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Published April 29th 2013
Explore peaceful green spaces on the shores of the harbour
Boasting relaxing grassy spaces with some pretty impressive harbour views, the Lavender Bay Parklands offer several beautiful natural escapes from the urban jungle.
The parklands comprise Clark Park, Watt Park, Quibaree Park, the Lavender Bay Foreshore and a number of smaller green spaces dotted throughout the area. You can spend a couple of hours exploring them all in one day, or take your time to visit each spot one by one.
Clark Park, which has been reviewed before on WeekendNotes, features impressive views across Lavender Bay to the Harbour Bridge. With benches, plenty of grassy space and lots of shade, it's a good spot to sit down for a long picnic lunch.
Compared to Clark Park, Watt Park is a little bit quieter and more secluded - the sort of place you'd go to just sit down and relax. Mature exotic specimen trees provide ample shade, while picnic tables and walking pathways are also on offer. A nautical-themed kids' playground sits in the park's boundaries, and dogs are welcome in Watt Park as long as they stay at least 10 metres away from the playground.
Continuing down the hill from Clark Park towards the water you come across Wendy's Secret Garden. This lovely little spot has been reviewed several times on WeekendNotes before (use the search function to find the reviews), and it's well worth taking the time to explore the winding paths, beautiful flora and arty sculptures the area includes.
Follow your nose down to the water and underneath the railway line to come across Quibaree Park. This narrow strip of waterfront land is sandwiched between the calm waters of Lavender Bay and the train tracks.
The park gets its name from the Aboriginal clan that once frequented Lavender Bay, and it's a great place to stop and take an obligatory happy snap or three of the Harbour Bridge. Quibaree Park features an historic slipway, a small boat ramp and a jetty with stairs. You can even wander down onto the sand and dip your feet in the water.
From there you can follow the walking trail along the harbour foreshore, taking in adjacent grassy areas and sculpture gardens, before ending up at Luna Park. It's very scenic and, if not for the screams coming from Luna Park, would be quite a relaxing stroll as well.
To find out more about the Lavender Bay Parklands, pay a visit to the North Sydney Council website.