It was a beautiful spring day today at Fagan Park, Sydney. This was our second visit and still have more of this spectacular park left to explore. Fagan Park is without a doubt one of the top 10 parks in Sydney. It has everything you need for a great day out with friends and family.
Things to do at Fagan Park
The park is massive covering an area of about 55 hectares of gardens and parkland and is located at Galston in Sydney. It has become one of Sydney’s ‘Must See‘ places for tourists and families and features heaps of attractions for the whole family including:
- The Gardens of Many Nations is the main attraction in the park. It covers 10 hectares of 11 themed gardens which is centrally located in the park and features plants from various regions including Australia, North America, Japan and many more. The gardens are beautiful at different times of the year.
- Rural Museum (only opened every Tuesday from 10am-4pm or 2nd Sunday of each month)
- Netherby Homestead (the original Fagan family home)
- Bushland with short bushwalking trails
- 2 huge children’s playgrounds
- Picnic & BBQ facilities
- Large open grassed areas for picnics and kite-flying
- A lake populated with ducks, swans, fishes and even eels
- Bicycle and scooter paths
- Onsite coffee cart open on weekends and during school holidays.
Vehicle entry to the park is $5 however many visitors choose to park their vehicle outside on the road. Heaps of free parking is available across the road from Fagan Park. The park is open from 7am until 5.30pm, 7 days a week except for Christmas. (The park closes at 6.30pm during daylight savings.)
You can access the park from two entry points. First entry is from Arcadia Road and second entry is from Carrs Road.
As soon as you enter the park from Arcadia road you will see lots of bbq and picnic shelters for you to enjoy those afternoon lunches.
Electric bbq costs $1 to operate and there is a ample of space to spread out and enjoy even if you are a large group. Toilets are also located close by for your convenience.
After lunch the kids can enjoy the huge friendly kid’s playground that is very inviting. It is Suitable for all ages. This playground has it all from Swings, Slides, and climbing apparatus to a flying fox, sandpit and lots more. Kids can get thirsty at the park so water bottle refill stations are available near the playground for your convenience.
Fagan Park is a dog friendly park however dogs must remain on a leash.
Interesting facts about the Gardens of Many Nations
As you move further into the park you are spoilt for choice with ‘Gardens of Many Nations’, including North American garden, South American garden, Dutch garden, English garden, African Garden, Mediterranean garden, Japanese garden, Australian garden and Chinese garden. It’s only a short walk but you seriously feel as though you’ve come to a total different place each time you step into a different garden.
- North American garden – The big focus here are the trees. There are some lovely species like the Californian Redwoods. These trees are 25 years old.
- Japanese gardens is a beautiful and quiet part of the park and this garden has some beautiful trees form the region including the Japanese black pine (also maybe grown as Bonsai) which is very prominent in Japanese gardens and paintings. Japanese maple is another tree you will see here.
- The Mediterranean garden is my favourite and really nice part of the park to take beautiful photos with lake views. To describe this garden It looks somewhat like a court yard garden featuring beautiful Mediterranean designed columns and pavement pots. It’s a really nice formal garden with stairs going up to an array of beautiful flowers including lavenders and stunning views across of the parkland and lake.
- African garden – Another absolutely stunning garden is the African garden. There are a variety of Plants including the Crassula (Jade tree) Euphorbia’s (crown of thorns) all of these are very dry tolerant plants and require very little maintenance.
If you only want to see the Mediterranean, Japanese, Australian and Chinese garden you can enter from Carrs Road as it will be easier and a less walk however to see the other gardens you can access from Arcadia Road.
A bit about Fagan family history
Fagan Park got it’s name from it’s original owners. The Fagan family owned Fagan Park and used the huge land as a cattle farm and orchard.
A lot of people come to Fagan Park to look at the themed gardens but a lot of people come because they are interested in the history of the park and want to see some of the heritage that is here. Fagan park was once a working farm so the last of the Fagan family that owned this property didn’t have any children to pass it onto so they donated it to the Department of Lands in 1979 with Hornsby Shire Council appointed as sole trustee for the park whom look after the maintenance and renovation of this site.
How to get here
Fagan Park is located at 38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston.
For further information you can visit the Hornsby Shire Council website.
Have you visited Fagan Park? We would love to hear your thoughts and what was your favourite bit of the park.