And wow of wow! What’s 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 usually walk down to Glades Bay from Peel Park, via Bill Mitchell Park. There’s 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 until very recently, it wasn’t easy to access the Wulaba Track from here. You either had to walk up and down a steep set of stairs or walk along the seawall for about 15 metres.
BUT that has now changed thanks to City of Ryde installing the missing link of the boardwalk!
And boy does it make this walk so much more family friendly and enjoyable.
A short way along the new section of boardwalk, you’ll find the lovely maze and street library.
Walking on, there’s boat/ kayak ramps, which my kids loved sitting at and trying to catch fish with sticks!
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.
The boardwalk is only about two hundred metres and then you reach the stairs that go up into Glades Bay Park. Along the way there are some rocks and sand area that we like to play at. We understand there are two Aboriginal rock carvings along the way but haven’t seen them ourselves as yet.
The walk then continues to either York Street (go left) and Delmar Parade (go right) at the end of the stairs. Going right around to Delmar Parade, takes you to a small playground with nice views over the bay.
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.