Wolli Creek Regional Park

Overview

Wolli Creek Regional Park is a precious pocket of bushland in Sydney. Volunteer to help out, enjoy a bushwalk, take your dog for a walk or have a picnic or barbecue.

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Wolli Creek Regional Park is a long sliver of greenery in Sydney’s urban inner southwest; a beautiful gem in the suburbs.

It’s an important place for the local community and the Wolli Creek Preservation Society continues to play an active role in bush regeneration activities. The park conserves a richly varied vegetation corridor along Wolli Creek, providing a home for an astonishing array of birdlife and grey headed flying foxes.

It’s a great place for a morning walk along the Wolli Creek track, part of the longer Two Valley trail via Campsie and Bexley. If you’re looking for a new barbecue spot, try Girrahween picnic area or the nearby Turella Reserve.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/wolli-creek-regional-park/local-alerts

Contact

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

From Turrella, take Hannam Street, Loftus Street or Reede Street towards the train line. From here, cross the footbridge to Turrella Reserve.

From Bardwell Park, head North along Hartill-Law Ave, then turn right onto Fauna Street. Take the path for Girrahween picnic area.

From Earlwood, take Hocking Avenue off Homer Street, then take the first left onto Banks Road. Travel 300m then turn right on Arncliffe Road and head towards Turrella Reserve.

By bike

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

By public transport

Wolli Creek Regional Park is close to Turella and Bardwell Park stations, 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 Wolli Creek Regional Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The sunny, mild days of autumn are perfect for a walk or the kids to play in the playground.

Spring

Enjoy the wildflowers along the walking track and bring your binoculars for birdwatching.

Summer

Take time out for a family picnic under the shady trees.

Winter

The wildflowers begin to emerge in late winter. Make the most of a sunny day and come and see nature bursting into life.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

43.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

–0.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

216.2mm

Facilities

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

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 + 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 walk your dog at this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog walking areas.

Prohibited

Drones

Flying recreational drones is not permitted in this park because it is located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas. Please contact the park office for consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes. For more information, see the Drones in Parks policy.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Sydney City Centre (13 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

Parramatta (25 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

Learn more

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

Bird haven

Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus), Wolli Creek Regional Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland

Wolli Creek Regional Park is an important habitat for a variety of birds. Look for cormorants and darters as you're walking by the creek and keep an eye out for blue wrens and finches on the edge of the open lawns. In the sky you may catch a glimpse of brown goshawks and peregrine falcons on patrol.

  • Bat watch picnic Bring the family to watch thousands of bats take to the sky after sunset at Turrella Reserve next to Wolli Creek Regional Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy the spectacle and batty activities for all ages.
  • Wolli Creek walking track It’s such a treat to be able to take a bushwalk in the city. Look out for the amazing birdlife and enjoy the serenity of this short and easy walk.

Stretch your legs in the city

Wolli Creek walking track, Wolli Creek Regional Park. Photo: John Spencer

Just because you live in the city, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the bush. Go for a run, take a leisurely stroll with the dog or let the kids burn off some energy on the trails and in the play areas. Wander the Wolli Creek walking track with its sandstone cliffs or walk the entire Two Valley trail. There are also several gorgeous spots around Wolli Creek Regional Park to meet family and friends for a barbecue or picnic. Relax on a rug while the kids play at the playground at Turrella Lawns or enjoy a quiet family picnic in the shade at Girrahween picnic area.

  • Girrahween picnic area Enjoy a barbecue and laze under the trees at Girahween picnic area in Wolli Creek and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Grey headed flying fox hanging from a tree branch. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

    Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

    The grey-headed flying fox is one of several threatened Australian animals and the largest Australian native bat, with a wingspan that extends up to 1m. Known to inhabit woodlands, rainforests and urban regions, these fascinating nocturnal mammals congregate in large roost sites along the east coast of NSW.

Environments in this park

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What we're doing

Wolli Creek 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:

Preserving biodiversity

NPWS is committed to protecting all native species, and regeneration and conservation programs operate within Wolli Creek Regional Park. Natural heritage features are protected, managed and interpreted, and recreation facilities are upgraded, where required. Efforts to minimise the impact of threats to the park’s biodiversity are ongoing.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Wolli Creek Regional Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds to protect biodiversity in 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.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

By providing quality visitor facilities and conserving park landscapes, NPWS works to increase opportunities for people to visit and experience Wolli Creek Regional Park. Park staff work to encourage public enjoyment of the area and its bushland. Walking tracks and trails are maintained and environmental enhancement programs are ongoing.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal cultural heritage is of great value to NPWS. Ongoing projects are in place in Wolli Creek Regional Park to audit, monitor and maintain the condition of its cultural sites and assets. Working with local councils and Aboriginal communities, NPWS works to protect, maintain and interpret all items of significance.

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.

Rocks and shrubs in Wolli Creek Regional Park. Photo: John Spencer