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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 Hornsby Park entrance takes you to a colourful wonderland of flowers in bloom

The lavender is growing tall and fragrant in the grounds

Blue and white blossoms line the lawns and nod in the breeze

Marigolds are studded along the paths of the park

Low growing flowers are perfectly placed for little ones to see

For a cheery splash of colour take a wander by the bright red blooms

It’s the perfect time to visit with so many colourful flowers on show

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.

Take a wander down this paved path between tall stone pillars

The bench spaces are plentiful and in lovely dappled shade

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.

The BBQs are available for use (with a $1 coin)

There’s colourful artwork inside the grounds

Across the road there are loads of places to grab coffee and food

Kids can enjoy themselves on the play equipment too

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.

Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre is on site for cooldowns

There’s a lot of cafes to choose from, including in the aquatic centre

There’s a freestanding toilet block that’s well maintained

Essential Details

  • 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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