Rattray Road Reserve

Rattray Road Reserve landscape

This 1.87 hectare reserve is one of the smaller conservation reserves found in Montmorency. It protects and enhances indigenous vegetation, and helps encourage local fauna to thrive. There is a walking track through its middle and a mown firebreak around its border. It is managed by Banyule's Bushland Management Unit with assistance from local volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, join the Friends of Montmorency Bushlands.


The reserve was originally part of a local farm called Montmorency Estate, owned by Stuart Donaldson, a merchant and first premier of NSW. It was used for grazing cows during the 1930s and 1940s.

During World War II, it was used as a storage area for army supplies. In the 1950s, it was a convenient dumping place for building rubbish.

In the mid-1970s housing was proposed for the area. However, as a result of public opposition and a university study that found it was a haven for birds, with over 100 species recorded, it became a reserve. The reserve was neglected for many, with grass fires in the 1980s.

Many woody weeds, broom and ivy have been removed. Since 2004, there has been regular planting days.

Historical information supplied by Allan Garbutt.


Flora and fauna

The reserve has 2 types of vegetation community; the top of the hill is grassy dry forest/box stringybark woodland, yellow box dominated and the lower half of the hill is valley grassy forest, longleaf box/candlebark dominated. Both are considered regionally threatened.

There are many species growing here, including purple coral pea, chocolate lily and bulbine lily.


Common name Scientific name

Australian magpie

Cracticus tibicen

Brushtail possum

Trichosurus vulpecula

Common ringtail possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Eastern blue tongue lizard

Tiliqua scincoides

Musk lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Sugar glider

Petaurus breviceps

Tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


Scientific name Common name

Acacia acinacea

Gold dust wattle

Acacia implexa


Acacia pycnantha Golden wattle

Arthropodium strictum

Chocolate lily

Bossiaea prostrata

Creeping bossieae

Bulbine bulbosa

Bulbine lily

Bursaria spinosa

Sweet bursaria

Caesia calliantha

Blue grass lily

Cassinia longifolia

Shiny cassinia

Clematis decipiens
Slender clematis
Correa glabra
Rock correa

Dianella amoena

Matted flax lily

Dichondra repens

Kidney weed

Eucalyptus camaldulensis

River red gum

Eucalyptus macrorhyncha
Red stringybark
Eucalyptus melliodora
Yellow box

Hardenbergia violacea

Purple coral pea

Kunzea leptospermoides

Yarra burgan

Microlaena stipoides
Weeping grass
Pterostylis curta
Blunt greenhood

Rytidosperma sp.

Wallaby grass

Themeda triandra

Kangaroo grass

Tricoryne elatior

Yellow rush lily

Xerochrysum viscosum Sticky everlasting


127 Rattray Road, Montmorency 3094  View Map

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