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Wangal Reserve

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by Lynne Vertannes (subscribe)
There is always somewhere you can be and something to do.
Published January 2nd 2021
A hidden green space
This park is a rejuvenated, green space, surrounded by water. Once an unknown, unfrequented spot located on a peninsula, is now a piece of paradise. Canada Bay Council have done an amazing job reinventing Wangal Reserve, named after the "Wangal clan, one of 29 tribes of the Eora nation and the traditional custodians of that land."

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Welcome to Wangal Reserve

This reserve has something for everyone and the location is beautiful. It's somewhere you can come to relax, read a book and really soak in nature.

Your Reading Nook

There are 2 BBQ areas, both with views across the water, sheltered and with seating. The great thing about these is that they are spaced out, with one area next to the playground and the other on the quieter side, near a sandy beach, great for kids to build some sandcastles and a lovely view to the city.

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BBQ area near Beach
Outdoor dining

What I love about the playground is the soft bark ground covering. This blends beautifully with the landscape and makes a change from sand. With a sandy beach located on the other side, if you want to get sandy, you can, however, if you prefer the sand in your toes whilst building sandcastles and not from sliding down a slide, this is the perfect mix. The play area has something for everyone - swings, slides, water play, access for prams and wheelchairs. Located just a few metres from the play area is a flying fox and climbing frame which I think looks like a cone shell. There are so many varieties of space that you won't feel hemmed in, just you amongst nature - breathtaking.

Slide Away

Climbing Fun - Cone like shell Shape

Wangal Reserve is located at the very end of Hilly Street, Mortlake and can also be accessed via The Mortlake Car Ferry, also known as Putney Punt. Operating daily, including public holidays. The timetable is located at the website of This is a free service from Putney to Mortlake and is a great way to get to Mortlake from Gladesville. The park is directly to the right of the ferry on the Mortlake side. There is parking in the cul-de-sac near the park and also along Hilly Street.

Bring a picnic, enjoy a BBQ or take advantage of the great cafes of Mortlake, all within strolling distance.
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Why? Fresh air, green space
When: Anytime
Where: End of Hilly Street, Mortlake
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It's nice to see these places rejuvenated for all to enjoy Lynne.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1433) 20 days ago
A beautifully written article Lynne, thanks. I love walking the dog there. It’s an impressive playground and bbq area by the water for families.
by rsver (score: 0|5) 20 days ago
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