Coastal Sandstone Escarpment | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Coastal Sandstone Escarpment

Item details

Name of item: Coastal Sandstone Escarpment
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Clark Reserve (Diamond Bay) to Rodney Reserve, Dover Heights, NSW 2030
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Clark Reserve (Diamond Bay) to Rodney ReserveDover HeightsWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Natural landscape escarpment of considerable scenic value. Part of the character of Sydney's eastern beaches and foreshore. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Physical description: Southern escarpment of Sydney's coastline. Great sandstone cliffs up to 80m above sea. Some native vegetation still remains on clifftops in small patches often being overrun by weeds. Otherwise native vegetation completely devoid in this area. Some replanting with local species in recent years is noticeable. The exposed sandstone base-rock geology derives from the Triassic period (20 million years ago). Rosa Gully reserve has natural sandstone rock shelves and some sympathetic native planting (though this could be extended). The overpowering presence of an eleven storey building on the cliff edge is regrettable (see photos L1/4, 5). Bulga Road Reserve (photo L1/6) and Lancaster Road Reserve (photo L1/7, 8) include views of cliffs to north, and remnant Banksia ericifolia and Westringia rosmarinifolia.
Current use: Reserve
Former use: Reserve

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 aesthetic and landmark significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is of scientific 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   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L2/2001Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620400

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