Moore Park, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°53′48″S 151°13′12″E / 33.89667°S 151.22000°E / -33.89667; 151.22000
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Moore Park
SydneyNew South Wales
Moore Park, New South Wales
Moore Park is located in New South Wales
Moore Park
Moore Park
Coordinates33°53′48″S 151°13′12″E / 33.89667°S 151.22000°E / -33.89667; 151.22000
Population18 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation43 m (141 ft)
Location3 km (2 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Sydney
State electorate(s)Sydney[2]
Federal division(s)Wentworth[3]
Suburbs around Moore Park:
Surry Hills Paddington Paddington
Redfern Moore Park Centennial Park
Zetland Kensington Randwick

Moore Park is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the CBD, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of local government area of the City of Sydney.

Moore Park is also a large area of parkland that is part of Centennial Parklands, a collective of three parks being Moore Park, Centennial Park and Queen's Park. Centennial Parklands is administered by the Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust,[4] a NSW government agency. The only exception is the land on which the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium are sited; these stadiums are managed by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.


Panorama of Moore Park and Surry Hills from the entrance gates to Moore Park, c. 1875

Originally known as the Sydney Common it covered some 153 hectares to the South East of the town and was designated as one of Australia's earliest parks in 1866, the following year it was named after Charles Moore, the Mayor of Sydney City Council.[5] In 1867 several of the sandhills were levelled and three years later nearly half of the park was covered with grass. The straight lines of Randwick Road, which passes through the park, was fenced in and replaced the old curved road.[6] In 1837 a new water supply was built to replace the polluted 'Tank Stream' which had to that time been the colonists main supply of water. The new line connected the Busby Bore with water from the Lachlan Swamp in what is now known as Moore Park. [7]

Moore Park, was also the site of Sydney's first Zoo. The Moore Park Zoological Gardens opened in 1884, and was run by less than a dozen people. Built in the area known as Billygoat Swamp, it was subject to flooding and creating problems for both keepers and the animals. As Sydney grew, so did the demand for a larger zoo. It was eventually closed down and the animals were moved to the Taronga Zoo, when it opened in 1916. Sydney Girls' High School and later Sydney Boys High School also occupied this site.[8][9]

The Moore Park Toll House appears to have been built in 1849 and still exits on the corner of Anzac Parade and Cleveland Street. It is the only two story toll house in New South Wales.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

Moore Park has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Commercial area[edit]

Bent Street, The Entertainment Quarter

Moore Park is the former location of the Royal Agricultural Society's Sydney Showground, which hosted the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show until 1998. It moved to Homebush Bay (the site of the 2000 Olympics). The old showgrounds have since been redeveloped as Fox Studios, now Disney Studios Australia, a commercial venture designed at supporting Australia's film industry.[citation needed] The Entertainment Quarter is a retail, dining and entertainment precinct beside the studios. It contains cinemas, live venues, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and retailers of fashion and homewares. The Farmer's Market operates every Wednesday and Saturday in the old showground showing.[citation needed]

The south-western corner of the suburb boasts the Supa Centre Moore Park on South Dowling Street. It specialises in showrooms for home furnishings and home renovations. This was the site of the former Dowling Street depot for trams.


The Eastern Distributor and Anzac Parade are major arterial roads on the western border of the suburb. Transdev John Holland operate frequent bus services to Moore Park from the Sydney CBD. Special services for sporting events from Central railway station have been replaced by services on the CBD and South East Light Rail from December 2019.

On 13 December 2012, the NSW Government announced a commitment to build a $1.6 billion light rail from Circular Quay down George Street to Central station, then across to Moore Park and down Anzac Parade. South of Moore Park the line splits into two branches – one continuing down Anzac Parade to the nine ways at Kingsford, and the other heading to Randwick via Alison Road.[12] Construction commenced in 2015 and services commenced on the Randwick branch to Moore Park in December 2019.

Sports stadiums and facilities[edit]

Sydney Cricket Ground, The Members' stand

Moore Park is the location of two of Sydney's largest sporting venues, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Sydney Football Stadium (SFS). The Sydney Roosters Rugby league team in the National Rugby League, The Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League, Sydney FC A-League football team, NSW Waratahs rugby union team have their administration offices at Moore Park and Sydney Football Stadium is their home ground.[13] The Moore Park Magpies are a local junior rugby league team.

The Hordern Pavilion is a multipurpose entertainment venue, while next door the Royal Hall of Industries (fondly remembered as the old Showbag Pavilion during the Royal Easter Show days) has hosted a range of exhibitions, social and commercial events and shows. Moore Park also houses Kippax Lake, an artificial lake named after William Kippax, an alderman of the 1860s and grandfather of the cricketer Alan Kippax,[14] the ES Marks Athletics Field, the Moore Park Golf Course, the Parklands Sports Centre and a number of sports fields.

In October 2018, the Swans and the Government of New South Wales announced an intention to upgrade the Pavilion and Hall of Industries. The Hall was to be equipped with indoor sporting and rehabilitation facilities and an international-standard netball court, providing permanent indoor training facilities for the Swans and professional netball club the New South Wales Swifts. The Hordern Pavilion would retain its live music scene and undergo a significant restoration to improve facilities for patrons and performers. The two precincts would also be joined closer together with barriers between them removed and cafes and other community facilities installed for use by the general public.[15] The Swans train on the Tramway Oval (previously known as Lakeside Oval), located adjacent to the Sydney Cricket Ground, during the non-football season.[16] The oval completed an extensive redevelopment in April 2019 and has identical dimensions to Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.[17][18] In April 2020 the Swans pulled out of the agreement with the Government and Swifts, citing the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.[19] The agreement was renegotiated in August 2021, and will now be complete in late 2022.[20]


Moore Park, served by the Department of Education, is the location of Sydney Boys High School, Sydney Girls High School (both of which are selective high schools).


At the 2021 census, the population of Moore Park was 18.[21]

The 2016 census showed that Moore Park had a population of 28.[22]



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  4. ^ "Centennial Parklands". Centennial Parklands. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  5. ^ History of Moore Park, Centennial Parklands, accessed 17 January, 2023.
  6. ^ Moore Park] Sydney Morning Herald 15 June 1870 page 2
  7. ^ Old Sydney Daily Telegraph 20 July page 15
  8. ^ Taronga Park - The story of Sydney's zoo Daily Telegraph 22 October 1949 page 14
  9. ^ Moore Park Zoological Gardens, History of Sydney, July 10, 2016,
  10. ^ Moore Park Toll House, Centennial Parklands, accessed 17 January, 2023.
  11. ^ "Sydney Cricket Ground – Members Stand and Lady Members Stand". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00353. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  12. ^ "Sydney's Light Rail Future". Transport for NSW. 13 December 2012. pp. 15, 24. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Moore Park". Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1963, p. 120
  15. ^ "Sydney Swans secure new home for HQ & Community Centre in Moore Park". Sydney Swans. 18 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Lakeside Oval upgrade set to hinder Swans' pre-season". 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Longmire lauds Lakeside". Sydney Swans. 30 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Tramway Oval". Centennial Parklands Sydney.
  19. ^ "Sydney Swans pull out of $70 million headquarters deal in major coronavirus blow". Fox Sports Australia. 16 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Sydney Swans HQ at the Royal Hall of Industries". Sydney Swans. 27 August 2021.
  21. ^ "2021 Moore Park, Census All persons QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  22. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Moore Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata

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