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Wahroonga Living – A Walk Through A Very Special Park

In its early days, Wahroonga was a town known for its trees, often frequented by tradesmen who came to gather timber.

Today Wahroonga is still known for its big, beautiful trees, but for a completely different reason. They’re admired rather than utilized for resources.

One of the finest and highly sought after streets in the suburb is Burns Road. A street lined with mature trees, creating a tunnel of green with speckles of light filtering through. It’s like driving through Wahroonga’s own magical forest.

You might say that Wahroonga is lucky enough to have two magical forests, if you count Wahroonga Park. Not far from Burns Road, this area is highly valued by the community for its heritage, design and of course, the wide variety of trees that flourish here.

From the outside looking in, it’s just a park. Something that is not necessarily rare in the North Shore. But in many ways Wahroonga Park is so much more than that. It’s a central hub used by locals for a number of activities.

It’s a gym for those looking to exercise outdoors. It’s a play center to keep kids entertained. It can be a dog haven, ideal for walking and throwing a ball. Or it can be an outdoor eatery, the perfect place for a picnic.

Ever versatile, it can be an event location. A meet-up spot for friends, dates or families. It can be a sporting ground, a place to go for a stroll or a spot to just sit and relax. Wahroonga Park can be anything you want it to be. Perhaps this is why it feels so special to those living in the area.

Located just a short walk from Wahroonga Station, Wahroonga Park is considered by many to be Ku-ring-gai’s most popular park. The land is filled with expansive grassed areas, manicured gardens and of course those beautiful trees that have been flourishing in the park for close to 100 years.

The park was acquired by Ku-ring-gai council in 1921. Although, back then it was a far cry from the immaculate park that exists today. At the time, Wahroonga Park was no more than a mess of overgrown blackberry bushes.

Local organizations and individuals donated their time, labour, skills, equipment and materials to transform the area. Some volunteers even grew the plants and trees that still exist today in their own backyards before gifting them to the park. By 1928, it had begun to take the shape of the park with a tranquil 1920s atmosphere that has been maintained to this day.

As we see it, there are two standout features of Wahroonga Park, apart from the various aspects of nature that thrives here. One that appeals more to adults and one for the kids.

The first is the rotunda. A circular undercover area available to hire for various functions and parties. It is located right next to an open, grassed portion of the park, making it the perfect spot for guests to relax or play lawn games. It is also a highly popular location for wedding ceremonies, followed by photos amongst the trees, gardens and the beautiful rose arbor within the park.

Though the rotunda wasn’t built until 1999, it is reminiscent of one particular scene from the 1965 film, The Sound of Music where Liesl and Rolph sing ’16 Going on 17’ while dancing along the bench seats inside the small building.

The second standout feature at Wahroonga Park is the newly updated playground. Fully fenced with a soft, rubber flooring, this playground is any child’s dream. It was designed with imagination in mind.

There’s a big train with accompanying platform for those wanting to play conductors. Kids more into pirates and buried treasure can spend hours climbing on the half-sunken pirate ship structure. There’s also a flying fox, slides, swings and other colorful gadgets for kids to explore. Maybe this feature really is one for the adults too, seeing as it will keep the younger ones occupied!

Wahroonga Park is often used as a location for local community events, such as the annual Twilight Concerts and one of our personal favourites, Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival. Keep an eye out for this one as it plans to return to the park in March 2021, pending COVID-19 restrictions.

For us here at McConnell Bourn, one of our favourite things to do at Wahroonga Park is to sit down for a picnic. You can either pack yourself a lunch, or grab something to eat from the delicious Café Patina just across the road. They have plenty of breakfast and lunch options. Or if you’re looking for something sweet, the baked lemon buttermilk cheesecake is tough to beat.

There really is so much to do and explore at Wahroonga Park. Make sure you go and remind yourself of this natural beauty in the heart of the North Shore.

If you’re thinking about making a move to be closer to nature and calling the leafy suburb of Wahroonga your home, a warm welcome awaits you at any of our four offices across the North Shore. We would be more than happy to show you the properties currently for sale or those coming to market soon. In no time you could be telling your own friends just how special Wahroonga, and its park, truly is.

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