Drinking bans in 18 Sydney parks have been lifted until October 31, as a small “reward” from the NSW Government for enduring a tough locked-down winter. Parks in suburbs including Darling Island, Birchgrove, Sydney Olympic Park, The Rocks, Pyrmont and Darling Harbour will now be booze-friendly zones, NSW planning minister Rob Stokes announced today. And some of them are in quite nice spots – the lawn in front of the MCA, for example, as well as the waterfront Ballast Park Point in Birchgrove and history-loaded Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park.

Drinking at the 18 parks and reserves will be permitted during daylight hours, as long as Covid-19 rules are followed, you drink responsibly and dispose of your rubbish.

“After an incredibly tough winter, people who followed the rules and received both jabs deserve to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer,” Stokes said.

He also confirmed that drinking is always permitted at Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park, Western Sydney Parklands and the botanic gardens in Sydney and Mount Annan.

Here’s the full list of parks where you can drink until October 31:

Birchgrove
- Ballast Point Park

Darling Harbour
- Jill Berry Lawn / ICC Lawn
- Tumbalong Park

Darling Island
- Ballarat Park
- Metcalfe Park

Pyrmont
- Cadi Park
- Pyrmont Bay Park
- Waterfront Park

Sydney Olympic Park
- Bicentennial Park
- Blaxland Riverside Park
- Cathy Freeman Park
- Newington Armory
- Wentworth Park

The Rocks
- Bligh & Barney Reserve
- Dawes Point Reserve
- First Fleet Park
- Hickson Rd Reserve
- MCA Lawn