Travelling is an amazing opportunity in so many regards – we get to explore a new culture, try new food and meet diverse people. However, we are often SO busy that it is hard to find the time or motivation to exercise. In addition to this, travel is expensive and so paying for a gym pass is often out of the question!
So, how can you stay active while travelling Australia? The best way is to find a free sport field or court. In Sydney, tennis is a great option!
Free Hard Tennis Courts in Sydney
Summer Hill Tennis Courts (located in Darrell Jackson Gardens)
Summer Hill Tennis Courts are not only free but also easy to get to! These courts are conveniently located right by Summer Hill Station. This is the perfect option for anyone who is staying in central Sydney or the Inner West.
The gardens have two hard courts which are in good condition and perfect for all players – whether you’re a beginner or grand slam champion! Also, you don’t need to email your name/information ahead of time as booking is not required. This is ideal for those who are up for a spontaneous match!
These courts make for a great day out as there is also plenty to explore in the Summer Hill area. After you’re done with your match, go for a walk around the lovely Darrell Jackson Gardens. Then, to end the day, head with friends to one of the many restaurants or bars Summer hill has to offer – The Temperance Society Bar is our personal favourite!
Free Grass Tennis Courts in Sydney
Richard Murden Reserve
For grass courts in Sydney’s Inner West, head to Richard Murden Reserve. The reserve is slightly bigger than Summer Hill Tennis courts, featuring 4 quality tennis courts which are great for all player regardless of experience. These grass courts are located just off Hawthorne Parade in Haberfield. Court hire is not necessary.
These courts also make for a great day out with family and friends as the reserve also has the following facilities:
- one junior and one senior children’s play area.
- 3x multi-purpose basketball / netball courts.
- 6x netball courts.
- A fitness course.
- A bay ride cycle path
Yes, there are some great cafes in the area, but the reserve has a great picnic area and water views for those wanting to save some money and bring their own food.
What If I Need a Tennis Court In Another Area of Sydney?
Unfortunately, Summer Hill Tennis Courts and Richard Murden Reserve are the only free tennis courts we were able to find in Sydney. While they are both great options, if you need a tennis court in another suburb there are plenty of options if you are willing to pay a fee for court hire:
Surry Hills: Prince Alfred Park Tennis Courts
This tennis centre features 5 plexicushion courts – this is the same surface as the Australian Open.
Other facilities include lights, an office and a pro shop.
Price Alfred Park courts are open every day of the year from 6am to 11pm.
Alexandria: Alexandria Park Tennis Courts
The facilities include 2 hard courts, amenities and floodlights but there is no kiosk, office or pro shop.
The courts are open every day of the year from 7am to 10pm.
Beaconsfield: Beaconsfield Park Tennis Courts
This park has 2 hard courts and facilities include amenities and lights. However, there is no kiosk, office or pro shop.
Like Alexandria Park, these courts are open every day of the year from 7am to 10pm.
Glebe: St James Park Tennis Courts
The facilities include 2 hard courts, amenities, lights and a kitchenette but there is no kiosk, office or pro shop.
Again, these tennis courts are open from 7am to 10pm every day of the year.
Parking spaces nearby are limited so public transport or cycling are better options. However if you do need to drive, St James Lane is your best bet for a parking spot.
Rosebery: Turruwul Park Tennis Courts
This park is located on the corner of Rothschild Avenue and Hayes Road.
It has one hard court and one Hot Shot tennis court (a smaller tennis court for children).
Unfortunately, facilities are lacking – there is no kiosk, pro shop or office.
Hours are 7am to 7pm, 365 days a year.
For all locations listed above, court hire is possible online using the City Community Tennis website. It’s great value, especially if you are an Advantage Member. Click here for their page featuring more information about locations, court facilities, racquet hire, tennis balls and discounts for members.