Safeguarding the health and safety of our visitors and staff is core to what we do at Callan Park. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice in this rapidly changing environment and putting in place measures to protect our community during these challenging times.
Under NSW Health stay-at-home orders, visitors are only permitted to enter Callan Park for essential purposes. This includes for personal exercise (limited to 2 people, excluding members of the same household), for takeaway food and beverages, for medical care or compassionate needs and for essential work (including construction).
Residents of Greater Sydney must stay within their local government area or within 5 kilometres of home for essential exercise. No carpooling is permitted between non-household members. Mask-wearing is mandatory when outside your home for all Greater Sydney residents, except when exercising.
From 12.01am Monday 13 September, gatherings in groups of up to 5 fully vaccinated adults (excluding children under 12) will be allowed in Callan Park. There are no time restrictions for these gatherings but they must take place in a person’s local government area or within 5 kilometres of home. Proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID will need to be shown if asked by police who will be patrolling the Park to enforce COVID-restrictions, including gatherings, mask-wearing and social distancing.
We urge visitors to ensure they stay informed and comply with the latest NSW Health orders.
Callan Park is part of Greater Sydney Parklands, which also manages some of Sydney’s most iconic parks: Centennial Parklands (including Moore Park and Queens Park), Western Sydney Parklands, Parramatta Park, and Fernhill Estate.
Combined, Greater Sydney Parklands oversees more than 6000 hectares of parklands across Sydney and hosts over 40 million visits each year.
Within Callan Park, Greater Sydney Parklands manages 38 hectares of the 61-hectare site, including the waterfront and central park areas (see Callan Park Management Precincts map [PDF 2.3MB]).
Callan Park is on Gadigal Wangal country and holds important connections to country for First Nations peoples. As a significant heritage place, Callan Park is cherished for its rich architectural heritage and history as a psychiatric hospital. It contains many diverse landscapes of heritage significance, as well green spaces and sporting grounds, and remnant bushland areas for visitors to enjoy.
The park also provides health, education and not-for-profit community services in various buildings across the park including Ambulance NSW, Sydney Local Health District, University of Tasmania Rozelle campus, and Writing NSW.
Activities in Callan Park are subject to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002 which ensures that the site remains in public ownership and is managed to provide ongoing public access to the open space and foreshore.
Callan Park $14 million waterfront revitalisation
As part of a $14 million investment, Greater Sydney Parklands has commenced a program of waterfront revitalisation. The works are informed by the Landscape Structure Plan, which proposed a series of improvements to ensure the unique heritage and picturesque waterfront setting of Callan Park is celebrated and enhanced. You can view more about this work on the project page.
The Landscape Structure Plan has been endorsed by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces as the blueprint for the park's transformation, Further community engagement will be included in the next phase of planning and design of works to achieve this transformation.
You can view the final Landscape Structure Plan and read a summary of community feedback and how it informed the final Landscape Structure Plan on the Callan Park Landscape Structure Plan webpage.
Buildings In Callan Park
Greater Sydney Parklands has been making great progress in restoring heritage buildings in Callan Park. Gradually more buildings will be restored and adapted as outlined in the Callan Park Landscape Structure Plan. To see what is happening, go to Activating Callan Park.
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).
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.
To view a larger map, download the map (PDF 2.1MB).
Dogs in Callan Park
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 available at the three sporting grounds – Balmain Road Sports, Waterfront Drive Sports, and Glover Street Sports when organised sporting activities are not taking place and following the council off-leash maps at these areas.
Greater Sydney Parklands is currently preparing a Companion Animals Management Plan (CAMP) to provide clear direction on managing dogs in Callan Park, so that everyone can enjoy Callan Park equitably and safely. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the recent consultation. Your feedback is being used to develop a CAMP that will clearly identify on and off-leash areas and provide appropriate facilities for dogs and their owners. There will be an opportunity to have your say when the CAMP is formally publicly exhibited in September this year. The plan will be refined using this feedback with a final plan to be endorsed and operating by the end of the year.
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.
You can complete the application form (DOCX 71KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Activities in Callan Park are subject to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002.
Under the Act, commercial filming or photography undertaken by a business or for advertising or commercial gain is not permitted. This applies to all interiors and exteriors in Callan Park, including buildings and courtyards in the Kirkbride complex.
Non-commercial, not-for-profit and student filming
Non-commercial filming, including by students, may be possible in Callan Park for exteriors only. Filming inside buildings is not permitted.
A written application for non-commercial, not-for-profit or student filming is required for all filming requests, with a minimum notice period of 3 weeks before your preferred date.
Please complete the application form (DOCX 71KB), filling out all details and providing a copy of your current certificate of currency for public liability (minimum $10 million cover) and submit to email@example.com.
Applicants will be advised via email of the outcomes of their application.
For more information please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speed limits and parking
Pedestrians and cyclists have the right-of-way at all times in Callan Park. The speed limit is 25 kilometres except in the shared zone at Waterfront Drive (the Bay Run), where a 10 kilometres speed limit applies.
There is free parking in designated parking areas. Vehicles must not be parked on grass, or where they will affect pedestrian and cyclist safety or other traffic.