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Tamarama Reserve

Item details

Name of item: Tamarama Reserve
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Reserve
Primary address: Valley Above Tamarama Marine Drive, Tamarama, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Valley Above Tamarama Marine DriveTamaramaWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A prominent reserve and natural formation, partly landscape, partly degraded. Small area of significant native vegetation. Scenic value along Marine Drive. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1945
Physical description: The Tamarama gully valley is a natural but somewhat degraded feature of the area. Includes natural sandstone rock outcrops, possible remains of quarry (north east side). Small patches of remnant native vegetation, as well as a mass of weeds on the steeper hillsides. The valley floor has been developed as a park with grass sward. Replanted with natives (especially Coastal banksia) and Mirror bush. At the western end is a rocky cascade (storm water). The western head of the valley is dominated by a huge eight storey apartment block and the valley is overlooked by many houses and apartments. There is a small but significant area of remnant native vegetation south of the developed park. Around a sandstone rock outcrop, just above the Marine Drive. Should be regenerated by specialists using the Bradley Method. Native plants here include Banksia collina, Melaleuca nodosa (?), Bauera rubiodes, Monotoca elliptica, Westringia fruticosa, Micromyrtus ciliata(?), Lomandra longifolia, Tecoma sp. and Scirpus sp.
Current use: Valley
Former use: Valley


Historical notes: Former site of ambitious amusement park, 1906-1911. No trace of this remains visible.

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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape significance
Integrity/Intactness: Reversible
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 Study1990L9/2008Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620393

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