Lion Island (New South Wales)
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Lion Island (New South Wales)

Protected area information
NameLion Island
IUCN CategoryIa
LocationNew South Wales
Nearest cityGosford
Area8 ha (80000 m2)
Governing bodyNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

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Lion Island is located at the entrance to the Hawkesbury River inside Broken Bay and is considered part of the Gosford local government area. It is a descriptive name because it resembles a Sphinx, a mythical figure of a crouching lion. The island was originally named Mount Elliott Island by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1789, because it resembled Gibraltar where his friend, General Elliott, had inflicted defeats on French and Spanish fleets. This name continued to be used by cartographers until the 1920s.

In 1956 the entire area of the island became a Fauna Reserve. It was reclassified as a Nature Reserve under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1967.

The island contains the largest population of little penguins in the Sydney area and is free of feral cats and foxes. It is listed in the Register of the National Estate as a breeding habitat for shearwaters and little penguins.

The cap at the Eastern end of Lion Island is composed of Hawkesbury Sandstone. The shores of the island are composed of the older Narrabeen Group of sandstones and shales.

The island has a weed infestation problem, with problem weeds including Bitou Bush and Lantana.

Access to the island is restricted by permit to conservation, education and research purposes.

In 2005, a documentary film claimed erroneously that the wreckage of a Japanese midget submarine, which disappeared after the attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942, was buried under sand on the seabed, just east of Lion Island. The wreck has since been located near Bungan Head.

Lion Island was added to the Australian National Heritage List in December 2006.

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The Hawkesbury River region

Islands of the HawkesburyDangar Island * Long Island * Milson Island * Spectacle Island * Peat Island * Lion Island
National parksKu-ring-gai Chase National Park * Muogamarra Nature Reserve * Marramarra National Park * Bouddi National Park * Brisbane Water National Park
Explorers of the regionArthur Phillip * Watkin Tench * Leyland Brothers
Bridges and FerriesHawkesbury River Railway Bridge * Mooney Mooney Bridge * Lower Portland Ferry * Sackville Ferry * Webbs Creek Ferry * Wisemans Ferry
Adjoining rivers, bays and creeksNepean River * Berowra Creek * Grose River * Broken Bay * Brisbane Water * Colo River * Macdonald River * Warragamba Dam * Cowan Creek * Coal and Candle Creek
ShiresCity of Hawkesbury * Hornsby Shire * Pittwater Council * City of Gosford * The Hills Shire * City of Penrith
EventsHawkesbury Canoe Classic

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