Katandra Reserve and Walking Trails were completed in the mid 1980's. Katandra Walking Trails are linked to Rumbalara Reserve via Mouat Walk.
John Richard Kay-Mouat was an early settler who owned land adjacent to both reserves.
The name Katandra is an aboriginal word meaning "Song of Birds". Prior to white settlement an aboriginal tribe known as the Guringai visited the
area on a seasonal basis. The Guringai were coastal aborigines relying heavily on the sea for food. All members of the tribe performed the task of fishing,
often at night. The winter months saw many fish migrate north and the tribe moved landward to find other foods such as possum, kangaroo and birds.
The highest point is near St. John Lookout approximately 208 metres above sea level. This point offers extensive views of Matcham Valley, Erina Heights
and the coastline to the east. The cliff face immediately adjacent to St. John Lookout is an excellent example of the demarcation line between
the Hawkesbury and Narrabeen soil groups. This is best observed from Guringai Walk. A feature of the lower area is Seymour Pond. This is a
man-made pond filled by a natural watercourse commencing in the cliff face near St. John Lookout and overflowing into the Brisbane Water via
Note: The Guringai Walk at Katandra Reserve is currently closed due to dangerous conditions.
Katandra is home to a variety of native flora & fauna. Lizards, possum, small marsupials and many species of bird life live here.
There is evidence to suggest that wombats, koalas and platypus have existed in this area. There are three distinct vegetation zones within
Katandra: Dry Sclerophyll forest is located west of St. John Lookout, Wet Sclerophyll forest is located east of St. John Lookout & Temperate Rainforest
surrounds Seymour Pond.