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Northern Beaches District Group


   What we do

 The Northern Beaches Group meets regularly at Stony Range Botanic Garden where the beautiful Staghorn (Platycerium bifurcatum) on the right is growing.

 Currently, Russell Beardmore has the task of organising the presentations for these  monthly meetings. They are a fascinating range of expert talks, photographic displays and Show & Tell sessions which are described in our newsletter 'Caleyi'.

 Penny Hunstead keeps our schedule of monthly outings intriguing with a mix of bushwalks and garden visits. The Quarterly and Get-together events of the Australian Plants Society are also well attended by our members.

We enjoy both the excursions and the morning tea or lunch that follows which gives us a relaxing debrief and social time with fellow members.

   Here is a summary of our outings for 2018


March 17

 Our first walk of the year was in the Warriewood Wetlands where there are always many water birds to be seen. This is a bonus on top of the delightful walk through, probably, the largest remaining stand of Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) forest in Sydney.

There is a full report in the April 'Caleyi'.

   April 21

 This month the group had a three exhibition bash in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney; the fine art 'Botanica' with the theme of Symbiosis, the highly detailed botanical illustrations of the 'Margaret Flockton Award', and finally the Calyx with its 'Pollination' display. This outing is reported in the May 'Caleyi'.

   May 20

 Over many years the Curl Curl foreshore has become overrun with weeds, especially garden escapes - accidental or deliberate. Our member, Russell Beardmore, is part of a group of bush regenerators that has been working to try and bring the foreshore back to its natural state. Russell gave us a guided tour showing progress to date and a look at what is ahead for the team. It is an uphill battle and we can have nothing but admiration for the volunteers involved.

   July 14

 The Koolewong Walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is only short but the view from the lookout over and beyond the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay is breathtaking. There is a full report in the August 'Caleyi'.

   August 19

 Another ardent bush regenerator in our Group is our President Conny Harris. We walked along the area in Belrose where Conny has been, and still is, working to see the results. See the September 'Caleyi' for a full report.

   September 09

 The Stony Range Spring Festival is held every year in early September and, as usual, we joined with the Stony Range volunteers to run the event. It is largely a family day with activities and exhibits to engage children. We managed to sell a few plants and run a café which raises enough money to keep the group financial for the year to come. See the October 'Caleyi' for some images of the day.

   October  21

 Another place we like to walk in is the Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, partly because of the different plant communities the walking track runs through on its circular route. There is a complete report in the November/December 'Caleyi'.

I could only walk in the ridgetop part of the track which had been subjected to a fairly recent prescribed burn. It was good to see that regrowth, especially of Xanthorrhoea arborea, as shown here, was well underway. There was also epicormic growth starting to appear on the blackened trunks of Eucalyptus spp.

2019 Calendar





Feb 07



Feb 17


19:00 Committee Meeting

19:30 Plant Family – Conny Harris

   Acanthaceae - Brunoniella australis

17:45 Invited talk

    Conny Harris - 




 11:00 “Plants with Bite” in the    Calyx at the Royal Botanic  Gardens, Sydney

Mar 07


Mar 23

19:00 Plant Family – Russell Beardmore

   Apiaceae - Platysace lanceolata

19:15 Invited talk

    Dr Hannah McPherson

20.30 AGM






 !0:30am Quarterly.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens

Apr 04


Apr 14


19:00 Committee Meeting

19:30 Plant Family - David Drage


19.45 Show and Tell

 10.30 Walk on North Head

May 02


May 18

19:00 Plant Family - Eleanor Eakins


19:15 Invited talk

    Wendy Grimm



10:30am Quarterly and AGM

Blue Mountains Group

Jun 06


Jun 16


19:00 Plant Family - Estelle Burroughs


19:15 Invited talk

    Catriona Wagg



19.30 Walk on Chiltern Track 

 (Rained off)

Local Gallery

Actinotus helianthi

Image; Russell Beardmore. Taken at North Curl Curl.

An eastern species that grows in shallow, sandy soil . A bit tricky in cultivation.

Epacris longiflora

Image; David Drage

A local favourite found in sand, cliff faces, heath and woodland margins.

Platylobium formosum

Image; David Drage. Taken at Katandra Wildflower Reserve.

Local species. Straggly, hardy understorey species up to 2.5m. Bright flowers in Spring.

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