Grays Point

Situated on the North West Arm of Port Hacking to the south east of Gymea Bay, Grays Point abuts Royal National Park. Little of the suburb's history is known, except that it abounded in birdlife - not even the origin of its name was recorded. It may have been named after Samuel William Gray who owned land on the point, or perhaps after John Edward Gray, a resident National Park ranger in the 1890s who was a well known local identity.

Swallow Rock Reserve: this peaceful grassed reserve is popular for picnics. It has a barbeque (electric, free), toilets, tables and seats. There is a small shallow boat ramp suitable for launching trailer boats, canoes and kayaks. The Swallow Rock wetland area is home to a large variety of wildlife resides in Grays Point, including possums, sugar gliders, Mopoke owls, deer (an introduced species), wallabies, magpies and kookaburras. The tip pf the point itself is also a reserve but has no facilities. On higher ground that Swallow Rock Reserve, a lookout was built here many years ago to appreciate the sweeping views down the river to Gymea Bay, but the growth of trees over the years has obliterated the view.

Savilles Creek Falls: Savilles Creek forms the north western boundary of Royal National Park in Sydney's south. A pretty watercourse which drains into the North West Arm of Port Hacking, it passes through a series of small rapids and races before tumbling over a 4 metre high falls which is quite spectacular after heavy rains. There is no direct access to the falls via a walking path but the bush around it is relatively easy to pass through so it is not difficult to reach. Drive to and park at the end of Bligh Ave., Kirrawee and walk the short distance down the hill to the creek. Cross the creek as soon as possible (there is no bridge but it is easy to ford) and walk downstream for about 10 minutes to reach the falls. UBD Map 332 Ref N 8

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