Bungarribee Park: Ultimate Adventures Await
- All Ages
Over the last few years, Western Sydney Parklands has grown into a sensational family recreational hub that’s very hard to ignore, most notably its prized playground, Bungarribee Park.
We took a drive to Bungarribee Park to check out what all the fuss is surrounding this awesome playground and let me tell you, it's pretty awesome.
Bungarribee Park: A Playtime Favourite
Our new favourite place to visit for a picnic with the whole family (including our pooch, Fido) is the 200-hectare Bungarribee Park.
Located right next to Sydney Zoo, you’ll find the main entrance off Doonside Road (T intersects with Holbeche Road). Six dedicated car parks offer convenient parking around the parkland. Some have time restrictions so be sure to check the signposts before leaving your car.
Things to do at Bungarribee Park
We think it's more like what can’t you do?!
Walks at Bungarribee Park
Firstly, there are a number of sealed trails, which are perfect for both bike riding or walking and jogging.
A popular track in Bungarribee is called the Heart Crossing Loop, which incorporates much of the Parkland itself and goes past several toilet blocks, playgrounds and picnic areas.
For those wanting to take in more nature during their walk, the area is surrounded by natural wetlands (pack the mozzie repellent!). You’ll enjoy the many native wildflowers and trees as the park custodians continue to restore the area to its original landscape. For those who like to kick a ball, fly a kite or just run with wild abandon like toddlers, there is plenty of space to do all that too!
The Bungaribee Park Playground
Of course, the real attraction at Bungarribee Park is the awesome (and colourful!) play equipment at the playground.
If I had to pick only one highlight of Bungarribee Park it would be the 50-metre dual flying fox - yes, that's not a typo, it's a massive 50 metres long!
Another is the child's favourite water and sand play area. Thankfully it’s shaded but we still recommend bringing a change of clothes (the toilet block by the front entrance contains baby change facilities) as we all know how fun sand and water can be for the little ones!
The 14-metre tower offers a world of imaginative play with ramps, obstacles, slides, swings, tunnels, climbing walls, spinning stuff and, well, whatever your child's imagination decides the bright coloured orange, green and white structure should be! Thankfully, there is a lot of shaded bench seating at Bungarribee Park for parents to chillax as well as space to set up your own picnic.
Picnics at Bungarribee
Speaking of picnics, Bungarribee Park is a fire-free zone so you can only use one of the 26 barbecues provided, free of charge.
Relax in one of the 18 picnic shelters; 10 of which are used on a first-come, first-served basis while the other eight can be booked via the Western Sydney Parklands website up to two months in advance.
Some of the park shelters can fit up to 45 seated and 45 standing, making this a great venue to consider for your next family function or birthday party.
Food and Coffee at Bungarribee
In terms of food, you can BYO (but remember to only use the park’s barbecues) or you can purchase some delicious food and coffee from Harvey's Social located in the carpark near the Warrigal run dog park, which is one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Sydney! Mickey’s Ice Cream Van is known to frequent the park on weekends for a nice dose of refreshing ice creams.
There are also many water-drinking fountains dotted throughout the park. They are all wheelchair accessible and user-friendly. Stop to refill your water bottle and your dog’s bowl.
Overall, this really is a park that will keep everyone in the family happy, from the youngest members, right through to the eldest, oh and don’t forget the pooch!
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