BULLETPROOF, VAST

by Michael Wayne

Five Sydney parks where gun crime is not an issue.

It was sad to read last week that a couple had been robbed at gunpoint at Cabarita Park, in Sydney’s inner west. No one was hurt, but they won’t be in a hurry to go back lest they risk further encounters with men of ‘chubby build’. Here’s a list of five alternative Sydney parks that provide a friendlier experience.

1. BICENTENNIAL PARK


Adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park, Bicentennial Park sits on an old tip. It’s surrounded by mangroves, it’s teeming with wildlife and sports a great bike track – just don’t breathe too deeply.

2. CENTENNIAL PARK


The largest park in the Sydney City area, so plenty of room to run around (or away). Remember, gangland crime in Centennial Park is so 1980s.

3. LUNA PARK


One of the safest parks in Sydney because it’s also one of the emptiest. That said, ticket prices are murder.

4. HAROLD PARK


Enjoy this inner-city paceway while you can – Mirvac is gearing up to turn it into a residential development. Listen – that’s horses everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief.

5. ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS


Ancient, tranquil and full of tourists. Also, the only park on this list to actively fight crime: a team of RBG botanists work closely with NSW Police to examine plant evidence collected from crime scenes.

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