Sydney has some amazing parks, old and new, including the Botanic Gardens, Centennial Park and Bicentennial Park, and of course out west is Parramatta Park.
Victoria Park, one of my favourite smaller parks in Sydney
However there are also a number of incredibly lovely small parks around Sydney. Victoria Park that lies next to the University of Sydney is an incredible little oasis between busy roads and a lovely place to relax.
Lovely. Who needs the largesse Sydney Park and the Botanical Gardens when you have some smaller digs to rest thy soul. Then again, Sydney's parks are amazing full stop. I like O'Connor Reserve in Rozelle, small yet civilsed. My fave would have to be the waterfront park at Elizabeth Bay (off Ithaca Rd) with views of the water. Manly Ferry highlights also abound, and parking is available in luxury.
St Thomas' Rest Park on West Street in Crows Nest is an unusual but interesting and fun place. Formerly a cemetery, it still has a number of headstones which make for interesting perusing for those interested in history. It's also a great place for people to take their dogs, and has playground equipment for kids.
Yes there are so many hidden parks that are worth a visit. One of my local ones is at Gunnamatta Bay at Cronulla. You can have a picnic. kids can play on the equipment, you can even have a fish or go for a swim.
Great place for a day out
I have found Gunnamatta Park in Cronulla to very popular with not only the locals, but visitors from afar. Not only can you go there for a picnic, you can swim at the saltwater pool or fish off the walkway on the south and western sides of the pool.
At low tide you can take off your shoes and get a bit of sand between your toes while walking from the pool and up to Darook Park. This is a family friendly park with plenty of off street parking.