarrabee catering for up to 200 people  and Pinaroo catering for up to 100 people.


  • 2 adventurous playgrounds
  • Adequate parking
  • Animal enclosures
  • Educational bush trails
  • Ponds and water features
  • Norrie Maley Kiosk meeting room available for hire
  • Amphitheatre
  • Tennis courts
  • Open grass areas
  • BBQ and picnic areas

Operating hours: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 5.00pm and Weekends – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Daylight savings: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 7.00pm and Weekends – 8.00am to 7.00pm, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Location: Cnr of Cumberland Highway and Merrylands Road, Merrylands.

Areas available 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.

Wedding Ceremonies/Wedding Photos

Central Gardens Nature Reserve offers a beautiful location for your wedding ceremony or unique wedding photos. If you would like to have your wedding or wedding photos taken in Central Gardens, please make a booking and pay the required fee.  Additional fees may apply for the use of the fountains and water features.

To book this venue or for more information, please phone 9840 9840 or email