North Shore; Middle Harbour
Characterised by its lush and leafy roadsides, parks, and gardens, the North Shore suburbs of Roseville, Roseville Chase and East Roseville are named after orchardist George Wilson s stone cottage, Rosa Villa, which was demolished to make way for the railway through Roseville. It is the southern-most suburb in the municipality of Ku-ring-gai. Houses closer to railway station tend to be constructed in the Federation (c. 1890s to 1920s) and Californian bungalow (c. 1920s to 1930s) architectural styles, with the outer areas developed during the 1940s and 1950s in less ornate styles. Since this time, a small portion of these older homes have been demolished and replaced with new development properties.
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This little stretch of Middle Harbour shoreline below the Roseville Bridge has a number of isolated strips of sandy beach where the kids can play as you take in the sun. The 7.5 km Two Creeks Walking Track leads north from this park under the Roseville Bridge to East Killara and East Roseville. Beginning at the corner of Slade Avenue and Tryon Road, East Lindfield, the walk circles East Lindfield, descending beside Gordon Creek to Middle Harbour and continuing along Middle Harbour to Roseville Bridge. Alternatively, you can access the walk from the corner of Tryon Road and Eastern Arterial Road near Lindfield Oval. Along the way you will see post-war cobbled tracks and stonework, Coachwood forests, sweeping water vistas and vegetation communities ranging from moist gullies to Sydney sandstone gully bushland. UBD Map 196 Ref C1. Babbage Road, Roseville Chase.
Take a pleasant walk through the bush starting at the corner of Merlin Street and Roseville Avenue, Roseville. This well maintained track follows Moores Creek through a fern gully. Along the way you pass numerous caves where evidence of Aboriginal habitation has been found, passing Casuarina woods, Llewellin Falls, Carlyle Falls, Little Falls, Babbage Falls and Goblers Glen.
Continue on via the Two Creeks Track to Middle Harbour, or a shorter walk, enter or exit the track via an accessway at the back of the children s playground on Carlyle Road. The falls beyond the bridge across Moores Creek near Carlyle Road is unusual in that the water does not flow over the rocky ledge of the falls but through it, the falls themselves being inside a rock ledge. UBD Map 175 Ref M 13
Seven Little Australian Park, in the neighbouring suburb of Lindfield, opens a window to the natural bushland along the valley of Gordon Creek, which flows into Middle Harbour Creek to the north of Roseville. While living nearby at 1 Werona Street, Lindfield, 21 year old Australian author Ethel Turner visited the park and received the inspiration for her first novel, Seven Little Australians. Turner Lookout also recalls her early years living in Lindfield.
The park is a nature reserve at the southern end of a section of Garigal National Park which follows the valley of Gordon Creek. For a relaxing bush walk, take the well sign posted Two Creeks Track which leads to Moores Creek, Gordon Creeks and Roseville Bridge across Middle Harbour. Slade Avenue, Lindfield. The path is relatively easy to navigate and walkers visit a number of pretty waterfalls and cascades along the way. UBD Map 175 Ref G 14 Public transport: train to Lindfield. Walk along Tryon Road or Bus No. 558 from Lindfield station.
A high-level six-lane road bridge which crosses the upper reaches of Middle Harbour. It features sweeping approaches carved out of the rugged hillside. Built in 1966, the pre-stressed concrete structure replaced a low-level two-lane bridge erected in 1922. Located to the south of the existing bridge, the original bridge's southern approach was Babbage Road. It crossed the river at Echo Point Park.
UBD Map 176 Ref B 15
The first land grant at Roseville was 160 acres to Daniel Matthew in 1812. Matthew operated a farm and a sawmill. Other grants were taken up in the ensuing years, most of which were developed into orchards. Roseville is named after orchardist George Wilson s stone cottage, Rosa Villa, which was demolished to make way for the railway. The arrival of the railway placed pressure on the landowners to sell their orchards for residential development. East Roseville was subdivided and sold as suburban lots in 1922 as the Earl of Carnarvon estate. In that year, the Tomb of Tutenkhamen was opened in Egypt by the Earl of Carnarvon. Names in the subdivision recall the names of people involved in the expedition. Amarna and Luxor are close to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt where Tutenkhamen s tomb was found and have given their names to the two streets facing Moores Creek.