Parks along the Bay Run route
Parks along The Bay Run
Whether you're searching for a pleasant park for your children to run around and play football in or want somewhere shady to stop and rest, this route along the Bay Run has a wealth of beautiful parks to enjoy pre, post and during your exercise regime. Popular parks include King George Park and Leichhardt Park which also have good car parking and toilet facilities. You can also enjoy a great Aussie barbeque with your friends and family, with many parks providing BBQ facilities and picnic benches under cover.
King George Park
Situated at Manning Street, Rozelle, King George Park is a pretty foreshore park with fabulous views of the water. Located just by the Iron Cove Bridge, this makes a great starting point for walkers, runners and cyclists tackling The Bay Run. As well as plenty of parking on Manning Street besides the park, visitors can find toilets and disabled toilets, drinking fountains, BBQ and picnic area and the Constellation Playground for the children, featuring slides, swings, rope climbs, flying fox and a sandpit covered by a sunshade. There is also a running track around the oval and athletics field with a long jump pit and shot-put station as well as an outdoor fitness station and gym. Dog walkers can bring their dog as long as they remain on leash, but are prohibited within the playground and fitness station.
This large heritage parkland covering 61 hectares is situated in Lilyfield and was once the grounds of Rozelle Hospital (previously called “Callan Park Hospital for the Insane”) between 1878 to 1914. There are still a number of beautiful heritage buildings still standing. Enjoy a picnic on the lawns whilst admiring the stunning harbour views, wander through the gardens and gaze at the trees, with more species of trees found here than Central Park in New York. There’s also plenty of space to kick a ball around the sporting fields.
Positioned along the Bay Run by the foreshore between Lilyfield Road and Glover Street in Lilyfield, Leichhardt Park is the largest park along The Bay Run. Here you can find a covered playground for children, with a covered outdoor fitness station next to the playground for an easy workout for adults whilst children play. There are also toilets, picnic tables, drinking fountain and plenty of car parking, especially as the contemporary waterfront venue Le Montage (popular for weddings and events) sits right next door. There is plenty of places to sit on the grass for a picnic and look at the water views and boats. Dogs must remain on leash here. Towards the back of the park is the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre where you can go swimming.
Robson Park is a well landscaped and manicured park located on Boomerang Street and Motley Avenue, Haberfield close to The Bay Run. Relax under the shady palms with a good book, or enjoy a barbeque or a picnic. Barbeque facilities are located by the children’s playground, which houses swings, slides and a climbing fort. There are also many park benches and covered picnic tables.
This park is famous for Livvi’s Place playground, an inclusive playground for all ages and those with special needs. Here you can find a powered roundabout, a large climbing net, a sway bridge and net play area, an all abilities ramp and slide, a bird’s nest swing, tandem bull riders, a snakes and ladders path, a musical sculpture and the natural areas. You can also find large playing fields, picnic areas and a walking track with park benches as well as bike trails. There is a café just by the playground for refreshments as well as a toilet block. Dog owners can also bring their dog here with an off-leash dog exercise area. A popular park, due to its close proximity to The Bay Run, it does get busy at weekends. Come here to kick a ball, play cricket, fly a kite or just sit and admire the beautiful bay views.
Rodd Park, situated at Rodd Point offers fabulous views overlooking Rodd Island and the Iron Cove. The park got its name from Brent Clements Rodd, who emigrated to Australia from Devonshire, England in 1822 with his father and eventually bought two allotments with frontage to Iron Cove and Iron Creek in 1838. Within Rodd Park, you will also find the Rodd Point memorial, which was the Rodd family mausoleum.
With 280-degree water views, and plenty of shade from the trees, this is a good spot for a picnic if you’re having a more leisurely walk. Here you can find picnic benches and tables undercover along with a BBQ area. There is some car parking here for the park and Dobroyd Sailing Club, but it can get busy, otherwise you can find some street parking along Henley Marine Drive. Many sailing and rowing regattas start here during the summer months and this park is also a popular wedding ceremony venue. There are also toilets and drinking water available here.
Situated between Henley Marine Drive and Nield Avenue in Rodd Point, Nield Park is home to a playing field as well as a small playground featuring swings, slides and a spring horse with trees proving ample shade. There is also a café here selling refreshments and toilets are situated nearby. Dogs are allowed here, but they must remain on leash and be kept away from the playground.
Enjoy beautiful water views from Brett Park which is perched on a slight hill. Here you can find picnic shelters and tables, a BBQ area as well as a playground. Parking is available along Henley Marine Drive as well as along many of its surrounding streets like Day Street and Sisters Crescent.