Blackwattle Bay Park, Glebe
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Blackwattle Bay Park is a wonderful place to take a stroll on a sunny day. The water beside you glistens as you take in the city skyline. Sydney tower reaches up in its golden splendor, while the white Sydney skyscrapers stretch to the sky. You pass some pretty Victorian buildings along the way, as well as some remnants of the grotty industry that used to pervade here. Now, though, there's far more loveliness than industry. You can walk all the way from the end of Glebe Point Rd to the end of Ferry Rd on a cement walking path. Dog owners like this park because dogs are allowed to run leash-free. It's not so good if you're scared of being bowled over or have a young child who is about the same height as the dogs. Blackwattle Bay Park's pathway continues on at Jubilee Park/Federal Park and you can follow it all the way to the tram (light rail) station. This is a handy way to get back to the city center for only about $4.
If you're hungry or want to sit and take in the pretty views for longer, stop for a meal, or cup of tea and a pastry, at Blackwattle Cafe. It is amazing to sit out on the patio admiring the architecture of Bellevue Cottage (which the restaurant occupies) and the water views. Prices are not bad for waterfront dining- about $16 for a sandwich. When you leave, to get back to the walking path, you walk down little stone steps through a tiny forest of trees, and you feel that all is right with the world.
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Park your car at the end of Glebe Point Rd in Glebe and take the walkway to the right (east). This is Blackwattle Bay Park. If you walk left you will be in Jubilee Park/Federal Park.
Or catch the light rail (tram) toward Lilyfield and get off at the Jubilee Park station. You then take the walking path through Jubilee Park along the water to Blackwattle Bay Park.
Blackwattle Cafe is open Wed-Sun 8-4 and is located at 55 Leichhardt St, Glebe, call 9692 9785.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.