bushland is right in the middle of
thriving suburbia. It preserves some of the
original bushland and
semi rainforest areas of
This photo depicts an
idyllic pool with moss
laden rocks and trees
covering this perfect
reptiles, birds, animals and
insects inhabit this area.
is situated approximately 28 kilometres from Central Sydney on
Sydney's Upper North Shore. "Eloura" is an Aboriginal
word meaning "Pleasant place".
It is bordered by
the suburbs of Thornleigh, Normanhurst, Westleigh and Hornsby. It is noted
for its flora and fauna and a part of the famous Great North Walk
called the "Benowie Track"
meanders through this forest on its way to Newcastle.
Entry to the Great North Walk is via
Thornleigh or Hornsby Railway Station and from Thornleigh is a short
work to the end of Morgan Street (7/10 of a kilometre).
There are plants of National/State significance in the Eloura
Bushland, a natural (remnant) bushland. It has some specimens of
rare and endangered species such as the green and gold bell frog and a
native tortoise , but there is also a lot of noxious plants and
weeds which have infiltrated from adjoining properties.
It would be a most significant wild-life corridor, habitat and
nature reserve if better decisions had been made on the management
of adjoining waterways, creeks and their tributaries.
It is wonderful to see that many adjoining landholders have
developed a sense of environmental ownership and responsibility, and
are doing so much invaluable work towards restoration. Hornsby
Council has also started putting management plans into action to
eradicate the noxious weeds and to plant and encourage the re-growth
of native vegetation.
These photos show some of the
diversity of in the Eloura Bushland. The tracks are a part of the natural
architecture of the bush. Waterfalls, caves, creek-beds and tree roots
seeking water are all a part of the natural wonder of this area. More