In a bid to shift some unwanted weight, I've registered with the "Live Life Get Active" program (thanks for the recommendation JoJo!), which are FREE group exercise classes in parks located all around Sydney (more info here) thanks to local governments and corporate sponsors. And well, today was my very first yoga class, Namaste.
After registering on the website, I had the choice of a surprising number of locations. I selected one in Ultimo but was a little confused by its location description which read; "Sydney Harbour Foreshore, directly behind the Power House Museum between Harris Street and Darling Drive, Ultimo, NSW". This location is of course, The Goods Line.
I thought I knew the ins and outs of the Power House Museum well (ok, yes, it's Hannahs Pies that I'm familiar with) but with so much construction activity around the Sydney Convention & the Entertainment Centres over the last few years, I guess I've just written that area of town off as a no go zone. So I got a wonderful surprise to find another delightful Sydney's Secret Place.
The Goods line is the site of an old freight railway corridor that first opened in 1855. It ran from Dulwich Hill to Rozelle and Darling Harbour Yards and ending in Central (then Sydney yard). It was mainly used to transport wool, meat and wheat. About halfway along the walk is also the Australia's oldest iron bridge (1879). This place is certainly one for the history buffs. After the line was closed in 1984, it was often used by steam trains to bring goods in for The Powerhouse Museum. Some of the train tracks are still used today as part of the light rail line.
Today, in 2017, the Goods Line is a half a kilometre wonderful shared bike path & walkway that runs from Central Station to Darling Harbour. Once an industrial area, Ultimo these days in a hub of creativity. I just love watching Sydney morph into the new.
Aesthetically, it's rather pretty with lovely native flower beds, including my personal favourite Kangaroo paw, growing between the old track lines. There's a terrific water play area for the kids including sand pit, ping pong tables, fitness bars, green space, a giant yellow table and funky study pods. My yoga class was held on the grass lawn area seen in the photos below. I noticed a number of UTS students utilising the space and there loads of lunchtime walkers of all ages out and about.
At the base of the Powerhouse Museum is a well know kids play area and family friendly cafe. I noticed it really only sells coffee, cakes and burgers; having just been to an exercise class, I thought it best to eat elsewhere LOL
How to get there:
There is some limited street car parks ($10 for 2 hours M-F) but I recommend catching public transport. The light rail would be the best option, jumping off at either the Convention Centre or Paddy Markets stop.
Alternatively, jump off the train at Central Station and begin the walk from Devonshire Street tunnel. Exit Central station at South Concourse where the Devonshire Street Tunnel starts. Walk through the tunnel all the way to Railway Square where you need to continue into the second part of the tunnel. This will then soon flow into The Goods Line where you’ll see the old train track and also a yellow UTS sign.