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Two to 12 million years ago, the Hornsby plateau was uplifted to between 150 and 250 metres above sea leve. As rivers flowed across this plateau, they gradually cut deep V-shaped valleys into it, leaving narrow sandstone ridges behind. Then, during the past million years, rising sea levels flooded the lower valleys. The sea cut off some of the plateau peaks, forming islands like Scotland Island.

Source: Ku-ring-gai Chase NP,
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Scotland Island is located in the estuary called Pittwater, part of Broken Bay, in the far northern reaches of Sydney's northern suburbs. Along with their neighbours on the Western Foreshores of Pittwater, the residents are affectionately known as the ‘Offshore Communities’. Their location inspires a sense of community that comes from a love of their surroundings and that special feeling of isolation.

Check out our listing of Scotland Island accommodation, Pittwater accommodation and Northern Sydney accommodation. As well as our listed travel guide info, for more attractions, tours and other information contact the local tourism visitor centre.

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Bobbin Head Information Centre - Turramurra

Visitors Information Centre - Mona Vale
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Scotland Island Events

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Scotland Island to Church Point Dog Race
• Christmas Eve
• Held annually, around twilight on Christmas eve, and developing a somewhat cult affair for the residents and dog owners of Church Point and Scotland Island. A number of contestants (dogs) and their owners (human), jump into Pittwater and attempt to paddle the 600 metres or so from the island to the mainland. It was started in 1973 when the dogs of two ferry captains swam for line honours.

Entry fee at time of writing is still a long-neck bottle of beer and a can of dog food. The human owners can swim, row or stroke alongside their paddling partners. No motorised support vessels are permitted. The prizes include a big-dog and small-dog division, with the winners getting a chrome-plated bowl and sharing the food and beverage booty. The winner for 2001 and 2002 in the big-dog category is a black kelpie named Diesel. A mongrel named Teddy has also won it twice in the small-dog category.

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