Central to the major attractions and venues of Sydney the suburb of Randwick is just 5 km from the city and 10 km from Sydney airport. Bordered by the suburbs of Clovelly, Coogee and Kensington, Randwick is a hub of excitement offering great shopping, restaurants, entertainment, fantastic parklands and an endless array of sporting activities.
Named after a town in Gloucestershire, England, Randwick municipality is the oldest in NSW. See many of the grand old terrace houses, churches, cemeteries and other historic buildings that remain in the area today.
Being centrally located, Randwick is the ideal place for a base in Sydney. Wander along Belmore Road to do some shopping. Browse through the shops at the Royal Randwick Shopping Centre or stop at one of the many cafés and restaurants along this bustling shopping strip for a coffee and a bite to eat.
Get active and fit by participating in one of the many different sporting activities available in Randwick. There are various sports clubs in the area from lawn bowls, cricket and croquet to rugby, netball hockey and horseriding. Test your skill at indoor bowling or put on your dancing shoes and boogie at one of the local dance schools.
Centennial Park , just north of Randwick village, is the ideal place to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. It has something for everyone with 185 hectares of beautiful parklands, sporting reserves, BBQ and picnic facilities. You can take a guided ride on horse back through the park on the 3.8 km tree lined horse track, or relax and unwind by one of the self-guided nature trails. With tracks for jogging and walking it’s the perfect place to keep fit and be at one with nature. A great way to get round the park is by taking advantage of the spacious 3.8km cycling lane on Grand Drive. Centennial Park Cycles (02) 9398 5027 located at 50 Clovelly Road has a large range of bicycles and rollerblades available for hire. .
As a special treat you can be a part of all the excitement and glamour at the autumn and spring racing carnivals at Royal Randwick Racecourse (02) 9663 8400. Enjoy a day of racing action as owners, riders and spectators alike cheer the winning horses past the post.
The main entrance to the track is located on Alison Road . Car parking is available infield with access via the High Street vehicle tunnel.
After a bout of shopping or walking you can sit back, put your feet up and relax at the delightful High Cross Reserve. Located on Belmore Road and Avoca Street the small grassy reserve has park benches and trees to provide shady relief on sun filled days. In 2000 an Olive tree was planted here to honour the Olympic Games.
A statue of the English explorer credited with having discovered Australia , Captain James Cook, stands overlooking the park from the corner of Belmore Road and Avoca Street .
The sandstone hospital facade, across from the reserve, was originally a Destitute Children’s Asylum. Built in 1856 the grand building was eventually converted into a military hospital that was used to treat the ill during World War 2, before being incorporated into the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1953.
The Royal Hotel (02) 9399 3006 is located opposite High Cross Reserve on Perouse Road . This historic hotel was built in 1887 and is recognised by the National Trust of Australia.
Unwind with a beverage in one of three bars or sit outdoors under the hotel’s open veranda. You can play a game of pool, use the TAB facilities and gaming room, or watch major sporting events on the super sports screen at this popular venue. Treat yourself and enjoy a traditional Italian meal at La Cucina Trattoria or a more relaxed meal from the hotel’s bistro. For the budget conscious traveller The Royal Hotel is the ideal place to stay and take advantage of the exceptional value accommodation.
Another family oriented and reasonably priced accommodation facility is The Centre (02) 9398 2211 located at 14 Frances Street, Randwick right on major bus routes. It provides bed and breakfast and boasts a salt water pool and picturesque grounds
A short walk along Perouse Road leads to the small shopping precinct known as The Spot. Here you can take in a movie at the 1930s art deco Ritz cinema, or pop into Spot On Cakes (02) 9398 2198 and try one of their yummy desserts with coffee.