Lyrebird Gully Walk

by John Wilson July. 03, 2021 315 views

Following Sydney's Berowra Creek until it meets salt water

I am particularly interested in Berowra Creek as we live very close to its headwaters. Here we joined the creek around half way on its journey to meet the salt water.

I am particularly interested in Berowra Creek as we live very close to its headwaters. Here we joined the creek around half way on its journey to meet the salt water.

The track we took winds 9 kilometres through national park. Much of it was damp from overnight rain.

The track we took winds 9 kilometres through national park. Much of it was damp from overnight rain.

Trees line the path.

Trees line the path.

Angophora tree.

Angophora tree.

There are gentle cascades for several kilometres.

There are gentle cascades for several kilometres.

The creek starts to widen in various places.

The creek starts to widen in various places.

At some points the track emerges into the sunlight before descending again to the creek.

At some points the track emerges into the sunlight before descending again to the creek.

Tree fern catching the afternoon light.

Tree fern catching the afternoon light.

The creek reminds me of places we've travelled a long way to see out of Sydney - yet here is something similarly pristine right on our doorstep in the suburbs. It's easy to forget what's close to home.

The creek reminds me of places we've travelled a long way to see out of Sydney - yet here is something similarly pristine right on our doorstep in the suburbs. It's easy to forget what's close to home.

The creek turns into muddy, sandy shallows as it meets the salt water. We saw a few sand whiting here, a local salt water fish that likes the shallow water.

The creek turns into muddy, sandy shallows as it meets the salt water. We saw a few sand whiting here, a local salt water fish that likes the shallow water.

Boardwalks take you over wetlands.

Boardwalks take you over wetlands.

Another colourful angophora.

Another colourful angophora.

The vegetation changes as you ascend from the creek. Here a scribbly gum catching the late afternoon light.

The vegetation changes as you ascend from the creek. Here a scribbly gum catching the late afternoon light.

Banksia.

Banksia.

Boronia

Boronia

New Holland Honeyeater. Unfortunately, we saw no lyrebirds, which are most fascinating creatures, able to mimic very accurately the sounds of many other birds. If you don't know them, google `Dave Attenborough lyrebird' for a great video.

New Holland Honeyeater. Unfortunately, we saw no lyrebirds, which are most fascinating creatures, able to mimic very accurately the sounds of many other birds. If you don't know them, google `Dave Attenborough lyrebird' for a great video.

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