Wallumatta Nature Reserve

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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.

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All the practical information you need to know about Wallumatta Nature Reserve.


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Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney CBD:

    • Head north from the CBD over Sydney Harbour Bridge. Keep right to stay on Bradfield Highway, follow the signs for Metroad 1 and drive for 4.6 km.
    • Continue onto Metroad 2 (look for the signs to Lane Cove Tunnel, Epping and Windsor), continue for 5.1km and take the Epping Road exit to North Ryde.
    • Turn left onto Pittwater Road and look for the signs to East Ryde. Then turn right onto Blenheim Road for 750m, then right onto Cox’s Road.
    • Take the exit at the roundabout to Badajoz Road, follow to the next roundabout, and turn left onto Twin Road. Take the next left onto Cressy Road, drive 200m, and you’ll arrive at the reserve entrance.

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    Wallumatta Nature Reserve is accessible by train and bus from either Macquarie University Railway Station or Town Hall Station (via Sydney Buses Route 506). For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


    Take your camera for some excellent shots of birdlife as they nest and forage throughout the open forest. It's a great time for a spot of birdwatching.


    Spring is a great time to explore as many of the native plants are in flower.


    Escape the heat with a relaxing stroll through the shady forest.


    Enjoy a brisk walk through the forest or link with the local Bushcare volunteers who help preserve this unique forest remnant.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    16.2°C and 28.4°C

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    Winter temperature


    6.2°C and 19°C

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    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).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Balmain (10 km)

    Browse Darling Street for your fill of retail therapy at galleries, bookshops and homeware shops. In narrow back streets, you'll discover architectural styles typical of the 1800s and early 1900s.


    Parramatta (15 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.


    Sydney City Centre (16 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.


    Learn more

    Wallumatta Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Preserving forests

    Gum tree forest, Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    It's believed that Governor King named the tract of land after the name for the area used by the Aboriginal Wallumedegal People. In 1804, Governor Phillip King set aside 2,500ha that originally included the 6.2ha that make up Wallamutta Nature Reserve today.

    Hands-on bush care

    Walking track through the forest, Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    A popular reserve in north-west Sydney, the unique forest is a demonstration site for best practice of the management of turpentine-ironbark forest. It's a haven for research and environmental education by local schools and universities in the area. If you fancy a hands-on nature learning experience, why not help preserve the unique bushland within the reserve? You can join the local bush regeneration group on one of their regular meetings within the reserve. For further information, email the Lane Cove Bush Regeneration Officer, or phone (02) 9410 0102.

    • 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.

    Feathered flight path

    Ferns in the forest, Wallumatta Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    You're bound to see at least some of the over 30 species of birds that thrive in the reserve. While out walking, you might see vibrant rainbow lorikeets, crimson rosellas and even the black-shouldered kite. The flowers in spring attract the yellow-faced honeyeater and superb fairy wren, so bring along your binoculars for a spot of bird watching.

    • 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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    What we're doing

    Wallumatta Nature Reserve 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.