Pleasure grounds were fashionable in the late 19th century. With their aura of mystery and romance, they were a favourite social and recreational venue. Their popularity peaked in the early 20th century and waned in the 1960s.
They are ideal places for day trips - places for picnics, laughter, games and chatter, a day in the bush, a ferry ride along the river. In a pleasure garden, you're a million miles from care, but within cooee of suburbia.
Many of the early pleasure gardens were located around Sydney. Some well-known examples are:
Page last updated: 26 February 2011