to see in the park
Cove National Park has a rich history of Aboriginal and early European
settlements. Three early settlers' buildings still exist in the
Park, Bakers Cottage, Jenkins Kitchen and Schwartz Homestead.
Heritage Walk to see them.
Jane Baker developed an orchard along the eastern bank of the Lane
Cove River in 1853. Their stone cottage probably dates from about
1865. Baker's Cottage is the only dwelling in the Ku-ring-gai municipality
which has had no structural change for one hundred and forty years.
The Lane Cove National Park used it as a store from 1938 until 1998,
and it has been vacant since then. It has been referred to as "Baker's
Cottage" since the nineteen eighties. It was restored in October
here to see more photos of the 'new' Bakers Cottage.
Lane Cove National Park was officially opened in October, 1938.
Before this, much stonework construction was done to make the park
accessible and enjoyable.
The work began in
1937 on the construction of the weir and Riverside
Drive as an unemployment
relief project. Work
continued until 1940, with stone to construct the weir, boatshed,
ambulance room, Porters Bridge, Delhi Road and De Burghs Bridge
entrance gates, retaining walls and other facilities being quarried
on the park. The
stone came from quarries within the park, at Porters Creek, Carters
Creek, De Burghs Bridge and behind Jenkins Kitchen, as well as from
cuts in the road and other minor quarries.
Bridge is a particularly impressive example of the stonework, with
the concrete road surface supported on piers of ornamental stone
with matching wing walls, parapet, and end piers.
In 1999 a fish ladder
was built at the weir to assist the migration of Australian Bass
between the upstream freshwater section and the brackish water below,
where they breed. It was extended in 2009.
here for more details and photos of the fish ladder.
You will usually find a range of water birds fishing in
the river, while large birds can be seen in any icnic area or along
the roads. If you venture quietly onto the bush tracks, especially
near the shelter of dense bushes, you will often find tiny birds
such as Blue Wrens and Red-browed Firetails, as well as the skinks
and 'dragons' that inhabit the park.
There are hundreds
of species of flowers in Lane Cove National Park. Habitats range
from deep shale soils where you'll find Sydney Bluegums and Blackbutts,
to semi-rainforest areas along creek gullies, to dry sandstone ridges
where the most colourful plants grow. There's always something flowering
in the park, even in the middle of Winter.
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built 1865, revamped 2009
Example of stonework constructed during the Depression