Visit the Coal Loader

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

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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 has been growing organic vegies for its members since 2007. Pop in any time to see the garden, or join the garden group who meet each Wednesday 10am-12pm.

Volunteer at the 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 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 sustainability cottage with learning materials; wetlands; community garden; native bushland nursery; historical tunnels; Aboriginal engravings; workshop space; 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. In addition, find out about the fascinating history of the Waverton peninsula with a screening of our 30min DVD Return to Community - a History of Balls Head and the Coal Loader.

Guided tours are available Monday to Friday and bookings are essential. 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 can be found in the Genia McCaffery building during opening hours for assistance.

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).

Enjoy the view any time... 

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.

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