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Wahroonga Park

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published May 31st 2012
Northern Sydney is full of parks, so it takes something special to stand out. Wahrooga Park has that necessary spark, with its beautiful setting and accessible location.

The park is made up of spacious grassy areas and trees that all seem to be different types. Their variations in height, shape and colour are one factor that makes the setting truly beautiful.

The beautiful lawns are great for a picnic.

Around the edges of the park, particularly near Wahroonga Station, there are also exquisite, well-kept gardens. One of these is Throng Garden, which is full of azaleas donated to the local council by the estate of the late Pearl Thring.

You can find seats located all around the park. While the park is very popular, there are usually seats to spare, where you can sit and relax in the shade or soak up the sun. Be aware, however, that the park is bordered on every side by roads, so you won't be able to escape the sound of cars. Sometimes you can hear the trains at the station too.

Sit in the shade on a hot day.

Relax in the sun.

Paths from each side of the park converge.

One notable feature of the park is the rotunda, which can be booked for private functions. It is perfect for kids parties considering there is a big, grassy area right next to it where they can play their party games. The rotunda has also been used for weddings, with the park the perfect backdrop for photos.

The Rotunda

There is also playground here. Most of the equipment, such as the miniature slide, is in a fenced off area and best suited to small children. However, there is also a set of swings outside this fence.

The swings and the play area in the background.

Another feature of the park is a memorial to artist Sir Lionel Lindsay, which consists of a brick area with two seats and a statue. The memorial was opened in June 1970 by Sir Robert Menzies.

The Memorial

The park itself was acquired in 1921 by Ku-Ring-Gai Council when it was little more than a mess of overgrown blackberry bushes. In 1928 it began to take the shape of a park when local organisations and individuals donated their time, labour, skills, equipment and materials to enhancing the site.

The two presidents of the Wahroonga Progress Association, Dr. W.H. Read and T.A. Stocks were particularly inportant to the park's development. They nurtured plants in their own gardens before transplanting them into the park and raised financial support from local residents.

Wahroonga Park is only a small area but it is one I highly recommend. It takes on a different feel in every section, so I recommend you take the time to explore each area and pick your favourite place to relax.
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Why? A beautiful, accessible place for a picnic.
When: Every day
Where: Bound by Coonanbarra Road, Illoura Avenue, Millewa Avenue and Stuart Street, Wahroonga
Cost: Free
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