Crown of Newport Reserve
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Location & Description
The Crown of Newport Reserve is located in a sheltered gully between Newport Beach and Bilgola Plateau on Barrenjoey Peninsula and covers 4.12ha.
The Reserve which comprises a main body and three branching arms, is bounded on all sides by residential properties and a grassed field on the lower southern arm.
McMahons Creek flows through the Reserve and features a waterfall and a steep rainforest gully, to a piped drain under the grassed area.
Environmental Projects in the Area
Walking Tracks & Access
Access to the main body of the Reserve is from the end of Hillslope Road, where an informal track leads through the Reserve to the right-of-way in Kanimbla Crescent. This track forms part of the "From the Crown to the Sea" walk that links the four main bushland reserves in Newport.
An informal track at the Howell Close entrance enters the rainforest near the creek. Access ways also exist at Mariposa and Monterey Roads and Lower Grandview Drive.
Four vegetation types occur in the Crown of Newport Reserve:
- Spotted Gum Forest
- Newport Bangalay Woodland
- Coachwood Closed-forest
- Hawkesbury Sandstone Open-forest
Prior to residential development it is likely that the Closed-forest habitat of the Reserve supported a range of now uncommon reptile and frog species and may have been a roosting area for powerful owls.
Rocky outcrops and the creekline continue to provide habitat for frogs and reptiles, although urban runoff has led to a decline in diversity of species.
The Reserve provides good habitat for species such as White-browed Scrubwren and Long-nosed Bandicoots. Red-bellied Black Snake, Golden-crowned Snake, Blue Tongue Lizard, Eastern Water Dragon and Freshwater Eels are amongst those recently recorded.
The winter-flowering Spotted Gum provides an important food resource for species such as the endangered population of Squirrel Glider, sugar gliders and ring-tailed possums.
- Crown of Newport Reserve contains Aboriginal sites. Four axe grinding groove sites are located on the steep slopes in the Reserve.
- The reserve contributes to the landscape quality of Newport
- it protects an example of bushland in a similar condition to that which occurred when the area was first visited by Europeans
- it protects an example of a plant community of State conservation significance, namely, Spotted Gum Forest, and a plant community of regional conservation significance, namely, Coachwood Closed-forest
- it protects regionally significant species, namely Cabbage-tree Palm, Murrogun (Cryptocaria microneura) and Brown Beech (C. glaucescens) and locally significant species Bolwarra (Eupomatia laurina), Snow-wood (Pararchidendron pruinosum) and Crabapple (Schizomeria ovata)
- it provides habitat for the endangered population of Squirrel Glider on the Barrenjoey Peninsula, regionally significant Long-nosed Bandicoots and locally significant sugar gliders and ring-tailed possums
- it acts as a wildlife refuge and is an important part of the habitat and wildlife corridor for faunal movement
- it is an education resource and a contact point with nature for residents
- it allows urban residents to undertake informal recreational pursuits in a bushland setting