Rachel Pupazzoni

Park life

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Recently I visited Sydney Park.  I’ve been past it a few times and noticed the rolling hills covered in bright green grass, the cycle area and the footpaths.  For months I’ve wanted to explore it.  I found a treasure when I finally did.  Gallery at the end.

It wasn’t a particularly special day, in fact I was just filling time when I went there.  The first thing I noticed about the park was the kids playing sport on the oval.  I loved the oval, surrounded in white picket fencing as so many ovals are here in Sydney.  (That is not something you ever see in my hometown, Perth).  There were kids and parents everywhere.  I walked along the path that surrounded the perimeter, as people ran past me, or scooted by, or walked their dogs.

Then I noticed a little path through the bushes and trees.  I took it and it opened up to an amazing lake area with man made water falls.  There were ducks and birds and people walking, riding, admiring the wildlife, sitting in the sun, laughing and relaxing.

I wandered along, taking photos of the bright sunlight streaming onto the water, grass and trees.  I stopped to watch two children jumping across stepping stones in the water.  I wanted to do it too, but the 32 year old in me said, you’re not a child, don’t do it.  Next time I go I will definitely do it. 🙂

I kept going and found myself walking up one of those rolling hills I’d seen from the road.  From up here, there was a 360 degree view of Sydney.  I could see the CBD skyline, cranes used, I assume, to build apartment blocks, I even saw the undoubtedly recognisable kangaroo tail of a Qantas plane parked at the airport.

I made my way down that hill then up another.  Along the footpath someone had used chalk to write motivational sayings to people who might run up those hills (not me!) and drawings.  I loved them.

It’s a lovely park with so many interesting areas.  If you’re Sydney based and haven’t been there, I hope one day you do.  And you should definitely tiptoe along the stepping stones in the water.

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Author: rachelpupazzoni

I'm a journalist living in Sydney.

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