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“A hidden urban oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fred Hollows Reserve

Fred Hollows Reserve
Bligh Place, Randwick, New South Wales 2031, Australia
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Ranked #4 of 22 things to do in Randwick
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
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“A hidden urban oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This gully is surrounded by unit blocks and houses, however, once you step under the canopy of the mature rainforest trees you can forget that you are in the middle of a very built-up area and pretend you are off in one of the more remote national parks. A great place to take the children. At dusk there are bats and possums and I have spotted lots of lizards and, just once, a python.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Quiet and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I regularly go here and take friends to walk through and get a glimpse of what paradise would have been like before the large developments.

Visited August 2012
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“Natural high canopy rainforest right in the middle of Sydney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Fred Hollows Reserve is the fascinating result of conservation efforts by the Randwick Council over the past 15 years in a mountainous part of the Coogee Basin. The two hectare Reserve follows a gully from Alison Road to Clovelly Road through the middle of a densely developed neighborhood with numerous tall apartment buildings and constant traffic. The native life in the gully died decades ago from refuse carelessly pushed into the creek from residential and commercial construction, but years of methodical iterative weeding and replanting have restored much of the native flora and fauna.

The gully faces south away from the sun so forms a natural high canopy rainforest with an eco system totally different to the surrounding landscape. Giant ferns, vines, trees, grasses, lizards, frogs, and a wide variety of birds in the deep gorge create a surreal quiet oasis, just steps away from busy traffic. The reserve is noted for its Coachwoods, Lillypillys, Five-leaved Water Vine Cissus Hypoglauca, Corkwoods, Bleeding Hearts, Banksias and very rare Sydney Peppermint Eucalyptus piperita as well as the Glebe Gully Skink, Rainbow Lorikeet, swallows, sparrows, Kookaburra, Currawong, Black and Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Magpie, mynas, etc.

The council built a sturdy boardwalk and footbridge across the creek so it is now a pleasant thirty minute walk up the gorge from Alison Road. The entrance to the park is 150m west of Carrington Road along the north side of Alison Road, a fifteen minutes walk from Coogee Beach. The 374 bus also goes directly from the Coogee beach bus stand to the park entrance in a few minutes. It’s a great cool break during a hot day at the beach. It is free and open every day from sunrise to sunset.

The Reserve is named for Fred Hollows, a local doctor famous for restoring eyesight for millions of poor in Asia and Australia.

Visited January 2012
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