Cumberland State Forest: is a 40 hectare (100 acre) area of bushland situated in the Castle Hill area, a suburb of north western Sydney.
The State Forest was established in 1939. Prior to its dedication the area had been cleared for agriculture in 1908. A third of the area was planted as an arboretum and the remainder regenerated naturally. This created the only metropolitan State Forest in Australia.
The Forest has a number of walking trails. The Forestry Trail meanders through tall eucalypts. Moist rainforest may be explored along the Palm Gully Trail. The Sensory Trail is a stroller and wheelchair-friendly walk. Weekend guided walks and talks are features of Cumberland’s activity programs. Wildlife is prolific with 60 birds species recorded nesting in the Forest.
There are four restful picnic areas. Three of these have barbeques. An interesting information centre, large nursery (see image) and café are all part of the Cumberland State Forest experience.
In June 2011 we spent a very pleasant day in this peaceful oasis. We were impressed by the number of trees and shrubs with identification labels, the range of plants available in the nursery and the restful atmosphere.