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Berowra Waters information board

During times when oil spills, algal blooms or aquatic stingers are present in the Berowra Creek estuary, it is important to keep the local community and visitors to the area informed. As such, one of the actions within the Berowra Creek Estuary Management Plan was to inform the community through warning signs near waterway access locations.  In order to achieve this action a community noticeboard is being installed in the Dusthole Bay carpark, adjacent to the path to the public jetty.  This noticeboard is being funded by the Department of Natural Resources and Hornsby Shire Council.  Consideration is currently being given to the design of the noticeboard.  Further, to improve the visual amenity of the area, Council has consolidated and removed other signs within the vicinity that were outdated or considered unnecessary.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Coad
Estuary Manager
Phone:  9847 6766
E-mail: pcoad@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Berowra Waters

Located less than 15 kms from Galston, Berowra Waters is a stunning waterway retreat with facilities including picnic and barbeque areas, restaurants and cafes, marina, boat hire facility and fishing with direct access to the Hawkesbury River. A car ferry links the roads that end each side of the river. Ferry services depart from Berowra Waters for tours to various destinations on the Hawkesbury.

Berowra Valley Regional Park

In 1987, the former Elouera Bushland Natural Park was consolidated with surrounding Crown reserves to form what was known as Berowra Valley Bushland Park, encompassing an area of 38sq km. In 1998 the Park came under joint management of Hornsby Council, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and a community based board of trustees and is now known as Berowra Valley Regional Park. The Park, bounded by both urban and rural lands, extends along Berowra, Calna, Tunks, and Pyes Creeks between Pennant Hills and Berowra and is easily accessible by road or rail.

Bushwalking is possible through much of the Park via the Benowie Walking Track which is part of the Great North Walk. Picnic facilities are provided at Crosslands Reserve, The Jungo and Berowra Waters.

Crosslands Reserve is available for short term camping, by arrangement with Hornsby Council. The Park, rich in flora and fauna and many threatened species provides an excellent example of one of the deep gorges which dissect the Hornsby Plateau.

Several items of historical interest are contained within the park including Thornleigh Zig Zag Railway and historic quarry and historic steps, Rosemead Road, Hornsby.

Berowra Creek Estuary and catchment

The Berowra Creek estuary and its catchment are situated within the Hornsby Shire local government area on the northern outskirts of the Sydney metropolitan area.  The Berowra Creek estuary is a major tributary of the lower Hawkesbury River which enters the Hawkesbury River about 20 kilometres from the ocean.

The Berowra Creek estuary is a drowned river valley estuary, consisting of steeply incised gorges with surrounding plateau areas.  The estuary itself extends for over 23 kilometres in a southerly direction from the Hawkesbury River to the tidal limit at Rocky Fall Rapids.  It is fed by a number of local tributaries that drain the steep catchments adjacent to the waterway.

The steep topography has limited development directly adjacent to the Berowra Creek estuary, most of which is only accessible by boat.  The catchment is highly developed in the south with the residential, industrial and commercial development of Hornsby and its surrounding suburbs experiencing accelerated growth over the last 30 years.  The north of the catchment is predominantly bushland and comprises of Marramarra National Park, Muogamarra Nature Reserve and Berowra Valley Regional Park.  The semi-rural areas of Arcadia, Galston and Glenorie are situated to the west of the estuary.   The region is a popular destination for a range of outdoor recreational activities including bushwalking, camping, boating and fishing.

For more information:

Natural Resources Commission Website

Performance Report on NSW Biodiversity Survey Program

NSW Water Quality and River Flow Objectives