Flat Rock Gully Reserve

During lockdown, I find myself passing through places which I always dreamt of checking out. While driving along Flat Rock Drive and Brook Street in Cammeray, I was in awe of this amazing-looking wattle bush.

Australian wattle tree at Flat Rock Gully Reserve

 Above: Australian wattle tree at Flat Rock Gully Reserve in Cammeray.


When observing the vivid-looking wattle bush, it was the bright yellow that stood out from the surrounding rocks and leaves. Because it was the wattle season, I knew that I had to capture that luscious-looking wattle bush before the wattle season ends. 


Why I love this photo featuring the wattle bush at Flat Rock Gully Reserve?

I feel the perspective of looking up at the wattle bush makes it stand out amongst the native trees and vegetation. I think the yellow stands out beautifully against the crisp-looking blue skies. It serves as a reminder that everyday is a new day and that there are brighter days looking ahead, no matter what is happening right now. The wattle bush featured in this image symbolises the start of a new season. 


Getting to Flat Rock Gully Reserve

Via public transport

Bus routes 120, 257 and 273 run along Willoughby Road. Get off at the bus stop along Willoughby Road near Small Street. Walk along Small Street for 17 minutes and you're at the Flat Rock Gully Walking Track.

You can also catch the bus route 267 which stops at Northbridge Plaza, Sailors Bay Road. After getting off at the plaza, walk along Sailors Bay Road. Turn left and walk downhill along Flat Rock Drive until you see an entrance into the walking track.

Via car

You can park in the carparks in Small Street near the Willoughby Leisure Centre and continue walking straight until you see some bushes. There's also parking at the roundabout.  


Local popular cafes near Flat Rock Gully Reserve

  • The Incinerator Cafe - a popular parkside cafe located in the heritage-listed Willoughby Incinerator building (2a Small Street, Willoughby) designed by famous architect Walter Burley Griffin. 
  • Little Giant Roasters Willoughby (525 Willoughby Road, Willoughby) - great place for coffee and food in a bright and open space.


Other highlights near Flat Rock Gully Reserve

  • Henry Lawsons Cave - famous Australian poet Henry Lawson spent time in this cave located opposite the Willoughby Leisure Centre's carpark.
  • Long Gully Bridge - a historical arch bridge that connects Strathallen Ave across Flat Rock Creek, Tunks Park and the suburbs of Cammeray. See time lapse video of Long Gully Bridge below.
  • Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator - a heritage-listed former incinerator that now holds an art space, artist studio and public recreation area. 



Looking for other top things to do in Sydney? Check out my guide to Sydney for popular and local parks and beaches in Sydney.


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About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo who loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories of her hometown. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her photos featuring Blues Point and McMahons Point, Kirribilli and Lavender Bay in Sydney.

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