This is the closest walking track to our house, a mere block away in Chatswood West. The track swiftly descends into Blue Gum creek, and past the Scout Hall meanders in the gully where the creek flows and can be a bit difficult to navigate at times. Climbing out of the gully will take your breath away, and not just because of the views.
The northern gully of Chatswood West is home to the lush and peaceful Blue Gum Reserve. This moist, tall forest hugs Blue Gum Creek as it flows down to the Lane Cove River creating a valuable wildlife corridor and a magical place to explore.
The local Camaraygal People are the traditional custodians of this land.
Blue Gum Reserve has a varied past. It has been logged, grazed by dairy cows, inundated by weeds, but most significantly, it has provided a sanctuary for plants and animals whilst the North Shore has been developed.
Like most of the Lane Cove Valley, the area around Blue Gum Creek was logged for its tall, upright trees. Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera) was used to build wharves as far afield as the London Docks.
Black Butt (Eucalyptus pilularis), which is still one of Australia’smost important commercial timbers is found here, and of course Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna), which once supplied the government store in the 1800s with ships timbers and house planks is present.
The area once hosted three dairies. Each dairy was small by today’s standards, only having a few cows each.
Blue Gum Reserve has pockets of ‘Blue Gum High Forest’ and closed forest, a critically endangered ecological community listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
This is a series of articles on images captured within a 5 km radius from our house in Sydney, Australia. On 2 August 2020, a state of disaster was declared in Victoria due to the significant rise in COVID19 cases, and stage 4 restrictions were imposed on metropolitan Melbourne. As part of these restrictions, during …
The Harold Reid reserve consists of a sandstone hill called The Sugarloaf located on a headland, sandwiched between Crag Cove and Castle Cove and facing into Sugarloaf Bay and then onto Middle Harbour.
Starting from a pedestrian tunnel underneath the rail line close to Artarmon Station, which is decorated with colourful murals, a short walk through a pleasantly wooded corridor next to the train line leads us to the oval. There are some sculptures of acorns near the oval.
The Artarmon Link Path (Cordia Way) is a wide, gently undulating pedestrian/cycle path that runs from Shepherd Road to Artarmon Reserve, following the original path of the creek (which is now underneath the concrete).
We started on Wilksch’s Walk, named in honour of local resident Eric Wilksch for his efforts in lobbying Council to retain bushland in Flat Rock Gully. This takes us to Tunk’s Park and Cammeray Bridge.
This is a “secret” garden not known to many except locals as it is not visible from the street so you have to know where to go, and we have visited this garden many times over the years and taken many interesting photos there.
Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.
She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos.
More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world.
Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.