Cumberland State Forest
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.
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 (www.cafesaligna.com.au).
For more information or to book in an activity contact our state-wide information line on 1300 655 687 or 02 9871 3377.
Visitors should also 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.
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 www.cumberlandtreetops.net.
Calgaroo Picnic Area
At the top of Cumberland State Forest, this picnic area is great for large groups and includes a BBQ.
Shepherds Picnic Area
Great spot for a BBQ. Close to the visitor centre, café and nursery.
Swains Picnic Area
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
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.
Palm Gully Trail
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 4Mb.
Changes to authorised hunting
Some State forests are declared for authorised hunting. For more information about authorised hunting in State forests, including licensing and applying for permits, visit:
- Important information when visiting state forests
- Call '000' in a bushfire emergency (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
- Total Fire Ban and Current Fire Danger Map (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
This area is designated as ‘high public usage’ under Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Pesticide Use Notification Plan [PDF 3.83 MB].
Signs in State forests For your safety, you should pay attention to all signs in State forests. For a guide to common signs in State forests, visit:
Our Forest Visitor Centre provides an interactive experience the community to learn about sustainable forestry
Bring your dog and explore the many trails at Cumberland State Forest
Calgaroo Picnic area is just one of many spots to have a barbeque and soak up the serenity in the middle of surburbia