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Berry Island: A bushland park by the beach

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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!

Berry Island Reserve is green, bushland park with the sunshine, sand and water views of a beach

Berry Island Reserve is an island-like paradise, surrounded by water (but you don’t need a boat)

Our dogs happily chased balls across the sand and into the water, where we also spotted tiny fish

Because of the waterside setting, the park has the feel of a beach break, while still green and lush

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.

The Gadyan track is a 750 meter circular bush walk that loops right around Berry Island Reserve

The track takes you on a trip around the island

At the top of the park kids can climb and clamber on the equipment while you relax (or play!)

The sturdy equipment is well-spaced and safe, with lots to explore for every age group

The smaller slide and climbing tower are a good option for little ones or the less adventurous

The playground is set against a sweeping view of the harbour’s famous waters

There are multiple enclosed slides including a double side-by-side slide and standalone

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).

As you venture through the park you  see plenty of grass for picnics and family get togethers

You can also pass the time watching the passing sailing and fishing boats bobbing on the water

Keep an eye out for the Sydney Ferry leaving Circular Quay taking trips around Sydney Harbour

 

There’s some moderate inclines on the park walks

 

Classic Features:

  • BBQ area and picnic tables
  • Seating areas
  • Water fountains
  • Fully fenced playground
  • Accessible toilets

Essential Details: 

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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  • Hi, I love the photo of your happy dog at Berry Island. Unfortunately, its not such a happy place anymore. I am a regular user of dog parks in the North Sydney area and I have never been bailed up by a council contractor and yelled at to get my dogs off aboriginal land. Last week on a 36 degree day I took my dogs for a swim at Berry Island beach when a contractor charged down the slopes telling me to get my dogs on-leash. I already had to pick my way past 3 vehicles parked on the off-leash grass reserve (and the next day, skirt the half of the park that was roped off for a private party). Technically, water/sand/rocks do not constitute bushland. Notably there were also fisherman on the foreshore pulling up under-size fish and beer cans littering the rocks. I can only assume he wanted to pick a fight with a mum with 2 small dogs. Sadly, Berry Island is no longer a happy place for us.

    10 December, 2019 at 3:03 pm Reply
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