Cove National Park Heritage Walk...
at one end,
starts at Jenkins Cottage which is possibly the oldest structure
in the Municipality of Ku-ring-gai. It is all that remains of the
Jenkins' major orcharding complex named "Millwood". The house itself
was named "Waterview".
A slight detour
from the road will take you to Bakers Cottage. The stone cottage
probably dates from about 1865 as oral history accounts indicate
that it was built as the result of a bet which Baker had won! Oral
history further indicates that the house originally had additional
timber rooms and a verandah around the stone central core, with
a kitchen at the rear. Baker's Cottage is the only dwelling in the
Ku-ring-gai municipality which has had no structural change for
one hundred and forty years. Descendants of William and Jane Baker
stayed on the river until the 1890s when the property passed to
Hans Andra, a sculptor, who named the home "Carlsruhe".
cottage are growing (and flowering in Summer) many native grasses.
A sign will help you identify some of them.
Below the cottage
is a series of dry stone wall terraces, nearly totally hidden by
revegetation. It is believed that these dry stone walls were built
one hundred years ago by the Andra family when they landscaped the
hillside, placing sculptures along the ledges formed by the walls.
The stone blocks
were probably quarried from local sandstone, and may consist of
blocks from some of the sandstone walls of the Baker outbuildings.
is an intact and locally rare example of a 1920s 'Queenslander'
styled timber cottage. It was probably built by an orchardist, George
Warr, who leased 5 1/2 acres (2.23 ha) from about 1917 to 1920.
As you walk
away from the road up to join the Great North Walk, you will find
a great deal of bush regeneration being done. This is the area where
the contractors are working. Along the way, you pass many examples
of native vegetation which were used by the indigenous inhabitants.
Signs here explain the way they lived and how they used the resources
in the Park.
changes as you walk along ridge-tops or hillslopes or through sheltered
gullies. Many of the plants are sketched and described - maybe you
will identify them.
The river itself
was a major transport facility at the turn of the century. There
was an old ferry landing along here at which picnickers would alight.
Fiddens Wharf was one of the main wharves for timber, logged from
the slopes above the river and brought down by bullock dray, to
be taken to the harbour and beyond for milling.
The weedy patches
in the creek lines are just too degraded to be fixed with one grant.
We've identified at least 12 weeds growing in just one small patch.
If you have these in your garden, they could up here!
Reserve is the other end of the walk. There we've constructed a
shelter / information bay with seats and signs detailing the history
of Fiddens Wharf and later historical events in this section of