Kurnell Dune Forest in the Sutherland Shire and City of Rockdale - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Kurnell Dune Forest in the Sutherland Shire and City of Rockdale
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Ecological Community
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 29 Jan 1999
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


A low open sclerophyll forest community with a distinctive moist forest component in its flora. The community occupies coastal dune sand and is often found in association with areas of sclerophyll heath and scrub. Characteristic sclerophyll tree and shrub species include Angophora costata, Banksia ericifolia, Banksia serrata, Eucalyptus botryoides, Eucalyptus robusta, Leptospermum laevigatum and Monotoca elliptica. The moist component of the flora is characterised by species including Breynia oblongifolia, Cissus antarctica, Cissus hypoglauca, Clerodendrum tomentosum, Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Elaeocarpus reticulatus, Endiandra sieberi, Glochidion ferdinandi, Maclura cochinchinensis, Notelaea longifolia, Rapanea variabilis and Stephania japonica var. discolor.


Occurs within the local government areas (LGAs) of Sutherland and Rockdale. Within Sutherland LGA, major occurrences of the community are found on the Kurnell Peninsula, with other stands near Bundeena. Within Rockdale LGA, the community is recorded from Leo Smith Reserve.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on coastal dune sand.
  • Can be differentiated from the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) endangered ecological community by the following features: Kurnell Dune Forest (KDF) contains a considerable mesomorphic element in the flora, which is absent or less dominant in ESBS; KDF has a forest structure rather than the predominantly scrub structure of ESBS; and KDF occurs on younger sands than those of ESBS.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None