weekend walks: cumberland state forest

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We are hoping “Weekend Walks” will become a regular feature of our blog as we are hoping that walking will become a regular feature in our weekends. Since our hike in Cradle Mountain, we have become inspired!

Our first weekend walk was in Cumberland State Forest. It is only about half an hour from Sydney and is the state’s only metropolitan forest. There are three tracks available for walking: 2 at moderate grade (approximately 1 km each) and 1 easy grade (approximately 350 m). All can be started and finished at the main car park near the Forest Visitor Centre which also has a nursery and cafe attached.

Hope you enjoy our photos… beware the funnel web, the bull ant (we think) and the 10-15kg Bunya Pine.

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20 thoughts on “weekend walks: cumberland state forest

    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    February 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    The Bunya pinecone is like an overhead pineapple, must be yummy! 😀

    I would love to do all three trails (1Km sounds short) on the same day..

    beautiful pictures of the forest.. any wild animals?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 13, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Thank you 🙂 – there are no wild animals! Lots of insects though 🙂

    janegundogan said:
    February 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    My old stomping ground (our home backs onto Cumberland State Forest). So close to everything but so easy to lose yourself once you step inside.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Totally!! We loved how its so urban yet inside it feels so far away from cars, roads and the madness of city life 🙂

    kayrpea61 said:
    February 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Love Cumberland Forest, and you have captured it beautifully. There is a bunya pine in a park close to home. I’ve never seen it fenced off but we stay well away without any prompting 😉

      kayrpea61 said:
      February 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Oh, and those black ants (we used to call them bull jos) pack a decent sting too.

        wisemonkeysabroad responded:
        February 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

        Ouch… Glad we didn’t experience that – just by looking at those pincers, we stayed clear!! Thanks for stoping by and your great comments!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

      What we loved about Cumberland is that it’s so close to such a main road but as you walk through it, you feel like you are millions of miles away from civilisation!

    MiaMusings said:
    February 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

    wow the cones!! wouldn’t have know…thanks for sharing 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 12, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Pleasure 🙂 – thanks for reading! We were so surprised how heavy they can grow to be!

    Forestwoodfolkart said:
    February 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    One of those bunya nuts dropped on the bonnet of my car as I drove through a cemetery recently. Scared the you know what out of me and left a few dents in the car bonnet. Love the idea of photos of your weekend walk.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Really?? Goodness, must’ve certainly caused a fright!! It was lucky it hit a car and not a pedestrian…. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your story 🙂

      We do hope that we can keep up the weekend walks – it just gives us a greater appreciation of the beauty around us and then be able to share it.

        Forestwoodfolkart said:
        February 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

        The spirits must have been restless. I was thankful it did not drop on my head.

    Y. Prior said:
    February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    nice tree shots – and just goes to show that we learn something new everyday – those are some big ol’ pinecones that fall – wow.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      We were annoyed that part of the walk was fenced off but when we read the sign, it was rightfully so 🙂 – thanks for reading!

    Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
    February 11, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Whooo….I’d hate to get beaned by a Bunya Pinecone… ouch!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 11, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Crazy huh?! It’s no wonder that part of the track is closed.

    ourworldheritagebe said:
    February 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Must be some cone…!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 11, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Yeah! Certainly wouldn’t want one falling on you, right?

        ourworldheritagebe said:
        February 12, 2014 at 6:08 am

        Not at all 🙂 Febe loves collecting pine cones… would be one hell of a cone to collect 🙂

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