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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Published September 29th 2010
Uncover the haven of Cooper Park - the largest area of bushland in Sydney's eastern suburbs Woollahra Council.

Just a short walk from bustling Bondi Junction you can relax in the rainforest surrounds of brilliant greens where moss covered stone bridges cross Cooper Creek, the only significant natural creek system in the eastern suburbs.

The park covers 38 acres from Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill to Manning Road, Double Bay and Grey Gum walk ends at Adelaide Street Bondi Junction.

For those wanting a scenic view whilst working out Cooper Park is the ideal place with walking tracks such as Rosewood and Cliff Paths that run for approximately one km from Suttie to Victoria road culminating in a hill with 100 stairs at the Bellevue Hill entrance.

The unique quality of the park is its natural state and history which contains indigenous rock engravings from the Eora culture estimated to be between 200 and more than 2,000 years old.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the leash, except on the large sports fields that open up over both sides of Suttie road where they can be off the leash between 4:30pm and 8:30am.

The sports fields come with cricket pitch and practice nets.

Anyone for tennis, the Cooper Park Tennis Centre has eight full size synthetic grass courts with flood lighting, café, kiosk, pro-shop, showers and a Friday night social competition.

For the kids there is a sheltered playground adjacent to the courts.

If you have built up an appetite from all that exercise Bondi Junction is nearby with a large variety of restaurants, supermarkets, food courts and take away shops or if you brave the stairs up to Bellevue Road there is Blip Coffee, mini market, pasta pantry and a green grocer to select produce to be enjoyed in the park's picnic facilities.

If you haven't checked out the park lately you will be pleasantly surprised with the renovations and developments, such as the Cooper Creek Sustainable Water Project.

The stone steps at the Victoria road entrance, often frequented by workout junkies, and footpath is completely fixed with no sign of the landslide caused by a burst water main two years ago.

If you are driving there is car parking and vehicle access from Buna Place (off Suttie Road) or enter from the pedestrian paths.
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Why? Enjoy the lush surrounds of Cooper Park
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: Cooper Park, Woollahra
Cost: Free, except tennis court or hall hire
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