Trade Screen Time for Green Time at Australia's Largest Urban Park
With kids increasingly addicted to screens these days, carving out quality family time and fostering a connection to nature can be a bigger challenge for parents than learning Tik-Tok moves, but with new green spaces popping up all over Sydney, it has never been easier to swap pixels for parks.
Western Sydney Parklands is, in fact, the largest urban park in Australia, and an idyllic family-friendly destination with a vast, natural wonderland for kids explore. Plus, they have just launched a whopping 60 kilometres of new tracks and trails that are scooter, bike and dog-friendly, each with a downloadable digital map to make planning and navigating your family day out easy.
Nine New Tracks and Trails
Explore the extensive parklands as you weave your way through these scenic routes.
Blacktown is home to four of the new tracks and trails that pass through spectacular scenery and are all graded easy:
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 Western Sydney 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.
Top Spots For Kids In The Parklands
While you're exploring the Western Sydney Parklands with the kids, take a detour to these unmissable destinations that little ones will love:
The massive Bungarribee Park has an awesome playground with 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.
The Urban Farming precinct has around 100 hectares of active farms cultivating fresh produce and some farmers selling their produce at roadside stalls.
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!
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.
Western Sydney Parklands is the ideal place to scoot, play and run in the great outdoors. For a healthy dose of family, fresh air and fun take the kids off the beaten track and into Sydney’s biggest backyard.
To find out more about getting to the Western Sydney Parklands, see Plan Your Visit.
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