INAUGURAL 315KM SYDNEY HARBOUR & COAST WALK BEGINS AT BARRENJOEY LIGHTSHIP
The Inaugural Sydney Harbour & Coast Walkers with Peter McKew, 'Governor Phillip (Brian Powyer) Hon. Rob Stokes and Mayor of Pittwater, Cr. Jacqueline Townsend.
The Hon Rob Stokes, Minister for Environment & Heritage and member for Pittwater was at North Palm Beach SLSC on Saturday August 16 at 9am to officially start the inaugural Sydney Harbour & Coast Walk. He was joined by Pittwater Mayor, Cr Jacqueline Townsend, to farewell the first group of 10 walkers who will spend four weeks tracing the 315 km route. It will take them from Palm Beach, around Sydney Harbour, west to Parramatta, back to South Head and down the coast into Royal National Park.
The foreshore route was developed and mapped over eight years by The Walking Volunteers in partnership with government agencies and local councils. It takes in places of scenic beauty and historic interest and can be enjoyed in small or large sections. It's ideal for leisure walkers, families, for the health conscious and for visitors.
The steering committee organising and promoting the walk includes representatives from The Walking Volunteers, National Parks Association of NSW, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Planning & Environment, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of Health, Destination NSW, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Heart Foundation, Walk2l, Wildwalks and Land's Edge.
It will also provide an opportunity to promote two significant international conferences, the Walk21 Conference and the IUCN World Parks Congress, both of which are being hosted in Sydney in October and November respectively.
Sydney’s coastline and harbour represent one of the most beautiful and environmentally diverse attractions in the world. The coast features cliffs, beaches and inlets of magnificent beauty unique to the region. The harbour offers iconic headlands, historic sites and national parks. Outlined in the attached maps and brochures is a continuous walking track that residents and visitors can utilise to explore the beautiful foreshores of Sydney.
Phil Jenkyn, of The Walking Volunteers said a lot of "blood, sweat and tears" had gone into making this dream walk a reality. But the effort had been well worth it.
"What other city in the world has such a fantastic and expansive harbour and river system, bordered with natural bushland, historic areas, maritime remnants and a modern city - all there to be experienced for free!
"We want people to use this foreshore walk, to enjoy it, to share it with visitors and friends, and to value and preserve this amazing treasure."
Inaugural Sydney Harbour & Coast Walk
16 August to 14 September 2014
The Inaugural Walkers
Phil Jenkyn OAM
Phil is the Chair of the Inaugural Sydney Harbour & Coastal Walk Steering Committee. He has been a member of The Walking Volunteers, a small group of experienced walkers, since 2004. He is also a member of the National Parks Association of NSW.
In 2003-2004 he was involved in developing walks in Hunters Hill. He worked with Leigh Shearer-Heriot and other members of The Walking Volunteers in developing the first edition of the 'Harbour Circle Walk' (2004-2005); was responsible with Leigh for the three Northern Beaches maps and brochures (2006-2008) and the two Parramatta River Walk maps and brochures (2009-2011). He handled with Bill Orme applications for grants, funding for printing and distribution of brochures.
He organized the four day 'Harbour Circle Walk' (Sept 2005), the seven day 'Sydney's Great Coastal Walk' (July 2008) and the 'Governor Phillip Walk' (Sept 2011).
Phil is a retired barrister and former Hunters Hill Councillor. He has been involved in many environment and heritage issues and was the Foundation Chair of Defenders of Sydney Harbour Foreshores and the Joint Convener of Protectors of Public Lands. He is a member of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Community Advisory Committee (2002-2014) and the Sydney Harbour National Landscape Steering Committee (2012-2014).
He was awarded an OAM (2005) for services to the protection and preservation of the environment and in 2010 received the National Trust's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to heritage conservation.
Leigh has been a member of The Walking Volunteers since 2004. He worked with other members in developing the first edition of the 'Harbour Circle Walk' (2004-2005) and was responsible with Phil Jenkyn for the three Northern Beaches maps and brochures (2006-2008) and the two Parramatta River Walk maps and brochures (2009-2011).
Leigh was co-founder of the Great North Walk between Sydney and Newcastle and contributed to the development of the Federation Track between Sydney and Melbourne. He is the organizer of the Wombat Walking Group since 1989, and has been a volunteer guide for Marrickville, Canterbury and Strathfield Councils' Regional Riverlife Program.
He is the driving force behind a proposal by The Walking Volunteers to identify the most appropriate walking route, with linking regional routes, through Western Sydney from Parramatta to the Blue Mountains. This will connect Sydney Harbour National Landscape to the Greater Blue Mountains National Landscape, thereby linking the walking routes in both Landscapes.
Ian is an architect planner and urban designer specialising in pedestrian planning. He was a founding director of the Pedestrian Council of Australia and is a Board Member of Walk 21, an organisation presenting international conferences on walking issues. He has been involved in bringing the conference to Sydney this year.
Ian prepared a Pedestrian Network Plan for North Sydney Council in 1999. This plan later came to the attention of Bill Orme who was researching a Circle Walk of the municipality with a small group of like-minded walkers. Ian joined and in 2004 the group expanded and became known as The Walking Volunteers.
He worked with Dominic Adshead and Bill Orme on the 2010-2011 update of the `Harbour Bridge to Manly via Spit' map and brochure and in 2012 took on the role of Convenor of The Walking Volunteers.
Ian is the author of an illustrated book of walks called `Step out East' that was published shortly after the Eastern Suburbs Railway line was opened in 1979.
