Oatley Park is a large 45-hectare reserve and a popular family park for both locals and visitors exploring the area. The park, which is best known for its bushland, is a perfect destination for anyone wanting to escape the city.
The park was established in 1887 at a time when it was dedicated for recreational use by the public. During this period, it was referred to as Peakhurst Park, prior to its name change in 1922 when it was given its present name.
Oatley Park Castle, BBQ & Bush Walking Tracks Map, Sydney
The park has a historical significance for two key reasons. The first is the fact that the park was once home to the Royal Australian Engineers training camp established in 1942. The camp featured a number of structures in those days, and today, some of the concrete floors are still visible. The camp remained operational before it was eventually closed down in 1943. The second point of significance is the Gallipoli ‘Lone Pine’ tree, which was planted at the park’s entrance in 1919.
In addition to its significance, the park is also home to many attractions that include an expansive children’s playground, a swimming area, as well as an oval. The Steamroller Park is a favourite for many kids, especially due to its castle theme and interactive setting that keeps kids engaged all day long.
The bushwalking tracks that cross the park are perfect for enjoying the natural outdoors and appreciating the biodiversity – cyclists can also enjoy biking through the park.
Take on the steps that lead to Jew Fish Bay. This is a spectacular beach strip that offers some of the most stunning views within the park. Wind up with a picnic at ‘the Castle’. Amenities include BBQ facilities, tables & chairs, toilets, as well as access to a power point.
Oatley Park is accessible using 1 Dame Mary Gilmore Drive, and entry is free for all.