Protected slopes

Mature Brushbox trees forming a shady canopyThese areas are defined as the streets below the major ridge-lines and sheltered from the extremes of coastal or westerly winds. The soils are generally deeper than the adjacent elevated streets.

In Dover Heights and Vaucluse these are the streets on the western side sloping down to Rose Bay. In Bondi, the north facing slopes around Edward, Francis and Wellington Streets and in Bondi Junction the streets on the southern side of Birrell Street.

Streetscape Chararacter

The streets in Dover Heights and Vaucluse generally have wide grassy footpaths with no overhead wires – ideal site conditions for establishing an avenue of low broad-domed trees.

In North Bondi and Queens Park the streets vary from wide to narrow often with low overhead wires.

Dominant Trees

Common name Botanical name
Brushbox Lophostemon confertus
Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
Hill’s Fig Ficus microphylla ‘Hillli’
Port Jackson Fig Ficus rubiginosa
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus spp
Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Jacaranda Jacaranda mimosifolia

Issues and Considerations

  • Opportunities for establishing large tree planting and avenue planting
  • Overhead wires may restrict tree sizes
  • Views from residences need to be considered with species selection
  • Many mature trees restricted by overhead wires were heavily lopped until the early 1990’s. In some instances this lopping has resulted in mature trees with poor branch structure and advanced decay. Subsequent improved pruning techniques were undertaken to establish a tunnel around the wires while still maintaining the necessary electrical clearances.


  • To investigate the potential for more avenue and shade planting
  • To use tree species appropriate to the scale of the street and the width of the naturestrip


  • Undertake new plantings to take advantage of the wide naturestrips
  • Assess the number of streets that would benefit from the replacement of overhead wires with aerial bundle cabling (the bunching of the several strands of electricity wires into one sheathed cable) and prioritise within the aerial bundle replacement program

Preferred Tree Species

Size Common name Botanical name
(to 6 metres)
Dwarf Apple
Angophora hispida *
Weeping Bottlebrush Callistemon ‘Dawson River’
White Feather Honeymyrtle Melaleuca decora *
Prickly Paperbark Melaleuca styphelioides
(6 to 12 metres) 
Purple-leafed Willow Myrtle Agonis flexuosa ‘After Dark’
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora
Old Man Banksia Banksia serrata
NSW Christmas Bush Ceratopetalum gummiferum
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Scribbly Gum Eucalyptus haemastoma
Cheese Tree Glochidion ferdinandi *
Syzygium luehmannii *
Watergum Tristaniopsis laurina
Waterhousea Waterhousea floribunda
(over 12 metres)
Smooth-barked Apple Angophora costata
Cook Island Pine or New Caledonia Pine
Araucaria columnaris *
Norfolk Island Pine
Araucaria heterophylla
Port Jackson Fig Ficus rubiginosa 
Jacaranda mimosifolia
Brushbox Lophostemon confertus
Fine-leafed Paperbark Melaleuca leucadendra
Swamp Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
*= may only be available from specialist native nurseries

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