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Cumberland State Forest

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published February 15th 2021
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The forestry visitor centre (image JW)


Cumberland State Forest has been replanted and regenerated since 1939 on previously cleared (1908) agricultural land that has been traditionally visited by the Dharug, Guringah and Cammeriagal Aboriginal peoples.

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Well marked tracks (image JW)


Known as Australia's only metropolitan state forest, the 40 hectare site consists of one-third arboretum and two-thirds naturally regenerated Cumberland plains forest.

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A choice of walking tracks (image JW)


Within the environs of the site, there are three walking trails, a cafe, picnic and barbecue facilities, a visitor centre, a nursery, an adventure park through the treetops. This is all serviced by ample parking and toilet facilities.

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Palms & eucalyptus (image JW)


The three walking trails are well marked with coloured markers on posts and are easy for most to accomplish. The Sensory Trail, which is a 350-metre loop, is classified as easy and is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. As you walk along, make sure you take time out to hug a tree, smell the eucalyptus and listen for the sounds of bird life. You will most likely see noisy parrots and colourful lorikeets but the forest is also home to satin bowerbirds and eastern whip birds.

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Tall trees (image JW)


Dogs on leads are welcome here ensuring Cumberland State Forest is a great place for the whole family to have a free fun day.

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The sensory trail (image JW)
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Why? Visit Australia’s only metropolitan state forest
When: 8:30am to 5pm (6pm daylight savings)
Phone: 02 9872 0111
Where: 95 Castle Hill Road West Pennant Hills
Cost: Free
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