We have had Glades Bay and the Wulaba Track walk on our bucket list for a while. And was disappointed to have missed out recently on guided walks organised by City of Ryde Council as part of NAIDOC week. So when I heard that there of a new playground around the corner at Peel Park, I thought it would be great to combine the two on a sunny warm winters day.
And wow of wow! What is better than finding a gorgeous hidden gem? Well finding a hidden gem within a hidden gem! The Wulaba Track is a boardwalk that takes you along Parramatta River, through the mangroves, to Glades Bay Park. It has a secret, enchanted garden feel to it.
And tucked along the walk are two wonderful additional surprises – a street library and brick maze!
We walked down to Glades Bay from Peel Park, via Bill Mitchell Park. There is a car park at the Morrison Road entrance to Bill Mitchell Park. And further along is a sports field and toilets.
Once you walk across the sports field, you will find the start of the Wulaba Track on the left hand side.
Glades Bay is rich in Aboriginal history, with the Wallumedegal people occupying this area when European Settlers arrived in 1788. The Wulaba Track is an opportunity to explore the past of the Wallumedegal people and enjoy the natural beauty of Parramatta River.
Following the path down down to the water, there are a series of park benches to take in the gorgeous view across Parramatta River to Cabarita.
Now there are two ways to access the walk from Glades Bay as the connection hasn’t been completed yet by Ryde Council. Neither are completely ideal with young kids but both are doable. There is a set of stairs to walk up to Western Crescent and then after a number of houses, you walk down a set of stairs to Wulaba Track boardwalk. Or, if you are feeling adventurous (like us), you can walk along the seawall for about 15 metres.
I suggest going along the seawall if you can (and it’s low tide) as you will be rewarded for your efforts by a brick maze and street library just around the corner. I managed it with two preschoolers and their scooters and it definitely added to the adventure! Plus, there were lots of fish to see in the water.
We were fortunate to find a kids cookbook, which my eldest was over the moon about. Walking on, you will then find the boardwalk just around the corner, along with the other entrance.
The Wulaba Track then continues around to Glades Bay Park. Along the way there are signs with information about the fauna and history of the area.
Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the end of the walk this time. Once we reached steps within Glades Bay Park, we decided to turn around as we had scooters with us. We turned back for a little play on the sand before riding and walking back up to Peel Park.
We understand the walk continues to York Street and Delmar Parade in Gladesville. And along the way there are two Aboriginal rock carvings.
Finding Glades Bay and Wulaba Track
You can reach Glades Bay from Bill Mitchell Park (with a gravel car park), Western Crescent or Champion Road. The Wulaba Track is on the east side of Glades Bay, though unfortunately the connection hasn’t yet been finished.