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Wallumatta Nature Reserve

Overview

A short drive from Sydney CBD, the unique open forests of Wallumatta Nature Reserve offer a quick nature getaway with bushwalking and birdwatching, near Ryde.

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For a quick nature getaway without leaving town, Wallumatta Nature Reserve, near Ryde, protects the largest remnant forest of the Sydney turpentine and ironbark forest. Only 10km from the Sydney CBD, you’ll soon discover why it’s much-loved by locals as well as those keen on birdwatching and bushwalking.

The reserve was historically set aside as part of the Field of Mars Common in 1804 and again, in the 1980s, it was saved from housing development. Now it’s a tranquil bush oasis nestled in the suburbs and an important resource for environmental education and scientific research. Popular with botanists and school groups alike, local bush regeneration groups help to preserve this valuable original bushland.

With over 30 species of native birds, birdwatching is a must during your visit. While walking, keep an eye out for black-shouldered kites, masked lapwings and the vibrant blue-winged sacred kingfisher.

Highlights in this park

  • Wallumatta loop trail, Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Wallumatta loop trail

    For an easy family getaway in Sydney, Wallumatta loop trail offers walking, birdwatching and bush regeneration in Wallumatta Nature Reserve, near Ryde...

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Towering trees, Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer