I am a weekend wanderer. There is a great way to spend a weekend and that's visiting the great places we have here in the Hunter. Keep an eye on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wkndwanderer
Published November 27th 2012
Hundres of people drive past one of Newcastle's special places every day but very few stop to take in the sites of Kooragang Island. Over the past few years Kooragang Island has become very industrialized with the increase in coal exports following the construction of 2 new coal loading facilities. A forth new coal loader is in the pipeline now.
So don't wait, go now and pull up at the small park just over the Tourle St Bridge on Kooragang Island and take a look around.
Surprising to many people there is a great experience awaiting you. Best of all is the Black Swan Population that live in the small swamp area just off the road. Local council have put a viaduct under the road so the Black Swan family can make its way to the Hunter River for a swim and frolick.
If you have good eyesight you could see through the growth of trees on the higher embankment four iron artworks spread along the top. Each sculpture represents an element of nature. There is a sculpture for Air, Water, Fire and Earth.
There is also a fascinating history to be uncovered by doing some research into these sadly forgotten pieces of art.
About 500M along the road towards Stockton is Newcastle's iconic Wind Turbine or Windmill. Energy Australia erected this wind turbine to assist in the generation of power for Newcastle. Currently this single Wind Turbine can supply up to 5% of Newcastle's energy needs. Kooragang Island was chosen specifically to host the Wind Turbine due to the high wind velocities experienced in the area.