Western Sydney Parklands: Endless Outdoor Adventures Await
- Mums & Bubs
Did you know that Western Sydney Parklands is the largest urban park in Australia? Stretching across 5280 hectares and over 27 kilometres, Sydney's exquisite urban park is an idyllic family-friendly destination with plenty of vast, natural wonderlands for kids to explore.
Here are some of our favourite things to do at Western Sydney Parklands.
Hit the Awesome Bike Tracks & Trails
Explore the extensive parklands as you weave your way through these scenic routes, many of which are graded easy for families with kids to enjoy.
Bungarribee Trail – an easy, flat 5km return trail where you can appreciate the beauty of seasonal native wildflowers and look out for kangaroos or wallabies.
Heart Crossing Loop – a 2.3km flat trail in scenic Bungarribee Park - a great place for kids and to run with your dog.
Binyang Matta Trail – a 6.7km flat, sealed pathway ideal for a family cycle ride. It is the longest track in the Parklands, passing through grassland, wetlands and forests, so keep an eye out for local wildlife.
Binyang Matta Short-Loop – a short trail that takes you past River-flat Eucalypt forests, wildflowers and grasslands, so you can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local fauna.
In the centre of The Parklands, Fairfield connects the epic Lizard Log playground with the perfect picnic grounds of The Dairy. Here you will find some of the longer and more challenging trails:
Moonrise Loop – a 6.2km bushwalk that shows off the natural beauty of the surrounding area including scenic fields of tall bluebells and inquisitive kangaroos and wallabies.
Pimelea Loop – a gentle 1.6km track that takes you through transformed areas of endangered woodland. It begins and ends at Lizard Log with plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way.
Sugarloaf Loop – a 2km track with a few inclines and gentle hills, that boasts spectacular skyline views of the CBD and Western Sydney when you reach the top. Local dog walkers love this track!
The Liverpool area has two trails and is a family favourite thanks to the action-packed playground:
Plough and Harrow Loop – an easy 1.6km trail that encompasses two popular picnic areas including the action-packed Plough and Harrow East with a fabulous kids play area and a café.
Spotted Gums Loop – a 3km hike set on an old rural fire trail that winds through breathtaking scenery and magnificent Gumtrees.
Playgrounds at Western Sydney Parklands
While you're exploring the Parklands with the kids, take a detour to these unmissable playgrounds and park the little ones will love:
The massive Bungarribee Park has an awesome playground with a climbing tower, slides, a flying fox, swings and water play equipment, plus one of Sydney’s largest dog parks.
The Lizard Log forest-themed playground is a nature lover’s wonderland with a labyrinth of creative play equipment for kids. There are regular visits from the resident ice-cream van and the Lizard Log Markets every Saturday.
Plough and Harrow is another popular pitstop for families set in lush native bushland. The east end has a playground, cafe and high ropes course, while the west end has vast open space to play games and run wild.
Nurragingy Reserve is a stunning section of the park incorporating the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens. There are also modern playgrounds including a water play area, picnic shelters and wood-fired barbecues.
The new off-leash Shale Hills Dog Park features a training circuit and sensory garden designed especially for furry friends. Kids will love seeing the canines show off their skills on the state-of-the-art agility course!
Top Five Attractions at Western Sydney Parklands
As far as Sydney attractions go, the Parklands is full of them! Here are five of the best to add to your itinerary:
1. Calmsley Hill City Farm - For farmyard adventures any day of the year, Calmsley Hill City Farm's - Sydney's favourite city farm - animals are always ready for a cuddle.
2. Sydney Zoo - Speaking of animals, did you know that the new Sydney Zoo is also located in the Parklands? Get up close with Sydney's newest exotic animals at Sydney Zoo.
3. Raging Waters - If you're visiting the Parklands during summer, you absolutely cannot miss an opportunity for total splash-tastic fun at Raging Waters. Please note that Raging Waters opens in the summer months, starting in September.
4. Sydney Motorsport Park - For thrill-seeking families, Sydney Motorsport Park provides plenty of adrenaline and adventure with their track days, festivals and other events.
5. Sydney Dragway - Sydney's premier drag racing venue, the Sydney Dragway hosts regular events throughout the year including the popular 400 Thunder Professional Series.
Places to Eat
If you're looking for places to eat in Western Sydney Parklands, you're certainly spoilt for choice!
Amoretti's Cafe is located close to Plough and Harrow in Abbotsbury and serves delicious coffees, breakfast, lunch, tapas, and incredible pizzas.
Mickey's Ice Cream Van is a weekend regular at Bungarribee Park and Lizard Log so look out for it!
The Urban Farming precinct has around 100 hectares of active farms cultivating fresh produce and some farmers selling their produce at roadside stalls.
You can count on fresh food and your weekly produce haul at the Lizard Log Markets, which usually run every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.
The pop-up Saluti Cafe by Novella can be found at the Lizard Log picnic ground and is the place to go for coffee, treats, breakfast and lunch all day. Open from Tuesday to Sunday.
You can even grab a takeaway burger while out and about in the Parklands at the curbside Stallion Burgers next to Bungarribee Park.
How to get to Western Sydney Parklands
The Parklands is a HUGE area, so before you go gallivanting in this beautiful urban park, don't forget to consult the Western Sydney Parklands map. To find out more about getting to the Parklands, see Plan Your Visit.
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