Cumberland State Forest is Australia’s only metropolitan forest. It can be found at 95 Castle Hill Road West Pennant Hills in Sydney, just half an hour from Sydney CBD.
Cumberland State Forest has 40 hectares native forest. In 1908, the original private land was cleared. The original privately-owned land was cleared in 1908. In 1938, the NSW Forestry Commission took over its management and it was designated a State forest. One-third of the land was set aside for an arboretum, while the remainder was left to natural regeneration.
Take a walk in the forest, have a picnic, or grill, and discover the amazing diversity of wildlife on a guided tour. You can also participate in our volunteer program. Cumberland State Forest also offers a forest school education program.
The normal opening hours for forest gates are 8.30am to 5.00pm. They are closed during daylight savings times, which are 8.30am to 6.00pm.
This picnic area overlooks the pine grove and is located at the top Cumberland State Forest. This area is ideal for large groups. It also features a new BBQ and sheltered areas.
The tall native trees and Cabbage Tree Palms are a highlight of this walk. The forest is home to many bird species, including cool gullies and beautiful ferns. Cumberland State Forest in Australia is the only urban forest. It was established in 1939. Each individual plant name and signposts are provided for the walks. You can see both indigenous plants from the Hills District and rainforest trees from other parts of NSW.
There are three main paths through the forest. If you have a baby or toddler, the sensory trail is the best. It is only 350m long and wheelchair-friendly. There are also the Palm Gully Trail, which is 1km long, and the Forestry Trail, which is 1.3km. All walks can be done with children. There are also picnic areas, toilets and a cafe. A nursery is also available. Tree Tops Adventure Park is perhaps the most popular attraction for families.
There are also independently run facilities – the high ropes course, nursery, and cafe – in Cumberland State Forest.