This sprawling recreational reserve is one of the Eastern Suburbs largest and most well loved parks, servicing the community with gardens, sports fields, picnic areas and plenty of amenities.

Getting To Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany

Where Is It?

Rolling out along Foreshore Drive, Sir Joseph Banks Park occupies the green space between The Esplanade and Fremlin Street in Botany, with many entry points, including Fremlin Street, Waratah Street, Tupia Street, Hayden Place and Chelmsford Avenue / The Esplanade.


Any of the above mentioned streets can be used as an address, but Tupia Street, Botany NSW 2019 is close tot he centre of the park, while Fremlin Street is closer to the playground.


There is a large dedicated parking area off Tupia Street, as well as a smaller carparks on Fremlin Street (close to picnic areas and playground) and Chelmsford Avenue / The Esplanade.


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Opening Times

Keep in mind that gates close at 7pm

Things To Do

Sir Joseph Banks Park Zoo Elephants

Pleasure Gardens / Zoo Park / Maze

Don’t get your knickers in a knot, it’s way less scandalous than it sounds! Located near the Waratah Street entrance, the gardens were the site of a former zoo, which is why you can see statues of various animals located around the park. Great fun for the kids and a bit of history and serenity for the adults.

Picnic & Barbecue Areas

Located near the playground, the barbecue area takes advantage of the wide spaces, offering a great opportunity for family and social events. It’s closest to the Fremlin Street entrance and playground, and there’s a second barbecue area near Tupia Street entrance on the other side of the pond.

Sir Joseph Banks Park Playground Picnic Area


The playground spreads out nicely near the barbecue area and offers some unique play experiences including monkey bars, flying fox, merry-go-round and tyre swing, as well as many other activities both active and challenging. There’s also a learner’s cycle track around the playground area, complete with signs and stop lights so beginner cyclists can learn the rules in safety.

Pedal Park + Bicycle / Walking / Jogging Paths

WInding through the park from end to end you’ll find paths that offer good opportunities for a wander, cycle or jog. There’s even a kids pedal park encircling the playground, which is a safe, fun way to learn bicycle riding. These paths also make for a good commuter route for cycling’s who pass through the area.

Sir Joseph Banks Park Duckpond


One of the park’s many draw cards are the duckponds teeming with waterfowl including ducks and geese. As per usual, it’s advised not to feed the birds to keep them from getting aggressive and messing too much with the ecosystem.

Off Leash Dog Park – Hayden Place Reserve

Located within Sir Joseph Banks Park, Hayden Place Reserve is a self contained off leash dog walking park which is, you guessed it, close to the Hayden Place entrance to the park.

Sir Joseph Banks Reserve Basketball Halfcourt

Basketball Half Court

Located near the off leash dog park and Hayden Place entrance, this half court is in good condition, with a shaded bench area nearby and a small sand pit / kids play area.

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Sir Joseph Banks Park Walk

Foreshore Reserve Walk

Fenced and secluded from Foreshore Drive, the walk heads into the native vegetation and eventually joins up to Hale Street, making it an enviable commute or just a nice, lengthy stroll.



  • Food

    There are barbecue facilities on site

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are bins scattered throughout the park and around the picnic area in particular.

  • Toilets

    There is a large toilet block near the playground and picnic area.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Yes! Dogs are welcome in the park on leash and there is off leash at Hayden Place Reserve.

  • Can I lock my bike up

    No bike lockups but you coukd eaiky chain your bike up somewhere.


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