You’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse of the Eastern Water Dragon who is more often heard than seen. Often the only clue to their presence is a splash as they drop into water from an overhanging branch.
An impressive semi-aquatic lizard found along Gore Creek and in the surrounding nature reserve, it’s one of the oldest groups of Australian reptiles. While many other reptiles have evolved over time the water dragon has barely changed in 20 million years!
Its scientific name is Intellagama lesueurii (meaning “Intelligent lizard”) – a well-deserved name for a creature that has lived such a long time.
Conservation status: Protected.
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Bob Campbell Oval, or Gore Creek Reserve, is a little slice of heaven on Sydney Harbour. It sits at the bottom of a creek that winds up through Lane Cove and is one of the last remaining natural creeks on the harbour.