Cumberland State Forest

Camping:No Walking track: Yes 4 wheel driving: No Designated cycling track: No Designated horse riding track: No Canoeing / Kayaking: No Swimming: No Fishing: No Accommodation: No Fireplace/BBQ: Yes Caravan site: No 2 wheel access: Yes Picnic area: Yes Toilets:Yes Wheelchair access: Yes Lookout: No Hunting: No

Please note: Camping, trail bike riding and 4WDing are not permitted in Cumberland State Forest.

Australia's only metropolitan state forest, Cumberland State Forest, is located in West Pennant Hills, Sydney, only half an hour from the CBD.

Cumberland State Forest contains 40 hectares of native forest. The original privately-owned land was cleared in 1908. In 1938 its management was taken over by the then NSW Forestry Commission and was dedicated as a State forest in 1939. One third of the land was planted as an aboretum while the rest was allowed to regenerate naturally.

Uncover the mysteries of the forest and learn about sustainable forest management. 

Cumberland State Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities with forest walks, picnic areas, barbecues along with a surprising diversity of wildlife.

An extensive school holiday and activities program is on offer along with a forest school education program and you can also participate in our volunteer program.

Cumberland Forest Nursery specialises in native trees and shrubs for the home gardener and rural landholder. Experienced horticultural staff will advise you on all your plant needs.

Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Cafe Saligna. Open for breakfast, lunch, hot and cold drinks, freshly made cakes and biscuits, six days a week. Lunch bookings suggested on Ph: (02) 9873 2955 or visit (

For more information contact our state-wide information line on 1300 655 687.  

Visitors should note the normal forest gate opening times are 8.30am - 5.00pm, except during daylight saving times where they are open 8.30am - 6.00pm.

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Proposal for ropes course

For information on the proposal for an environmental facility - ropes course and all access canopy walkway at Cumberland State Forest visit

Recreational facilities

Calgaroo Picnic Area

BBQ:Yes Picnic facilities:Yes Toilets area:Yes

At the top of Cumberland State Forest, this picnic area is great for large groups and includes a BBQ.

Shepherds Picnic Area

BBQ:Yes Picnic facilities:Yes Toilets area:Yes Disabled toilets:Yes

Great spot for a BBQ. Close to the visitor centre, café and nursery.

Swains Picnic Area

BBQ:Yes Picnic facilities:Yes

At the top of Cumberland State Forest, this picnic area is very picturesque looking out over the arboretum pine grove. Great for large groups and includes a new BBQ and sheltered area.

Bellamy Picnic Area

BBQ:Yes Picnic facilities:Yes Toilets area:Yes Disabled toilets:Yes

Great spot for a picnic. Close to the visitor centre, café and nursery. This picnic area also has a shelter with seating for about 30 people. BBQs are across the road at Shepherds Picnic Area.

Forestry Trail

Walking tracks:Yes


Palm Gully Trail

Walking tracks:Yes


Sensory Trail

Walking tracks:Yes Fishing:Yes

Interpretive signage on the sensory trail encourages walkers to experience the forest and all its wonders with their sense. Braille books are also available on site by prior arrangement. Contact 1300 655 687 for details. Download the audio MP3 4Mb.

Page last updated/reviewed:16 Jul 2014