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Browns Forest loop trail

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve

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Browns Forest loop trail is in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal lands

Lush bushland, Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

The reserve is part of the traditional lands of Aboriginal people whose Country stretched from the northern shores of Sydney Harbour to Broken Bay in the north. This fertile bushland would have supported large numbers of grazing animals such as wallabies, making it an important hunting ground.

Best practice bush care

Browns Forest loop trail, Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Dalrymple is a showpiece for best practice bush regeneration in blue gum forest. So if you enjoy getting your hands dirty, and want to help preserve this precious tract of bushland, join the regular bush regeneration workings bees. For more information on their regular gatherings, email the Bushcare coordinator or phone (02) 9410 3998.

  • Browns Forest loop trail An easy walk in unspoilt blue gum forest, Browns Forest loop trail, in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, St Ives, offers great birdwatching and is a great walk for kids.

Botanists ahead

Ferns (Cyathea cooperi), Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

This natural bushland has remained largely untouched since colonisation. This forest is an important breeding ground for a range of animals that hunt and feed at night. Here, you'll find nocturnal species such as possums, sugar gliders as well as both powerful and boobook owls. It's not just a haven for animals and birdlife. Due to its largely undisturbed state, nature enthusiasts, botanists and researchers flock to the area to study this special patch of forest.

  • Browns Forest loop trail An easy walk in unspoilt blue gum forest, Browns Forest loop trail, in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, St Ives, offers great birdwatching and is a great walk for kids.

Pristine bushland

 Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Named after Richard Dalrymple-Hay, the first Commissioner for forests, he acquired the tract of largely uncleared land for a demonstration forest. When it was discovered, the land was not large enough to log economically, so it was left untouched. Luckily for us, it's preserved for future generations to enjoy.

  • Browns Forest loop trail An easy walk in unspoilt blue gum forest, Browns Forest loop trail, in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, St Ives, offers great birdwatching and is a great walk for kids.

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Brown Forest loop trail, Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer