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Balls Head Reserve

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 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice, short run on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

94%

Runnable

205' 63 m

High

35' 11 m

Low

312' 95 m

Up

310' 94 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views

Overview

This route connects local trails to run along the waterfront for stunning views of the harbour. You can see the Bridge and Opera House from a distance as well.

Description

The run starts off In Brennan Park (but you can easily start from either Wollstonecraft or Waverton Station) and takes you through a few neighborhoods, down to the historic coal loader with aboriginal artifacts, then into Ball Heads Reserve with great views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The trail is a mix of paved and dirt tracks. The tracks are well-marked and there are several different options at Balls Head Reserve if you want to add some mileage or explore the area more.

Flora & Fauna

Vegetation is predominately open forest, with Sydney Red Gums, and Red Bloodwoods and an understorey of Grevilleas, Wattles, Banksias, Geebungs, as well as shrubs and grasses. In sheltered gullies, species such as Cheese Trees, Sweet Pittosporum, Blueberry Ash, NSW Christmas Bush, Lillypillys, and Mock Olive flourish. On the south/western side of the reserve you can hear the wind blow through the stands of She Oaks. There are Port Jackson Figs and locally rare orchids.

Balls Head reserve is also a refuge for native fauna, with Geckoes, Blue-Tongue Lizards, Skinks, Common Eastern Froglets, Brushtail and Ringtail Possums, a colony of Large Bent-Wing Microbats, Parrots, Lorikeets, Kookaburras, Butcher Birds, Wrens and Figbirds.

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Christine Kane

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  3.0 from 1 vote

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in Brennan Park

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in Brennan Park

#24

in Australia

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Experience beautiful views of Anzac Bridge from Balls Head Lookout.
Apr 18, 2017 near Milsons…, AU
The bridge and opera house command the view from Balls Head Lookout.
Apr 18, 2017 near Milsons…, AU
This portion of the trail gets a bit sandy.
Apr 18, 2017 near Balmain…, AU
Adequate signage makes your time here easy to navigate and enjoyable.
Apr 18, 2017 near Wollsto…, AU
Sculptures make for curious companions outside the Coal Loader.
Apr 18, 2017 near Greenwich, AU
Sculptures adorn the Foreshore.
Apr 18, 2017 near Greenwich, AU

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