Fred Hollows Reserve
|Fred Hollows Reserve|
A footbridge located in the Fred Hollows Reserve
|State||New South Wales|
|Nearest town or city|
|Area||0.02 km2 (0.0 sq mi)|
|Established||circa 1993 |
|Managing authorities||Randwick City Council|
|Website||Fred Hollows Reserve|
The Fred Hollows Reserve is a local government–adminstered reserve that is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The 2-hectare (4.9-acre) reserve is situated in a natural area in Glebe Gully in and is the result of conservation efforts by the Randwick City Council, since 1993, in a hilly part of the Basin. The park follows a gully from Alison Road to Clovelly Road.
The native life in the gully deteriorated in the 1970s from neglect and the deposition of urban refuse. Weeding and replanting have restored much of the native flora and fauna.
The gully faces south away from the sun, forming a closed canopy and a relatively fire free habitat, which contrasts with the nearby urban area and busy traffic. Flora includes various ferns such as False Bracken, Maidenhair Fern, Binung and Gristle Fern as well as grasses and Banksias. Other noteworthy species include Coachwood, Lillypilly, Magenta Cherry, Scentess Rosewood, Callicoma, Muttonwood, Five-leaved Water Vine, Bleeding Heart and the locally scarce Corkwood and Sydney Peppermint.
Lizards, frogs, and a wide variety of birds are known to live in the gorge. Some of the local inhabitants include Glebe Gully Skinks, Rainbow Lorikeet, Welcome Swallow, Kookaburra, Pied Currawong, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Magpie and many others.
The council built a boardwalk and footbridge along and across the creek, so it is now a pleasant thirty-minute walk up the gorge from Alison Road to Bligh Place. The entrance to the park is 150 metres west of Carrington Road along the north side of Alison Road.