It’s a rite of passage – every kid loves feeding ducks. We’ve listed some local spots to head to, BUT we also have some important tips about caring for these gorgeous animals.
A few locations have signage asking people not to feed the ducks, and this should be respected. However, if you are at a location when you can feed them, please remember you shouldn’t feed them bread! Bread bloats their tummies, can make them very sick and even kill them plus causes diseases and overpopulation. Some great alternatives include:
- Frozen peas or corn kernels that have been defrosted
- Grapes, cut in half
- Cracked corn, barley, oats, birdseed or other grains
- Duck feed pellets available from pet stores
Putney Hill, Lardelli Park
18 Bennelong Way, Ryde
Mars Creek, Talavera Road, Macquarie Park
There are plenty of ducks to be found and Macquarie University. Oh and plenty of green grass to run around on too!
Jim Walsh Park
Graham Ave Eastwood
Down towards the middle of the park, dividing the play area and the bike/scooter/walking paths, you’ll find a lovely little creek where you can often find a few ducks to enjoy! You can read our full park spotlight on Jim Walsh Park here.
Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park
There’s so much to do at Bicentennial Park you’ll need to make it a day trip! Spread across 40 hectares there are parks, playgrounds, walks and SO much more. The ducks are located in various lakes across the parkland. You can learn more about what’s on at Bicentennial Park here.
38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston
This one is a bit further afield but there is so much to do at Fagan Park that we had to mention it. There are 2 kids playgrounds, areas for kite flying or having a BBQ, lovely gardens and a museum. You could even go bushwalking! Oh, and of course, you can spot ducks! Learn more here.
Pitt Street & Macquarie Street, Parramatta
Parramatta Park is 85 hectares so this is another one on our list with a lot to do and see! Besides finding ducks in the many waterways, there are cycle/walking tracks, a playground, picnic spots and much more. Definitely the place to ‘make a day of it’. Learn more here.
Waruda Place, Huntleys Cove
Enjoy a walk through Huntleys Cove to Tarban Creek and see if you can spot the ducks in their environment. There’s plenty of green space to run around on or enjoy a picnic at!
Japanese Gardens, Auburn
Chiswick Rd & Chisholm Rd, Auburn
If you haven’t yet been to this beautiful oasis, now is the time. Or perhaps the time is in August for the Cherry Blossom festival! Here you can experience not only the ducks but also beautiful gardens and hopefully some serenity even with the kids in tow. Learn more here.
Lane Cove National Park
Lady Game Drive, Chatswood West
Let’s narrow this down a little…! Keep your eyes peeled for the ducks at Jenkins Hill Picnic Area. Whilst you’re here you can also have a play at the playground and try a little bit of bushwalking (not pram friendly though FYI).
Did we miss any? Send us an email with your intel and we will be sure to add it in! 🙂