Jackson Park Faulconbridge is a bushland reserve and local park located in the lower Blue Mountains. It is a significant bushland reserve for the diversity of its vegetation, the native fauna and its Australian history.
Jackson Park contains a small playground, picnic area and large natural bushland areas accessed by bushwalking tracks. It is a great spot to enjoy a bushwalk, picnic, park play and discover more about our Prime Ministers at the Corridor Of Oaks.
How To Find Jackson Park Faulconbridge
Jackson Park is located on the southern side of the Great Western Highway at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. It is on the corner of Wigram Road and Sir Henrys Parade, Faulconbridge, opposite the Corridor Of Oaks.
The parkland and picnic area of Jackson Park is popular with local residents and tourists, providing facilities including picnic tables, children’s play equipment and toilets.
You will find the start of the Jackson Park track about 30 metres from the playground. Walk towards the bush and down the hill a little and you will see the sign to begin the track.
The Jackson Park Bushwalk Loop
The Jackson Park track is a short and easy 650 metre loop track created by five times NSW premiere Sir Henry Parkes. It is a lovely family and dog (on leash) friendly track with plenty of native plants to explore and wildlife to spot.
There are only a few small stairs and the track is relatively flat, with only mild inclines.
To add extra fun on your bushwalks you might enjoy geocaching – the world’s biggest treasure hunt! Using GPS coordinates on an app, such as geocaching.com, you navigate to the spot where the cache is hidden. Use any clues given to help you.
Sign the logbook and return the cache to its original spot for the next person to find and sign.
Remember to take care when searching that you take care not to trample plants and that you don’t put your hand anywhere that snakes and other wildlife might be living.
This walk is such a quiet, short track that children really enjoy. It is not strenuous at all and can be done without too much planning compared to when you attempt a longer bushwalk.
As always though, it is best to be prepared and keep safe on your bushwalks with children.
As you reach the end of the Jackson Park track, you will see the road.
Turn left and walk past the Faulconbridge Scout Hall and the SES centre.
Walk carefully along the side of the road for about 100 metres back to the playground and the start of the Jackson Park track.
A Little History About Jackson Park
Jackson Park is an area of cultural and historical significance whose previous landowner, Sir Henry Parkes, the “Father of Australia Federation” and five times Premier of NSW, lived nearby and constructed roads and walking tracks in the area.
He also constructed costly roads and walking paths and planted trees throughout the property including the existing circular walking track through Jackson Park (source: Blue Mountains City Council).
Corridor Of Oaks
The Prime Minister’s Corridor of Oaks along Sir Henrys Parade also forms a part of Jackson Park. Itis located across the road from the playground.
It is a pretty spot, particularly in Autumn with the deciduous trees change colour. You can explore the plaques created and trees planted for each of Australia’s former Prime Ministers.
Jackson Park & Bushcare
Jackson Park Faulconbridge is cared for by Bushcare Blue Mountains. The
Jackson Park Bushcare Group is a group of interested residents who meet monthly to carry out bush regeneration in the park.
The Bushcare Group is supported by Blue Mountains City Council, which acknowledges the invaluable contribution carried out by Bushcare volunteers. Get involved here.
Native Plants & Animals
Keep your eyes and ears open on your walk around Jackson Park Faulconbridge bushland. You may notice some very unique native plants and animals on your adventure!
There are over 15 different types of wattle, a variety of eucalyptus trees and so many types of ferns, grasses, vines, flowers and more.
Download a plant identification app such as Seek by iNaturalist, Plant Snap or PlantNet to learn the names of the plants, birds and animals you spot along the way.
Not only is the list of plants impressive, but there are also animals, birds and reptiles that live in the area too. From koalas, snakes, frogs, skinks, owls, cuckoos, honeyeaters, gliders and so much more!
For the impressive full list of native plant species and fauna found at Jackson Park Faulconbridge, refer to Appendix 3 in this document produced by Blue Mountains City Council.
Jackson Park Reserve is located within the traditional Country of the Gundungurra Aboriginal people.