Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve

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Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve
New South Wales
Blackbutt St Ives.JPG
Blackbutt at located in the reserve
Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is located in New South Wales
Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve
Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve
Nearest town or city St Ives
Coordinates 33°44′12″S 151°9′15″E / 33.73667°S 151.15417°E / -33.73667; 151.15417Coordinates: 33°44′12″S 151°9′15″E / 33.73667°S 151.15417°E / -33.73667; 151.15417
Established January 1972 (1972-01)[1]
Area 0.11 km2 (0.0 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Website Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales

The Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve that is located in the northerns suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The 10.768-hectare (26.61-acre) reserve is situated in the suburb of St Ives, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the Sydney central business district.

The reserve is the most significant remnant of the eucalyptus Blue Gum High Forest which dominated much of the shale based forests north of Sydney. Only 1% of the original forest remains.[2]


Average annual rainfall is a relatively[where?] high 1,400 millimetres (55 in).

Bush regeneration programs have been implemented for many years. Invasive weeds such as privet, large leave privet, trad, lantana and camphor laurel continue to be troublesome.

Richard Dalrymple-Hay, proposed that this forest area should be preserved, in the 1920s. The area was originally part of the hunting grounds of the Kuringgai people. Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[3]


180 native plants have been found in this reserve. Blackbutt is the dominant canopy species, other trees occurring include Sydney blue gum, grey ironbark, turpentine and rusty gum. Many of the blackbutt are in excess of 40 metres (130 ft) tall. Interesting smaller plants include false bracken, maytenus, downy chance and muttonwood.


Ringtail possums, sugar gliders, brushtail possums and grey-headed flying foxes are common. There are occasional sightings of wallabies.[4] Birds such as rainbow lorikeets, Australian king parrots, crimson rosellas, currawongs, variegated wrens, black-faced cuckoo-shrikes, superb fairy wrens and silvereyes are some of the many birds found here.

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  1. ^ a b "Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve: Park management". Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve: Plan of management" (PDF). NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (PDF). Government of New South Wales. May 2004. ISBN 0-7313-6638-7. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/33
  4. ^ National Parks & Wildlife Service, info from a Field Officer