There will be no excuse not to get outside and enjoy nature this summer, with
the new Great West Walk now open and ready for hikers to explore.
The walking trail covers a massive 65km from Parramatta all the way to the foot
of the Blue Mountains in Penrith.
It makes its way through protected woodlands, bush corridors, local river
systems, regional parks and urban landscapes to form the longest continuous
hiking route through Western Sydney.
There is plenty to see and discover on the track. Highlights include the Wisteria
Gardens in Westmead, the Nurragingy Reserve and Chang Lai Yuan Gardens in
the Western Sydney Parklands, historic buildings like the Old Dairy Cottage in
Parramatta and the Nepean River in Penrith.
The NSW Government contributed almost $500,000 to deliver the walk, which is
part of their Metropolitan Greenspace Program aimed at providing green
transport links across Greater Sydney.
Experienced hikers from The Walking Volunteers, who also helped with the
760-kilometre Sydney Harbour and Coastal Walking Network, mapped out the
route with the support of Blacktown City Council, City of Parramatta Council,
Penrith City Council, NSW Parks and Wildlife Services, and Western Sydney
You won’t be able to cover the entire trail in one day, but luckily it connects with
transport and train lines so you can easily break it up into sections and keep
yourself busy over a number of weekends.
To check out the Great West Walk and find further information visit