Saleyards Creek has its source in the Rookwood Cemetery beside the suburb of Strathfield, and flows generally northward through the suburb of Homebush. Saleyards Creek is now lined with concrete banks for its entire length, although the portions of the creek flowing through Airey Park and beside Bressington Park also have trees planted alongside. Since its water is largely provided by rainfall in the Sydney area, flows are reduced to little more than a trickle during dry weather.
Saleyards Creek flows through a man-made tunnel under Paddy's Markets Flemington. Emerging into daylight, it continues under Parramatta Road and the M4 Western Motorway, finally flowing into Powells Creek at Bressington Park in Homebush. When driving westbound on the M4 Western Motorway it is possible to see a sign showing where Saleyards Creek flows under the motorway, not far east of Homebush Bay Drive.
Saleyards Creek is named after the Flemington cattle saleyards, established in 1909. Once a natural stream, Saleyards Creek was canalised by the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board in the 1930s, partly as a work relief project during the Great Depression.
Canalisation of the stream has affected salinity and pollution levels in nearby tidal wetlands. Silt build-up from stormwater flows provides a feeding habitat for birds such as ducks and gulls, but interferes with water flow, and so is occasionally removed.
- Powells Creek Landscape Design Framework, Volume 2.
- Stephen Ambrose, Vertebrate Fauna Study for the Strathfield LGA, April 2009.
- Strathfield Council web site: photograph.
- Strathfield Council management plan 2005/06–2007/08.
- New South Wales. Dept. of Labour and Industry and Social Services, The New South Wales Industrial Gazette, Volume 43, 1933, p. 26.
- Strathfield Council: Mason Park Plan of Management, p. 15.
- Cathy Jones, 'Airey Park History', Strathfield District Historical Society web site.
- Strathfield Council: Mason Park Plan of Management, pages 16, 19, 21 & 63.
- New South Wales. Olympic Co-ordination Authority, Homebush Bay Ecological Studies, 1993-1995, Volume 2, ISBN 0-643-05860-5, pp. 46–48.