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Cooks River Walk

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by Sandra Moore (subscribe)
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Published September 27th 2012
Birds, bees, flowers and trees - see for yourself
Have you ever strolled or ridden along the Homebush to Mascot trail? I had heard about it and did look it up but wasn't that keen to try it. I was surprised, as it really is a very scenic, serene (in most parts) walk with shady trees, lots of birds and a lot of like-minded people out on a beautiful day.

This almost 20 kilometre trail is looked after by different councils and also by 'The Mudcrabs'. The Mudcrabs are the volunteers that look after the river beds, trim the hedges and pick up rubbish, clean up and keep it all beautiful. For information on what the councils are planning go to the Cooks River Alliance website.

We started our walk from Campsie, we were going to cycle but I got lazy and knew that stopping to take photographs on my bike can be dangerous to pedestrians and the like.

We went through the first part of the walk where we saw some beautiful Weeping Willows. Such gorgeous green leaves falling, trees in a row just by the edge of the murky waters in Flockhart Park.

Weeping Willow

We crossed Fifth Avenue, and headed south to Mascot (not that we got there). The white concreted trail was centred in the park and ran parallel to Cooks River. We greeted other walkers with our good mornings and were jolted to move to left of the path as cyclists approached ringing their bells or just calling out. At that point, I thought to myself, 'self, good thing you're not on your bike'.

Birds flooded us, there were the usual scavenger birds like the Ibis' and the pigeons but then there were also Swifts and little birds with blue heads (no I'm not a bird lover but they were so cute). We walked along past a playground, tennis courts and a picnic area with clean facilities.

Moving along we walked past fields where the littlies played soccer on weekend mornings. Just a little bit further along, just after Lee's park I saw a Pelican, he was beautiful and headed my way. Just as I put my finger on the button to click, he put a fish in his bill. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. He turned to gulp, as it's rude to eat with your mouth open, then just continued floating along the river like nothing awesome had happened and it wasn't even 8 o'clock in the morning.

As we walked, more families were coming out, parents with attachments to their bikes with kids inside, cycling along the path. Some people practicing Thai Chi, or walking backwards and clapping to awaken their circulation, and also walked alongside the outside of Canterbury Race Course, an old icon.
Canterbury Race Course

We got to Canterbury Road then turned around and went back to the car. More and more people came out as the morning moved on, the sun shone through the trees, little children played in the park that the council had just sprayed with fertilizer, the birds chirped and people rode their bikes.

Another highlight was walking back to the car; I noticed a Flame Tree full of Lorikeets by the side of the road. One of the Lorikeets caught my eye because he was feasting on a flower off the tree. A truly beautiful way to start a morning, just walk along the Cooks River path and you'll never know what you'll find. It was worth the hour walk, I'd definitely do it again, maybe a bit further to Tempe perhaps. We shall see. You can check out the track mapped out online.

*disclaimer - I assume all birds are boys*
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Why? It's a beautiful spot
When: During the day
Where: Homebush to Mascot and anywhere in between
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Can you take your dog?
by jane.20 (score: 1|14) 2549 days ago
Good article but the river gets even better after Canterbury Road down to Tempe railway station. Very beautiful in parts and great parks along the way and the various volunteers have done wonders to clean it up. You can follow it all the way down to where it enters Botany Bay as well
by matth (score: 1|31) 2544 days ago
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