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Published February 27th 2013
Waterfront picnic spot and peaceful bushwalk
In a city as big as Sydney, there are plenty of undiscovered gems just waiting to be explored. Recently I stumbled across another one of the city's beautiful little locations and, as is often the case in Sydney, it's in an enviable waterfront position.
The suburb of Greenwich occupies a peninsula on Sydney Harbour's northern edge, and it's also home to the beautiful Greenwich Point Reserve. This little pocket of green, boasting some great harbour views, is definitely worth taking the time to explore.
The best place to start your adventure is at Shell Park, which is found right next to Greenwich Road. You'll notice a patch of grass and a couple of slippery dips for the kids as you drive past, so find a park here and put your walking shoes on.
Follow one of the paths through the trees and you'll come to a lovely little clearing on the water's edge. This area is an off-leash dog exercise enclosure - probably with one of the best locations in Sydney - so you might encounter a pooch or two. If you don't mind the occasional close encounter with a four-legged explorer, this would also be a good spot to sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch.
There's also bench seating here, allowing you to sit back and take in the sights and sounds of the harbour. There's something about the sound of water lapping gently into the hull of a boat that is just so relaxing.
After taking in the sights, get moving and follow the bushwalking trail around to Greenwich Point. Winding its way through the bush along the water's edge, this quiet little track offers views across to Woolwich and of the rest of the harbour. Just keep an eye out for the occasional water dragon on your travels - while walking along in my own little world I unwittingly startled one into making a frenzied dash for cover, which of course made me jump a couple of feet off the ground in surprise.
The track eventually makes its way to Greenwich Park, which is another good spot to spread out a picnic blanket and just enjoy the sunshine. Alternatively, you could make use of the picnic table in nearby Mary Carlson Park, which does offer some very impressive views of the city skyline.
And where you go from Greenwich Point is up to you. You can hop on a ferry and head towards the city, or continue on foot and find your way around to Manns Point Park. Or you can head back into Greenwich itself and treat yourself to a coffee.