Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is a large, dog friendly park just north of King Street in Newtown that houses the Camperdown Cemetery and St Stephen’s Church.

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park | Newtown

 

Getting to Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

Parking in Newtown can be hard to come by. There is some designated parking on Fitzgerald Street which is accessible from Australia Street only, otherwise you’ll be weaving around the back streets hoping to get lucky. Fortunately, buses travel up and down Newtown all day, and the park is about a 5 minute walk from Newtown Station. Here’s a map link.

Camperdown park

 

Park Features

Dog Friendly

The park is dog friendly and popular with local dog owners. Off leash is permitted in the northern half of the park with on leash on the south eastern quadrant around the playground. You should probably keep your dog away from the cemetery though. Check the signage for more details if you are unsure.

Camperdown Memorial Rest Playground

The playground is fenced with modern equipment including slides, rope climbs and a roundabout. It is sun shaded by trees and marquees.

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Bike / Walk Paths

A shared bike / footpath runs several routes through the park. Exercise caution and be aware of other riders, walkers and dogs.

Street Art / Newtown Graffitti

The walls surround the cemetery and some of the nearby residencies are adorned in graffiti art that is constantly evolving and adds character to the park.

St Stephen’s and the Cemetery

The Cemetery and Church are surrounded by an interior wall, but accessible from the Church Street side of the park. Wandering through the cemetery is a popular pastime. The ghost stories associated with this place are too numerous to count.  The Church was designed by Edmund Blacket who also designed St Andrews in the City.

Cafes and Pubs

There are a number of places nearby including The Courthouse on Australia Street and Mary’s Bar on Mary’s Street, not to mention the endless number of venues on King Street.