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Carradah Park

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by Pauline (subscribe)
Published April 26th 2013
If you like history, or you're interested in visiting sites rich in heritage, then a visit to Carradah Park, which is the site of former BP Oil Company, is a must. The park is also part of Waverton Peninsula.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Signage on entry points

There are multiple access points to the site, either through Balls Head Road, Larkin Street or via Waverton Park.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Entry via Waverton Park, next to Waverton Bowling Club

The park is located only a short walk from Waverton train station. I walked from the station to Carradah Park via Waverton Park pathway just next to Waverton Bowling Club. Carradah Park was formerly used as a major oil storage facility from 1922 until 1993. However, it was only in 2005 that this site was officially opened to the public for recreational use after a major remediation.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Carradah Park (former BP site) Interpretive Signs

The signage in the entire site is very well designed. Important interpretation wall markers are installed where appropriate to explain featured remnants of the former BP site. There are also multiple small directional signs to help visitors navigate around the site.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Remaining piping from former industrial activities

Although most of the storage tanks and industrial items had been removed from the site, some items have been retained. You can still see remnants of piping and drainage system here today.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Industrial Drainage System

In the past, the valve of the drainage system was closed to prevent any oil spill from flowing directly to the harbour. Today, it takes the overflow from storm water and frog habitat ponds which were created during remediation of the site. The frog habitat ponds are now home to two frog species - the Striped Marsh Frog and Common Eastern Froglet.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Dolphin Wharf

Another interesting feature of Carradah Park is Dolphin Wharf, one of the three wharves on the site. In was built in 1962 as part of a mooring facilities upgrade to support large fuel tankers. This wharf is apparently under study for potential ferry terminal development to provide public access to Carradah Park.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Numerous stairways and lookout platform

There are many pathways, walkways and stairways which lead to key viewing points of the harbour. It was indeed tiring to climb those stairs but nonetheless a good workout.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Top: Former site of oil and petrol storage tank, now a circle field Below: Map of former tank locations on site

The view from higher platform overlooking Berry's Bay is beautiful! Looking down you see a large circle field which looks like a crop circle. In case you are wondering what it is, this used to be the site of a huge oil and petrol storage tank which has been removed. The removal has also resulted in a dramatic sandstone cliff.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Bund Wall

As you walk towards the waterfront, there's a bund wall. The word bund is derived from Hindi word band which means embankment. It functioned as a catchment area for possible oil leak or spillage. Originally constructed with a combination of concrete, brick and sandstone, only remnants of the wall remain today.

Carradah Park, Former BP Site, Waverton Peninsula
Upper level platform

The upper level platform was formerly used as a fuel-filling station where tankers would enter the platform via Larkin Street. You can still see the remains of a concrete and steel slide track once used for the automatic gate on site. The upper level of the site is now called Will Ashton Lookout. It features stunning views of Sydney Harbor Bridge and Berry's Bay.

There are several benches for visitors to sit on and relax while enjoying the view.

The alternative entry point near the upper level platform is via Balls Head Road where you walk down a flight of stairs and begin the exploration.

Overall, it's quite interesting and informative and has beautiful scenery on a sunny day.
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Why? a historical harborside park
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Where: Carradah Park, Waverton
Cost: Free
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