I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published June 25th 2013
When I approached Clyne Reserve it was from the direction of Dalgety Terrace, which is located at the bottom of the park. From this angle, the reserve didn't seem like much - just an area of land that had been converted into a park because it was too small and uneven to be put to any other use.
Grass, rocks and trees - my first view of Clyne Reserve
However, following the curving path around the edge of the reserve, I saw that there's more to the space than grass and a few trees. Located at the end of Millers Point, it also offers some pretty decent views of Sydney Harbour, which has made it a popular place to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve.
At the moment though, like at nearby Munn Street Reserve, the view is somewhat marred by all the construction taking place below along Barangaroo (which also makes it pretty noisy here). For this reason, I don't think the scenery is anything to go out of your way for, but I do admit that I visited on a very overcast day so the harbour wasn't exactly looking its best.
All the construction below mars the view a little
As well as the views, Clyne Reserve also has some open grassy space, seats and a small courtyard up the top, but nothing really left much of an impression on me. Had the park been located in any other area of Sydney, my opinion would probably be different; I'd see it as a quiet, relaxing space to chill-out. But in this area, with attractions like the Sydney Harbour Bridge nearby, it just seemed too ordinary.
However, one feature that isn't quite ordinary is the play equipment, which gave me a bit of a surprise.
There's quite a bit of grass, but not much of it is flat
Some of the seating
Not thinking many people would visit the reserve, I hadn't been expecting any equipment in the first place. But there it was. And not even your average, primary-coloured play equipment with a single slide and perhaps some rocking seats.
As I immediately noticed, this set is a bit more unusual, though it took me a while to figure out why: viewed together, the three pieces form the shape of a submerged boat.
When I saw it from this angle, I realised the play equipment was really a boat
The equipment improved my opinion of the park and I think it offers a bit of quirkiness in a space that seems to be losing its main attraction - the view. But even so, Clyne Reserve is a space for locals. It's not somewhere tourists will be adding to their itinerary any time soon.