Just a 20-minute drive from Parramatta, you’ll find Western Sydney Parklands, an oasis in the heart of Western Sydney, the parklands are an absolutely mind-boggling expanse of natural and green spaces. You may think Sydney has some pretty impressive public parks but, if you haven’t been to Western Sydney Parklands, you haven’t seen anything yet! Fondly referred to as “Sydney’s biggest backyard”, the absolutely massive space is 14 times bigger than the Royal Botanical Gardens, Centennial Park, Moore Park and The Domain combined.
Situated on the traditional lands of the Dharug people, the Parklands contain many unique precincts, picnic spots, playgrounds, Sydney’s largest off-leash dog area and range of walking and hiking trails.
Accessible from Blacktown, Fairfield and Liverpool, here are the best Western Sydney Parklands’ walks to try this weekend. If you’re heading to the park and want to check out the trails, download the digital trail map.
Western Sydney Parklands: Blacktown Area
All found in the Blacktown Area of the park, nearby to the new Sydney Zoo, these three walks are some of the best in the Western Sydney Parklands. These easy trails are accessible for anyone at any level of fitness.
Starting at Eastern Road, the 4.6km Bungarribee trail, will take you through some of Western Sydney Parklands most picturesque countryside. The trail is paved with sealed pathways making it suitable for walking, running, cycling and even families with strollers. The 60 to 90 minute return walk offers you a front-row seat to some of the Parklands’ best native flora and fauna, winding through wetlands teeming with native birdlife and through grasslands dotted with native wildflowers, and friendly kangaroos and wallabies.
Heart Crossing Loop
The 2.3km Heart Crossing Loop is a super easy Western Sydney Parklands’ walk that will take through the centre of the park. Although the loop is currently closed while they finish construction on the pedestrian bridge over Eastern Creek, it will be reopening in early 2021. The perfect trail for you and your furry friend, the loop takes you right past the Warrigal Dog Run, Sydney’s biggest off-leash dog park.
Binyang Matta Trail
Following the 6.7km Binyang Matta Trail is the perfect choice for punters who are looking to see everything that Western Sydney Parklands has to offer. The longest of the Parklands’ trails, the sealed pathway winds its way through grasslands, wetlands and forests. Binyang Matta is a traditional Dharug name meaning “Place of Birds”, so you should be on the lookout for black shouldered kites, swift and colourful parrots and azure kingfishers.
If this all peaks your interest but the idea of a two hour walk is too much for you, you can check out the Binyang Matta Short Loop. The 1.9km, 30-minute walk cuts through a cross-section of the same wetlands and grasslands and is bordered by ancient and towering melaleuca and eucalyptus trees.
Western Sydney Parklands: Fairfield Area
Known for more challenging and adventurous walks, the three trails located in the Fairfield area of Western Sydney Parklands are perfect for those looking to break a sweat.
Graded as hard, this 6.2km 1.5 - 2 hour loop, is difficult but well worth the challenge. With sealed and unsealed pathways, this loop takes you past some of Western Sydney Parklands’ most picturesque sites. Prepare to be breath-taken at the sight of tall fields of bluebells that stretch as far as the eye can see. Climb to Moonrise Lookout, one of the most spectacular vantage points to check out the Sydney City skyline. You can expect company along the way with kangaroos and wallabies known to inhabit this area. Even the most experienced hikers need a break sometimes so, if you’re looking to have a picnic in the shade, we suggest stopping at Lizard Log or Sugarloaf Ridge.
This challenging 2km loop is perfect for people who like to go hard and fast. Although it only takes 25 to 40 minutes to complete the Sugarloaf Loop, it is considered to be difficult and only suitable for more experienced hikers. With breathtaking views of both the Sydney City and Western Sydney skylines this hilly walk offers some of the best views in Western Sydney Parklands.
This cruisey 1.6km loop is easily accessible and takes only 30 minutes to complete. Perfect for walking or running and suitable for wheelchairs, prams and scooters, the Pimelea Loop is fun for the whole family. The trail takes you through the Cumberland Plain Woodland, fields of majestic bluebells and up to the Hilltop Lookout which is the perfect place to stop for a break with waterways, picnic shelters, BBQs and a café.
Western Sydney Parklands: Liverpool Area
In the south of Western Sydney Parklands you’ll find three slightly shorter trails that wind through wetlands, wide open spaces and the breathtaking Cumberland Plain Woodland.
Plough and Harrow Loop
This gentle 1.6km loop, takes only 30 minutes to complete and is perfect for large groups and people of all ages and abilities. The trail takes you by the East and West Plough and Harrow picnic areas, making this the perfect pre or post-lunch walk.
Spotted Gums Trail
This 3km walk is considered far more demanding than the other trails in the Liverpool area of Western Sydney Parklands. Taking between an hour and an hour and half to complete, the Spotted Gums Trail follows the Parklands’ fire trail. Due to the challenging nature of the walk you’ll be far from the crowds of people meaning that, as you make your way through the Parklands’ awe-inspiring scenery, you’ll likely be alone but for the company of a couple of inquisitive kangaroos and wallabies.
Shale Hills Loop
The Shale Hills Loop is a 3.6km trail that takes you past a slew of the highlights of Western Sydney Parklands. Taking approximately an hour to complete and considered a trail of moderate difficulty, the loop is suitable for walking and running but is still accessible for young kids and families. Bending through the astonishing natural surrounds of the Cumberland Plain Woodlands before you move into the tranquil wetlands and walk up to the Badu Lookout, known for its remarkable vistas. If you look up you’ll see the towering trunks of the Forest Red Gums and you might catch a glimpse of little eagles and goshawks overhead.
We are so lucky to live in a city that’s filled to the brim with resplendent and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Make your way to Western Sydney Parklands to take advantage of these gorgeous walking trails. If walking makes you hungry, check out the best restaurants in Parramatta.