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Red Hands and Birds Eye Creek tour

tour leader

Mike Breheny


Lower Mangrove, Red Hands Creek, Sandstone ridgetop Darkinjung Country

time & date

9.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday 10th June 2023

fitness level

Hard (bush walking experience required, includes

some steep slopes, scrambling and climbing over

loose surfaces)

10 kms

ticket price



  • Explore the natural habitats of a number of vulnerable species - immersion in nature and the wonders of Mangrove Creek.

  • Hear histories of Red Hands Creek, 'spinster's' cottage and survival on the land.

  • Search for rare birds, frogs and flora of the area.


the tour

Join us on a walking tour through the natural habitats of a number of vulnerable species. Set in the beautiful and important tributary region of the Hawkesbury River known as Mangrove Creek with exclusive access across private lands into rarely seen environments and layered histories. We begin our journey on the river flats where we can marvel at the vulnerable listed Melaleuca Biconvexa paperbark stand among lush regrowth forest. Visiting the crystal clear waters of Red Hands Creek and the hanging swamp at Birds Eye Creek we catch glimpses of the tadpoles of the rare Giant Burrowing Frog. Higher up we will search for the elusive Glossy Black Cockatoo gazing out over the meandering river passing abandoned wharves, school and cemetery. Enjoy stops for billy tea, views, and visit Red Hands Cave and puzzle rock. We will explore the mighty and the macro, sit in silence, stand and CooEeee, Exchange with people and with nature, hear, feel and see the wonders of this beautiful area. BYO lunch for on the way.

the guide

Mike Breheny has lived in and explored the Mangrove Creek area for over 30 years gaining extensive geographical and botanical knowledge that he loves sharing with others. As an experienced outdoor guide he has led bush walks and run leadership courses in and around the Hawkesbury River and is an active member of Central Coast Birders. Mike is joined by local historian Dr Bernadette Flynn who brings a rich knowledge of the public and social history of the Mangrove Creek catchment area.

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