Oh to have lived in 1870!
This was the year that British Aeronaut Thomas Gale created a great spectacle for Sydneysiders, floating a balloon flight from Prince Alfred Park across to Redfern and Waterloo.
Dangerous stunts like this gas-filled balloon flight were all the rage – mishaps were part of the intrigue – and a successful flight led to notoriety and acclaim.
- 1 Which is the reason why the Prince Alfred Park Playground pays homage to this story.
- 2 Another nod to Prince Alfred Park’s History
- 3 What else is at Prince Alfred Park?
- 4 Prince Alfred Park now also has:
- 5 The Prince Alfred Park Pool is next door!
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Prince Alfred Park Surry Hills
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Which is the reason why the Prince Alfred Park Playground pays homage to this story.
It’s incredible, outrageous and LOTS of fun!
Another nod to Prince Alfred Park’s History
The adorable Prince Alfred Park playground next to the Prince Alfred Park pool entrance features elegant hand-crafted play equipment including a bright yellow air balloon, centre stage.
Next to it, a model dinghy – the Galatea – floats on imaginary waters. The Galatea was the boat that brought the park’s namesake Prince Alfred to Australia in 1867.
The sweetest elephant slide you’ve ever seen, complete with climbable yellow ladders, is to the left of the balloon.
How does the curious story of an elephant fit in the picture, you might ask (as we did).
It seems ol’ Prince Alfred could not live without his pet elephant, and brought him to Australia on a later trip!
What else is at Prince Alfred Park?
The Prince Alfred Park, along with the Prince Alfred Park playground, underwent a gigantic award-winning redesign, the first in 50 years, back in 2011.
The seven-hectare park redesign created much-needed open space and recreational facilities for Surry Hills and Redfern.
Prince Alfred Park now also has:
- four sets of swings (no more squabbling over who gets first turn!)
- a giant slide, with recycled rubber soft fall surrounds and rubber ‘stones’ to help on the climb back up
- two basketball courts
- Prince Alfred Park tennis courts – five tennis courts made of Plexicushion (the same material used at Flinders Park, the home of the Australian Open). The court upgrade means Prince Alfred Park Tennis courts can now host professional competitions and exhibitions.
- new barbecue and picnic areas with custom-designed tables and seating.
- a 1km exercise circuit with three fitness stations along an accessible path for joggers, walkers, prams and wheelchairs
- a wonderful bike-riding track for kids along this path
- hundreds of new rainforest species and succulent trees and plants
- an off-leash area for dogs
The Prince Alfred Park Pool is next door!
And when you tire of playing, stop by the Prince Alfred Park Swimming Pool complex next door. Heads up – it’s heated. Spot the giant yellow umbrellas, and you’ve found it! There’s a cafe onsite too.
The Inside Scoop – Prince Alfred Park Surry Hills
Address: Prince Alfred Park Sydney playground is located at Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Surry Hills, NSW
Phone: 02 9265 9333
Website: City of Sydney
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Nearest takeaway coffee: Whisk and Paddle Cafe at the pool
- There is no on-site dedicated parking at Prince Alfred Park.
- There are paid parking areas along Chalmers Street when bus lanes are not in operation, please check signs for timings.
- There is also a mix of 1 hour street parking and paid 2 hour stare parking within 5 minutes’ walk of the centre on surrounding streets. This can be quite limited and time may be needed to find a suitable parking spot.
Public Transport Options:
- There are several buses that stop next to or are in close distance from Prince Alfred Park Pool. These include the M20, M50 and 353 routes that travel along Chalmers Street towards the CBD which stop within 50 metres of the entrance to the centre.
- There are several buses that stop within 5 minutes from the centre on Elizabeth Street and within 10 minutes from Railway Square travelling both towards and away from the CBD. The closest train stations is Central Station which is 350 metres away.
- To plan your trip, visit Transport NSW or call 131 500.
Toilets: Yes, outside the pool.
Shade: Yes, over the slide. Lots of trees.
Enclosed: The air-balloon playground has a small fence.
Ground cover: Rubber soft fall, concrete pathways, grassy field
Food options: Cafe at the pool. BYO picnic or BBQ.
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: Not welcome in the playground, but are allowed in the park itself
- Scaffold fences were in place around the Air Balloon playground during our visit. Please check with Council on 02 9265 9333 before visiting to ensure it is open.
This playground was last visited in December 2017.
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