Mount Penang Parklands

HCCDC owns and manages the Mount Penang Parklands precinct - a Central Coast destination for tourism, recreation, business and education.

Our vision for the Parklands

Following consultation with visitors, tenants and residents, we have developed the Place Vision for Mount Penang Parklands: Mount Penang Parklands is an active and sustainable place for recreation, education and work within a natural and heritage setting.

This Place Vision will set the direction for our management of the Parklands, including improving the site for users and visitors, supporting leasing and development decisions and considering long-term outcomes.

The Gardens

A regional attraction, and one of the Central Coast's iconic landmarks, Mount Penang Gardens boasts landscaped vistas that complement the heritage, character and setting of the Parklands.

Mount Penang Gardens have been carefully designed to be full of character and thriving native flora, to be a place where the community can appreciate nature.

Along with waterways and summer aquatic gardens, over 70% of the plants are native to Australia, and it's distinctive design sets the site apart from the traditional botanical garden. Individual gardens are set on and around a large sculptural plateau and walled spaces, abstract pergolas, fountains, ponds, cascades and a 35-metre cantilevered steel footbridge.

The gardens are also home to the historical Wondabyne Sculptures that were carved from beautiful Gosford sandstone. The sculptures are a unique attraction - visited and enjoyed by thousands of people every year.

Work and learn

Mount Penang’s open spaces, natural setting and historic buildings provide the ideal place to work and learn. Our tenants offer a range of social, environmental and cultural benefits, and income generated is invested back into Mount Penang buildings, gardens and infrastructure.

Mount Penang Parklands is conveniently located halfway between Sydney and Newcastle. This unique space provides the ideal working environment, with huge open spaces, beautiful surroundings, free parking, good public transport and easy access to the M1 Pacific motorway.

Current tenants include education and children's services, a cultural performing arts centre and disability services. It is also home to a restaurant-cafe and the popular Mount Penang Gardens.

Seeking a long-term lease for Parklands Community Preschool

The lease for Parklands Community Preschool was set to expire this year and we have been working with the preschool to secure a long-term lease.

We undertook market sounding to gauge the interest of other operators and assessed the preschool’s offering against direct negotiation guidelines. We determined that the preschool provides the greatest benefit to the parklands and community, and have finalised lease discussions with them.

Mount Penang aerial photo

Infrastructure upgrades

We are undertaking essential infrastructure upgrades at Mount Penang that will improve road, water and sewerage services to the area. As well as beautifying the Parklands and improving traffic for users of the site, these works will enable future development, creating jobs and improving tourism and cultural facilities.

The Parklands provides an exceptional opportunity for development as a specialist business park, leveraging off the light industrial uses in the vicinity, while celebrating and enhancing access to the unique heritage of the site.

The lack of services in the Parklands has historically prevented private sector investment, and the opportunity for the site to reach its full potential.

Works are now complete on Frank Road (formerly Baxter Track) and currently underway on Parklands Road. Visit our current works page for details.


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  • Mount Penang Fact Sheet - PDF
  • Mount Penang Place Vision - PDF
  • Mount Penang Conservation Management Plan - PDF
  • Conservation Management Plan endorsement letter - PDF

Mount Penang Gardens, Event Park and Parklands

  • Location
    Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong
    (2 minutes from the M1 Gosford exit)
    Google Map
  • Email 
    [email protected]
  • Phone 
    (02) 4345 4450
  • Web pages
    Gardens page
    Current works
  • Office address
    Building 22, Carinya Street
    Mount Penang Parklands 
    Kariong NSW 2250
  • Postal address
    PO Box 7120
    Kariong NSW 2250