Delivered with support from the NSW Government, the Children’s Forest is only the second of its kind in Australia.

This visionary project is the first park in New South Wales designed specifically to nurture a lifelong connection with nature in children. Here, among the trees, youngsters will embark on a captivating journey of discovery and environmental stewardship.

The Children’s Forest is the brainchild of passionate minds who value the immense benefit of nature play. Through consultations with children, educators, and caregivers, a comprehensive design plan has been formulated, laying the groundwork for a long-term masterplan.

Keeping accessibility and safety at the forefront, the park prioritises creating a welcoming space for all. A dedicated connection path will be constructed, seamlessly linking the existing carpark and playspace to the heart of the Children’s Forest. Within the forest itself, a network of pathways and decking will be built to encourage exploration and discovery. To ensure a safe environment for play, a perimeter fence will be erected around the area.

But the magic truly unfolds within the designated discovery pods and educational elements. Here, children can ignite their curiosity by clambering over fallen trees transformed into natural play areas. Imagine an outdoor classroom teeming with possibilities, fostering a love for learning amid the wonders of nature.

A unique highlight of the Children’s Forest will be the Yarning Circle, a designated space for storytelling and cultural connection. This element reflects the Council’s commitment to collaborating with the local Aboriginal community, upholding principles of caring for Country.


The Children’s Forest invites children to forge a lasting bond with the natural world, a place where they can learn, play, and grow as responsible stewards of our environment. This is a space where imagination can soar, where children can connect with nature on a deeper level, and where the seeds of environmental awareness can be sown.

Officially opened on April 11 by Hornsby Shire Mayor the Hon Philip Ruddock AO and Stephen Bali MP, the Fagan Park Children’s Forest promises to be a landmark destination for Ku-ring-gai families. So, pack your picnic baskets, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure at this haven for nature exploration and learning these school holidays.

Children’s Forest

Fagan Park

38-48 Arcadia Rd, Galston NSW 2159 (entry via main carpark)

Open now.


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