Callan Park is the site of the former Rozelle Psychiatric Hospital which closed in 2008. The park continues to host a range of health, tertiary education and not-for-profit community purposes together with tranquil green spaces and heritage buildings. Activities in Callan Park are determined by the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002 which prohibits commercial activities and provides ongoing community access to the park.The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment manages parts of Callan Park, including the waterfront and central park areas.
Sporting grounds in Callan Park
Inner West Council manages Callan Park's Balmain Road, Glover Street and Waterfront Drive sporting grounds and their associated buildings, B499 toilets (the Pavilion), B498 (Air Raid Shelter), B504 (Refugee Centre), B696 (Public Toilet Block) and B703 (Electrical Store), under a 10-year lease with the Health Administration Corporation. The lease also allows community and sporting clubs to use the sporting grounds.
You can view the Inner West Council lease boundaries in the boundaries map (PDF 573KB).
Safeguarding the health and safety of our staff and visitors is our priority and we are following advice from state and federal governments to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
To protect the health of staff and park visitors no bookings for events or activities will be taken until further notice. We ask you to practice social distancing while visiting Callan Park and follow government and health advice on public gatherings. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 please visit the NSW Government website.
Getting to Callan Park
The main vehicle entries to Callan Park are from Balmain Road into Wharf Road, and gate A from Balmain road opposite Cecily Street.
Callan Park is easy to reach on public transport – see Transport for NSW.
Callan Park map
The map below shows entry points, street names, and the location of government and non-government organisations, sporting grounds and amenities.
You can also download the Callan Park wayfinding map (PDF 2MB).
The Companion Animals Act which stipulates that dogs must be leashed in public places and sets a maximum of 4 dogs per owner (or person in charge) in public places, has applied to all accessible areas of Callan Park, including its open space and foreshores, since the Act’s introduction in 1998. Inner West Council, as the relevant local authority, is the body responsible for administering this Act in Callan Park.
Designated off-leash areas in Callan Park are restricted to the 3 sporting grounds when organised sporting activities are not taking place and following the Council off-leash maps. See signage at each sporting ground for more information.
Activities, events and ceremonies in Callan Park
Private non-commercial and non-for-profit community events and ceremonies in Callan Park will be considered on application.
Commercial activities are not permitted within Callan Park, under the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002.
For further information about activities and events in the park, you can:
- download the full conditions of use of Callan Park general grounds (DOCX 54KB)
- read the Guidelines for activities and events in Callan Park, below