Sitting in the Balls Head area, the site holds great importance for the Cammeraygal Aboriginal people, having been their sacred ground for many thousands of years. Near the site’s entrance lies an ancient rock carving of a whale, which would have been spotted from the headland. This was uncovered and excavated as the Centre for Sustainability was built and is thought to be a millennia old. Native plants line the front garden bed.
Remnants from The Coal Loader still exist, with four impressive carved tunnels used as rail lines to transport coal. One of these tunnels is available to walk through and the others are home to hundreds of local bats. An old and sadly now rotting wharf that loaded coal still stands at 160 meters long! You can’t walk along it, but it’s a great view from the shore.
The current Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is a valuable resource for the community and well worth a visit. It embraces & exhibits the art of sustainable living while also providing access to the industrial remnants of yesteryear and is a portal to Aboriginal Australia.
The centre effectively uses sustainable technologies such as solar generated electricity, recycled insulation and energy efficient lighting. An old carpark was transformed into a community garden in 2007, with organic veggies and flowers grown with stored rainwater. Be sure to take a visit any day of the week and say hello to the nearby, friendly resident chooks!
Every season you can head along to the Artisan Markets, with 70 specially selected stalls. Ocassionaly you’ll also find theatre on the green.
2 Balls Head Rd, Waverton NSW 2060
A ten minute walk from Waverton train station.
A half hour walk from McMahons Point Wharf.
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