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Headland Park

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published September 3rd 2012
Picnicking paradise and some of Sydney's best harbour views
Featuring pristine bushland and some truly impressive harbour views, Headland Park in Mosman is a great place for a family picnic or a relaxing bushwalk.

One of Sydney's newest parklands, Headland Park encompasses former defence lands across Middle Head, Georges Heights, and Chowder Bay. It offers panoramic views, an intriguing history, cafes and a restaurant, tennis courts and sports oval, childcare centre, and recreation facilities in peaceful bushland surrounds.

[ADVERT]Sitting on a plateau overlooking Sydney Harbour, Headland Park is just a few minutes away from Mosman village and approximately 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the park, including a trail from Chowder Bay to Balmoral. Sculptures line the walking track, along with secluded seats where you can sit back and admire Sydney's famous harbour.

To take in the best of the harbour views, Georges Head Lookout is the place to go - just hope you're not there on a windy day, as it can get pretty chilly.

If you're looking for a good spot for a picnic, there are plenty of sunny spots to sit down for a meal.

If you'd rather someone else did the cooking and washing up, there's also a few dining options to choose from. Options range from the waterfront Bacino Kiosk and Cafe or Ripples Restaurant at Chowder Bay, to the serene bushland setting of Burnt Orange at Middle Head and The Tea Room Gunners' Barracks at Georges Head.

Incorporating former defence lands, Headland Park also boasts some intriguing historical aspects. The military history in this area dates back to the early nineteenth century. Fortifications and barracks were built along the escarpment of Georges Heights to form part of Sydney's defences. In the 1890s a Chowder Bay base was built for the Submarine Mining Corps.

Housing pockets of remnant bushland, the park also provides habitat for a wide range of native species including water dragons, blue-tongue lizards, ringtailed possums, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets.

There are currently four venues available for hire at Headland Park, making it a very popular spot for weddings with a view.

For more information about Headland Park, including a park map and details about park access, visit the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust website.
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Why? Explore one of Sydney's best parks
Where: Middle Head Rd, Mosman
Cost: Free entry
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