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Local crimson leaves to love

Autumn Shot April

Autumn is such a visually spectacular time in Macarthur. The exceptional crimson displays have been slowly mounting for the past few weeks and are almost in full force. They frame the beautiful natural landscapes all across the region and set a calm tone for this time of year.

Some of the best vantage points to see the autumn foliage in the local area are below.

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Foliage in focus: Cimmzam

Cimmzamm Tree

The Fraxinus Pennsylvanica 'Cimmzam' showcases the best of all seasons, with a deep green summer display followed by rich autumnal colours in the cooler months. Its autumn leaves are longer lasting than many others, when out of the wind, meaning its beauty is prolonged.  

Once established this deciduous species is tolerant of extreme heat and cold, making it a durable choice to line the streets of Catherine Park Estate. Originating in North America, it grows to about 13 metres x 8 metres at full maturity, providing great shade and thriving in full sun.

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Picking perfect produce straight from the source

Fruit picking image

This season is the perfect time to enjoy a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Picking your own produce provides the family with a grassroots experience and makes the reward ever so sweeter when it’s the fruits of your own labour. Fruit picking is not only a fun and leisurely activity, but also reduces food miles and ensures you know exactly where your food is coming from. Below are some of the best places to sample and pick seasonal fruits and products.

STRAWBERRIES Berrylicious Strawberries

Head to Berrylicious Strawberries on one of their special ‘pick your own strawberries’ days to return home with buckets of freshly picked strawberries. Bookings essential. Address: 200 West Parade, Thirlmere Open: All year round

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Orielton Homestead: restoring local heritage and greatness

Catherine Park House

Harrington Estates is fortunate to have restored three historic homesteads in the area – Harrington Park House in Harrington Park, Catherine Park House in Catherine Park Estate and Orielton Homestead in Harrington Grove. Undertaking these historically sensitive restorations has involved significant commitment but the rewards for the local community will continue for decades to come.

 

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What’s in a (street) name? Part 3

Catherine Park Estate street names

All streets in Catherine Park Estate take their names from honourary Australians who made a difference to the life, culture and values of modern-day society.

Astley Road

Thea Beatrice May Astley AO (25 August 1925 – 17 August 2004) was a highly awarded novelist and short story writer whose works were distinctly Australian. She was awarded 4 Miles Franklin Awards, won the Patrick White Award and was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Queensland. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1992 and a Creative Fellow of the Australia Council in 1993.

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