Gosling Creek Reserve & Bloomfield Park

 28 Forest Rd, Bloomfield

GOSLING CREEK RESERVE

Just a short meandering walk or ride along Forest Road from the heart of the city via a sealed shared cycle/pedestrian path lies Gosling Creek Reserve, an environmentally based recreational facility.

Features of the reserve include:

  • a picnic area,
  • barbeques,
  • public amenities,
  • pathways suitable for walking/cycling/rollerblading, and
  • children’s play equipment catering for climbing, spinning and balancing activities.
  • dogs are not permitted in the reserve

The reserve also features a variety of native vegetation, a bird hide with two viewing platforms. One overlooks the open water of the reservoir and the other overlooks a wetland.

HISTORY

Gosling Creek was named after Jonathon W. Gosling, a free settler who arrived in Australia by ship in 1827 and became the first property owner in the district. The reservoir provided the first town water supply to Orange after being officially turned on in 1890 by the NSW Governor Charles R B Carrington. Gosling Creek Reservoir is the first of three reservoirs which have been constructed in the Summer Hill catchment area.

Gosling Creek was redeveloped into an environmentally-based recreation area over the course of 2001 and 2002.

REVEGETATION AREA

Gosling Creek Reserve has been reclaimed from a pine plantation and is undergoing regeneration from the remnant vegetation. Although many weed species are still present there is also a good diversity of native flora (approximately 46 different species) which makes a fantastic display of flowers in Spring.

Trees of interest in the area also include two Giant Sequioa trees and one mature Deodar Cedar which are thought to date from the time of the official opening of the dam. Two of the trees can be found near the main entrance to the reserve on Forest Road.

RECREATION

The reserve includes sealed shared pedestrian/cycle paths with connections to pathways to other areas of Orange. Facilities within the reserve include a picnic area with gas BBQs, public amenities, and children’s play equipment catering for climbing, spinning and balancing activities.

Due to the wildlife in the area, dogs including dogs on leashes are not permitted in the Gosling Creek Reserve. The nearby Bloomfield Park includes a leash-free area for dogs.

The reservoir is regularly stocked with Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) and Trout for fishing, which is permitted from the foreshores.  NSW fisheries regulations apply.

The area is also a venue for triathalon events and includes a ‘beach’ launch area.

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BLOOMFIELD PARK

Bounded by Gosling Creek to the South and Bargwanna, Bloomfield and Huntley Roads, Bloomfield Park covers an area of approximately 21 hectares. A former sporting oval, the park now offers an established parkland setting with both native and exotic trees of considerable age.

RECREATION

The two existing playing fields can be used for informal games of cricket and football, or for other activities such as kite flying. A sealed shared pedestrian/cycle path provides a link through the park from Huntley Road to Gosling Creek Reserve.

LEASH FREE DOG AREA

While dogs are not permitted in the nearby Gosling Creek Reserve, Orange City Council has designated Bloomfield Park as a leash free area for dogs. The exercising of greyhounds is prohibited.

While on the shared pedestrian/cycle path, dogs are to be kept on a leash.

Plan your visit

RESERVE INFORMATION

Located to the south east of Orange at the intersection of Forest Road and Bloomfield Road, the reserve covers an area of approximately 35 hectares.

LEASH FREE DOG AREA

Dogs are not permitted in Gosling Creek Reserve, however Orange City Council has designated nearby Bloomfield Park as a leash-free area for dogs. The exercising of greyhounds is prohibited.

FACILITIES

Facilities within the reserve include :

  • a picnic area with gas BBQs;
  • public amenities, and
  • children’s play equipment catering for climbing, spinning and balancing activities.

Accessibility

  • Wheel chair access
  • Accessible toilet
  • Address: Cnr Forest Road & Bloomfield Road