Syd­ney Har­bour High Line

What is it: The Lower North Shore’s an­swer to the New York High Line When will it open? They’re yet to sub­mit a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion… so, not soon

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

Be­fore the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge was built, there was an ac­tive rail­way line that ran from Water­ton Sta­tion to Luna Park. To­day, that train track is her­itage listed and its trail tra­verses the beau­ti­fully se­cluded Wendy’s Secret Gar­den. Since 2016, there’s been a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee of Laven­der Bay res­i­dents back­ing a pro­posal to turn the partly dis­used line into a copy­cat ver­sion of New York’s suc­cess­ful walk­way, the High Line. It also has the back­ing of fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment mem­bers, in­clud­ing premier Gladys Bere­jik­lian. The vi­sion is for the her­itage tracks to be pre­served while cre­at­ing a new cy­cle and pedes­trian route that over­looks Syd­ney Har­bour. Aside from the im­pres­sive views, the com­mit­tee is ped­dling the pro­posed track as a tourist walk­way, tak­ing visi­tors through Harry’s Park (the green space de­vel­oped by Pene­lope Sei­dler in hon­our of her late hus­band) to mar­itime his­tory sites like Sawmillers Re­serve and Coal Loader, as well as to Indige­nous rock carv­ings found at Balls Head (in­clud­ing whale, a fish and hand prints). The area’s com­mer­cial po­ten­tial con­tin­ues to haunt the project, but NSW Gov­ern­ment has promised the land will re­main pub­lic.

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