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Published December 5th 2012
A peaceful picnic spot and bushland walking track
There's something about the bush that is just so relaxing - and when you live in a big city like Sydney, every little pocket of bushland becomes a spot to escape the hustling, bustling madness of city life.
The suburb of Lane Cove is home to more than its fair share of bushland, with acres of space in Lane Cove National Park plus plenty of grassy reserves and bush trails to explore. But I recently stumbled across another lovely little spot in Lane Cove, Stringybark Creek Reserve. Accessed off Murray Street, this leafy reserve is the starting point for the Stringybark Creek bushwalks.
The reserve itself is a great spot for a picnic. With tall trees providing plenty of shade, it's perfect for spreading out a picnic rug on the grass. Picnic tables are also available, while play equipment is on hand to keep the kids entertained.
Another great inclusion is a dog off-leash area, offering a spot for your four-legged friend to roam free and make some new doggy friends. Other features of the park include barbecue facilities, a cricket practice wicket and a tennis practice wall.
After you've indulged in a relaxing lunch here, you can set off on a peaceful bushwalk along Stringybark Creek. The Harry Howard Bushwalk is a 3.5km return trip and winds its way alongside and over Stringybark Creek and through nearby Batten Reserve. Named after an architect who played a key role in the "regreening" of Lane Cove, this quiet track is well-shaded, secluded and doesn't feel like something you'd find so close to the centre of Sydney.
Batten Reserve is home to critically endangered Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest and is quite a significant pocket of bushland. Years of painstaking bush regeneration work have kept the area in such good shape, and it's well worth taking the time to explore on a lazy weekend.
For more information about Stringybark Creek Reserve and the Stringybark Creek bushwalks, head to the Lane Cove council website. Alternatively, pack a picnic hamper and your walking shoes and do some exploring of your own.