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Sydney visitors can now stay in Centennial Park

July 3, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Visitors to Sydney have stayed in Centennial Park over the years, usually sleeping rough in swags or sleeping bags.

The experience has just gone upmarket, with Centennial Parklands having transformed two heritage cottages for use as self-contained short-stay accommodation.

A fine example of a freestanding 19th century Victorian-era house, the Superintendent’s Residence is located at the northern edge of Centennial Park next to the Paddington Gates at the intersection of Oxford Street, Parkes Drive and Carrington Drive. unnamed

Originally built in 1890-91 from sandstone quarried directly from the site, the Superintendent’s Residence was constructed as the home of the senior on-site manager (Superintendent) and his family as a purpose-built domestic house.

The other cottage, the Ranger’s Cottage, was built in 1898-99 as accommodation for the Head Ranger of Centennial Park and his family. It was occupied for that purpose for over a century.

Together, the two cottages are known as The Residences. The Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) said yesterday the pair were a great addition to Sydney’s tourism inventory.

“There are not many places in the world you can stay that are located in parklands as large and magnificent as Centennial Park,” TTF acting chief executive Trent Zimmerman commented.

“Sydney has a number of adaptive re-use success stories, including Q Station at Manly, Carriageworks at Eveleigh and Cockatoo Island which deliver immersive experiences that allow visitors to connect with our history.

“The Residences is another great example of an iconic heritage site that has been restored to be enjoyed once again and that will deliver revenue to cover the cost of ongoing maintenance.

“The Residences will lift the profile of Sydney’s tourism offering and help support the NSW visitor economy that employs 158,000 people and contributes AUD 28.4 billion to gross state product.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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