The Georges River was an important focal point for Aboriginal life and culture iin the southern Sydney region, offering both food, transport and dreamtime links. Several major language groups existed along the river: Eora to the east, Dharag to the west, north and north-east, Dharawal to the South and Gandangarra in the far south-west.
The early 1800s saw European settlers migrating to the areas along the Georges River. Much of the catchment was cleared for farmlands and housing, however the banks stayed relatively untamed due to their rugged slopes.
Development within the catchment has flourished since WWII. Today, the Georges River and surrounds are a highly significant landscape feature of the Sydney region and the Campbelltown environment. It is home to much of the biodiversity that can be found in the region, including an active Koala colony, and provides immense scenic value to the area. The corridor also offers a number of recreational opportunities for local residents.
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Distance: 2km return walk along established firetrail
Grade: Medium, includes hills. Trail surface is loose and rocky in places. Steep sections.
Suitable for: Bushwalking and experienced mountain bike riders
Freres crossing is a significant heritage site containing the remnants of an old wooden bridge that formed part of a connection between Campbelltown to Newcastle up to 1917. The crossing was named after George Pierre Fere, who owned a property at Eckersley. By 1913, all residents had been moved out of the area to make way for the military reserve.
It is one of the most scenic sites along the Georges River in the Campbelltown area. Take a walk and enjoy the serene environment.
There are no formal picnic facilities located at Freres Crossing.
Distance: 400m return walk takes visitors down to the weir
Grade: Medium. Sandstone steps. Trail surface loose and rocky in places.
Suitable for: Bushwalking and picnics (picnic tables and toilet facilities are located at the reserve)
Ingleburn Reserve is a bushland reserve located in Ingleburn. Situated on the Georges River, the reserve contains the historic Ingleburn Weir, which was constructed in the late 1930s to provide a swimming area for the local community.
The vegetation community at Ingleburn Reserve is classified as the endangered ecological community, Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. The reserve is home to a number of endangered plant species, as well as a range of native birds, some marsupials, other small mammals and reptiles.
Keith Longhurst Reserve (The Basin)
Georges River Rd, Kentlyn
The Basin Walking Track
Distance: 2km return walkGrade:
Medium. The end of the track is quite steep and is only recommended for people of moderate fitness
Suitable for: Bushwalking
The Old Ford Road Walking Track
Distance: 2.6km return walk
Grade: Easy. An established, sloping track, suitable for a wide variety of fitness levels
Suitable for: Bushwalking and mountain biking
The Keith Longhurst Reserve is a 76 hectare bushland reserve with significant scenic and cultural values. The reserve, formerly known as The Basin Reserve, includes a number of walks including The Basin Walking Track and the Old Ford Road Walking Track, which is an historic road built in the 1880s to cross the Georges River. The Dharawal people originally inhabited the area, and there are many sites of cultural significance.
There are no formal picnic facilities located at Keith Longhurst Reserve.
Simmo's Beach Reserve
Fifth Ave, Macquarie Fields
Distance: Various tracks ranging from 500m to 1.5km return walks.
Grade: The tracks range from easy (paved, mostly flat) through to hard (narrow, sloping, unsealed).
Suitable for: Bushwalking and picnics (picnic tables, BBQ and toilet facilities are located at the reserve)
Simmo's Beach is located on the Georges River. Its easy access, picnic facilities and beach area make it a popular site for local residents. The reserve, which was offiically opened in 1986, is named after Simmonds, a past resident, who mined sand adjacent to the Georges River for a number of years.
The features of the reserve such as extensive areas of bushland, proximity to the Georges River and connectivity with the Georges River Regional Open Space, means it provides a range of recreational opportunities.
The Georges River
Georges River Nature Reserve, Georges River Rd,
Ph: (02) 4645 4921
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