Dec 9, 2016

Yaralla Estate - Concord West

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (1937-1988)  Thomas Walker, was an important nineteenth century merchant, politicians and landholder. He and his daughter Eadith, were noted for their philanthropic activities in the early twentieth century. His wife died in 1870 from tuberculosis. He left money for the building of a convalescent hospital. Eadith also contributed additional funds when it became necessary.

The building was made of brick and sandstone with elaborate carvings, marble fireplaces and fine masonry and was officially opened on 21st September 1893 as a free convalescent hospital.

The hospital is currently in used by Rivendell - Child, Adolescent and Family Unit as a mental health facility, specialising in the problems of young people.

Eadith made several generous bequests in her will and left half of the residue of her estate to trustees for charitable purposes. 

Yaralla House

The Yaralla Estate grounds are on two peninsulas on the Parramatta River at Concord and cover 37 hectares. Yaralla House was built in the 1860s. The photo below is the stables complex, a group of buildings arranged around a central courtyard with a rich assortment of decorative elements

We followed the Kokoda Track Memorial walk from Rhodes station then the Concord Foreshore trail. (see location map)
We completed our walk along streets to Concord West station.

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Sep 13, 2016

Middle Cove

We started this pleasant walk at Clive Park Northbridge. This is a beautiful spot, as you can see below.

View from Clive Park, Northbridge

After some walking along streets we entered Watergate Reserve along Sailors Bay Creek.
This bush reserve features
tree ferns and Coachwood trees.

Sailors Bay Creek, Watergate Reserve, Castlecrag

We continued on to Harold Reid Reserve, via Castlecrag Shopping Centre. It was worth the steep diversion up from the foreshore bushland track to the lookout for our lunch break. Below is the view of Fig Tree Cove and Seaforth shoreline from Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove.

Our walk continued along parts of North Arm Reserve crossing Scotts Creek. We ended at Eastern Valley Way to catch buses.

                                          Location Map                 GPS trace

Aug 5, 2016

Iron Cove update

We followed the Iron Cove Creek from Parramatta Rd at Ashfield to Iron Cove.   The walk along Hawthorne Canal passes Hawthorne light rail stop and a dog of the leash area with a dog-focused Cafe 'Bones'

Hawthorne Canal

The canal is 'of particular historical significance as one of the first nine purpose built storm water drains constructed in Sydney in the 1890's. The then Minister for Public Works, the Hon. Bruce Smith, MLA., appalled at the extremely unhealthy conditions prevailing at the time, proposed a separate system of storm water drains be built to help alleviate the problem.' Reference

(below) A new pedestrian and cycle bridge over Iron Cove Creek Canal, near Timbrell and Robson Parks on the Bay Run, was officially opened in October last year. The 30m long, 4.5m wide cable bridge was considered a vital safety link for the thousands of pedestrians, joggers and cyclists who use the Bay Run every day.  

The bridge features an artwork installation at the top.
The project was jointly undertaken by Ashfield Council and Canada Bay Council with funding from the NSW Road and Maritime Services.

Location Map

The Bay Run info

My previous Bay Run post

The Dog Park & Cafe