Q. What can I do and see at the Parklands?
A. You can have a picnic or a family outdoor party, visit world class sporting facilities, take a walk, run or bike ride on the 27 kms of cycle tracks, enjoy native flora and fauna in the bushland, walk your dog on a leash and enjoy some magnificent views right across to the city.
Q. Is there a walking and cycling track?
A. The Parklands contains a walking and cycling track which runs for 27 kilometres from the north right through to the southern tip of the Parklands. The Track includes directional signage and a user-friendly trail numbering system. Walkers and cyclists should bring a hat and their own water and stay on the track route.
Q. Is there car parking at the picnic facility areas?
A. There is formal car parking at Pimelea,The Dairy, Plough & Harrow East and Plough & Harrow West, Bungarribee Park and Moonrise Lookout.
Q. Is there an opening and a closing time for any/all areas of the Parklands?
A. There is 24 hour foot access to the Parklands. Vehicular access to picnic grounds is from 8 am to 7 pm daily and 8am to 5pm during the months of June, July and August.
Q. Is there an entry fee to access the Parklands?
A. No, visitors can enjoy the Parklands free of charge.
Q. Am I allowed to bring my dog for a walk in the Parklands?
A. Dogs are allowed to walk anywhere in the Parklands but must be on a lead at all times. The Parklands has now opened a dog off-leash area at Bungarribee Park, Doonside Road, Doonside.
Q. Can I ride my horse in the Parklands?
A. The Equestrian Centre is the hub for horse riding and horse events within the Parklands. The Trust also intends to develop a series of bridle networks within the Parklands to cater for horse riding enthusiasts.
Q. Can I book a picnic shelter and/or a BBQ?
A. Yes, there are a number of shelters at Plough and Harrow and Lizard Log picnic grounds that are available for hire. You can book a shelter by filling out this form
The remainder of the shelters are available on a `first-come, first-served' basis. Please be prepared to share the BBQs. If you are claiming a picnic shelter for your group/party, a member of your party must be at the table/shelter at all times.
Q. Can I use heat beads/charcoal BBQs in the Parklands?
A. These types of BBQs are not permitted at Plough & Harrow and The Dairy Picnic Grounds in the Parklands. You can only use the BBQs already provided in these picnic areas. The newly upgraded Pimelea Picnic Ground does have a limited number of charcoal burning barbecues provided for your convenience.
Q. Can I bring a jumping castle into the Parklands?
A. Jumping castles are not permitted in the Parklands due to problems surrounding public liability issues and participant control.
Q. Can school groups use the Parklands for curriculum/sporting events?
A. Yes, there is no fee for this, however an application form must be filled out and returned by the participating school.
Q. Can large corporate groups/larger national sporting bodies use the Parklands for events?
A. Yes, however there is a fee of $330 and an application form must be filled out and returned by the participating organisation.
Parklands Visitor Usage and Activities Policy
If your question wasnt answered in the FAQ above, you might find the Parklands Visitor and Activities Policy helpful. The Western Sydney Parklands Trust, which manages the Parklands, has put together a Visitor Usage and Activities Policy. The policy's objective is to provide regulations for all park patrons so everyone can have a safe and happy experience when they are enjoying the Parklands facilities. You can read the policy here.