Berry Island Reserve is a harbourside oasis which combines a trip to the park with wonderful water views and a beachside vibe, Katey Chesterton writes.
A trip to Berry Island Reserve is a trip to a green, bushland park setting that also offers the sunshine, sand and water views of a visit to the beach….so, what more could you ask for? When a friend and I visited Berry Island Reserve we discovered an island-like paradise, surrounded by water (but you don’t need a boat to get there, don’t worry- it’s still connected to the mainland!
At the top of the park you can sit back and relax while the kids climb and clamber on the equipment in the fabulous fenced playground. The classic equipment includes two side-by-side slides plus a standalone slippery slide, swings, an oversized noughts and crosses game plus climbing equipment. The equipment is spaced and sturdy, although younger kids or the differently able may need a hand climbing or accessing the tops of the slides.
If you’re up for a walk, nearby is the a 750 meter circular bush walk that loops right around Berry Island Reserve called The Gadyan Track. You can learn about Berry Island and its significance to the Aboriginal people, with lots of historical info written on a large signpost at beginning of the walk.
Because of the waterside setting, the park has the feel of a beach break, with our dogs happily chasing calls across the sand and into the water, where there are schools of tiny fish to spot swimming and leaping out of the sea. You can also pass the time watching the passing sailing and fishing boats, and the iconic Sydney Ferry leaving Circular Quay and taking its passengers on a tour of the breathtaking views around Sydney Harbour.
As you venture through the park itself you will see plenty of grass areas for picnics and family get togethers. There’s two BBQ plates plus seating throughout the park, including two picnic tables next to the BBQ area. If you’re keen on takeaway (or a caffeine hit) you can stop at one of the many cafes along the way like the Waterview Cafe or the Botanica Garden Cafe, both in Bay Rd Waverton (which is only five minutes away).
- BBQ area and picnic tables
- Seating areas
- Water fountains
- Fully fenced playground
- Accessible toilets
What: Berry Island Reserve, Wollstonecraft
Where: 10 Shirley Road Wollstonecraft
Nearest Coffee: Waterview Cafe or the Botanica Garden Cafe both in Bay Rd Waverton
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