Brown's Waterhole- Flying Foxes
Brown's Waterhole is at the end of Kissing Point Road in South Turramurra.
There has probably been a flying-fox colony (or ‘camp’) near Browns Waterhole since around 1900 and also perhaps a second camp further upstream — higher up the valley of the Lane Cove River.” Flying foxes roost in the large trees around the waterhole, preferring to gather together in the middle and higher branches within these high canopies. Grey-headed flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) choose roost sites near to food. They have a preference for moist eucalypt forests or casuarina forests, but they also live in melaleuca swamp forest and even in mangroves. They prefer woods and forests near to water although it doesn’t matter whether it’s fresh or saline. Diaries and other written notes from the 1950s and early 1960s confirm flying fox camps at Browns Waterhole. In the 1980s, Ku-ring-gai Council listed Stoney Creek Reserve (in Gordon — about 6 km downstream from Browns Waterhole) as being of highest ecological value. 1987 saw the initiation of the Habitat Restoration Project that used volunteer labour provided by the Ku-ring-gai Bat Colony Committee Inc.
The Ku-ring-gai (or Guringai) people have a word like ‘Turramurra’ that seems to mean big hill. And I’ve often wondered about the exciting-sounding ‘Kissing Point’ — there’s another street in Ryde that shares it. I’ve been told that the Ryde street’s name derives from the early British colonists who thought of the bumping of the bottoms of their laden barges on the Parramatta River as ‘kissing’ the fords that crossed the river