Berowra Valley Regional Park

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Berowra Valley Regional Park

Berowra Valley Regional Park [media]covers almost 40,000 hectares, stretching from Pennant Hills to Berowra, in Hornsby shire, along the valley of Berowra Creek. The nucleus of the present-day park was established as Elouera Bushland Natural Park in 1964. With the addition of the northern reaches of the valley it became the Berowra Valley Bushland Park in 1987, which was in turn incorporated into the Berowra Valley Regional Park in 1997. [1]

The Aboriginal name Berowra is commonly believed to mean 'place of many winds', but it could also mean 'shell middens'. [2] Before the arrival of Europeans, Berowra Valley formed the boundary between the Kuring-gai (or Guringai) people to the east, and the Dharug people to the west. [3]

The topography of the valley causes considerable variety in climate. As a result there is a high degree of biodiversity, including several rare and endangered species. Most of the vegetation comprises the woodlands and heath of Hawkesbury sandstone flora, but the park also includes mangroves and salt marsh along Berowra Creek, blue gum high forest on the ridge-tops, gully vegetation along the tributary creeks and sedgeland in poorly drained areas. [4]

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[1] Friends of Berowra Valley Regional Park, Guide to Berowra Valley Regional Park, Hornsby NSW, 2001, p 4; Claire Schofield, The Shaping of Hornsby Shire, Hornsby Shire Council, Hornsby NSW, 1988, p 134

[2] Friends of Berowra Valley Regional Park, Guide to Berowra Valley Regional Park, Hornsby NSW, 2001, p 6

[3] Friends of Berowra Valley Regional Park, Guide to Berowra Valley Regional Park, Hornsby NSW, 2001, p 22

[4] Friends of Berowra Valley Regional Park, Guide to Berowra Valley Regional Park, Hornsby NSW, 2001, pp 5, 51, 56

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