Tamarama Beach, Park & Marine Drive | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Tamarama Beach, Park & Marine Drive

Item details

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

Statement of significance:

Beach and coastal landscape of natural and scenic importance. Park and Tamarama Marine Drive of cultural landscape interest. 1930's period scenic drive of particular importance for its rarity. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1921-1940
Physical description: Small, intimate beach and park of enclosed valley form. High, impressive, coursed sandstone retaining wall. Supports Tamarama Marine Drive. Typical municipal timber fencing from c.1950 all around. Sandstone wall to 8m high. Sandstone cliffs on both sides of beach. Small surf club sited on north headland. Concrete, circular roofed picnic shelters from about 1970. Recent planting of coastal natives and Mirror bush (dominant). A concrete walkway extends from Tamarama via coastal headlands to Bondi. Though short, the Marine Drive from Tamarama to Bronte is of significance because of its rarity, possibly constructed in the 1930's.
Current use: Beach, Park and Marine Drive
Former use: Beach, Park and Marine Drive

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 cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape significance
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 Study1990L8/2007Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620394

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