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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

Calabash Bay: Where Time Stands Still in the Heart of Berowra Valley National Park

Updated: Apr 19



In a world awash with color, sometimes it's the absence of it that speaks the loudest. Such is the case with my short, monochromatic video that beckons you to embark on a journey to a hidden gem, Calabash Bay, nestled within the embrace of Berowra Valley National Park.


This mesmerizing haven, a mere stone's throw from the bustling heart of Sydney, is a testament to the restorative power of nature. Calabash Bay is renowned for its breathtaking beauty — a fusion of lush greenery and the pristine waters of Cowan Creek. Here, the shoreline is a delicate tapestry of mangroves and rugged rocks, a silent testament to the eons of natural artistry that have shaped this place.


But Calabash Bay is more than just a pretty picture. It's a sanctuary that plays hard to get, accessible only by water - a whisper that adds to its allure. Visitors embark on aquatic odysseys, navigating Cowan Creek by boat or kayak, winding through the heart of the national park. Along the way, nature unfurls its secrets, revealing glimpses of the wildlife that calls this place home, from graceful birds to darting fish and, on lucky days, playful dolphins.


For those with adventure in their hearts, Calabash Bay is a playground of possibilities. Kayaking and canoeing are the favored pastimes, offering intimate access to the intricate web of waterways and secluded coves that branch off from the main creek. Fishing enthusiasts cast their lines into the creek's depths, hoping for a prized catch, while intrepid bushwalkers explore the nearby national park, discovering its diverse flora and fauna.


Calabash Bay also whispers tales of the past. Caves that dot the area were once the homes of Aboriginal people for millennia. In more recent times, early settlers sought refuge in these caves, leaving remnants of their presence behind. It's a place steeped in history, and its echoes deserve respect.


However, amidst the timeless beauty, a looming question hangs in the air—what lies ahead for Calabash Bay? Developers have cast their eyes upon this pristine landscape, raising concerns about its future.


For now, we hope to preserve it, just as it is—a timeless testament to nature's artistry and a sanctuary that beckons us to reconnect with the past, to savor the simple pleasures of life, and to bask in the tranquility of its waterside embrace.


For more information on walks within the Berowra Valley, please visit the Berowra Valley National Park website.


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