Report of SIPO at Kurnell, Sydney

To: peter crow <>
Subject: Report of SIPO at Kurnell, Sydney
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 16:14:04 +1100
Hi Peter,

That's a good question and not entirely sure I understand it completely :-) Maybe someone more familiar with the Kurnell (Sydney, Birthplace of the Nation) area could answer part one of my answer!

Part 1. I believe Metromix was the name of the local sand mining operation there many years ago? May still be for all I know? It's just an area that has always been known (well to me at least) as "The Metromix Swamp" particularly before it was "re-developed" as bird habitat!

Part 2. The area mentioned: "The Metromix Swamp" or roosting area is located in between Cronulla and Kurnell. If you travel along Captain Cook Drive there is a roundabout where it meets Elouera Road alongside Wooloware Golf Course. If you continue towards Kurnell from this roundabout "the Metromix" site, roost, swamp, etc., is about 500 metres from the roundabout on the left (careful you don't drive past it). There is a very small parking area and gate. From here you walk in (west about 25 metres) to view the area. It is a site that has been redeveloped as a roost for migratory waders by various "concerned bodies and local bird groups". There are never very many migratory waders there although occasionally on very high tides there may be! Often there are Chestnut Teal, Royal Spoonbill, Aust White Ibis, Pied Oystercatchers, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Masked Lapwing, Striated and other herons, etc.

In between the roundabout and the Metromix parking area was an area where we used to go for crakes and rails which used to be colloquially known as Lake Francis after Jim Francis a well known Sydney birding identity. There is still an entrance to this area about 30 metres past the roundabout and it is marked as a Public Reserve. I haven't been in here for a long time but it used to be popular for crakes, rails, bitterns, etc. but often produced wet feet as does most serious bittern finding! If you have Thomas & Thomas it is in there as "Cronulla Swamp" along with a small dated map. The Metromix area would border along the top of this map and used to be accessible as a long walk around,hence the wet feet and bitterns!

Another viewing area along this road now is the Quibray Bay Viewing Platform which as about another 2- 3 km along towards Kurnell (past the Towra Point entrance) although again on the left with very little roadside parking available. This platform though does look out over Quibray Bay to Towra Point and oyster beds and affords some good viewing on a rising tide. Yesterday it had 20 odd Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Far Eastern Curlew, 10 Grey- tailed Tattler, etc.

A search on for Wooloware Golf Club will show the area in question, north and west of the roundabout towards Kurnell.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards


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On 14/03/2007, at 15:14 , peter crow wrote:


Where is metromix?

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 02:52 PM, Alan McBride wrote:

HI all,

I visited the 'Metromix" roost area this morning to check this out.

No Oystercatcher's at 11.00 and one Australian version at 12.15

Very little else there for the 3.30 or so High tide. Royal Spoonbill 1, Striated Heron 1 Juv and usual ibis, C Teal etc.,

Maybe if the person (Stephen Ransom) who reported it to Eremea Birds could post some comments it may be helpful?




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