From incredible wildlife to historic landmarks, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do on the Cooks. Click on the points of interest on the interactive map below to start exploring …
Improving Water Quality
Sights on the River
Boat Harbour Litter Boom
This litter boom was installed in August 2014 by Canterbury Council and is emptied by Sydney Water. About 450 cubic metres of litter is removed per year of which 80% is non organic and 20% is organic.
River Canoe Club
Enjoy kayaking or canoeing on the Cooks River. The club hosts a wide range of paddling programs from beginners to advanced.
Landing Lights Wetland
This reserve provides critical roosting and feeding habitat for migratory shorebirds and supports the Ramsar-listed wetland Towra Point Nature Reserve. The site contains some of the last remaining saline wetlands on the Cooks River and includes vegetation identified as threatened under NSW legislation.
Lambert Road Reserve, Bardwell Park
Join the Bayside Council bushcare volunteers. Group meets 9am-12pm on first Saturday of each month.
Binnamittalong Gardens, Bexley
Join the Bayside Council bushcare volunteers. Group meets 9am-12pm on third Saturday of each month.
Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany
Join the Bayside Council bushcare volunteers. Group meets 1pm-3:30pm on third Saturday of each month.
Stotts Reserve, Bexley North
Join the Bayside Council bushcare volunteers. Group meets 9am-12pm on fourth Saturday of each month.
Cup and Saucer Creek & Wetland
Cup and Saucer Creek was once a natural, sandstone creek line until its conversion into a concrete channel throughout the 1940’s. Today, stormwater from the creek feeds the adjoining adjoining wetland which provides significant habitat for local birds and aquatic fauna.
Cup and Saucer Creek & Wetland
This City of Canterbury Bankstown gross pollutant trap captures rubbish in Cup and Saucer Creek. The adjoining wetland was constructed in 2010 by Sydney Water and is designed to capture sediment and remove pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Low flowing water enters the wetlands where sediment settles to the bottom and then passes through four heavily planted pools where plants and bacteria remove pollutants, before it re-enters the creek and the Cooks River.
Cup and Saucer Creek Wetland
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month 9.30am-11.30am.
The Mudcrabs @ Foord Avenue
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. Group meets once a month on a Sunday, check calendar online for dates.
The Mudcrabs @ Rosedale Reserve
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. The group meets at the change rooms near Riverside Road, on the last Sunday of every month.
The Mudcrabs @ Burnett Street
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. Check calendar online for dates.
Mudcrabs clean-up site
Join the the Mudcrabs rid the Cooks River of a whole lot of rubbish. This clean-up site is beside the Canterbury racecourse. Meet beside bicycle track alongside the end of Broughton St, where it becomes Charles St, Canterbury. Check calendar online for dates.
Mudcrabs clean-up site
Join the the Mudcrabs rid the Cooks River of a whole lot of rubbish. Meet at the end of Close Street, Canterbury near the off-leash dog park. Check calendar online for dates.
Cooks River parkrun
A free 5km event for runners of all standards every Saturday at 8am. Join for fun or as part of a training plan.
Butler Reserve Raingarden
This raingarden treats water from a 2.6ha residential catchment including nearby school playgrounds. Raingardens are specially designed to collect stormwater run-off, filter pollutants and sediments, and slow or stop their flow downstream, in addition to other benefits.
About 4,500 years ago, a group of Aboriginal people sat by the river at Tempe and cooked a meal of shellfish gathered from the mudflats nearby. A memorial seat and a set of painted poles interpreting the Aboriginal use of the river honour these findings.
Dugong skeleton site
A dugong entered Botany Bay around 6,000 years ago and was either stranded on the edge of Botany Bay or was killed by Aboriginal people. The bones exposed during the construction of Alexandra Canal contained cut marks showing that Aboriginal people had butchered the dugong, taking advantage of a food source.
This water tank mural depicts the lost story of Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy, who was noted for his leadership uniting many clans from Botany Bay to the Blue Mountains, to resist European settlers, while using the Cooks River to navigate the region. It is said Pemulwuy would escape being captured by Europeans by transforming into a crow.
