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One rainy morning in Sydney, we headed out to the Waverton Peninsula to explore the Coal Loader. Originally a transfer depot for coal, the site has now been converted into a sustainability centre, complete with a large community garden, cafe, chicken run, and community centre.
The centre is also home to sustainability classes, like this one on the art of preserving fruits and vegetables.
While most of the coal loader facilities are closed off, one cool tunnel remains open to the public.
It’s also a great entryway into the Balls Head Reserve, a bit of native bush land unique for being so close to the city. Of course, it’s also got great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city from a rather unique angle.
The best way to get to the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is to catch a train to Waverton Station. From there, it’s just a ten-minute walk to the centre, but if you feel more adventurous and up to a bit of walking, try the Balls Head Drive circuit but beware of spiders – we came across several gigantic St Andrew’s Cross spiders on our walk. If the walk leaves you wanting more, try following the coastline, through the Berry Island Reserve, and then go home via the Wollstonecraft train station.
Open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
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