LET’S TALK PARKS WITH A VIEW
Spring has sprung, the days are warming up, and we live less than an hour’s drive from the most beautiful harbour in the world. So, here are a few great parks with a view of the Harbour.
BLUES POINT RESERVE – Sitting directly below the infamous Blues Point Tower, this is a park that I had not been to before and I was pleasantly surprised by it. There is modern decent play equipment including swings and inventive water themed climbing frames. But the best aspect of this park is the most stunning view of the Harbour to enjoy while the kids play. You can’t get more Sydney than looking out at the Bridge, Luna Park, the Opera House, with ferries and yachts sailing past. After a play, take the kids for a stroll following the water line around Blues Point or towards the ferry wharf, be warned though there are no fences between you and the water. And don’t forget to pop up the stairs to find a big green space to run around in, and more of those fantastic views. There are toilets, limited parking and bubblers. It is a gem that I will definitely return to.
BLUES POINT RESERVE – BLUES POINT RD, MCMAHONS POINT
SAWMILLERS RESERVE – Just around the corner as the crow flies from Blues Point Reserve is Sawmillers Reserve. This quiet park commemorates a former sawmill, and you can still see ruins from the old machinery today. Standing on the lookout, there is a beautiful view of the Harbour towards Barangaroo, Goat Island and Balls Head Reserve. The most interesting gem here is a great shipwreck to see. No fences, but on a lovely day this is a top place for a stroll along the waterfront and a run around the grass. Dogs are welcome. Parking is limited and that is it for facilities. Something to check out.
SAWMILLERS RESERVE – MUNRO ST, MCMAHONS POINT
CLIFTON GARDENS – Just a few minutes drive from Taronga Zoo, Clifton Gardens has to be one of the loveliest parks on Sydney Harbour. Looking out on the Harbour towards the Eastern Suburbs and South Head, this is a lovely spot to watch the boats sail by, have a paddle in the water, play in the fantastic playground, ride a bike around the grounds, or enjoy a BBQ or picnic with the family. The park is huge. You could have a massive birthday function here and not disturb any other patrons at all.
CLIFTON GARDENS – MORELLA ROAD, MOSMAN