The Comic Walk in Sydney

Do you know that there are a few places in this World that you accidentally discover but you fall in love with them? You start feeling grateful for that pleasant accidental discovery. One such place or a walk that I discovered by chance was the Comic Walk in the Milsons Point. I was on my regular Sunday weekend walk from Balls Head Reserve to North Sydney and that’s when I stumbled upon this walk. All I wanted to do after this short walk was to tell the people in Sydney so they can go and discover this amazing hidden treasure.

A reason why I love Sydney so much is that the lively city has plenty of such hidden treasures and every place or a walk surprises you each time. For a detailed travel guide on what to do in Sydney, refer my ultimate guide to travel in Sydney.

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What is Comic Walk?

The Comic Walk is an outdoor display of sculptures, honouring the golden age of Australian comics and children’s literature figures from the early 20th century. The walk showcases mini sculptures of these comic characters created by the local artist Peter Kingston. The walk is also known as the Peter Kingston Walkway and is in the park that is dedicated to Arthur Barton.

The Comic Walk in Sydney

How to get there?

The Arthur ‘Art’ Barton park is right behind Luna Park in North Sydney that goes towards Lavender Bay. The nearest train station and ferry point are Milsons Point. The train and ferry timings and up-to-date information on public transport in Sydney can be found on the Transport for NSW website.

The Comic Walk in North Sydney

Arthur ‘Art’ Barton

Arthur Barton was an artist who worked at Luna Park for 33 years. One of his biggest art accomplishments was the happy face at the Luna Park entrance gate. The art was built in the year 1959. Arthur Barton, after losing his one eye in World War I, became an artist and was one of the 35 artists employed at the Luna Park. His journey on how he became an artist and how he created the happy face of the Luna Park can be found on the Sydney tourism website.

Arthur Art Barton Park - The Comic Walk in North Sydney

Peter Kingston

Also a former Luna Park artist, Peter Kingston created these comic series to celebrate and cherish his childhood heroes. His works are in bronze and the mini sculptures on the Peter Kingston walkway are created to reflect the fun and good memories.

Only one of the mini sculptures is a stand-alone work created by the artist Chris O’Doherty. The sculpture is of Ken – the Dugong.

Kingston’s sculptures of classic Australian cartoon characters line the boardwalk and are popular with children and adults alike.

Cited on the article – ARTIST Peter Kingston is set to be honoured by the North Sydney community on Daily Telegraph.

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Exhibits

Banksia Man

The villains of the Gumnut series, Banksia Men are the ones always plotting wicked ways to capture Mr. Nut and Blossoms. This character was created by an Australian children’s author Mary Gibbs.

Banksia Man The Comic Walk in Sydney
Banksia Man

Bib & Bub

Bib and Bub are the two comic characters created by Mary Gibbs. And Bib and Bub are the two Gumnuts living in a Gumnut town and have lots of fun adventures.

Bib & Bub - The Comic Walk in North Sydney
Bib & Bub

Blinky Bill

Blinky Bill is a koala, a fictional character created by a New Zealand born children’s books author Dorothy Wall. The character first appeared in the book Jacko – the broadcasting Kookaburra and then featured in a series of Blinky Bill books.

The Blinky Bill The Comic Walk in Sydney
Blinky Bill

Boofhead

Boofhead is a cartoon character that featured in the 1940s, created by R B Clark. Boofhead translates to buffalo-head which means a stupid person.

To know more about its origin and the details of the comic strip, refer to the article Eddie Everywhere And The Origins Of The Boofhead published by Newmatilda.

Boofhead The Comic Walk in Sydney
Boofhead

Felix the cat

This exhibit was my favourite as I love cats and I love the name, Felix. Felix, the cat is a popular black cat created in the silent film era. He was created by an Australian cartoonist Pat Sullivan.

Felix the cat The Comic Walk in Sydney
Felix, the cat

Did you know that Felix first appeared in Master Tom in the year 1919 and he is older than Mickey Mouse by 9 whole years?

Ginger Meggs

Ginger Meggs is a popular comic character, created by an Australian cartoonist Jimmy Bancks in the early 1920s.

