We started on Wilksch’s Walk, named in honour of local resident Eric Wilksch for his efforts in lobbying Council to retain bushland in Flat Rock Gully. This takes us to Tunk’s Park and Cammeray Bridge. On the way back, we walked along Dawson Creek Track and visited Fatty Dawson Ruins, which are the remains of a sandstone house and garden. Mr Dawson ran a piggery above the house site in the 1870s. Stories say, the pig carcasses were rolled down the hill into the creek and that after rain sharks would circle in Long Bay.
This is a tour through various Civic Heritage Commemorative Plaques that have been installed in order to commemorate the heritage of Willoughby. We started at the site of the Willoughby Tram Terminus (now a very pink pharmacy!), and walk through some heritage buildings along Penshurst St. Along the way, we stopped at the art deco Baby Health Centre, Pommy Lodge, Laurelbank Cottage, fire station, arts centre, public school, Trersillian, Telford Lane, Butt Park, the tannery (now bus depot), Albert Chowne Memorial Hall, Drill Hall and ended at George Brain Lane.
I discovered this by accident whilst walking around Roseville. It starts under the old oak tree on the corner of Roseville Avenue and Amarna Parade, Roseville, opposite Little Digger Park, and then follows Moore’s Creek until it hits the Roseville Golf Course. The track then breaks into Carlyle Road. It then resumes and joins with the Two Creek Track, but I did not walk that section.
Roseville has 4 churches that I know about – St Andrews, St. Barnabas, the Uniting Church and Luke’s Presbyterian (actually I discovered while writing this article there is a 5th called the New Church in West Roseville that I have never visited).
Ferndale Park is a long and narrow 9.8 hectare remnant bushland reserve that is surrounded by residential properties, located within the Lane Cove River catchment, Chatswood. Swaines Creek runs through the centre of the park with many stormwater drains from nearby roads and properties feeding into it. A major sewer line runs parallel with the creek with a series of sewer overflow points found along the creek line. Water from the creek flows into the adjacent Chatswood Golf Course before draining into the Lane Cove River.
Beauchamp Park is our local park, situated in the upper park of the Scotts Creek sub-catchment. There is a sports oval here which is also used by many dog owners exercising their dogs in the afternoon. The area south of the park has a playground and many interesting flowering plants.
The Harold Reid reserve consists of a sandstone hill called The Sugarloaf located on a headland, sandwiched between Crag Cove and Castle Cove and facing into Sugarloaf Bay and then onto Middle Harbour. Castle Cove is named after Innisfallen Castle (also called Willis Castle because it was built by Henry Hastings Willis, a prominent member of the Parliament of New South Wales at the time).
This is a quick walk down the street to the industrial area close to Roseville Chase. Of course, there are no heavy industries here, so it’s mainly a few car maintenance service centres and some warehouses. As it is spring, there are still plenty of flowers in nearby reserves and on the footpath. I came back by following Scotts Creek into Muston Park. I encountered a cockatoo busy eating – it didn’t seem to mind me at all. On the way back, I encountered another parrot also busy eating but it was high up on the trees.
This is the closest walking track to our house, a mere block away in Chatswood West. The track swiftly descends into Blue Gum creek, and past the Scout Hall meanders in the gully where the creek flows and can be a bit difficult to navigate at times. Climbing out of the gully will take your breath away, and not just because of the views.