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Salt Pan Creek Walking Track

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by Rota (subscribe)
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Published January 1st 2017
A creek worth visiting
The Salt Pan Creek walking track take you on a sometimes delightful, sometimes disconcerting journey through semi-urban wetlands and mangrove forests hidden in the backyard of Riverwood and its neighbouring suburbs.

The walk follows Salt Pan Creek, winding over it and beside it, sometimes giving you glimpses of the railway corridor and the motorway, and at other times surrounding you completely in riverine habitat.



Unless you live in the area, you are unlikely to stumble upon the walk. I only found it by randomly looking for spots of greenery in the area on Google Maps - and following my inquisitive instincts.

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It's not all wetland


The walk is for many reasons a gritty one. It is an odd mix of industrial development and untamed nature, with the M5 motorway either above or beside you (depending upon where you are along the walk).

As you move deeper into the walk you will also pass by the back of industrial buildings, beside phone towers and at the rear of residential houses.

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Nature and concrete jungle side by side


Rather than seeing the 'shop front', this walk definitely seems like a tour of 'out the back'. While that may seem less than appealing, this changing corridor holds a decidedly unique charm.

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Make your way under the M5


For all the signs of industry that pervade the walk, the natural habitat shines through. There are some very distinct areas even apparent to the casual observer - I spotted pine groves, areas of marsh and reed, mangrove swamps and on the higher ground bushland takes over.



The Bankstown City Council is one of three councils that look after the creek and surrounding natural areas - along with Hurlstone Park and Canterbury Council.

According to their website, there are 3 endangered ecological communities present within the area of the creek: Coastal Saltmarsh, Cooks River Castlereagh Iron Bark Forest and Shale/Sandstone Transition Forest. There are also a number of bird species living within the area, some of which are also threatened.

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The boardwalk takes you over marshes


Such a varied habitat is also naturally home to a diverse ecological community and that was evident from the varied flora and fauna any careful observer will notice.

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Get up close to the mangroves


I noticed in particular the prevalence of a particular type of large yellow spider all along the walk.

Make sure to take your camera - you don't know what sort of interesting inhabitants you many spot.

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The intricate webs beside the path provide their own appeal


Salt Pan Creek itself is an attraction along the walk as well, and it opens out in the spot where the East Hills train line passes above.

You can cross over the creek via the wooden bridge and this is a good place to spot the local water birds that call this area home.

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Walk over Salt Pan Creek


There are a few different places from which you can join the walk. Just because of the way the walk is set out you will usually end up looping back the way you came - whether to get back to your car or to access public transport.

One of the more convenient spots to begin the walk is from the Stuart Street Reserve as there is parking area.

Alternatively, you can begin from beside Riverwood Park, at the end of William Street - only 10 minutes walk from Riverwood Station.

Still not sure if you want to visit? Check out more photos of the Salt Pan Creek area.
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Why? Escape into a varying wetland habitat
When: Daylight hours
Where: Salt Pan Reserve, Washington Avenue, Riverwood NSW 2210
Cost: Free
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Interesting historical note is that the famous Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy was born here on Salt Pan Creek in 1765. His story is told here:http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/pemulwuy-13147
by annab (score: 0|6) 413 days ago
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