Visit the Coal Loader

The Coal Loader has a range of ongoing events and activities that you can be involved with, and a variety of ways to visit it.


Visit or Contact Us

Phone 9936 8100 or email

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

Coal Loader Platform - open to the public to have a picnic, walk around, take in the harbour views, and be inspired, plus enjoy the parklands any time.

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


Public holidays

Both the Centre and the café are closed, but the platform/parklands are open.



2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton 2060 (on the right hand side before Balls Head Reserve).

Parking is limited so we encourage you to:

  • Walk – visit us as part of several amazing North Sydney walking routes
  • Bike – secure bike parking available North Sydney Cycling Map (7MB)
  • Public Transport - we are an easy 10 minute walk from Waverton station (bikes carried free on weekends)
  • Car - limited parking in nearby streets such as Balls Head Drive and Waterhen Drive, also in marked bays inside the adjacent Balls Head Reserve
  • School Bus - drop off point is on Waterhen Drive, refer to this Site Map (1MB)


Book into a Green Event

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 Green event listings.


What's Happening at the Coal Loader and Platform?

Pop in your email address to receive our Green Events or Coal Loader e-newsletters and catch the news and events happening at the Coal Loader and the Platform.


Join a Community Garden

There are two community gardens at the Coal Loader and Platform.

The Coal Loader Cottage Community Garden

A group growing organic vegies since 2007! Pop in any time to see the garden, or come along and join the garden group who meet 10am-12pm each Wednesday.

The Coal Loader Platform Community Garden

This group was established in March 2018. Members meet Saturday mornings 9am - 11am and welcomes... new volunteers!


Coal Loader Community Nursery

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 more and come along when the Community 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 gardens; native bushland nursery; historical tunnels; Aboriginal engravings; the platform green roof;  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 or Drop-in Tour

Free guided tours with our staff are available Monday to Friday for groups of over 10 people (maximum 25). This 90 minute tour can be shortened to suit your schedule. Includes a screening of the history Return to Community - a History of Balls Head and the Coal Loader (30min DVD). Maps of the adjacent Balls Head Reserve are available if you wish to take your group before or after the guided tour. Bookings essential, please call the Coal Loader on 9936 8100.

Free drop-in tours operate on the first Saturday of each month at 10.30am. This 60 minute tour is for individuals, families and small groups. Meet at the Coal Loader office.

(We welcome volunteers to run these free tours of the Coal Loader site. All training and materials are provided. If you are interested in joining call us!)


Self-guided Tour

For individuals and groups under 10 people, use this self-guided Map (1MB), or view the interpretive signs on site to do your own walking tour. Staff are in the office (Genia McCaffery Centre) during opening hours for assistance. Please contact us if you are bringing a group of 10 or more for a self-guided tour.


Kids Tour

Suited to younger children, learn more about the history and sustainability of the Coal Loader site by taking the Kids Sustainability Trail (3MB). This leaflet is available in the office, or print it out at home and bring it.


Walk from the Coal Loader to Balls Head Reserve

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

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