As I've previously mentioned, I grew up in the wonderful St George region of South Sydney. I have always felt that I was lucky to have grown up in that area; people seem to have a strong sense of community, the streets felt safe and the suburbs still maintained a wonderful balance between nature and development.
Today the boys and I went to an old local institution, Carss Bush Park in Carss Park near Blakehurst. Located right on the foreshore of lovely Kogarah Bay, this wonderful parkland holds Regional Heritage Significance. It covers an area of around 60 acres and incorporates a brand new playground that caters for all ages and abilities include wheelchair friendly play equipment (in fact the entire park is wheelchairs friendly inc disabled toilets and parking), flying fox, rope climbs, fenced toddler area and several different tactile areas.
You'll also find shark nets for safe swimming in the tidal pools, promenade, bushland tracks, a look out, walking tracks that wrap around the water, plenty of BBQs and picnic tables and many terrific fishing spots. I might be wrong but I vaguely remember this is where they held citizen ceremonies on Australia Day - not sure if this still happens or not; please do let me know. The rock stage is still there and a flag pole so I feel like I could be right. The old memory ain't what she used to be though since having my kids (LOL). The local Sea Scouts also have their hall here plus the Kogarah War memorial Olympic Swimming pool and sporting fields.
We loved the vast amount of flora and fauna within the park too. Apart from the wonderful garden beds and well looked after bush lands (that apparently have some sisterhood connection with the town of Cowra in Central West NSW), there were loads of Kookaburras having a great laugh, flocks of cockatoos and many other native birds. One elder lady I was chatting too in the playground said she had seen several koala's in the trees here over the years. You could see the possum huts and smell the bats of course. It felt lovely to be amongst nature.
There is also a cafe in the middle of the park which looked to be rather nice (a lot flasher than simply a take away bar). The man who served us was lovely. It cost me $10 for a reg coffee and a milkshake.
The sandstone house you can see in the background was once owned by a Scotsman by the name of William Carss in 1863 and is now Carss Cottage Museum Historical House (only opened on Sunday afternoons unless by appointment) run by the Kogarah Historical Society. It is the oldest house in the area. As always, it was a wonderful adventure day out with my boys. We explored the park for HOURS!!
How to get there:
By Car: If driving from the city, turn left in Carwar Ave, Carss Park, and drive all the way the very end where you'll see the stone entrance.