Sydney’s Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

The Coal Loader in North Sydney is the face of sustainability for North Sydney Council. From workshops, to community gardens and seasonal events, these guys celebrate all things green!

The Coal Loader platform was recently opened as a multi-purpose recreational space. This amazing sandstone structure is now one of the largest rooftop garden areas in Australia that’s open to the public. Stretching for one hectare along the Waverton waterfront, it has stunning views over the harbour and towards the Parramatta River.

The platform is just a part of the 2.8-hectare precinct, which also includes extensive community gardens, a native bush nursery, food gardens, regenerated parklands and a rich history. The former industrial site functioned as a transfer depot for coal from the 1920s until the early 1990s. It was dedicated an open public space in 1997 and since then has been transformed into an amazing location to relax, learn and be inspired.

North Sydney Council now runs a huge array of workshops on site that will help you learn how to introduce sustainable practices into your own life: from making nest boxes for local fauna, to learning how to propagate native plants and minimise waste. There are also a bunch of seasonal events held on the platform with pop-up bars and music sessions. Whatever you’re in the mood for, this place is guaranteed to be a whole load of fun.