I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 9th 2015
Berry Park is a surprising facility tucked away at the back of Mount Colah. It was created by Mount Colah Football Club in the 1960's, when the organisation was struggling to find grounds of their own. The name comes from the founder of the club, Jack Berry.
The park is still used for soccer in winter while in the summer months (when I visited) it's ready for cricket, with a synthetic wicket in the middle. Three benches along one side provide seating for spectators, but most people will have to bring their own chairs.
I also found a nice little surprise in one corner, in the form of a walking trail through the bush. I didn't follow it too far, so I don't know where it goes, but it can't go for that long far since the park is on a residential block that is surrounded by roads.
Not many of the roads near Berry Park are well traveled, but Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road is the exception. It provides access to the Pacific Motorway (the southbound lanes) and takes you to Bobbin Head, which I think is one of the best picnic spots in the Northern Suburbs. It has multiple parks and picnic areas, a cafe, walks, boat ramps and more.
Berry Park will never draw as many people as Bobbin Head, and can't beat nearby Asquith Oval as a place for just a casual visit, but it's a useful sportsground for clubs in the area.