Stony Range Spring Festival – 30th October 2022

By Eleanor Eakins - Eleanor is a member of both the Stony Range volunteers group and APS Northern Beaches.

Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden of Australian Bushland, situated in Dee Why, recently held its Spring Festival after a lapse of two years due to Covid, when it was able to celebrate 61 years since its official opening in 1961.

Stony Range, as its name implies, is a Reserve of 3 hectares with hard surface paths and bush tracks meandering among amazing Hawkesbury Sandstone outcrops.

Supervised by Northern Beaches Council, volunteers over many years have developed a BBQ picnic area, waterfalls, children’s areas as well as a Nursery, and planted themed areas including a rainforest and bush food garden.

After many weeks of rain, which initially caused the original date to be postponed, the Festival was held in conjunction with the Northern Beaches Group of APS with plant sales and advice, displays, live native animals, craft and children’s activities plus sausage sizzle and coffee shop with homemade cakes.

Many visitors came, especially those with young children, who all enjoyed the day’s many activities and displays in brilliant sunshine.