Terrys Creek

“1.5km of new boardwalks, bridges and stairs through a pristine suburban habitat”


City of Ryde





Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail



Executive Summary

Terrys Creek is an urban watercourse forming part of the Lane Cove River catchment in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Working to a tight timeline and within a sensitive environmental corridor, Fleetwood was engaged by City of Ryde Council to deliver 1.5km of new boardwalks, bridges and stairs along Terrys Creek, extending from Epping Road to Forrester Park, as well as constructing a new viewing platform looking across the popular Terrys Creek Waterfall.

Fleetwood Involvement

As the project’s lead contractor, Fleetwood provided end-to-end design and construction services for City of Ryde Council. Using our DesignExcute2™ delivery model, we were able to refine the original walkway concepts, developing detailed engineering, material selection and construction plans, as well as robust costings and timelines. Given the extremely tight project deadline, we were able to refine two of our existing boardwalk and stair systems. This allowed us to deliver the entire Terrys Creek project to a high standard - on budget and ahead of schedule.


The design brief at Terrys Creek called for a durable boardwalk solution that would deliver maximum access and safety for users. At the same time, it also needed to ensure there was minimal impact on the sensitive natural surroundings – both during construction and into the future with low/no ongoing maintenance. Our in-house Bower™ and Mars™ boardwalk systems fit perfectly into this requirement and were used conjunctively where each was required.


Given the remote and environmentally-sensitive site, crew access was the most challenging aspect of the project. Fortunately, our Bower™ and Mars™ systems are made for precisely such instances, as all of the materials used are lightweight, modular and easily carried into position. They can also be hand-assembled with no need for potentially-destructive excavation or heavy equipment.


Designed to be highly durable and cost effective – whilst also minimising weight and environmental impacts – the Bower™ and the Mars™ systems are innovative boardwalk solutions. Specifically designed to work in sensitive environments like Terrys Creek, they provided the perfect walking track improvement solution.


  • Formalised pedestrian access along Terrys Creek
  • Modular fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) decking
  • Lightweight, durable, low maintenance
  • Open mesh construction allows rain and light to filter underneath
  • Hand-driven footings

  • Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP)
  • Galvanised fasteners
  • Unseasoned Hardwood

  • Bower™ boardwalk system, used where the walkway could hug the ground
  • Mars™ elevated boardwalk system, used for bridging low lying areas and creek interfaces

Located in a hard-to-access bushland setting, the site at Terrys Creek presented several safety challenges. The close proximity to Terrys Creek itself meant crews were often working in and around damp and unstable terrain. The presence of snakes in the area also reinforced the need for us to tread lightly, both literally and figuratively!


Using lightweight FRP made from fully-recycled materials, the Bower™ and the Mars™ boardwalk systems are designed to have low impact on the surrounding environment, both during and after construction. Their open mesh decking allows for sunlight and rainwater to filter easily through to the ground, vital in maintaining the ecology of the area.


A ‘green oasis’ in the heart of Sydney suburbia, the nature corridor along Terrys Creek has been a much-loved social, recreation and fitness destination for many years. Thanks to the new boardwalk, the local community will be able to keep exploring and enjoying it for decades to come.


With the area’s old walking tracks becoming increasingly unstable, providing safer and easier access was essential to encourage locals to return to Terrys Creek. Since completion, the new boardwalks have done precisely that, whilst also opening up the tracks to a whole new set of abilities and fitness levels. Importantly, the increased numbers of joggers and walkers is being accommodated without putting added pressure on the surrounding environment.