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Picnic Point: Page 1, 2

Where the Sharks Aren't

AShark warningS the river empties into the Pacific, the story goes that sharks have been sighted upstream and there are signs at Picnic Point warning of sharks (although I have not heard of any shark sighting near the park in recent years, actually not for yonks).

This national park, one of many overseen by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is in the general area where Salt Pan Creek and Little Salt Pan Creek join the Georges River and is close to the burgeoning newer residential suburbs of Alfords Point, Illawong and Menai as well as the established areas of Padstow, Revesby and Panania.

According to the National Parks and Wildlife Office, the area was first opened to European settlement in 1795 after Australian explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders spent nine days searching for suitable agricultural land along the river. They were granted land near Prospect Creek, in the present suburb of Georges Hall.

Popular recreation area

Three years later, the town of Bankstown (now a city) was founded. By the 1900s the area had become a popular recreation area with paddle steamers plying the river. The paddle steamers ceased service in the 1920s.

The main entrance to the Georges River National Park is at the junction of Henry Lawson Drive and The River Road. Fitzpatrick Park at Picnic Point is accessible from Carinya Road, off Henry Lawson Drive, further west from the main gate.

The gates to the national park have now been closed to vehicular traffic but people can still come to picnic by the Georges River.

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[Photo by Larry Rivera]

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