I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published June 3rd 2012
Cliff Oval is made up of a two sportsgrounds. Both are used for rugby in winter, while the top sportsground is used for baseball in summer and the lower sportsground for cricket. There is also a clubhouse here too. But it is not the sporting facilities that drew me to this park, it is what can be found behind these fields.
At the end of the back sportsground you will find part of the Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland and the start of many bushwalks around Wahroonga. There are five routes to choose from, taking you to Grosvenor Street, Golden Jubilee Oval, Burns Road, Samuel King Oval and Gwydir Avenue. Each of these walks is between 1.5 and 5.5 kilometres long and once you've made your choice I recommend taking a photo of the map at the beginning of the trail because the paths overlap. Dogs may accompany you on the walk, and on the oval itself, but they must be leashed.
You don't have to commit to a long trek to benefit from the scenic bushland around the area though. If you keep following the main path straight ahead, veering left up a small, rock incline just before the track starts to slope downwards at the end of the ridge, you will be rewarded with an amazing view north over Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. There are even two seats here made from tree trunks, along with the remains of a fire. Clearly there's no need to go the Blue Mountains for incredible views! But I guess the Blue Mountains views don't include the sound of the Freeway in the background.
In terms of parking for this site, you usually aren't able to get into the carpark here because it's only open during sporting events. If you do find the gates open, be careful, as they will be locked when the sporting event ends. It's not a busy area though so you shouldn't have to park too far away and since you're likely coming here for a bit of exercise, a little extra is nothing to complain about.