2018 Park of the Year

In 2018 the Coal Loader Platform won a prestigious award - Parks and Leisure Australia’s 2018 Park of the Year.

Earlier, the new Platform at the historic Coal Loader site in Waverton won PLA’s NSW state round for Park of the Year and Community Facility of the Year.

The national PLA Park of the Year award, which was presented to North Sydney Council on 16 October 2018, is one of the highest accolades that can be bestowed upon an open space or community project.

North Sydney Council Mayor Jilly Gibson said:

 After many years of hard work and investment by North Sydney Council, it’s fantastic that the Coal Loader Platform is being recognised, first at state level and now at a national level, as one of the most unique public open spaces in Sydney.

The Platform offers stunning views of the harbour, lovely picnic spots, sustainable gardens and native wildlife for people of all ages to enjoy.

This latest accolade from Parks and Leisure Australia is a testament to the vision, creativity and hard work that has gone into making the Platform a public asset that future generations can cherish.

The Coal Loader Platform also won the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s (AILA) NSW Cultural Heritage Award of Excellence earlier in 2018.

The Platform was also nominated in the 2018 Australian Urban Design Awards, in the built Projects, local and neighbourhood scale category.



The string of nominations and awards comes after the former coal-loading platform on the historic site underwent a complete makeover, transforming it into one of Sydney’s largest publicly accessible green roof spaces.

The one-hectare concrete and sandstone platform (seven Olympic-sized swimming pools would fit side by side along its length) is now a multi-purpose recreational and ‘outdoor classroom’ space with spectacular views of the harbour.