I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published June 26th 2013
Munn Street Reserve could easily be overlooked. The park is located above Hickson Road and doesn't have much to draw people to it, with the entire reserve consisting of two grassy areas surrounded by pavement, along with some seats and tended gardens. At the end of the space there is also a set of stairs, which lead to a small area with a few more benches.
Munn Street Reserve
Because the park is located on the edge of Sydney harbour and raised above Barangaroo, it does offer some views out over the water, but nothing worth recommending. The scenery is particularly poor at the moment because you're mainly looking through wire fencing over a whole lot of construction going on below.
The park doesn't offer the best view
I visited the reserve just after lunchtime on a Saturday and used it as a place to stop and eat. While here, I didn't see many people using the park and those I did were merely passing through while walking their dogs (which are allowed off their leash here) or jogging. The place seems to be one that's incorporated into a walk, not a destination itself.
I sat and ate lunch here
There were more birds than people
I get the impression that the reserve isn't valued as much as it could be (there were bags of rubbish piled up beside the bins) but if anyone was to take the time to stop here, there are some lessons to be learnt about the area's history.
As a sign near the Munn Street entrance explains, the place has been named after James Munn, who was granted land around here in 1834 and operated a shipbuilding yard. The sign also reveals that whole streets were cut into the rock in the area in order to create Hickson Road, with the bridge the reserve sits on estabised in 1910.
Looking back from the top of the stairs
The idea that the landscape around here is man-made was something I hadn't considered before, even when looking down at the traffic beneath the park It made me reassess this whole area of Sydney's foreshore.
For some people, insights like this one might be worth the trip over to Munn Street Reserve. Perhaps you could incorporate it into your own walk through the area, catching Clyne Reserve and the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk along the way. But there are a lot of other things to do on the harbour that may be of more interest.