Ponds Subiaco Creek

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Coordinates: 33°48′59″S 151°1′52″E / 33.81639°S 151.03111°E / -33.81639; 151.03111
Ponds Creek Rock Feature.JPG
Rock Feature at the Ponds leg of the creek
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Northern Suburbs
District Parramatta City
Municipality Sydney
Part of Parramatta River
 - left Vineyard Creek
 - right The Ponds Creek
City Sydney
Landmark Bennets Rd Bridge, Sturt Park,

Galaringi Reserve

 - location Carlingford and Ermington
 - coordinates 33°48′41″S 151°3′23″E / 33.81139°S 151.05639°E / -33.81139; 151.05639
Mouth Parramatta River
 - location Rydalmere
 - coordinates 33°48′59″S 151°1′52″E / 33.81639°S 151.03111°E / -33.81639; 151.03111
Length 7 km (4 mi)

Ponds/Subiaco Creek, a northern tributary of the Parramatta River, is a creek west of Sydney Harbour, located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Creek is also known as the The Ponds and the Subiaco Creek respectively. It is followed by a walking track known as 'The Ponds Walk'.

The Ponds Walk[edit]

The Ponds Walk and Galaringi Reserve from Carlingford Bowling Club

The Ponds Walk is a 6.6km walking track which follows the Ponds/Subiaco creek from Eric Mobbs Memorial Park to Jim Crowgey Reserve lining the Subiaco Creek. The walk trails through Carlingford, Dundas Valley, Telopea, Dundas, Ermington and Rydalmere. The Ponds Walk is often associated more with the Ponds Creek, as the Subiaco Creek can only be followed by walking track for a short distance before it vanishes through high density bush and industrial areas. The walk is used commonly by local residents as well as residents in surrounding areas. It is one of the biggest walking tracks in Parramatta City/Parramatta LGA. Leashed dogs are permitted on the walk

Subiaco Creek leg of The Ponds Walk


The source of the creek is in the suburb of Ermington. The creek then flows westwards though Rydalmere before turning south for a short distance and draining into the Parramatta River. It is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long.[1]

The Ponds Creek is a tributary of Subiaco Creek, having its source in Dundas Valley and flowing though Dundas. Flora and Fauna blossom in the Ponds, including Sydney exclusive species of birds and trees. It is also the home of turtles, ducks rabbits and snakes. Parramatta City Council have determined that the vegetation of the Ponds Subiaco Creek is Blue Gum High Forrest, meaning protection and plan of action is required to maintain this rarity. It has been classified as critically endangered under the New South Wales government's Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

Mushrooms growing along The Ponds Walk

Bird life include the White-faced Heron, Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australian White Ibis, Laughing Kookaburra, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Galah, Magpie, Noisy Miner, Raven Rainbow Lorikeet.

Ponds Creek Rock Feature

Origin of name[edit]

The Ponds was the name given to a chain of freshwater ponds which formed the headwaters of The Ponds Creek. They were described in 1789 by Lieutenant-General Watkin Tench, who wrote "the Ponds, a name which I suppose it derived from several ponds of water".[2]

Subiaco Creek is named after a convent and boarding school for girls, which was established in the area by Benedictine Nuns. They named the school 'Subiaco', after the Italian town of Subiaco in which Saint Benedict established his religious order.[2] The Subiao creek was originally named Schaffers Creek.


Autumn in The Ponds Walk

The area around Subiaco Creek and the Ponds was one of the earliest areas settled by European colonists in Australia, the first land grant in the area being made in 1791. This was the fourth land grant by Governor Phillip, the governor of the newly founded colony of New South Wales, and it was made to Phillip Schaeffer. He created a property called 'The Vineyard'. After a succession of owners the property was purchased by Hannibal Macarthur in 1813. Macarthur went on to build a mansion, called 'The Vineyard' in 1836. This was the mansion which became the Benedictine school, from which the name Subiaco was derived.[2]


To date the majority of Subiaco Creek has been spared from development, with much if its length contained within a network of reserves and parks. The art historian Bernard Smith recounts memories of picking "great bunches of wildflowers" along Subiaco Creek in his youth.[3] Some sections of the creek near Cowells Lane Reserve have been placed in culverts and covered over.


  1. ^ "Estuaries in NSW: Parramatta River". Department of Water and Energy of NSW. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ponds/Subiaco Creek Reserve". Parramatta City Council. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Smith, Bernard (2004). The Boy Adeodatus: The Portrait of a Lucky Young Bastard. Queensland: University of Queensland Press. p. 302. ISBN 978-0-7022-3459-0. 

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