At least there's plenty of parking.
Balls Point is easy to get to and is an interesting slice of Sydney history. Home to the Cammeraygal people who left rock art, petroglyphs and middens, then named after Henry Lidgbird Ball, a Royal Naval officer who commanded the Supply on the First Fleet. Henry Lawson wrote about it in protest to the building of the coal bunkering depot in 1916 and Jack Lang made it a nature reserve for the benefit of the people in 1926.
It's a combination of lost in nature, an experience of a leisure area from a bygone era, combined with the natural connection to the working harbour, navy and city.
And to make it a typical Sydney experience, there is a coffee shop a the end of the walk.
|misty harbour view|
city skyline and goat island
|original coal loading jetty, needing some love|
|last of the many original coal scuttles|
|coal loading tunnel|
|lovely port jackson fig|
smaller leaves than it's moreton bay cousin
complete with a golden orb native
in it's water dropped web
|lovely angophora costata|
shimmering in the wet
|no wonder it's also called the "smooth barked apple"|
|like a collossus|
|red like rust|
which is why it's also called the "sydney red gum"
|sydney rocks and sydney red gums|
|lovely wax flower|
|original amenity block|
|happy coast banksia|
|rewarding view from balls head|
|beautiful soft greenery|
|a bubbler in the middle of the bush|
|water for mans best friend|
|more soft wet greenery|
looks like a nicholii
|picnic area with an old man banksia|
|can see how they can look a little scary to gumnut babies|
|shady picnic space|
|here's the spot|