Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s.
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This walk starts and ends at the Annandale Post Office. The Post Office is at the intersection of Johston and Booth Sts, Annandale.
Allow two hours for the walk.
Setting out from the post office turn west, and head, towards Leichhardt, down booth st (away from the Shops).
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The Annandale Post Office is located in Annandale village which has several coffee shops, a pub, restaurants and supermarkets. However, there are no shops or cafes along the way so, take water with you. There is a public toilet near the old Rozelle Bay Nursery in Chapman St, but it may not be open.
Turn right at Annandale St (the first intersection) and follow Annandale St, the next turning on your left is Arguibau Street, where a swale has been constructed.
North of the swale and little park in Arguimbau Street, is the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery.
Visitors and Volunteers are welcome on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Volunteers propagate local provenance plants for local bushcare projects. Read more about the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery. On Wednesday and Friday morning, volunteers gather for busy bees either in the nursery or head off to local bushcare projects.
After wandering through the wetlands, reading the signage or the online History of Whites Creek Wetlands continue north through the wetland which opens up to the food forest, in White's Creek Valley.
Continuing north you will pass under historic Sewerage Aqueduct which was constructed to carry sewerage over White's Creek instead of into it and the harbour. Though the sewerage is stil pumped out to sea at Bondi.
At Piper st, turn right and head east to Annandale Street, where there are two swale blisters.
Modified Kerb blisters reduce runoff and replenish ground water. See street plants thriving due to water sensitive design in Taylor Street (South). New modified Kerb blisters have been installed at the intersection of Annandale Street and Piper Street. The modified design channels water from gutter into the blister...more
Continue up Piper Street, across Johnston St through Hinsby Park and down the steps to Nelson Street, where you can view the Johnston Creek Sewerage Aqueduct.
Turn left and head towards the harbour. After crossing the Crescent and continuing to the end of Nelson Street you will arrive at the Federal Park Wetlands.
Pubic Toilets are located under the viaduct to the west of the wetlands.
Continuing under the Light Rail Viaduct, will bring you to the foreshore and a patch of introduced Mangroves. Read about the Mangroves here
"In February 2007, Council endorsed the public artwork Earth V Sky as part of the Glebe Point Road Streetscape Upgrade project. The artwork proposed a wind turbine to power the lighting of the fig trees at the end of Glebe Point Road during twilight hours. A feasibility study has indicated that a 5kW turbine would be necessary to provide adequate power to the artwork allowing surplus power to be fed back into the grid. The scale would be comparable to the current field lighting towers at Jubilee Oval (18m).
After the detailed feasibility study, it has been discovered that ‘inverter’ and ‘grid connection’ approvals from Energy Australia have not been developed for small scale urban wind turbines. "... more
Cross Johnston's Creek via the historic former motor vehicle bridge now only used by walkers and cyclist. On the Eastern side of Johnston's Creek a large water retention basin has been constructed and grassed.
Turning back south along Johnston's Creek you can walk through the Harold Park development which has implemented water capture in its streets and cross the Crescent at
Read a brief history of the Harold Park development here
Water management was a big issue on the site and it has been addressed with various treatments of the water before it runs into White's Creek. It is unclear how much water is retained on site.
The walk then continues along Johnston's Creek, through the Harold Park underpass under the Crescent and out into the Johnston Creek reserve. There are other nursery projects along the way and the Smart LED Lighting Pilot.
Don't cross the bridge over Johnston's Creek, continue to the playground and along Taylor Street, to Booth Street. Cross Booth Street, to check out the swales in Taylor Street South, before heading back up Booth Street to the Post Office.