Great Mackerel Beach Reserve covers most of the headland between Currawong Beach, also known as Little Mackerel Beach, and Great Mackerel Beach.
The Reserve occupies 16 hectares and has residential properties along the northern boundary. The Reserve provides panoramic views and is accessed
from above via the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park fire trail or from below by a track linking the two beaches.
Walking Tracks & Access
The Reserve is accessed via an informal path linking Great Mackerel Beach and Currawong Beach. An informal path leads up the slope to the ridgeline,
where it joins the Mackerel Trail, a fire trail in the National Park. There are panoramic views of Pittwater and Barrenjoey Headland along
the length of the track.
Vegetation communities found are:
Hawkesbury Sandstone Open-Forestdominated by Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata) and Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera).
Red Bloodwood-Scribbly Gum Woodland with associated tree species including Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata) and Yellow Bloodwood
(Corymbia eximia), which has a limited distribution in Pittwater.
Great Mackerel Beach Reserve is a large expanse of bushland which adjoins the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It provides a range of habitat types
conducive to the presence of a wide range of fauna species. The numerous She-oaks provide a food resource for the threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Tree hollows are used by arboreal mammals, bats and a variety of birds, whilst rock outcrops and thick undergrowth providing niches for frogs,
reptiles, and small terrestrial mammals.
Great Mackerel Beach Reserve protects an example of bushland that is on the foreshore of Pittwater and is continuous with Ku-ring-gai Chase
it protects examples of a locally significant plant community, namely Red Bloodwood - Scribbly Gum Woodland, and includes a species of limited
distribution, namely Yellow Bloodwood
it contributes to the landscape quality of Pittwater's foreshores with panoramic views to Barrenjoey Headland and Pittwater
it provides a record of the original landscape and the changes wrought by urban development
it protects numerous Aboriginal sites, which demonstrate the link between the land and its original human inhabitants
it is an educational resource and a contact point with nature for residents
it allows urban residents to undertake informal recreational pursuits in a bushland setting