Ginger Meggs The Comic Walk in Sydney
Ginger Meggs

The life and times of Ginger Meggs recorded by ABC radio can be heard here:

Ken – the Dugong

The sculpture of Ken, the Dugong is created by a contemporary artists Chris O’Doherty. The art work is a symbol to support the conservation campaign for the declining population of Dugongs in Queensland’s Hinchinbrrok Island.

Ken the dugong - The Comic Walk in North Sydney
Ken – The Dugong

Magic Pudding

The Magic Pudding is a story of a magic pudding that no matter how many times its eaten, it reforms itself to be eaten again. The character was created by an Australian author Norman Lindsay.

Magic Pudding The Comic Walk in Sydney
Magic Pudding

Mr. Lizard

Mr. Lizard is a character created by Mary Gibbs. He is strong, brave and fast and often saves the other characters Nuts and Blossoms from the perils.

Mr Lizard The Comic Walk in Sydney
Mr. Lizard

Mr. & Mrs. Kookaburra

Mr. Kookaburra and Mrs. Kookaburra were created by Mary Gibbs and are friends with Mr. Lizard.

Mr Kookaburra The Comic Walk in Sydney
Mr. Kookaburra
Mrs Kookaburra The Comic Walk in Sydney
Mrs. Kookaburra

Splodge

How can Australian comics be complete without a kangaroo? Splodge is a kangaroo who is Blinky Bill’s friend. He was created by Dorothy Wall.

Splodge The Comic Walk in Sydney
Splodge, the Kangaroo

The Ghost who walks

Unfortunately, I could not find this comic character’s connection with Australia. The only information I found was that the Ghost who walks is a comic character in an American adventure comic strip called the Phantom, published by Lee Falk.

The Ghost who walks The Comic Walk in Sydney
The Ghost who walks

The Rembrandt of Luna Park

A replica of Luna Park’s smiling face and its towers also exists as a display on the Comic Walk.

Smiling face Luna Park The Comic Walk in Sydney
Replica of Luna Park’s entrance

Statistics of the walk

  • The distance of the walk: 100 to 200 metres.
  • Time taken to complete the walk: 15 minutes.
  • The walkway is along the wooded boardwalk and is an extremely easy walk.
  • Look out for the sculptures as some of them are covered by bushes and plants.

Closing notes

I absolutely loved this walk as it was like a treasure hunt. Actually my friend who was accompanying me during walk planned a fun activity for her kids to find the characters based on the pictures. How cool an activity is that! Even though the kids will enjoy this walk, I am sure adults would appreciate the various comic characters too and enjoy learning about them.

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40 Comments

  1. I love such serendipitous finds! So many times I’ve been on my way to explore a certain place but end up somewhere I had no idea existed. Such accidents are the best! The Comic Walk seems like a fun little thing to do on the weekend. You’ve written about the cartoons and their references quite beautifully! The Luna Park one got me squealing in excitement – it took me back to when I visited Melbourne when I was younger and Luna Park was a fun outing one day!

  2. You definitely got lucky in this accidental discovery.This is an amazing find indeed.You got me right there when it said comic walk. I love comic characters. Also, I am always looking for places related to art. This is a great way to honor the Australian comic creators. I knew about Bib and Bub, Felix the cat, Magic Pudding, already but I am glad I could learn about some more interesting characters.

  3. travelwisesr

    Wow this would have been a nice surprise. Love the walk and the exhibits. Find Bib & Bub, Kookaburra & Splodge very interesting. It’s always nice to go back and revisit comic characters and go back to our childhood days.

  4. This looks like such a fun walk with getting to relive these childhood stories. Plus this would be fun to be watching for the next sculpture in anticipation of what could be next. This is such a clever way to combine art, culture and nature together.

  5. This walk really looks interesting with so many display of Australian comics from olden times too. I love comics and would love to visit this area though I don’t know any comics from Australia. Ken the Segong scultpure looks interesting and was not knowing about the campaign behind this. Wow good to know that this walk is very easy to do and within 15 minutes.

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