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Published April 3rd 2013
Pretty harbourfront picnic spot
On a clear and sunny Autumn day, there's few better places to spend a couple of hours than in a pretty park overlooking Sydney Harbour. Waverton Park, offering photogenic views across Berrys Bay and towards the city skyline beyond, is ideal for taking in some of the best views Sydney has to offer.
Located in Woolcott Avenue, Waverton Park is a five-minute stroll from Waverton railway station, but on-street parking is also available. The first feature you notice is the custom-designed Merrett Playground which sits near the street at the top level of the park.
This playground has a motoring theme and plays host to a rocking car, tricycle track, "fuel" bowsers, tunnel slides and an arm-power swing. Well shaded and offering impressive city views, the playground has just as much to offer stressed parents looking for a place to relax as it does kids looking to run amok. Happily, the playground and the adjacent grassed embankment are fully fenced for safety.
Next to the playground is Waverton Bowling Club, a humble-looking establishment in a not-so-humble location. The park surrounds the bowling club and features plenty of open grassy space that slopes gently down towards the water. Bring along a cricket bat or a soccer ball for a bit of exercise, or simply spread out a picnic rug in the sun.
But walk further down into the park towards Berrys Bay, and the walking track becomes surrounded by bushland. Stairs off to the left lead down to a secluded soccer field right on the water's edge. You could forgive the teams that play here for being distracted from their game by the lovely harbour views, while there's also the danger of any misplaced kicks floating out into the harbour.
A couple of benches offer spots to just sit back and take everything in, while this bottom sports oval is very popular with dog walkers - a fact that is helped by the addition of water bubblers and dog poo bags. Dogs are welcome right throughout Waverton Park, although they must stay at least 10 metres from the playground and are not permitted on the sportsground when it is in use.
Waverton Park is part of an extensive network of open space that winds its way along the waterfront to Balls Head Reserve. For some truly enviable harbour views, follow your nose around the water's edge to nearby Waverton Peninsula Reserve. This former BP site is another piece of harbourfront parkland well worth exploring.
In terms of other facilities, Waverton Park also contains public toilets, change rooms, seats and picnic tables. To find out more about the history and facilities of Waverton Park, log on to the North Sydney Council website.