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Bronte Beach & Park

Item details

Name of item: Bronte Beach & Park
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Urban Park
Primary address: , Bronte, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 BronteWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The developed park behind the beach is a rare example of a beachside park retaining much of its 1920-1940 period character and layout. It is also unusual for a Sydney beach park not to have its beach and park elements separated by a road. Historical, cultural, natural and scenic value. Important aesthetic and historical associations with "Bronte House". State significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Physical description: Fine, small scale, sandy beach. Enclosed by sandstone headlands with park and reserve behind (formerly grounds of Bronte House). Valley form reserve extends west for about 1km. Unusual for a Sydney beach that the park behind is not divided by a road. The valley reserve remains in a naturalistic state (with one tall residential building intruding), but is quite overgrown with weed to the west and upper north slope. The developed park behind the beach retains much of its 1920-40 period layout and character. Elements from this era include the concrete promenade and paths, the shelter sheds, and the planting of Norfolk Island pines and Canary Island palms. Recent planting on bare hillside with local native species is Island palms. Recent planting on bare hillside with local native species is environmentally effective. Should be restricted to the higher edges and the eastern valley, and kept away from the flatter parkland of 1920-40's character. The geometric pruning of the native species is not sympathetic. The reserve to the west appears to have few native trees, mainly Coast banksia, on the southern slope. Could be replanted with a reconstruction of the native species once growing here. This should be however be respectful of the historic layout and cultural planting to "Bronte House". Part of upper valley has been planted with Coral trees (now self generating). Weeds include unkempt banks of Kikuyu grass and Caster Oil bushes. In the upper south west corner of Bronte Park (probably formerly in "Bronte House" grounds) there exists a naturalistic forest-like stand of mixed species. These include Coast mahogany (to 16m), Brush box (to 13m), Angophora ……….
Current use: Beach and Park
Former use: Beach and Park


Historical notes: Originally part of the grounds of "Bronte House". Early sketches by Mrs Robert Lowe show parts of the valley in its natural state. Subsequent modifications recorded in a thesis prepared by Sydney University students.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of historical and cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of natural and streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value significance
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L11/2010Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620391

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