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Lots to do from a family picnic to adventure tours

While general admission to the Parklands is free of charge, please note that fees apply for guided and non-guided tours and other services such as Segway and Jetpack Rides. Please see each section for booking information and confirmation. 

Guided Tours for groups of 10 or more

Whether it's your garden club, social club, school group or simply a group of friends, a guided tour gives you a fascinating insight into Mt Penang Parklands and Gardens. View the Mt Penang Tours brochure for more information.

Bookings are essential

Guided tours take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. We allocate one guide per 10-15 visitors, with a minimum of ten people required per booking. Tour booking rates apply. Please provide at least 30 days notice to ensure our Blue Thumb Volunteers are available, as they operate on a monthly roster.


  • 'A Moment in Time' Historical Bus Tour

    If the weather is bleak or your tour group is not mobile, we offer a heritage tour that can be taken around the Mt Penang site from the comfort of your own coach.

    Operating for nearly 100 years as a facility for juvenile offenders, Mt Penang Parklands has a very rich story to tell. Let us take you on a historical journey from the days of old when the site was chosen as the Gosford Farm Home for Boys. From a tent city to a working farm with prize winning cattle and a burgeoning trade school, this tour brings the voices of the past to life with interesting stories, anecdotes and vivid imagery. 

    While ‘A Moment in Time’ is a coach tour, it is available as a walking tour upon request. Groups will need to be physically fit, as the tour covers approximately four kilometres. 

    Download the Booking Form


  • Wondabyne Sculpture Tour

    In 1987 international and Australian sculptors came together at Wondabyne, a small, picturesque train stop on the backwaters of the Hawkesbury River for the first Australian International Sculpture Symposium in stone. Initiated by Australian sculptor Lawrence Beck, the finished sculptures were handed over to the people of the Central Coast.

    In 2003, it was decided by RailCorp to move the sculptures to Mt Penang. This new beginning adds a major cultural and historical asset to the heritage of the region.

    Guided tours of Sculpture Symposium I and Symposium II feature ample time for reflection along the way.

    Read more

    Download the Wondabyne Sculpture Symposia brochure.

    Download the Booking Form


  • Gardens Walking Tour

    There is something in flower during every season at Mt Penang Gardens. Take a guided tour of the Gardens with our Blue Thumb volunteers. Groups are provided with factual information about the design of the gardens, the use of water, seasonal highlights and of course great tips to use in home gardens.

    The tour takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours with a number of rest stops along the way. The paths are mostly suitable for flat easy walking, with some alternative routes for walking frames/wheel chairs. There is no motorised transport available within the gardens. Tour times can be shortened or lengthened to suit your timetable.

    Mt Penang Parklands is home to the Mt Penang Gardens which showcases over 1,000 native species of plants surrounded by an environment teeming with wildlife and waterfowl. Come and observe the beautiful butterflies throughout some stunning gardens.

    Download the Booking Form 

Mt. Penang Guided Tours provide wonderful experiences for social clubs, church groups, school groups, international students, groups of friends and tourist groups. Contact us for more information by calling (02) 4340 1002.

 

Print out and complete the form then mail or email it back to us. We’ll be in touch shortly. 

 

Mail:

Property & Event Manager

Mt Penang Garden, Parklands and Event Park

PO Box 7120 

Kariong, NSW 2250

 

Email: info@ccrdc.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 4340 1002 or 1 300 304 676

Fax: (02) 4340 1115


Once we receive your booking form, we will contact you within 2 working days on receipt of your booking.


Segway or Jetpack rides

What an exciting way to see the Parklands! Operating most weekends, these activities are booked directly with the operators.

Segway Rides with Time Out Adventures

Jetpack Adventures


Discover the Mt Penang Gardens

Mt Penang Parklands is home to the Mt Penang Gardens which showcases over 1,000 native species of plants surrounded by an environment teeming with wildlife and waterfowl. Come and observe the beautiful butterflies throughout some stunning gardens.

 

Parkrun EVERY Saturday 8am

Launched in May 2014, we are delighted the region has its own parkrun. 

Available to the whole community at no charge, the grounds of the Parklands now hosts this fitness initiative on the Central Coast. Mt Penang parkrun takes place every Saturday, starting at 8.00am in the Mt Penang Gardens. People of all ages and ability are encouraged to take part in the 5km run. You can be a fitness fanatic, push a pram, sprint or walk. And each week you are timed… it's you against the clock.

People wishing to take part in parkrun must register on-line in advance. To register or to find out more about parkrun, go to www.parkrun.com.au/mtpenang, follow the instructions and print your barcode. 

Once registered, you can turn up on any Saturday, unannounced and run. 

Like to volunteer to help the parkrun? Find out more.

Visit the café 

Open daily from 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Situated at the entryway to Mt Penang Gardens, the Waterfall Café overlooks the magnificent water cascade gardens and provides light meals and morning or afternoon tea.

Enjoy a family-friendly menu ranging from gourmet sandwiches and salads to sweet treats and snacks. 

For more information visit www.waterfallcafe.com.au or call (02) 4340 1660.

Socialise with other dog owners in our Off-leash Dog Area

Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Converted from a horse agistment paddock, the permanent year-round off-leash dog area can be accessed off Parklands Rd and McCabe Rd in the Parklands.

The off-leash area provides dog owners with the opportunity to let their dogs run and exercise in a free, designated area. Dogs must be restrained by a leash outside of this defined off-leash area at all times.

Enjoy a Picnic

Pack your lunch, bring a blanket and enjoy a peaceful day away from home. There is plenty of room to throw a Frisbee or kick a ball.

Share our Barbeques

Mt Penang Parklands has four free electric BBQs located on site for use by the general public. Please be advised that the BBQs cannot be booked prior to your visit.

Sculpture exhibition in the Parklands  

Following the success of Australia’s first ever International Sculpture Symposium a second symposium was held on the Central Coast in 1988. You will find this group of sculptures outdoors in Mt Penang Parklands while the first Sculpture Symposium 1 is on display within the Gardens nearby.

Read more

Download the Wondabyne Sculpture Symposia brochure.

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