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
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.