Wollstonecraft Bay, also known as Berry Island, is a hidden treasure in suburban Wollstonecraft on Sydney's North Shore. It's a piece of combined parkland/bushland at the bottom of Shirley Rd in Wollstonecraft with plenty to keep the kids busy while also being the perfect place for adults to wind down and relax. It is located in a cul-de-sac and it is about a 10 minute walk downhill from Wollstonecraft train station. The uphill return walk is slighty longer than 10 mintues.
When entering Berry Island, towards the right hand side there is play equipment for the kids including slippery slides, swings and climbing activities. The island also offers a short ring-track bushwalk which takes about 20 minutes to complete, during which time you are able to view some Aboriginal rock carvings. At the south end of the bushwalk there is a lookout where you will see across to HMAS Waterhen Naval Base, where a large ship is anchored.
Berry Island is set on the backdrop of the harbour. The waters edge surrounds the island, although there is fencing around the parkland which provides safety for children. There is plenty of grass area for people to play ball games and do similar activities and there is also shade, making the perfect opportunity for people to bring along chairs and other equipment to setup a picnic. Both male and female public toilets are also available.
Berry Island is a great place to take the kids for some lunch, for family get togethers or for a day out with someone special. It has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere and is perfect for either a short visit or to spend the day. Berry Island offers a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a bit of nature. For more information and to download a map of the island please see the North Sydney Council Berry Island Reserve webpage.