CHIPPING NORTON LAKES LIVERPOOL
The 120 acres is made up of Chipping Norton Lake and the smaller Lake Moore. Located along the Georges River at Homestead Drive, Chipping Norton Lakes is home to a number of picnic, play and barbecue areas and also includes Floyd Bay and Tharaway Bay.
There are a number of pathways around the lake for bike riding, rollerblading, running, walking or to just simply watch the beautiful bird and aquatic life.
There are two traditional custodians of the Chipping Norton Lakes area, the Tharawal people, which inhabited the southern side of the Georges River and the Darug people to the north and west of the river.
European settlers, such as Thomas Moore, were granted waterfront land that is now part of the park. The homestead within the park was built in the 1880s. As farming activities declined, the rich topsoil and underlying sand was mined.
After 20 years of mining, the riverbanks were packed with dangerous pits and eroded banks. In 1977 the Chipping Norton Lakes Authority was set up to rehabilitate the area into parkland.
Today, Liverpool City Council, Bankstown Council and Fairfield City Council work together to manage the wildlife refuge and recreation areas of Chipping Norton Lakes.
Providing cycleways, BBQ facilities, picnic areas, playground equipment, boat ramps, sporting fields, and the Georges River Environmental Education Centre, the lakes are an important recreational area for Liverpool.
The Chipping Norton Lakes also has a number of walkways. A highlight is the Lake Moore Walk starting at Chauvel Park and following the lake’s scenic foreshore to Haigh Park. The 45-minute return trip is approximately 3.2 km and is mainly flat and paved.
Watercraft are permitted on Chipping Norton Lake and Lake Moore, however, a strict speed limit of eight knots applies.
Chipping Norton Recreation Centre (The Lakes Boatshed) features a community building that can be hired by residents or groups.
The Lakes Boatshed (Chipping Norton Recreation Centre) can accommodate up to 100 people and offers an upstairs balcony with magnificent views across the lakes and surrounding parkland.
With over 50 different species of birds recorded in the park, birdwatching is a popular activity. Visitors may see purple swamphens, pelicans, maned ducks, egrets, sacred ibis, pardalote and pacific black ducks.
The plant communities around the lakes provide habitat and food for animals, insects and birds as well as shade for visitors.
The islands on the lakes have been developed as wildlife refuges and from-time-to time groups undertake weed removal and revegetation projects on the islands. Visitors are not permitted on the islands.
The water quality at Chipping Norton Lakes varies. Liverpool City Council recommends that you don’t swim or fish in the lakes. Please remember that everything that you put down the drain ends up in our waterways.
The Georges River winds its way through Liverpool City providing residents and visitors with a myriad of tranquil locations to enjoy. It opens into Moore Lake and the Chipping Norton Lakes, which provide magnificent waterways with islands, bird reserves, parks and cycleways along the shores.
Water sports include sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing or you can have a picnic in one of the parks around the lakes.
There are a number of sporting grounds, tennis and golf courses throughout the area.
For more information see the Liverpool City website.
Main photo © Meganesia