A Slice of Sydney

What to do in Sydney? Sydneysiders and the millions of tourists who come to visit love all this green space, spending their weekends playing tennis in Alexandria Park or enjoying summer movies, music or film festivals in the Royal Botanic Gardens...

What to do in Sydney?

Sydneysiders and the millions of tourists who come to visit love all this green space, spending their weekends playing tennis in Alexandria Park or enjoying summer movies, music or film festivals in the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain. Known for their love of sports and recreation, Sydney dwellers definitely like to take advantage of their green spaces, and for tourists they provide an excellent place to relax after a full day of shopping, strolling around and enjoying Sydney's great restaurants and cafes.

Popular tourist activities The Opera House The Harbour Bridge Beaches at Manly and

on the North Shore

Shopping in the Strand Arcade

or Queen Victoria Building.

Taronga Zoo Population v Green space

As Australia's most populous city, Sydney is known the world over as a cultural, entertainment and business hub. But in addition to the bright lights and bustling streets, Sydney is a city full of beautiful beaches, gleaming waterfront and lush green spaces. In fact, there's over 19m2 of green space per person in the city, allowing plenty of room for picnicking, throwing a Frisbee, running, or just lying in the sun and reading a book.

Whether you're a long-time resident of Sydney or a visitor on holiday in this perfect slice of Australia, here's a guide to some of the most beautiful parks and green spaces the city has to offer.

Green spaces in Sydney Alexandria Park

Alexandria is definitely an activity park, featuring a huge sports field, two tennis courts and a basketball court. If you're interested in kicking a football around with some mates, running off the weekend's eating and drinking, or engaging in a round or two of competitive netball, this is definitely your place to do it. Let your pooch run wild in one of the sprawling off-leash areas.

Ratings: Activity: 9/10 Picnicking: 7/10 Pet-friendly rating: 8/10 Hyde Park

Australia's oldest park, Hyde Park is also one of the biggest and best-known public spaces in the city. Ideal for strolling and sunbathing, Hyde Park is a magnificent field of green filled with equal amounts of light and shade. The park is dotted with beautiful old trees, benches for reading or collecting your thoughts, and large patches of grass for soaking up those gorgeous Sydney rays.

Ratings: Activity: 4/10 Picnicking: 7/10 Wedding venue potential: 9/10 Observatory Hill Park

Nestled in the heart of the city centre, Observatory Hill Park is a favourite with city workers who enjoy spending their lunch breaks amid the greenery and tranquillity of this beautiful space. But its greatest asset is the sweeping, panoramic view it offers of Sydney Harbor, including the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the glistening waterfront. For those who want to incorporate workouts into their lunch breaks, there are exercise stations and a tennis court. For the rest of us, eating a meat pie and gazing out on to this breathtaking view is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Ratings: Activity: 7/10 Picnicking: 8/10 Million-dollar harbour views: 10/10 Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain

Neighbouring the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens is one of Sydney's most popular attractions, welcoming around 3 million people to its tranquil, tree-filled environment each year. Over half the visitors are from abroad, with tourists from all over the world drawn to this meticulously designed space. The Gardens border the Domain, home to some of Australia's most popular music events and festivals, and of course, the annual Carols in the Domain. If you're looking to enjoy a white hot Christmas sign up at www.lovehomeswap.com to find great homes to exchange for free vacations.

Ratings: Activity: 4/10 Picnicking: 9/10 Flower Power: 10/10 Tumbalong Park

As its name may suggest, Tumbalong Park is designed with one demographic in mind: kids. With its super slides, jumbo swings and water park, this Darling Harbour park is heaven for kids of all ages. Let your little ones run wild in the water jets and go to town in the sprinklers, then dry off with a game of tag in one of the large play areas. For something a little calmer, take a walk through the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is next door to Tumbalong. A small entry fee will allow you to spend hours in the tranquil surrounds of this beautiful landscaped garden.

Ratings: Activity: 9/10 Picnicking: 3/10 Kid-friendly meter: 10/10 RESOURCES:

Stats http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Portals/0/PolicyAndLegislation/GreenPaperSubmissions/Beresford_N.pdf

Parks http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks<</td>

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