Sydney Harbour

Greater Sydney Bushcare Kayaking


Conservation Objective:

Remove environmental weeds from Goat Island in Sydney Harbour, which is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Then maintain the site to remove new seedlings to prevent weeds maturing and producing seed locally.

Remove weeds, soil and other material from rock surfaces and cultural assets and assist parks staff with removing weeds from gardens and other areas as directed.


What we do:

As part of the Be Natural Conservation Kayaking program Willow Warriors will be organising kayak paddles in Sydney Harbour to visit islands managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. We will hand pull, dig out or poison environmental weeds including: wilding pines, Camphor Laurel African Olives, Tree of Heaven, Lantana, Madera Vine, English ivy, Bougainvillea, Asparagus Fern, Prickly Pear and Morning Glory using hand tools and bioactive glyphosate which is approved for use along waterways by volunteers . The kayak paddles to Goat Island will start from Birchgrove Park with volunteers paddling across to Goat Island to spend the day removing environmental weeds and then paddle back to Birchgrove Park.

Activities in addition to conservation volunteering:

Day paddle on part of the harbour trying to keep out of the way of other harbour traffic. Some of these activities may be overnight activities camping the islands. Willow Warriors has 6 double kayaks with paddles and pfd’s for volunteers but on overnight activities some of the kayaks can only carry one person with their gear.

Walks on the island to check out the views and cultural sites


Group sizes are limited to 8 volunteers but this can be increases with other experienced kayakers participating to 12 using willow warriors kayaks and more where volunteers have their own kayaks.

No prior experience in weed control or kayaking is required by new volunteers. Participants need to be fit & willing & able to climb around rocks on slippery or steep areas to treat the weeds. If you have never removed asparagus fern previously this video link shows how it is done



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