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Ballast Point Park - Walama

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by Wendy (subscribe)
Art enthusiast. Loves painting, bushwalking and travels. Writing what I love sparks my passion. Sydney, Australia.
Published April 15th 2012
Ballast Point Park (Walama) is an award-winning park located at the tip of Birchgrove Peninsula. In recognition of aboriginal history, 'Walama' is included as a dual name for the park. Walama means "to return" - returning the once industrial site (formerly Caltex site) back to nature.

The park covers 2.6 hectares of Sydney Habour foreshore land with walking paths, children's play area, barbecues, access for cyclists and grassy areas for picnic. Once there you'll find the first thing to catch you eye is 'Tank 101' – a structure, which contains remains of a large oil tank, symbolises the site's working harbour history. It is one of the most interesting features in the park.

Tank 101

Interestingly, the sandstone foundations and relics of the historical 'Menevia' house were uncovered during site excavation works. Some information and items are displayed for public's viewing.

In this dedicated display area, you'll be able to find some informaton about the historic Menevia House

A short walk down to the water reveals 'Delicate Balance' – a public artwork created by Robyn Backen looking out towards Mort Bay and Sydney Harbour. The artwork is dressed with sandstone from the site to represent as ballast for European ships. Just to give you a hint; it resembles a large stone telescope. Why don't you stroll through the park to hunt it down?

A walk through the park is a continuous exploration and delight as this public space is surrounded with panoramic views to the city and Harbour Bridge. It's simply aesthetically pleasing. What's more, the park has embraced sustainable design with recycled materials crafted into walls, decks and seating.

Walking paths and large grassy areas surrounded with magnificent harbour views

Panoramic views to the city and Harbour Bridge

The park is bathed in sunlight and so you'll feel energised and rejuvenated. Kids will certainly love running around or riding their bikes. Feeling a bit tired? You can sit down and relax overlooking the beautiful harbour views. Plus, it's also an on-leased dogs and so you don't need to worry about leaving them at home. It is definitely worth a day outing.

Kids love riding their bikes and you can also walk with your on-leased dogs

Feeling tired? You can take a rest to enjoy great harbour views

Located at the end of Ballast Point Road Birchgrove, it is easily accessible by either car, bus or ferry. It's a wonderful place to visit and take a break while enjoying the great harbour views.
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Why? Ballast Point Park is an award-winning park surrounded with magnificent harbour views. With its large grassy areas, walking paths and amenities, the park is perfect for a day outing.
When: From 6 am to the dust
Where: At the end of Ballast Point Road, Birchgrove
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