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Ballast Point Park- Walama

Ballast Point

The Ballast Point Park project entailed the transformation of a former industrial Caltex site to green picnic areas with panoramic views of the city and Harbour Bridge at a foreshore park in Birchgrove, Sydney. Walking paths and cyclist access are integral features of the park.

Ballast Point Park also sets a new benchmark for sustainable park design and includes:

  • wetland areas to filter the site's stormwater before it enters the harbour
  • walls, decks and seating made from recycled materials, and
  • native trees, shrubs and grasses grown from locally collected seed.

Aboriginal history has been recognised in a dual name for the park. ‘Walama’ means 'to return', and highlights the area's transformation from industrial use back to nature.

Milestones achieved:

2002-05: Acquisition of site and related legal processes 
2005-07: Public consultation and design development 
2007-09: Remediation and construction 
2009: Ballast Point Park opened

Ballast Point is owned and managed by Property NSW, and is open to the public every day of the year.

Ballast Point Park has received multiple awards since opening, including:

  • Australian Institute of Architects Small Project Architecture Commendation 2009
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW Special Jury Citation for New Directions 2009
  • Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Award Highly Commended 2010
  • Waterfront Centre (Washington DC) Top Honour Award 2010

Ballast Point Park Book

Ballast Point