The drive into Catherine Park Estate is warm and engaging. After passing St Benedict’s Catholic College, you will see the rows of mature trees that line the road, welcoming you as you drive by. As you approach the first roundabout, you will be met with a striking wall of green trees that act as the lungs of the community, standing tall and majestic in their maturity and wisdom. This is South Creek. At the next roundabout you will be greeted by “Fifi”, the 10-metre high fig tree (Ficus Hillii) which took its place in Catherine Park Estate earlier this year.
From its source, just below the former Oran Park Raceway about 4 kilometres north-east of Narellan, South Creek flows through Catherine Park Estate and then generally north, descending 94 metres over its 70 kilometre course. Along the way it is joined by seventeen tributaries including Badgerys Creek and Eastern Creek, until reaching its confluence with the Hawkesbury River, near Windsor.
In addition to its striking physical beauty, South Creek is home to an abundance of birdlife. It runs through the centre of Catherine Park Estate, providing a sense of respite and green space that is unique to the community. South Creek also delivers scenic outlooks for the many blocks that face it, allowing residents to bask in the sounds and sights of this lush natural corridor.