Hi Everyone, let's meet up for this awesome walk on Sunday, 18th December. Looking forward to going inside the coal loader centre.
We will be meeting outside North Sydney Train Station @ 11am and leave @ 11.15 am.
Some of the highlights of this walk are the scenic views from Berrys Head Lookout, Harbour Views and exploring the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.
It is essential that all attendee's wear covered walking shoes on the day and bring your own snacks, water, hat and your own lunch to eat as we will be stopping for a break.
Please Note: This walk is classed as Medium and you need to be able to walk up hills & stay with the group on the day.
Cost: $10 per person to cover my time for the day.
Here is some history about this former site below:
The Coal Loader on the western side of Waverton peninsula is a very special site where many paths of history intersect.
It was first a place of physical and spiritual sustenance for Aboriginal Australians.
There is a form of a large rock carving, still survives at the site, which has been protected to remember the presence of the Cammeraygal people that lived on the peninsula for thousands of years.
The former industrial site operated from the early 1920s to the early 1990s. It functioned primarily as a transfer depot for coal from bulk carriers to smaller coal-fired vessels. Some coal was also distributed to the local market by road transport.
A major component of the coal-loading operation was the extensive elevated platform structure, which housed a large coal stockpile.
Beneath the platform are a series of tunnels, each with a number of chutes through which the coal was transferred into coal 'skips'.
The skips operated on a cable-hauled railway system that ran as a continuous loop through the two western-most tunnels and then out onto the finger wharf in Balls Head Bay, where they loaded waiting steamers.
This loading system was replaced by a high speed conveyor in the mid 1970s which then serviced ships carrying export coal until 1992.
The site operated for over seventy years before being decommissioned. It was dedicated as public open space in 1997 and formally transferred to North Sydney Council in 2003.
The Centre was officially opened in July 2011. It is now home to local Artisan markets, cafe and workshops.