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Water Cycle (Tempe and Olympic Park Wetlands Tour)

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North Sydney Council has extended an invitation to ARTcycle members to join a bicycle and bus tour of Tempe Wetlands and Sydney Olympic Park Wetlands with North Sydney and Willoughby Council’s this Saturday 4 February.

You can join the tour at North Sydney Council with bus transport to Tempe (booking required on the links below), or join at Tempe (rsvp here on the Meetup site).

Please book at one of the following links:

This activity involves the transport of participants and their bicycles on a bus provided by North Sydney Council on a return trip from North Sydney Council Chambers and North Sydney Station to Tempe Wetlands and Sydney Olympic Park. We have chosen a flat route along formal tracks and sealed surfaces and there is an option to travel on the bus from points of interest should you find the activity too strenuous.

Please dress appropriately for riding a bicycle and walking in the sun, please see the Bureau of Meteorology Sydney Forecast ( If it is raining heavily, the event will be postponed or cancelled, you will receive a phone call one hour before the scheduled pick-up time. Feel free to call me Andrew Scott on[masked] or Liz Powell – WCC on[masked] if you are concerned about the weather. The activity will go ahead should we experience light rain, in this case we will tour points of interest by bus.

You will need to bring the following things:

* A bicycle in working order

* A bicycle helmet

* Spare tube and repair kit, bike pump if you have one.

* Sun protection, a hat, sun screen, a long sleeved shirt.

* Water Bottle (500ml to 1 litre), there will be a 10 litre water flask for refills available on the bus.

* BYO lunch and snacks, morning tea (orange juice + biscuits) will be provided. Please bring your own food if you have special dietary requirements. There is a Cafe at Steele Park


ARTcycle members and friends can also join the tour at Tempe Wetlands. The wetlands tour will be lead by Damon Bassett, Biodiversity Officer from the Inner West Council.

Meet: 9.00 am Tempe Golf Driving Range carpark.

Finish: 11.30 Steel Park (see itinerary below)

Book: Please RSVP to this page so we can advise the team and direct you to the meeting point. Call Andrew Scott or Liz Powell for more information.

N.B. this tour is being organised by North Sydney Council, please take the time to thank them if you enjoy the tour and want to see more of the same.


08:00 – Bus departs from North Sydney Council Chambers

08:15 – Bus departs from North Sydney Train Station (Blue Street)

09:00 – Arrive Tempe Golf Driving Range Car Park

09:15 - Guided tour (walking) of remediated wetlands north of Tempe Park with Damon Bassett - IWC

09:45 – Ride from the Tempe Golf Driving Range to Tempe Recreational Reserve to look at Sydney Water Sea Wall project, including block pools, to play ground.

10:00 – Ride to the Salt Marsh at Tempe Recreational Reserve

10:30 - Morning tea at car park north of Sydney Model Autosports & Cooks River Motor Boat Club

10:45 – Ride along Holbeach Ave over the Princess Highway to the shared access pathway in Kendrick Park. Stop after the railway bridge to look at a wetland restoration project undertaken by Total Earth Care.

11:00 – Ride through Tempe Train Station car park to Richardson Crescent back onto the shared pathway along the Cooks River to a Bio-retention Basin, the nearby Sydney Water Basin and then onto Steele Park, Marrickville to a constructed wetland and saltmarsh.

11:30 – Alight bus with bicycles to depart for Sydney Olympic Park (SOP), Home Bush.

12:15 – Arrive at Bicentennial Drive SOP - LUNCH.

13:00 - Meet Park Ranger at Car Park P10d for a tour of Lake Belvedere and Powells Creek Fishway

13.20 – Meet Carpark P10f for tour of Mangrove System, on foot.

13:40 – Meet at Brick Pit (Marjorie Jackson Pkwy) for guided tour of Brick Pit Ring Walk (no bikes on walkway)

14:00 - Ride through Wentworth Common, to the Marker overlooking Homebush Bay, then along Bennelong Parkway to Hill Road to Woo-la-ra Wetland Car park.

14:25 – Tour Woo-la-ra and view of Newington Nature Reserve

15:45 – Tour Narawang Wetlands ( to learn about Latham’s Snipe ( and Green & Gold bell Frogs (

15:10 – Tour Birdlife Australia/Discovery Centre and end tour at Armoury Entry.

15.30 – Alight bus, depart for North Sydney

16:00 – Arrive at North Sydney Station

16:15 – Arrive at NSC Chambers Car Park