The Cartophiles’ first day walk for 2016 explores some of the lesser known areas of bushland on the western side of the Pacific Highway. Using fire trails and well-defined walking tracks we travel through:
- The Wahroonga Estate Environmental Conservation Zone
Privately owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church but open to the public, it includes remnants of Sydney Blue Gum High Forest.
- Browns Field
Named after John Brown, a merchant and timber-getter, who cleared the land of timber and planted orchards, it’s a small bushland area in the flat valley floor of a small volcanic diatreme, probably early Jurassic age. Rainforest trees, shrubs and ferns are found at Browns Field but nowhere else in the Lane Cove Valley.
- Twin Creek Reserve
Named for the creek in the upper reaches of Lane Cove River that forks near its head. The track follows the lower creek line through rainforest to tall Eucalypt forest. It returns along the ridge top where there are some rare species of Eucalyptus characteristic of the dry Sydney sandstone.
- The Broadway Bushland Reserve
A pretty little spot that conserves remnants of the 1924 plan by Ku-ring-gai shire president Christopher Bowes-Thistlethwayte and harbour bridge engineer John Bradfield for the Western Arterial Roadway as an alternative route from the North Shore to the bridge.
- Bradley Reserve
Named for the Bradley sisters, Eileen and Joan, pioneers of bush regeneration in the 1960s it is part of the Fox Valley Creek wildlife corridor. It shows the dry sclerophyll forest typical of the ridgelines in the area.
We’ll meet at the entrance to Howson Oval, opposite 22 Howson Avenue, Turramurra, at 9.30am on Saturday, 20th February. The walk will take 2½ – 3 hours, after which you’re invited to the Craigs’ house for a BBQ.
For more details see 2016 Walk 1 (Turramurra-Sth Wahroonga) flyer