William Howe Regional Park is located in Mount Annan, a suburb in the greater Sydney region. A mere 60km from Sydney's central business district and part of the Macarthur region, William Howe Regional Park is a great place for a day trip escape, away from the big city. So hop in the car this weekend and take the scenic 1-hour drive out to William Howe Regional Park and explore all that the area has to offer - you'd be missing out if you didn't!
How is the walk up to the peak of William Howe Regional Park?
The Loop" trail at William Howe Regional Park is 2.5km in length, taking visitors on a varied stroll on a loop walk around the regional park. Take in the many different sights you'll encounter along the way, including many residential areas and see how the locals here live - despite being a great retreat from the daily stressors of life, you might be surprised to hear that William Howe Regional Park is literally nestled amidst residential suburbs!
Despite being officially classified as a Grade 5 walking track as per the Australian Walking Track Grading System, we found the walk very manageable despite the heat. Although there were some relatively steep inclines, these were few and far in between. Plus, seeing as there was only a single walking track, it's near impossible to get lost! The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service actually recommend this hike as being good for children, as it's only a short stroll up to the picnic area and lookout.
A short 30 minute walk up to the highest point of William Howe Regional Park, and you'll find yourself at Turkeys Nest picnic area and lookout. This is where you'll be rewarded with stunning scenic views of the surrounding township and country, including farmlands spreading across the Razorback Mountains, and even up to the Blue Mountains escarpment in the distance. There are several tables here where you can sit down and have a bite to eat, or just sit down and enjoy a well-deserved break, with a view! Although the tables at the lookout do not have shade (bar the shade from surrounding trees depending on the time that you visit), there are shady gazebos located at the foot of the regional park, near where the walk starts. Perfect place for a meal - you've earned it!
Provided that your dog remains on leash at all times, then yes! However, do bear in mind that the walking track up to the lookout at William Howe Regional Park is mostly gravel; as such, it can get very hot during the day, especially during warmer months and on sunny days. Ideally, it'd be best to visit during the morning or later in the afternoon, but if you have no choice but to visit during the day, make sure you take precautions to ensure your dogs' paws don't get burned - yes, paw burn possible! Possible precautions include applying paw wax (we recommend the homemade nose and paw wax from Wag'n'Tailz Pet Treats) or using dog shoes. There are also no water facilities available for both you and your pooch, so do bring drinking water (and a bowl) along!
Leashed dogs are welcome at William Howe Regional Park.