If you like an explosion of colourful blossoms in a picturesque setting then this is a must-visit park in Hornsby, writes Katey Chesterton.
It was only by chance I discovered this colourful gem of a park hiding at Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre. After I went for coffee with some friends, on my way home I passed the gates and I could instantly smell the alluring fragrance of the gardenias blooming inside, so I decided to explore.
Once inside I was dazzled by a beautiful array of flowers all along the inside entrance of the park. It was like a sea of colour that I would be happy to sit amongst for hours. There were orange marigolds, purple and white agapanthus (or their rightful name Lily of the Nile), lavender and the most gorgeous different coloured dahlias and roses I have ever seen. Needless to say, the gardens are a real delight for green thumbs, or even if you’re just like me and you love looking at and admiring beautiful flowers.
The park itself is spacious and has ramps and stairs so it’s accessible for everyone, plus there’s a plethora of seating available for you to relax and drink in the view, with shaded areas and full sun. There’s a vine-covered archway with a path underneath which gives the park a beautiful old-fashioned feel.
When you’ve soaked up the beauty of the flowers, there’s still a lot to explore.
There’s four mountain bike trails (that range from easy to advanced) for the thrill seekers, and a BBQ area with undercover tables and seating (the BBQs are $1 to operate). Of course, you can also cool down with a quick dip at the adjacent Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure centre, where there’s both indoor and outdoor pools, and that’s also the closest coffee stop and cafe. .If you’re keen on a proper feed but didn’t bring your BBQ tongs, nip across the road. You’ll find a lot of eateries and there’s pretty much everything you could want- Thai food, Japanese, Indian, hamburgers, fish and chips and a pizza and pasta restaurant and café. Grab some takeaway and head back to the beautiful surrounds of Hornsby Park.
Back at the park, there’s a playground area set alongside a stunning mural to rival the colour of the flowers. The play area has swings, a slippery dip and climbing equipment that is accessible for children of all ages. So whether your someone that likes a challenge, someone that likes to relax surrounded by beautiful scenery or a family looking for somewhere to keep the children entertained, Hornsby Park has it all, I highly recommend you take a day out to see all it has to offer.
- What: Hornsby Park and Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre
- Where: 203 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby NSW 2077
- Facilities: Playground, Fenced, BBQs ($1 coins required), Picnic tables, Toilets
- Aquatic Centre fee: $8.00 for adults $6.00 for concession and $6.00 for children (4-16) years
- Nearest coffee: Aquatic Cenetre cafe, across the road at Peats road eateries
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