There is an immense buzz surrounding Western Sydney. Currently one of the up and coming suburbian areas of Sydney, one thing Western Sydney can brag about is its wealth of wide-open space. Subsequently, there are some seriously awesome parks to be found in most suburbs out there. Here are some of the best parks in Western Sydney you simply must visit.
It’s pretty easy to forget how close to suburbia you are with the breadth of greenery on display here. Whalan Reserve has a wide variety of recreation and sporting activities on offer. Including local AFL and rugby league teams gracing the fields with their training. If you’re not into team sports, there’s heaps of free outdoor fitness equipment located along the walking path. With the lovely Ropes Creek winding through the reserve, Whalan Reserve is perfect for a meandering stroll through the Sydney bush. If you’re bringing the kids, there is also a well-maintained playground located the other side of the sports field.
Blaxland Riverside Park
Blaxland Riverside Park is the perfect park for a day with the family. Located alongside the Parramatta River and featuring a famous children’s playspace spanning a huge three hectares. The park provides kids of all ages a huge range of activities to keep them busy. A few barbeques are dotted around for convenience with brilliant waterfront views and ample parking for families. Take the easy stroll up the Spiral Hilltop for an impressive view of Parramatta and the rest of the park.
Western Sydney Parklands
An urban park that doubles as a nature reserve. The parklands span an enormous 13,000-hectare area, starting in Blacktown and ending in Liverpool. Due to its massive size, most people plan to spend the whole day here and there are plenty of activities guaranteed to get your heart rate up. For instance, you can stroll along the walking track, tramp through beautiful bushland or simply cycle right the way through. Additionally, Western Sydney Parklands is home to the exhilarating Raging Waters Sydney, an epic waterpark with over 30 thrilling attractions. On that account, Western Sydney Parklands is definitely one of the best parks in Western Sydney.
Parramatta park is a public area that’s over 150 years old! Consequently, there’s a bounty of historical and archaeological significance in this Western Sydney park, with heaps of cultural signage and artefacts dotted around. For instance, you’ll find bushland that was created by the Burramatta aboriginal clan. Overall, Parramatta is a fantastic place to explore Sydney’s aboriginal culture. Just down the road, you’ll find the Baldurri Wetland, a historical site for local aboriginal clans. The park is open every day of the year and is subsequently perfect for picnics, staying active and wildlife spotting.
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📣 ⚠ Easter long weekend: COVID-19 #ParramattaPark To help you follow NSW Public Health Orders around gatherings and social distancing, we’re monitoring visitor numbers to Parramatta Park daily. The Park currently remains open to visitors for exercise 🏃. If numbers increase over the Easter weekend and social distancing becomes difficult, we will consider making the Park pedestrian-only. If this happens, you may park at the O’Connell Street car park, next to Bankwest Stadium. The Park would remain open to visitors for exercise, providing more room on the loop road for walkers and cyclists. Disability permit holders will also find parking at O’Connell Street car park. Controlled access to the main Park loop road will still be provided for emergency vehicles. We will continue to monitor visitor numbers and behaviour over the Easter break. Please make sure you follow NSW Public Health Orders https://bit.ly/3caSD2l and help #stopthespread.
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Technically not a park, but still a stunning area in Western Sydney. Auburn Botanic Gardens spans almost 10 hectares of land and includes two lakes, a waterfall, bridges, duck ponds and delightful gardens full of pretty fauna and flora. If that wasn’t enough, for the kids amongst us there is also a cool playground nestled near the park entrance. Like most parks, there are public barbeques and picnic areas perfect for a family celebration. However, the only downside to this park is that there is a $4 entry fee (at the time of writing, according to the Cumberland City Council website)