Zone 2 - Coastal Slopes & Basin

This is the general area situated just back from the frontline coastal zone and extending inland towards the ridgetops of Waverley, Bondi and Dover Heights. The coastal conditions of salt laden winds and strong on-shore winds still predominate and influence the growth and success of tree planting. Many taller buildings offer some protection for the smaller and medium sized trees; however, some of the taller growing species show the effects of coastal exposure.

The areas include the ridgetops and east/south facing slopes from Vaucluse and Dover Heights, Bondi Beach and the Bondi basin, and the streets extending inward from Tamarama and Bronte beaches. The more exposed southern facing slopes are the most affected.

Streetscape Character

The streets in Dover Heights and Vaucluse generally have wide grassy footpaths with no overhead wires – good site conditions for tree planting. Around North Bondi and Bondi the smaller commercial areas also have wide footpaths with no overhead wires but many are concreted or paved with small cut-outs for existing trees. Away from these commercial areas the streets narrow in size with corresponding narrow footpaths and naturestrips; overhead wires are more common restricting the range of suitable trees that can be used.

Dominant Trees

Common nameBotanical name
Coastal Banksia Banksia integrifolia
Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus
Bracelet Honey Myrtle Melaleuca armillaris
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
New Zealand Christmas Bush Metrosideros excelsa
Norfolk Island Hibiscus Lagunaria patersonia

Preferred Tree Species

SizeCommon nameBotanical name
S* Fringed Wattle Acacia fimbriata
Dwarf Apple Angophora hispida
Lemon-Scented Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus
Weeping Bottlebrush Callistemon viminalis
Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus
Port Jackson Pine Callitris rhomboidea
Port Jackson Mallee Eucalyptus obstans
Coastal Tea Tree Leptospermum laevigatum
Bracelet Honey Myrtle Melaleuca armillaris
White Feather Honey Myrtle Melaleuca decora
M* Red Apple Acmena ingens
Purple-leafed Willow Myrtle Agonis flexuosa ‘After Dark’
Forest Oak Allocasuarina torulosa
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora
Coastal Banksia Banksia integrifolia
Saw Banksia Banksia serrata
Illawarra Flame tree Brachychiton acerifolius
Horsetail Casuarina Casuarina equisetifolia
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Scribbly Gum Eucalyptus haemastoma
Red-leafed Hibiscus Tree Hibiscus tiliaceus 'Rubra'
New Zealand Christmas Bush Metrosideros excelsa
L* Sydney Red Gum Angophora costata
Cook Island Pine or New Caledonia Pine Araucaria columnaris
Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla
Yellow Bloodwood Corymbia eximia
Cabbage Tree Palm Livistona australis
Fine-leafed Paperbark Melaleuca leucadendra
Broad-leafed Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
Cotton Palm Washingtonia robusta

*Small (to 6 metres), Medium (6 to 12 metres), Large (over 12 metres)

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