Moore Park Precinct
If you are a guest at Rydges Sydney Central and looking for Sydney attractions, the obvious direction to look is into the CBD or towards Darling Harbour but heading up through Surry Hills to Moore Park can also reap rewards.
The Sydney Cricket Ground is arguably the most beautiful sporting arena in Sydney and, as well as the SCG, this is where you find Allianz Stadium and the Sydney Sports Ground. There’s also the SCG Museum, which is dedicated to collecting, documenting, preserving and displaying the unique sporting and social activities that have occurred at these grounds. Here is a link to the official SCG website for more details and tour times etc.
Rugby League fans will enjoy the Heroes & Legends Rugby League Museum that is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday with free entry. It is a tribute to the history of the ‘Greatest Game of All’ and contains a lot of memorabilia including a cap worn by Dally Messenger, the game’s first premiership trophy, famous jerseys and tributes to the Team of the Century and the Immortals Hall of Fame.
Moore Park is also home to EQ (the Entertainment Quarter). Every Wednesday and Saturday you can see, taste and indulge at the EQ Village Markets from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The markets offer a superb variety of top produce at excellent prices. It’s a lively atmosphere that has a terrific picnic area and activities for the kids including a children’s playground, jumping castle, the Choo-Choo Train and bungee trampoline.
The Hordern Pavilion has long been one of Sydney’s best concert, dance and events venues if you are attending a show or sporting match or going to the markets or museums, the Bavarian Bier Café Entertainment Quarter is a vibrant venue for family-friendly dining.
Golfers are often surprised to discover the Moore Park Golf course and entertainment complex just 10 minutes from the CBD in the heart of the Entertainment Quarter. It is an 18-hole championship course that is open to the public as well as members. If you don’t have time to tackle all 18 holes there are options to play just the back eight holes or the front ten holes. There’s also a 60-bay all-weather driving range, putting and chipping practice greens, free parking for patrons, an historic club house with two function rooms (Park View Bar and Patio Bar), a fully-equipped Golf Shop and you can hire clubs (right and left handed) and carts.
Iconic Centennial Park is a picturesque parkland in the heart of Sydney and there’s lots on offer for both locals and visitors. It is a great spot for a picnic and/or barbeque (there are eight free electric BBQs, each with two hotplates), bird watching is popular, there’s a public stone labyrinth, you can hire bicycles (from beginners to mountain bikes to pedal cars) or do a spot of horse riding (also for beginners or experienced riders). There’s rollerblading, activities for the kids and a choice of some lovely self-guided walks. Here is a link to the official Centennial Parklands website.