Macquarie Park’s Eat and Play Guide

Macquarie Park’s Eat and Play Guide

12 December 2022

Macquarie Park is home to some incredible restaurants, stunning scenic experiences, and super fun activities - there’s so much to explore! Don’t know where to start? Keep on reading to find out Midtown’s favourite local attractions.


Darcy Street Project - 1 Ivanhoe Pl, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 

Located right in the heart of Midtown, Darcy Street Project is your one-stop-coffee-shop for delicious pastries, strong coffee, and tasty food! But it doesn’t stop there… Darcy Street Project provides real work experience opportunities to hundreds of at risk and vulnerable young people, early migrants, and refugees, as well as mature-aged unemployed individuals.

Through bespoke coffee making, barbecue and hospitality workshops as well as employment and educational pathways, Darcy Street Project gives back to the community and helps change lives for the better each and every day. 

Click here to find out more about Darcy St. Project Cafe.

Darcy St Project Cafe


The Governor Hotel - 9 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Conveniently located just 2.3 kilometres away from Midtown, The Governor Hotel is our go-to spot for bistro food and a drink! This multi-level pub features a sundrenched rooftop bar with gorgeous backdrop views of Macquarie Park. On level two you’ll find the Game Spot – a super fun arcade where you can test your skills on the pinball machine, live your Fast & Furious fantasy at Daytona or win a plush toy for your loved one using The Claw. The venue frequently hosts a variety of fun events including trivia, bottomless brunch, and high tea, perfect for catching up with friends or team-bonding experiences! The Governor Hotel has something for everyone - whether you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant, or a spot for your afternoon knockoff, you are sure to have a good time here.

Visit the website to find out more about what’s on at The Governor. 

The Governor Hotel

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Eden Gardens - 307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Set beside the beautiful, lush display gardens of Eden, The Gardens Restaurant & Terrace Bar is made up of a conservatory like indoor restaurant with table service and an alfresco terrace bar for casual dining. After dining, wander through Eden’s award-winning display gardens and get lost among the forest of poplars, enticed by its art installations, or tantalised by the cooling water features. The venue also has a wonderful, fenced play area that features a tunnel slide, sandpit, chalk board, cubbyhouse, mural, and lots of things to climb on! If you have a green-thumb, Eden Gardens has a huge nursery that stocks both indoor and outdoor plants, pots, homewares, and furniture. Eden Gardens is more than just a nursery, it is a great day out!

Visit Eden Gardens website to explore more. 

Eden Garden

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Macquarie Ice Rink – Level 1, Cnr, Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Looking for something fun to do on the weekends? Macquarie Ice Rink is the only facility in Sydney to provide a full-size Olympic rink for public use! Offering a broad range of skating disciplines, including figure skating, ice dance, synchronised skating, speed skating and ice hockey, Macquarie Ice Rink is sure to keep you entertained. Conveniently located inside Macquarie Shopping Centre, this is the perfect playground and training facility for all levels of skaters.

Visit Macquarie Ice Rink website to find out more.

Macquarie Park Ice Rink

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Strike Bowling Macquarie – Level 3, Cnr, Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Strike Macquarie offers 10 world-class bowling lanes, an awesome laser tag arena, private karaoke rooms plus Sydney's most challenging escape rooms. Combine all that with a tasty cocktail bar and delicious food, Strike really is the spot for all of your entertainment needs! Located only 600m kilometres away from Midtown, this super fun bowling bar is sure to keep your friends, family, or colleagues amused!

Click here to book your sessions through Macquarie Strike Bowling website.

Macquarie Park Bowling

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Lane Cove National Park - Riverside Dr, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Find peace and adventure amongst the city in Sydney’s best-kept secret bushland, located only 2.8 kilometres away from Midtown! If you love the water, Lane Cove National Park is filled with activities that will keep you entertained. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are available to hire so you can explore the gorgeous Lane Cove River from upstream. There are plenty of picnic spots throughout the park with picnic tables, play equipment, and barbecues ready to go! If you love being active, Lane Cove National Park has lots of incredible walking trails and cycling tracks that you can enjoy. We recommend the Heritage Walk, which features numerous historic sites for you to explore! No matter what you’re into, Lane Cove National Park is the perfect place for a family day out.

Explore more on the Lane Cove National Park website.

Land Cove National Park

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Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre - 10 Gymnasium Rd, North Ryde NSW 2109

Get motivated at the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre! This is our favourite local gym because it has everything you could ever need to get fit all in the one space. With outstanding equipment, pools, and other sporting facilities, this is the place to get your workout on! The gym provides group fitness sessions in a range of intensity levels, each designed to maximise your fun and help you achieve your results. The sport centre also offers a wide variety of sports programs for different ages and abilities — including swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, school sport and school holiday programs. Whether you're looking for a place to train, a new skill to master, an activity for the kids or anything in between — they’re sure to have a program you'll love!

Visit the MQU website to find out more.

Macquarie Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre

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