Oatley Park and Oatley Castle
A park with it all
The beautiful Oatley Park (and Oatley Park Castle) in Sydney’s South is a sure fire winner with all ages.
I hadn’t ever been here before but loved my day here – with a bit of history, Jewfish Bay to cool down in, bushwalks, views and a playground there’s not much more you could squeeze into a park or into a day.
The park is split across a few sections, so it is useful for visitors to refer to the Oatley Park Map (below) to help plan your day. It’s important to note that the playground is away from the netted swimming area.
Oatley Park map
1. Oatley Park Castle
The most novel part of Oatley Park is the Oatley Park Castle.
This wonderful stone building, which has the appearance of a castle, was built in the Great Depression as part of a work relief scheme.
The scheme also saw the roads and tracks within Oatley Park built, making it the wonderful park it is today. In the past the castle was used as a kiosk, however today it houses a BBQ area and is used for picnics and can be reserved for private functions. You can find out more of its history from Hurstville Council.
It’s such a cool place to have a walk through. I loved admiring the sandstone walls, heading up to the roof for the view and marveling at the arches and windows. The castle really is a little bit of history and a little bit of romance all wrapped up in a sweet little castle.
Explore Sydney’s secret Castle
2. Cool down in Jewfish Bay
After getting your castle fix, head on down to Jewfish Bay to go for a swim in its netted beach. This bay is a real stunner, and even better there are great facilities here including toilets and tables.
Take a walk around the bay and you may even be lucky enough to get one of the waterside tables. There are a couple of sandy beaches along the walk also.
Enjoy the netted swimming at Jewfish Bay
3. Get playing
The playground is set up away from the castle and ocean pool (refer map). The park includes some great play equipment along with picnic tables and BBQ’s. It’s a nice shady spot for the kids although it does not have a shade cover.
Bushland setting playground
4. Admire the views
At the end of the day don’t forget to go for a drive, walk or cycle around the park to admire the amazing views from one of the parks three lookouts – Webster’s Lookout, Christiansen’s Corner Lookout and Peak Hill Lookout. All of the lookouts offer great views and make for an excellent end to the day.
A place to sit and be at peace
Five reasons to visit Oatley Park
- Admire Oatley Park Castle
- Enjoy a bushwalk
- Go for a swim in Jewfish Bay
- Enjoy the stunning views
- Entertain the kids at the playground
- Entry: Free
- Toilets: Yes
- Wheelchair friendly: Yes
- Free carparking: Yes
- Free BBQ facilities: Yes
- Time to spend here: 2 hours to all day
- Food available: No
- Address: 1 Dame Mary Gilmore Drive, Oatley NSW 2223
- Further details: Visit Oatley Park’s directory listing
More free things to do
After exploring the garden why not:
- Visit Carss Park Museum and Carrs Park