Our Natural Habitat

The tree covered slopes form an integral part of the character of the Western Shores. The endangered Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest is the dominant ecological community. Under the canopy is a layer of tall shrubs and small trees of medium to high density and vines with smaller shrubs and grasses at the forest floor level.

There is a diverse range of native plants that grow on the Western Foreshores. We are committed to conserving our beautiful native plants which contribute to the biodiversity of the area and provide important habitat and food for native animals. 

If you are interested in planting natives or identifying a plant in your garden Pittwater Council has compiled a comprehensive list of local native plants.


Pittwater Flora List (10.7 MB)


Trees and vegetation on the Northern Beaches, even those on private land, are protected under the State Environmental Planning Policy(Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP). The Vegetation SEPP regulates proposed tree and vegetation removal that is not associated with a development application but still requires a permit from Council. If you want to carry out tree work on your own property – refer the link below.

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Native Flora Gallery

Additional Information

Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Herbarium


  1. Northern Beaches Council