Coal Loader

The Coal Loader, our much-loved community hub, is on a roll. There’s a bunch of stuff happening, from a fun new app to an Artisans Market, and music and sundowners on the platform. Get your diary ready!


The Coal Loader Kids Trail

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If you’re searching for something fun (and free!) to do with the kids, have a look at the kids’ trail on The Coal Loader website. It’s a mobile-friendly, self-timed way for your kids to explore the great outdoors whilst finding listed items and answering fun questions. They’ll uncover the site’s history, all its sustainability features, native planting, food gardens, bats, chickens and more. All you have to do is head to their website and use your mobile to navigate the trail. Easy!

Artisans Market

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The Coal Loader’s sustainable market is held four times a year, on the last Sunday of February, May, August and November. What’s so great about it? You’ll get to see and buy original and creative handmade products directly from emerging and contemporary designers, artists and makers such as eco products, wool creations, textiles and designs for children. To keep the market COVID-safe, all stalls will be outside, on The Platform, and numbers will be reduced. Don’t forget to bring along a cloth bag to keep all your goodies!

Tunnel Tours

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Do you consider yourself a bit of a history buff? Great – this one’s for you. Explore one of the 160m tunnels from the historic coal loading system. Visit Tunnel 1 and see the original coal feeder and cart still in situ. Next, enjoy the walk through Tunnel 2 to the bushland of Balls Head and beyond. Don’t worry, the sensor lighting will automatically turn on to guide you. Please note that the other two tunnels are currently closed to the public. One of them is home to threatened micro-bats and the other tunnel is lined with 50 rainwater tanks. Luckily, there are tours available to help you explore the site’s history with a volunteer guide. Bookings are essential.

The Coal Loader Augmented Reality App

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Image: The Coal Loader

From virtual whales in the harbour to towering cranes and waving wallabies, visitors to North Sydney’s Coal Loader can now interact with the site’s history and native animals through a new augmented reality app, available for free! It features three walking trails with interactive targets located around North Sydney Council’s stunning parkland and Centre for Sustainability. When visitors reach one of the trails’ 36 targets, they can scan the QR codes with their phones or tablets to discover digital native animals, historical re-enactments, and information about the Coal Loader and its sustainability initiatives. Digital activations include native bees, microbats and coal trucks moving through old tunnels – just as they would have done back in the 1920s when the Coal Loader was still a working industrial site.

Contact details

Address: 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton NSW 2060
Phone: 02 9936 8100
Instagram: @thecoalloader

Looking for more things to do? Why not take your young ones to a kid-friendly cafe on the North Shore. Don’t forget to keep checking back in with us – we’re always on the hunt for exciting new events and venues for you to stay entertained!

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