Nurragingy Reserve is a beautiful urban park that makes a lovely spot for enjoying the sprawling bushland away from the bustling CBD.
Located 50 kilometres from Sydney, this reserve is the perfect place to get away and enjoy undisturbed nature.
Nurragingy Reserve, Water Park, Playground, Events, Cafe & Address, Doonside
The sprawling reserve is set on more than 84 hectares with some of the best areas for outdoor activities. Some of the unique features in addition to the park, include a Chinese garden, as well as a conference centre.
The park’s name was inspired by two Aboriginal communities belonging to the Dharuk groups, as these were the first to receive the land from the then-Governor Lachlan Macquarie.
In addition to the two communities, the land’s ownership was also given to Colebee, after whom the reserve’s centre is named. Look out for a work of art by a local artist that showcases the land grant within the Colebee Centre.
The surrounding bushland at Nurragingy Reserve is home to great biodiversity; including unique vegetation. Species such as the Casuarina and Melaeuca are found in abundance close to the creeks. Different shrubs also dot the reserve in addition to grasses and herbs.
A trip to Nurragingy Reserve is incomplete without visiting the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens. These scenic gardens are uniquely styled to include a Gateway, pavilion, gazebo and a seven arch stone bridge that is characteristic of the Chinese gardens in Sydney. Walking through the gardens feels like walking through a different era altogether.
The reserve is fully equipped with picnic and BBQ facilities for everyone to enjoy. The children’s playgrounds are a perfect addition to the reserve because they provide a safe space for the little ones to let loose.
For nature lovers, the bush walking tracks are a perfect way to experience the reserve’s flora and fauna. Looking for a unique venue for a destination wedding? Choose from any of the three tranquil garden sections for weddings.
Nurragingy Reserve is accessible using Knox Road in Doonside. Parking spaces are also available on site.