Prospect Creek (New South Wales)

Prospect Creek, an urban watercourse of the Georges River catchment, is located in the western and Canterbury-Bankstown regions of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia.

Prospect Creek
Prospect Creek, as it flows in Fairfield.
Prospect Creek (New South Wales) is located in Sydney, Australia
Prospect Creek (New South Wales)
NASA satellite view of Greater Metropolitan Sydney, with the Prospect Creek mouth location, as marked
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Greater Western Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown, Southern Sydney
LGAsBlacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown
Physical characteristics
SourceProspect Reservoir
 • locationnorth of Bulls Hill, Prospect
 • coordinates33°50′2″S 150°53′20″E / 33.83389°S 150.88889°E / -33.83389; 150.88889
Mouthconfluence with the Georges River
 • location
Dhurawal Bay, Georges Hall
 • coordinates
33°54′35″S 150°58′25″E / 33.90972°S 150.97361°E / -33.90972; 150.97361Coordinates: 33°54′35″S 150°58′25″E / 33.90972°S 150.97361°E / -33.90972; 150.97361
Length26 km (16 mi)
Basin size98 km2 (38 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemSydney Basin catchment
Dam / ReservoirProspect Reservoir

As Prospect Reservoir forms a part of the Sydney metropolitan water supply, the flow of the creek is regulated in accordance with the operational requirements of Sydney Water. The creek is 26 kilometres (16 mi) long, starting at the Prospect Reservoir at the top of the catchment and flows to the Georges River at Georges Hall, as its tributary.

Course and featuresEdit

Prospect Creek rises below Prospect Reservoir, north of Bulls Hill in Prospect, within the Blacktown local government area, and flows generally southeast by east, through the Holroyd, Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown local government areas, before reaching its confluence with the Georges River, at Georges Hall, spilling into Dhurawal Bay in the Chipping Norton Lakes.[1]

The catchment area of the creek is approximately 98 square kilometres (38 sq mi), and is largely urbanised with industrial land uses, residential and open space for recreation.[2]


Fishing in Prospect Creek is closed to all recreational fishing traps. Penalties apply for not complying with fishing rules and regulations.[3] Sharks can be found in the creek as the Georges River is tidal up to the Liverpool Weir, and Prospect Creek connects below that point. As such, swimming is not recommended.[4]


The creek flowing under the Lansdowne Bridge, Lansdowne.

The creek winds through a number of parks and reserves, with the most prominent ones being, Gipps Road Sporting Complex, Rosford Street Reserve and the contiguous Long Street Park in Smithfield, Fairfield Park Precinct and Cawarra Park in Fairfield, Fairfield Road Park in Yennora, Makepeace Oval in Fairfield and Henry Lawson Reserve in Georges Hall, going from northwest to southeast. It also flows on the western fringes of Fairfield High School and just north of Bland Oak, a historical tree.

There are walkways or cycling paths that parallel the creek. The longest, continuous walking path that runs alongside creek starts from Widmere Road, adjacent to the Liverpool–Parramatta T-way, in the northern periphery of Wetherill Park, and ends at Fairfield Road Park in Yennora, opposite of Yennora Fire Station. The walkabouts are within the surroundings of the Australian bushland, which include native trees such as eucalyptus.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Prospect Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 April 2013.  
  2. ^ a b "Prospect Creek". Rivers and Creeks. Bankstown City Council. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Prime Facts" (PDF). Sydney South Recreational Fishing Guide. Industry & Investment NSW. January 2011. p. 2. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Chipping Norton Lake Scheme" (PDF). NSW Coastal Explorer. Department of Environment and Planning. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ King M & Associates (1997) Recreation Needs Assessment Study prepared for Fairfield City Council

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