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.

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. It has been prepared in line with the key principles of placemaking and will help us understand the needs of the people who live, work and play in the spaces.

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 aerial photo


Leasing EOI process underway

We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from potential tenants for 12 buildings in Mount Penang Parklands.

Long-term leases are offered, and rent will be at market rates.

We encourage proposed uses that align with our vision for the Parklands and which are sympathetic to Mount Penang’s natural and heritage character. This includes uses which will complement the strong education and community focus of the Parklands.

LJ Hooker Commercial Central Coast is undertaking the EOI process. Prospective tenants are encouraged to take advantage of a building inspection or site visit accompanied by LJ Hooker.

Responses close at 3pm on 19 December 2022.

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 is set to expire in 2023 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. Following probity advice, we determined that the preschool provides the greatest benefit to the parklands and community, and have commenced lease discussions with them.

Mount Penang buildings

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 currently underway include upgrades to Parklands Road and Baxter Track. Visit our current works page for details.


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  • Mount Penang Fact Sheet - PDF
  • Mount Penang Parklands 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