Leacock Regional Park

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Overview

Located in Casula, southwest Sydney, Leacock Regional Park is a great spot of dog walking, jogging, cycling and picnicking.

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Leacock Regional Park provides a welcome patch of open green space at Casula in Sydney's southwest. From the ridge line you can enjoy views over the bushland of Holsworthy.

Visit the park to see some of the state’s rarest trees or enjoy a picnic at the park’s picnic area. Explore the park’s walking tracks along the banks of the Georges River, they link the park with other facilities such as the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

It’s a great place to exercise – go for a jog or a bike ride through the park, and it’s a dog-friendly park, so you can bring Rover and Spot along for a walk.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/leacock-regional-park/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Leacock Regional Park.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    From Casula, take Metroroad 5 from the Sydney region and take the Hume Highway exit towards Casula. Turn left onto Leacocks Lane, the park is located along the right-hand side of Leacocks Lane

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information

    By public transport

    Leacock Regional Park is close to Casula Station. For information about public transport options, visit the transport website

    Best times to visit

    Leacock Regional Park is a great place to visit all year round. Head to the park for an early morning jog by the river in spring, a weekend picnic in the winter sun or an evening stroll along the Bellbird track during summer.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    19°C and 28°C

    Highest recorded

    44.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded

    -4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    July to September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    243mm

    Facilities

    Picnic tables

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Permitted

    Pets

    You can bring your dog to this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog-friendly areas.

    Prohibited

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Campbelltown (18 km)

    For nature lovers, the Macarthur region has plenty of natural attractions. Explore nature reserves and wildlife trails or see spectacular native flora and fauna at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the largest botanic garden in Australia.

    www.sydney.com

    Parramatta (20 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    www.sydney.com

    Sydney City Centre (40 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

    Learn more

    Leacock Regional Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Significant flora

    Bellbird walking track, Leacock Regional Park. Photo: W Howe

    Leacock Regional Park is part of the Cumberland Plain woodland, an endangered ecological community that houses the critically endangered Cumberland Plain land snail. The park is also one of the few places in NSW where you can see the rare tree species, blue box eucalyptus, as well as some of the oldest native and endemic trees in metropolitan Sydney. The Weaving Garden Environment Group is currently carrying out bush regeneration within the park.

    Great for relaxing

    Bellbird walking track, Leacock Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Swap tall buildings and busy roads for this pretty patch of nature. Leacock Regional Park offers the opportunity to escape and clear your mind in a delightful natural setting, right on your doorstep. It’s ideal for cycling and jogging along the edges of Glenfield Creek and the Georges River. If you’re looking for a western Sydney park to walk your dog, then look no further than Leacock Regional Park. Dogs are welcome here, as long as they’re on-leash and the 1.6km Bellbird walking track will give you both a good workout – particularly if you make it a return trip.

    • Bellbird walking track You’ll find the Bellbird walking track in Leacock Regional Park, southwestern Sydney. It’s a lovely stroll to and from Casula station, with birdwatching opportunities, too.
    • Leacock picnic area The picnic area at Leacock Regional Park, just off the Hume Highway near Casula, is a great rest stop on a long drive or for a picnic with your dog in toe.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Cumberland Plain land snail (Meridolum corneovirens)

      The endangered Cumberland Plain land snail is only found on the Cumberland Plain, west of Sydney. During drought it digs deep into the soil to escape harsh conditions. Its brown shell is thin and fragile.

    Environments in this park

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    What we're doing

    Leacock Regional Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

    Understanding landscapes and geology

    A varied and diverse landscape is found in the park, from bushland in the north, to the historic rural landscape of Glenfield Farm in the central and southern portions. This landscape provides interest, diversity and a relatively natural setting for people visiting and living in the area. To maintain the landscape value of this park, NPWS recognises the need to undertake work to minimise the impact of soil erosion, weeds and stormwater run-off.

    Preserving biodiversity

    Leacock Regional Park provides an important biodiversity link and wildlife movement corridor to adjoining areas including Glen Regent Reserve to the south, and remnant vegetation along the Georges River to the east. It also links with the extensive bushland of Holsworthy Military Reserve. The two dams, particularly the one at the southern end of the Park, as well as the escarpment, provide important habitat for native animals. NPWS will deliver recovery plans and implement best practice guidelines to assist in recovery of endangered and vulnerable plant and animal species in this park.

    Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

    Pests and weeds have an impact on the biodiversity values of Leacock Regional Park. Reduction of pest species, as well as risk assessment for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS to protect the biodiversity values of this park.

    Conservation program

    Regional pest management strategies

    Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

    Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

    Leacock Regional Park has an historic connection with Glenfield Farm, arguably the most intact representation of rural farm complexes from the Macquarie period that survives in NSW. NPWS will continue to protect and manage cultural heritage features of Leacock Regional Park to ensure this value is preserved for the future.

    Conserving our Aboriginal culture

    Aboriginal culture and connection to nature are inseparable and need to be managed in an integrated manner across the landscape of Leacock Regional Park. NPWS will continue to consult Darug descendant groups and other interested Aboriginal community organisations as to the ongoing management of this park, in particular the mangement of Aboriginal sites, places and natural values.

    Managing fire

    NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

    Conservation program

    Planning for fire

    Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.