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Published December 6th 2016
A park to explore
Blackwattle Bay Park, located on the Glebe foreshore and with views of Sydney Harbour and the city itself, offers lots of leisure activities for everyone. It is a little off the Sydney tourist track, yet still close to the city centre, and is a park loved by locals and visitors alike. As one of the four Glebe Foreshore Parks the park meanders along the foreshore of the bay offering slightly different and very interesting views of Sydney.
It is a dog-friendly park where dogs are allowed off leash and can even find little nooks where they can jump or wander into the water. There is lots of grass to run around and many other dogs who visit this park and therefore conversations between dogs and owner are easy to instigate.
A shared walking, running and biking track, picnic and barbecue areas and a children's playground area cater to every age group and activity preference. Besides the views of the city, the Anzac and Harbour bridges and expensive looking boats moored opposite, the park also offers a glimpse into Sydney's history. Beautiful old houses with gardens and sandstone steps leading to the water, ancient fig trees providing welcome shade and industry remnants and signposts show a side of Sydney as it was many years ago.
A leisurely walk, a quick run or bike ride - all possible in Blackwattle Bay Park
Blackwattle Park is on former industrial land, as highlighted by remnants of the historic Walter Burley Griffin incinerator. It was due to the locals active campaigning of the State government and local councils to have this area developed into a residential precinct and foreshore park that it is today. For more history of the park and the land it occupies please see here. The park's Aboriginal history can also be seen here.
Love this walk so much. If you're a dog lover it has to be one of the best walks in Sydney to take your dog - we have priority over bikes and runners here. And there's little doggie beaches along the way if your dog, like mine, is a swimmer. There's even an atmosphere of camaraderie amongst the dogs, if there has ever been any aggression I certainly haven't seen it. It's as if the dogs are saying "we are so happy to be here we are all going to behave, have fun and get on!"