Cremorne Point Reserve

History

The Aboriginal name for Cremorne Point is 'Wulwarrajeung'. The Aboriginal history of the area is evidenced by numerous shell middens and rock engravings found here.

In 1823, 86 acres of Cremorne Point were granted to a Scottish watchmaker and later sold to Mr James Milson. Three years later, 22 acres were leased and turned into an amusement park called Cremorne Gardens, created after a similar pleasure garden in London. Activities such as band music, dancing on an outdoor stage, archery, quoits, shooting gallery, skittles, gymnastics and fireworks would take place in the gardens. Cremorne gets its name from these 'Gardens'.

The Cremorne Point Bushcare group was formed in 1993 and is supported by other bush regeneration works in the area.

 

Access

Turn off Military Road at Cremorne into Murdoch Street which leads into Milson Road. Follow Milson Road to the end. Limited street parking.

Access by public transport - the Mosman Ferry from Circular Quay goes to Cremorne Point, or catch the Cremorne Wharf bus, from Neutral Bay Junction.

The loop track can be started at three main entrance points: Bogota Avenue, at the bottom of the steps at the eastern end of Hodgson Avenue (Lower Spofforth St or Bromley Ave), and above Cremorne Wharf.

 

Interest Spots

The Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens, started in 1957 from an Elephants Ear, are protected by The National Trust. Climb down to the lighthouse at Robertson Point or take a dip in the Maccallum Pool. There are great places along the western side of the Point for picnics with views across the harbour.

 

Flora/Fauna

The reserve is narrow and includes lawn areas, planted trees, exotic gardens, bushland, and degraded weeded areas. At Robertsons Point, indigenous coastal Hawkesbury Sandstone bushland thrives, with a helping hand from Bushcare. In this open forest, the Sydney Red Gum crowns as the canopy, with an understorey of Swamp She Oak, Coastal Banksia, Heath, pink flowered Crowea and Mat Rush. The Scribbly Gum and the Red Spider Flower are locally rare species. Around the reserve some of the Sydney Red Gums are dying due to a fungus (Phytophthora) in the soil. A Council program was set up in 2001 to help protect and restore the Red Gum community.

Many bird species, particularly the Pied Currawong and Magpies are common at Cremorne Point. Small Wrens and Whip birds have also come back to the Point in recent years. Tawny Frogmouths nest annually in the area and the rare Powerful Owl has been sighted at Cremorne Point. Greyheaded Flying-foxes visit the area while travelling from their colony at Gordon to feed for the evening. Keep an eye and ear out for the Channel-billed Cuckoo and Common Koel that migrate from Papua New Guinea each year in summer to breed. Ringtail Possums are also common in the area. Two Fairy Penguins are also seen at times in Mosman Bay.

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