Bill became involved with the Walking Volunteers in 2006 and was responsible with Bill Orme for the 'Clovelly to Cronulla' map and brochure. He also prepared the historical information and background notes for that brochure as well as a Track Guide for the walking route from Barrenjoey to Port Hacking.
Bill is a retired business executive. He is the pioneer of the Federation Track, a 3,000 km bushwalking route from Sydney to Adelaide that connects the Sydney Harbour National Landscape to the southern end of the Greater Blue Mountains National Landscape, the Australian Alps National Landscape and the Great Ocean Road National Landscape.
He has proof-walked, documented and way-pointed this route and is currently working on a series of e-guides for Federation Track West from Melbourne to Adelaide. He is the author of 'The Federation Track - Circular Quay to Stanwell Park' and the e-guide "Federation Track West I - Melbourne to Twelve Apostles" which is available from Apple, Amazon and Kobe. More information on the Federation Track (including GPX files of the route) is available from federationtrack.com.au.
David is a member of The Walking Volunteers and the National Parks Association of NSW. A resident of Braidwood he is now retired with a business, management and public sector background.
He has organised and led from the 1970s to the present walks on the Central Coast, Southern Highlands and Braidwood area, including in Budawang and Monga National Parks. In the 1980s he organised a local walking group based on the lower north shore of Sydney exploring and researching Sydney Harbour and the northern beaches.
He participated with Leigh Shearer-Heriot and Bill Avery on proofing walks on the Central Coast and in the Sydney area in the 1990s.
David has completed many long distance walks including Indonesia (Mt Rinjani in Lombok 1987); Australia (Walhalla to Melbourne 1993), (Newcastle to Poiblue - Barrington Tops 1995); Africa (Mt Kilimanjaro 2000) and Canada (British Columbia 2000, 2003 and 2010).
He is a former chair of Central Coast Community Radio and was involved in the formation of community radio for the region.
Charles became involved with the Walking Volunteers through his participation in the seven day 'Sydney's Great Coastal Walk' (July 2008) from Barrenjoey to Cronulla and the Royal. As an ongoing contributor to the Walking Volunteers he has both explored new options, and proof walked existing routes within Sydney's walking network.
He was part of the inaugural Great North Walk in 1988 and was a foundation member of the Wombat Walking Group that grew out of that event. He also participated in several sections of the Federation Track between Sydney and Melbourne.
Now retired after a career in design and engineering of high speed manufacturing equipment, Charles has personally mapped the walking track network within the Parramatta, Castle Hill, Seven Hilts triangle. He is also an active supporter of the project to develop a walking route between Parramatta and the Blue Mountains.
Matt lives in Hornsby with his wife Fiona and two primary aged kids. He is the author of four bushwalking guide books and runs two popular bushwalking websites serving around 5000 people each day (wildwalks.com & bushwalk.com). He is also the Activities Coordinator for National Parks Association (NPA) of NSW managing the program of around 1000 walks per year. The NPA is a conservation group, the lead organisation for the inaugural Sydney Harbour and Coast Walk as well as Australia's largest bushwalking club.
Most weeks he features on the "Weekend walkers guide" on ABC regional radio and is occasionally heard on ABC 702 and ABC statewide.
He is a keen advocate of inn-to-inn walking. This is an idea of enjoying multiday bushwalks whilst staying in B&B's. In writing his books on the Great North Walk and the Six Foot Track he included details on how to complete these longer walks as either day walks, tent walks or inn-to-inn.
Matt is excited to be a part of this inaugural walk and is looking forward to being a tourist in his own city for a month.
The Walk Encompasses (so you can join in or give them a cheer and wave along the way):
Barrenjoey to Narrabeen Lakes - Saturday 16th of August (to Avalon 12.5km) to Sunday 17th of August (12.5km)
Narrabeen Lakes to Manly Lagoon - Monday 18th of August (15.5km)
Manly Lagoon to North Head (13.5km) Wednesday 20th of August
Manly to Middle Head (13.5km) -Thursday 21st of August
Middle Head to Cremorne Point (12km) - Friday 22nd of August
Cremorne Point to the Rocks (8km) - Saturday 23rd of August
The Rocks to Greenwich (14km) - Monday 25th of August
Greenwich to Woolwich (13.5km) - Tuesday 26th of August
Hunters Hill to Meadowbank (13km) - Wednesday 27th of August
Meadowbank to Parramatta (8.5km) - Thursday 28th of August
Parramatta Park (8km) - Friday 29th of August
Parramatta To Sydney Olympic Park (12.5km) - Sunday 31st of August
Olympic Park to Cabarita (14km) - Monday 1st of September
Cabarita to Chiswick (13.5km) - Tuesday 2nd of September
Chiswick To Balmain (13km) - Wednesday 3rd of September
Balmain to The Rocks (14km) - Thursday 4th of September
The Rocks To Double Bay (12km) - Saturday 6th of September
Double Bay To The Gap (13km) - Sunday 7th of September
Watsons Bay To Coogee (14km) - Monday 8th of September
Coogee To La Perouse (18km) - Tuesday 9th of September
Kurnell To Cronulla (14.5km) - Thursday 11th of September
Cronulla To Wattamolla (13.5km) - Friday 12th of September
Wattamolla To Lilyvale (14.5km) - Saturday 13th of September
DAY 30 SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER – CELEBRATION AT LILYVALE
Pittwater's John Illingsworth - at work.
Report and Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2014.