The harbourside suburb of Waverton has been popular with Sydneysiders for quite a while, even before the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built. Once only served by ferry and small boats, now it is easily accessible from the city some four kilometres away by train and car.
Despite being so close to the city, the harbour and village like atmosphere is a great attraction to its residents and visitors alike. It has acquired an interesting collection of restaurants and cafés near the train station, making a day’s visit here enjoyable.
The area was once owned by a William Carr who may have been an ex convict who was originally transported here to Sydney Australia as a prisoner along with 191 others by the British Government on HMS Royal Admiral, 01 July 1830. Prior to that, it was land apparently belonging to the indigenous Cammeraygal people, there are still stone carvings to be found at Balls Head.
There is a bushland nature reserve on the peninsula that form part of the headland, offering great views of the city and Sydney Harbour. There are numerous easy walkways to the various points within the park and excellent picnic places. When the Sydney New Years Celebrations are held, it is also a great place to enjoy the fireworks.
Another place to visit here on Sydney Harbour is Waverton Park, tucked alongside Berrys Bay. Both the park and the reserve are within a short walk distance from each other.
Trains to the city and back only take some ten minutes and run frequently on the north shore line. You can take trains from Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations.
Main Photo: Balls Head Peninsula, Waverton on Sydney Harbour
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