Geography of the City of Canterbury

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The city area is roughly enclosed by three waterways. The original village of Canterbury Vale was situated on the Cooks River. The upper parts of the river define the northern limits of the city. A major tributary, Wolli Creek forms part of the southern border of the city. The western limit of the city is defined by Salt Pan Creek. The short canal, Cup and Saucer Creek flows within the city area.

Physically the land is slightly hilly, although it is regarded as part of the Cumberland Plain. The underlying rock is sandstone.