Visit the Coal Loader

The Coal Loader has a range of ongoing events and activities that you can be involved with.


Visit Us

Genia McCaffery Centre - open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 4pm

Coal Loader Café - open Wednesday to Sunday 7am to 3pm

(both the Centre and the café are CLOSED on public holidays)

The Coal Loader grounds are open to the public to have a picnic, walk around, take in the harbour views, and be inspired. Drop in to enjoy the parklands any time.

Phone 9936 8100 or email



2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton (on the right hand side before Balls Head Reserve).

Parking is limited so we encourage you to come by:

  • Walk – visit us as part of several amazing North Sydney walking routes
  • Bike – secure bike parking available North Sydney Cycling Map (5MB)
  • Public Transport – we are an easy 10 minute walk from Waverton station (bikes carried free on weekends)
  • Car - limited parking is available in nearby streets including Balls Head Drive and Waterhen Drive. Parking is also permitted in designated areas inside the adjacent Balls Head Reserve
  • School Bus - drop off point is on Waterhen Drive, refer to this Site Map (1MB)


Book into a Sustainable Living Workshop

Join one of our free, practical workshops on a range of sustainable living topics such as worm farming, green cleaning, keeping chooks, going solar, being water-wise, balcony gardening, and much more... view the current event listings.


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Join the Community Garden

The Coal Loader Community Garden group has been growing organic vegies with its members since 2007. Pop in any time to see the garden, or come along and join the garden group who meet 10am-12pm each Wednesday and the last Saturday of each month.


Volunteer at the Bushland Community Nursery

Community volunteers work with Council to propagate local native plants for use in bushland rehabilitation, streetscape enhancements (green corridors), habitat gardens, citizenship ceremonies and community give-aways.  Find out when the Nursery volunteers meet. 


School excursion

Bring your students on a school excursion to learn about all aspects of sustainability. The Coal Loader features a sustainably retrofitted cottage with learning materials; wetlands; community garden; native bushland nursery; historical tunnels; Aboriginal engravings;  parklands and a beautiful bushland reserve right next door. Our historic 2.8ha waterfront site has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art sustainable technologies.


Guided tours

Bring your group to the Coal Loader and enjoy a free guided tour with our staff. Tours include a screening of the 30min DVD Return to Community - a History of Balls Head and the Coal Loader and a guided tour of the Coal Loader site.

Tours normally take 90 minutes but can be shortened to suit your group's schedule. Maps of the adjacent Balls Head Reserve are available if you wish to take your group before or after your guided tour.

Guided tours are available Monday to Friday and bookings are essential. Maximum group size 25. Please call the Coal Loader on 9936 8100.


Self-guided tours

Use this Self-guided Map (1MB), or view the interpretive signs on site to do your own walking tour. North Sydney Council staff are in the Genia McCaffery building during opening hours for assistance. Please inform Council if you are bringing a group of 10 or more for a self-guided tour. Call the Coal Loader Coordinator on 9936 8100.


Walk from the Coal Loader to Balls Head Reserve

Balls Head Reserve is the largest bushland remnant in North Sydney. The pathways are part of the North Sydney Circle Walk (Waverton to Wollstonecraft section) and the Regional Harbour Circle Walk (Balls Head Loop).

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