Blue Gum High Forest

Blue Gum High Forest (BGHF) is a unique community of trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers that once covered large areas of the shale-capped ridge tops of northern Sydney.

BGHF is named for the Sydney Blue Gum, one of the most common trees found in the forest, and the heights these trees can reach – up to 30 metres. The forest provides important habitat and shelter for native animals such as the Grey-headed Flying Fox and Glossy Black Cockatoo – both endangered species.

But less than five per cent of BGHF now remains, restricted to the shale soils of northern Sydney around Pennant Hills, Epping and parts of Ku-ring-gai. The largest surviving remnant of BGHF is in St Ives around Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and Browns Forest.

Blue Gum High Forest fact sheet (pdf. 369KB)

Visit the forest

You can walk among the majestic Sydney Blue Gums and Blackbutts of Dalrymple-Hay Reserve and Browns Forest, seeing the landscape as the Aboriginal and early European settlers would have seen it.

Entry is via Mona Vale Road or on the corner of Vista Street and Rosedale Road.

Save the forest

There’s lots you can do to help preserve BGHF:

  • Join the St Ives BGHF Bushcare Group. This group meets on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 9am – 12pm. Email bushcare@kmc.nsw.gov.au for more details.
  • Report any fox sightings to us
  • Keep your pets under control and never let them wander in bushland
  • Never dump rubbish in bushland - penalties apply

If you live near the forest, there’s even more you can do to help preserve it:

  • Plant some of the forest’s native species, such as Casuarina, Muttonwood and Flax Lily, in your garden. This will help attract birds, mammals and butterflies.
  • Be careful when mowing your lawn. Mowing underneath BGHF trees prevents seedlings from establishing. Hand weed or poison weeds instead.
  • Remove weeds from your own garden to stop them spreading into BGHF
  • If you’re using greywater in your garden, use low phosphorus detergents

More info

Contact us on 9424 0866 or email naturalareas@kmc.nsw.gov.au.