Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest

Often found on the edges of Blue Gum High Forest, Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest (STIF) is dominated by Turpentine, Eucalypts and Ironbarks, together with smaller trees such as the Parramatta Wattle and White Dogwood, and a mixture of grasses.

The combined area of STIF and BGHF once covered 46,000 hectares, but just 0.5 per cent of the original STIF remains in Ku-ring-gai due to land clearing.

STIF fact sheet (pdf. 1MB)

Save the forest

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

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 Parramatta Wattle, Native Peach and Pastel Flower, in your garden. This will help attract birds, mammals and butterflies.
  • Be careful when mowing your lawn. Mowing underneath STIF trees prevents seedlings from establishing. Hand weed or poison weeds instead.
  • Remove weeds from your own garden to stop them spreading into STIF
  • 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.