Yana Badu Wetlands
The Chullora Wetlands were renamed Yana Badu Wetlands in 2017. ‘Yana Badu’ means ‘Walk Water‘ in the coastal Darug language. The name was selected by the Canterbury Bankstown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group in consultation with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Wetlands provide an essential habitat for wildlife. Yana Badu’s reeds and ponds also clean stormwater before it flows into the Cooks River. In 2019, the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Bankstown Koori Elders created a dragonfly artwork symbolising transformation and change which is installed onsite on a seat in front of the wetlands.
Yana Badu Wetlands
The restricted access wetlands and flood retention site was constructed in the late 1990s by the Business Land Group (now Landcom). During this process, the upper reaches of the Cooks River were replaced with concrete pipes, culverts and a concreted channel. The South-West Enviro Centre (an active local community group) campaigned for an opportunity to improve the quality of stormwater runoff reaching Cooks River by creating a treatment wetland. Sydney Water became custodian and manager of the wetlands in January 2004. The area is a significant biodiversity resource in a highly disturbed urban landscape. Public access is not possible except for organised
ATSI War Memorial
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) War Memorial honours local Indigenous war veterans. The memorial was designed by local Aboriginal artist, Jason Wing, and is in a shield shape connected to the Indigenous community. Many Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders put their lives on the line or indeed sacrificed their lives in defence of Australia, only to return to a land that was not treating them as full citizens. The memorial was funded by the City of Canterbury Bankstown and the Department of War Veteran’s Centenary of ANZAC Local Government Grants.
The Mudcrabs @ Sugar Mill
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. Group meets on first Sunday of every month from 9am-11am.
Wolli Creek Regional Park
The only bushland of substantial size (50 ha) left in inner south-west Sydney, the park is home to an astonishing array of birdlife and grey headed flying foxes. It’s a great place for a morning walk along the Wolli Creek track, part of the longer Two Valley trail via Campsie and Bexley.
Wolli Creek Preservation Society
Formed in 1983, these volunteers plays a huge role in the preservation of the Wolli Creek Valley. Join their bush regeneration activities, walking and kayaking trips, or monthly bat counting and bird surveys.
Grey-headed flying fox colony
Follow the Girrawheen Track to view Wolli Creek's colony of grey-headed flying foxes hanging in the canopy of the Eucalyptus and Casuarina trees. On hot evenings they can be seen belly-dipping into the creek before going out to feed for the night.
A remarkably intact 1836 villa built on the bank of Cooks River renowned for its history, unique façade and connection to prominent local Australians including original owner Alexander Brodie Spark and social welfare philanthropist Caroline Chisholm.
Fishway at Wolli Creek
This rock ramp fishway allows native fish to travel through the weir to freshwater upstream. The weir and causeway were built in the early 1900s to provide access and water for the adjacent Chinese market gardens. Turella Reserve and Wolli Creek Regional Park have now replaced the old market gardens, meaning the weir no longer serves its original purpose.
The Mudcrabs @ Wave Rock
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers at the Wave Rock site on Marrickville Golf Course. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month 8.00am-10.00am. Meet on the edge of golf course in small park at the end of Alfred St, Marrickville or next to 17th fairway.
Landcare @ Marrickville Golf Course
Join Landcare and Inner West Council bushcare volunteers revegetate remnant bushland behind the 18th hole. Entrance to the golf course is at the corner of Wharf St and Beauchamp St.
The Mudcrabs @ Gough Whitlam Saltmarsh
Join the Mudcrabs bushcare volunteers. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month 9am-11am.
Emery Avenue Bankstown
This raingarden treats water from a 1.4ha residential catchment including nearby school playgrounds. Raingardens are specially designed to collect stormwater run-off, filter pollutants and sediments, and slow or stop their flow downstream, in addition to other benefits.
Scouller Street Raingarden
Raingardens collect stormwater run-off, filter pollutants and sediments, and slow or stop their flow downstream. This design treats a residential catchment area of 1.15ha and consists of two interconnected raingardens and a swale at a street intersection.
Forrester Reserve Raingarden
Raingardens are specially designed to collect stormwater run-off, filter pollutants and sediments, and slow or stop their flow downstream, in addition to other benefits. • Treats a mixed industrial and residential area