Top 5 ways to marvel at our local environment
Published 31 May 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Moon Bridge at Cooper Park is set amongst lush greenery
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