Top 5 ways to marvel at our local environment

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Top 5 ways to marvel at our local environment
    Sustainability; Things to do

Published 31 May 2021

To mark World Environment Day (Saturday 5 June) and World Ocean Day (Tuesday 8 June) we’re celebrating the splendour of our beautiful local environment.

In our local area we are fortunate to enjoy a rich diversity of pristine bushland, harbour foreshore and beaches, magnificent trees and an amazing array of wildlife and marine life.

Here we share our Top 5 ways to explore and celebrate our local environment.

1. Go snorkelling at Camp Cove

The temperature may be cooling down, but we’re still enjoying some beautiful sunny days. Make the most of it by heading to the beach with a snorkel to discover some of our incredible and diverse local marine life. You might even find the temperature is warmer in the water!

Camp Cove is our top pick for snorkelling as it is particularly rich in unusual marine life, including the Reaper Cuttlefish, Striped Pyjama Squid and keep your eyes peeled for one of our famous White’s Seahorses.

Learn more about the marine life you might find at Camp Cove.

People sitting on the beach at Camp Cove
Camp Cove beach

2. Spot a whale

From late June to mid-July whales pass by the Sydney coastline as they migrate north to warmer waters.

The best vantage points in our local area to spot a whale are Gap Park and Hornby Lighthouse. Grab some friends and binoculars and see if you can spot one.

To learn more about the history of whaling in Australia and the natural and cultural heritage of the Vaucluse area, join one of our guided whale watching walks. Bookings are essential and we recommend getting in quick as they always sell out.

People looking out over the headland at Hornby Lighthouse
Hornby Lighthouse

3. Explore the Parsley Bay bushland

Parsley Bay Reserve is one of our local area’s best kept secrets and it ticks many boxes with its beautiful bushland, sandy beach and local heritage significance. It’s also abundant in unique local wildlife. If you pay close attention see if you can spot a Water Dragon or the illusive Powerful Owl.

A water dragon siting on a log at Parsley Bay
An Eastern Water Dragon at Parsley Bay

4. Bird watch along Lighthouse Reserve

Our local area is home to a diverse population of native birds.

Our top pick for bird watching is to walk along Lighthouse Reserve, between Christison Park and Gap Park.

Go slowly and stop and look along the fence line and in dense shrubs. Look out for Superb Fairy Wrens near the fenceline, Welcome Swallows on the sportsfields and listen out for the Red Wattle Birds in the bushy patches.

A blue fairy wren
A Superb Fairy Wren

5. Picnic in Cooper Park and slow down with the Nature Wellness Trail

Cooper Park is a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburbia with some of our most pristine bushland, including threatened species of plant.

You don’t have to go too far into this heritage listed space to find the sights and sounds to help you slow down, relax and enjoy being in nature.

Bring your friends and family and explore our Nature Wellness Trail and pack a picnic to enjoy at the end of your walk to make a day of it.

Woman walking over moon bridge in Cooper Park, set amongst lush trees
The Moon Bridge at Cooper Park is set amongst lush greenery

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