Do you know that there are some places in this world that you accidentally discover but that you fall in love with? You feel grateful for this pleasant chance discovery. One such place or stroll that I discovered by accident was the Comic Walk at Milsons Point. I was on my regular Sunday weekend walk from Balls Head Reserve to North Sydney and then came across this walk. All I wanted to do after this short walk was tell the people in Sydney that they can discover this amazing hidden treasure.
Part of the reason I love Sydney so much is because the bustling city has many such hidden gems and every place or stroll will surprise you every time. A detailed guide to things to do in Sydney can be found at my ultimate guide to traveling in Sydney.
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What is Comic Walk?
The comic walk is an outdoor sculpture exhibition honoring the golden age of Australian comics and children’s literary characters from the early 20th century. The walk features mini-sculptures of these cartoon characters by local artist Peter Kingston. The walk is also known as Peter Kingston walkway and is in the park dedicated to Arthur Barton.
How to get there
Arthur ‘Art’ Barton Park is just past Luna Park in North Sydney towards Lavender Bay. The nearest train station and ferry terminal are Milson’s Point. For train and ferry times and the latest information on public transport in Sydney, visit the Transport for NSW Website.
Arthur ‘Art’ Barton
Arthur Barton was an artist who worked at Luna Park for 33 years. One of his greatest artistic achievements was the happy face at the entrance gate of Luna Park. The art was built in 1959. After losing his eye on Arthur Barton in World War I, he became an artist and was one of the 35 artists employed at Luna Park. His journey about how he became an artist and how he created the happy face of Luna Park can be found on the Sydney Tourism website.
Peter Kingston, also a former Luna Park artist, created this comic series to celebrate and cherish his childhood heroes. His work is in bronze and the mini sculptures on the Peter Kingston walkway are designed to reflect the fun and good memories.
Only one of the mini sculptures is an independent work by the artist Chris O’Doherty. The sculpture is by Ken – the Dugong.
Kingston’s sculptures of classic Australian cartoon characters line the promenade and are popular with children and adults alike.
Quoted on the article – ARTIST Peter Kingston is expected to be honored by the North Sydney community on Daily telegraph.
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Bib & Boy
Blinky Bill is a koala, a fictional character created by a New Zealand-born children’s author Dorothy Wall. The character first appeared in the book Jacko – the radio Kookaburra and then featured in a series of Blinky Bill books.
Boofhead is a cartoon character created by RB Clark in the 1940s. Boofhead means buffalo head, which means a stupid person.
For more information about its origins and the details of the comic, see the article Eddie everywhere and the origins of the boofhead edited by Newmatilda.
Felix the cat
This show was my favorite as I love cats and love the name Felix. Felix the cat is a popular black cat that was created in the silent movie era. It was created by an Australian cartoonist Pat Sullivan.
Did you know that Felix first appeared in Master Tom in 1919 and is 9 years older than Mickey Mouse?
The life and times of Ginger Meggs, recorded on ABC radio, can be heard here:
Ken – the dugong
The sculpture of Ken, the dugong, was created by a contemporary artist, Chris O’Doherty. The artwork is a symbol in support of the conservation campaign for the declining dugong population on Hinchinbrrok Island in Queensland.
Mr. & Mrs. Kookaburra
How can Australian comics be complete without a kangaroo? Splodge is a kangaroo who is Blinky Bill’s friend. It was created by Dorothy Wall.
The mind that goes
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this cartoon character’s connection with Australia. The only information I found was that the ghost that leaves is a cartoon character named in an American adventure comic the Phantom, published by Lee Falk.
The Rembrandt from Luna Park
A replica of the smiling face of Luna Park and its towers can also be seen on the Comic Walk.
- The distance the hike: 100 to 200 meters.
- took time To end the walk: 15 minutes.
- The walkway runs along the wooded boardwalk and is very easy to walk.
- Pay attention to the sculptures as some of them are covered in bushes and plants.
I absolutely loved this walk as it was like a treasure hunt. Actually, my friend, who accompanied me during the walk, was planning a fun activity for her children to find the characters using the pictures. How cool is that for an activity! Although the kids will enjoy this walk, I am sure that adults too would appreciate the various cartoon characters and would love to learn about them.
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