Trenerry Reserve

1R Wolseley Road, Coogee NSW 2034

1R Wolseley Road, Coogee NSW 2034
  • Dogs may be exercised off the leash

  • Coastal Walkway
  • Park seat
  • Shared pedestrian and bike path

  • Alcohol prohibited
  • Golf practice prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
  • Fires prohibited
  • Removal of flora & fauna prohibited
  • Flying of double string kites prohibited

Trenerry Reserve is a dedicated off-leash dog exercise area located high on the southern headland of Coogee Bay. From the open grassed area of the reserve there are spectacular views to the north over Coogee Beach and Dunningham Reserve, with breathtaking scenery to the south over rocky coastal cliffs and platforms.

Trenerry Reserve is a dedicated off-leash dog exercise area located high on the southern headland of Coogee Bay. From the open grassed area of the reserve there are spectacular views to the north over Coogee Beach and Dunningham Reserve, with breathtaking scenery to the south over rocky coastal cliffs and platforms.

Alcohol prohibited

A permanent alcohol ban applies at this location.


There's plenty of street parking nearby, or it's an easy one-kilometre walk south of Coogee Beach.The Coastal Walkway winds through the reserve heading north to the bustling Coogee Beach town centre and south along a timber boardwalk that crosses a peat bog. The boardwalk protects the sensitive and endangered cliff top plants. The reserve is less developed than the open space areas to the south and offers a place for quiet relaxation.

Drinking alcohol is not permitted in the park.

History

Vivian Roy Trenerry 1903-1972

Vivian Roy Trenerry was a resident of the Randwick district for at least 37 years. He taught many local children at Coogee Public School, Maroubra Bay, Clovelly, Rainbow Street and Banksmeadow Public Schools. A teaching career spanning from before World War Two until the 1960s. He was the much-loved principal at Coogee Public School for many years.

Roy Trenerry is also fondly remembered as a swimming instructor at Randwick Coogee Amateur Swimming Club for over 25 years, teaching many local children to swim at Ross Jones Pool and other aquatic facilities in our city. Trenerry pioneered vacation ‘Learn to Swim’ classes at which he both taught and promoted in his school holidays, touring across the state promoting the program. His voluntary work in this field has undoubtedly saved many lives over decades both locally and across New South Wales.

In 1953 Roy was made a life member of the Randwick-Coogee Amateur Swim Club. He had already been awarded the club’s honour blazer in the summer season 1944-45.

Roy Trenerry died in March 1972, aged 69. Shortly afterwards his son, Alan Trenerry, suggested the establishment a local memorial to his father. Randwick Council moved swiftly resolving on 18 July 1972 to dedicate parkland adjacent to the ocean pools at Coogee Beach in his honour. Council’s suggestion of VR Trenerry Reserve was altered by the Geographical Names Board to simply Trenerry Reserve and was adopted by November 1972. The reserve was first dedicated for the purposes of public recreation in May 1879.

The dedication of Trenerry Reserve is a fitting tribute to a man who volunteered so much of his recreational time to ensuring the water safety of many generations of Sydney swimmers across New South Wales.

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Last Updated: 25 October 2022
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