Penrose State Forest

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

Penrose State Forest is one of the most well-known forests in NSW, given its location on either side of the Hume Highway and being just over an hour from Sydney.

A pine forest, Penrose also features a flora reserve. Forests in this area are a mixture of pine plantations and native forests.

The first radiata pines were planted in this area in Belanglo State Forest in 1919. Today there are around 3,500 hectares of commercial pine plantations in the southern highlands with timber being processed at a local mill.

Today's forest management practices protect biodiversity, soil and water quality and cultural heritage sites while also allowing for sustainable timber production. Find out more about sustainable forest management.

Recreational facilities

Kingsbury VC Rest Area

Dedicated to Bruce Kingsbury VC in 1995, Penrose Rest Area forms part of the Remembrance Driveway that honours Australian war heroes between Canberra and Sydney. Adjacent to the Hume Highway, there is ample parking space, making it perfect for a quick stop or a day out. There is room for caravans and campervans.

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Page last updated/reviewed:23 Dec 2020