These areas form integral parts of an open space corridor that extends from Newlands Park in Lane Cove, south to the harbour foreshore. Smoothey Park is a mix of European style parkland and natural bushland areas, while the many vegetation communities in Gore Cove Reserve provide habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.
Gore Cove Track Closure for Stage 1 upgrade
21 November to 9 December 2022
The popular Gore Cove Reserve bushland walking track winds its way through some of North Sydney's most picturesque and species-rich habitats, including three endangered ecological communities. The track entrance off Shirley Road provides an important linkage from nearby Berry Island and Badangi Reserve up to Wollstonecraft Station, via Smoothey Park. The track also has connections to Greenwich in the Lane Cove Council area via Vista St and St Giles Ave.
With funding provided by the NSW Department of Lands, Stage 1 works will focus on a 100m long section of track heading north-west from the Shirley Rd entrance. Upgrades will include the replacement of over 60x treated pine sleeper box steps with large dimension, hand-faced sandstone block steps; sandstone water-bars; track edging; timber handrails and a refurbished footbridge. Further works are planned for the remainder of the track and these will likely commence in early 2023.
The current works are expected to be completed by mid-December. During this time, the Gore Cove Track will need to be closed to pedestrian access in order for the upgrade work to be carried out safely and with minimal impact on bushland vegetation. Community notification signage has been erected at each main access point to the track to inform the public of the track closure and advise alternate bypassing routes.
Smoothey Park runs from Russell Street to Milray Avenue, Wollstonecraft, and is adjacent to Wollstonecraft railway station. Gore Cove Reserve runs from Smoothey park to Berry Island Reserve. Limited on-street parking is available in the surrounding streets.
There are lights, seats, a network of pathways and two bridges over Berry Creek.
The Park connects the railway station to the Greenwich residential area.
The interpretive Gore Cove bush walking track links Smoothey, Greendale and Holloway Parks to Berry Island Reserve via Gore Cove Reserve.
Berry Creek is the longest stretch of natural creek line remaining in North Sydney.
A public hall currently housing a Men's Shed is accessed via Russell Street.
The Smoothey Park Bushcare Group carries out bush regeneration in this park.
Dogs are welcome in Smoothey Park and Gore Cove Reserve; however they must be kept on a leash in bushland areas.
Shell middens found in the area indicate that Aboriginal people frequented this valley, using the creek as a fresh water supply.
Both Smoothey Park and Gore Cove were part of the original Berry/Wollstonecraft estate. Smoothey Park was named after Mr S Smoothey, an Alderman of North Sydney Council from 1911 to 1920, while Gore Cove Reserve is named after Provost Marshall William Gore who was granted land in the area in 1806.
More detailed historical information can be found in the Smoothey Park Plan of Management.
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Posted on 10 November 2022