If you wish to get a sneak peak into aboriginal history and way of living and also have some bushwalking experience with some pleasant Sydney Harbour and skyline views then Berry Island Reserve may just be the right place. It is located 10 minutes by walk from Wollstonecraft station at the end of Shirley road (on the North Shore line, ahead of North Sydney).
The history of this reserve dates back to the 19th century when this island was known to be a fishing, hunting and camping site for Aboriginal communities. Even at present some evidence of this can be seen by way of rock engravings and axe grindings.
Walking in the main path may have some interesting bits where you need to jump over a gap or hop onto steps cut into a rock. A small but interesting bushwalk can be undertaken by following the Gaydan track. This path with signage leads you all through the reserve up till the corners touching the Balls Head Bay and allows you to take a closer look at the Aboriginal history.
The open grass area of Berry Island precedes a small pocket of remnant indigenous bushland. Despite its relatively small size, this is the best-preserved pocket of Hawkesbury Sandstone flora in the whole North Sydney Council area.
The lawns are now very popular for picnics and family gatherings. There is also an excellent kids play area that will help keep them entertained. There is access to small walkable beaches too when the tide is low.
Another great place in the city for the family and you get to absorb some local history too.