‘200 tons per hour’: a guided tour of the Balls Head Coal Loader

Join historian Dr Ian Hoskins and explore one of the most significant industrial heritage sites on Sydney Harbour. Walk through the tunnels of the Balls Head coal loader and experience the newly launched app which brings the working of the mechanised coal loader to life.

The Balls Head Coal Loader was the most advanced facility of its kind in Australia when it began operating at the end of 1919. Contemporary with the famous finger wharves of Walsh Bay and the redevelopment of White Bay, the Coal Loader was part of the modernisation of Port Jackson. Historian Dr Ian Hoskins will lead you around the Coal Loader site and put the place in the context of the history of Sydney Harbour. You will walk across the coal platform, along the waterfront and through the tunnels. Visitors will also be introduced to the new app which brings the workings of the coal loader to life. Proximity to the Coal Loader cafe means you can enjoy coffee and cake beforehand or lunch afterwards. Alternatively you can enjoy a picnic before or after at Balls Head Reserve.

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Event Details

2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton, New South Wales
10.30am - 12pm
Entry fees:
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
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Limited street parking