Iconic new walk for Western Sydney one step closer
Plans are one step closer for an iconic new walk in Western Sydney Parklands showcasing some of Sydney’s most beautiful bush and beauty spots.
Western Sydney Parklands Trust is currently developing the concept plan for the Walk which travels, between Middleton Grange and the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail in Cecil Hills, providing a new nature-based walking experience across 12 kilometres.
Relocating Wylde Mountain Bike Trail
Western Sydney Parklands is working closely with the TfNSW M12 Motorway Project team and the Sydney International Shooting Centre on relocating the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) which is moving with the introduction of the new motorway.
Wylde MTB is a significant recreation facility in the Parklands and provides a huge expanse of green space which offers a range of exciting experiences and challenges from beginners to advanced riders.
The new design builds on the success of the current Wylde MTB and will include:
- Increased length with 12 separate feature trails running over an estimated 12+km
- Trail sections traversing through scenic bushland areas
- A pump track and family facilities including picnic shelters, car parking and new tree planting
The current Wylde Mountain Bike Trail may require partial closures to facilitate preliminary site investigations as part of the M12 Motorway project and will remain open until the new trail is complete by the end of 2021. All efforts will be made to minimise disruption to riders during this time.
For more information read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Shale Hills Dog Park, West Hoxton
Our new off-leash dog park is now open and features an agility course and sensory garden designed with dogs in mind. The dog park was honored with an Award of Excellence for Parks and Open Space as part of the 2020 NSW Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards Program.
Entry to Shale Hills Dog Park is via a roundabout at Mannow and Second Avenue.
The dog park is currently under a 12-month defects liability and maintenance period. Any minor issues with the operational requirements are being rectified by the Trust’s appointed contractor.
Abbotsbury walking and cycling track
We’ve proposed a walking and cycling track to connect Calmsley Hill City Farm and Plough and Harrow East.
Due to COVID-19 community consultation that was planned for mid-2020 has been postponed to late 2020. Dates will be confirmed as restrictions ease. Construction will begin sometime in 2021.
Bungarribee Park, Doonside
Bungarribee is perfectly placed as a recreational and tourism hub for Western Sydney. We’ve spent more than $15 million on new recreational facilities at Bungarribee so far, and with Sydney Zoo adjacent to Bungarribee Park, there is plenty for the family to do at Bungarribee.
We’ve created a fabulous playground, BBQ and picnic facilities, walking and cycling tracks, and all the essentials like toilets, car parks, sealed roads and shade structures.
Current works include construction of a pedestrian bridge over Eastern Creek and associated tracks and plantings to provide a better connection for walkers and cyclists between the eastern and western sides of the Bungarribee Park. During this time parts of the Hearts Crossing Loop will be closed until construction is completed for the safety of visitors. The new bridge is expected to be open early 2021, weather permitting. See Park Notices for general updates.
We’ve also been planting new street trees along the Great Western Highway between the M7 and Eastern Creek at Bungarribee, in partnership with Blacktown City Council and Roads and Maritime Services. The next stage of tree planting along the Great Western Highway is currently underway between Eastern Creek and Doonside Road.
Northern Parklands tracks
We’ve been upgrading the network of cycling and walking tracks in the parklands for a few years now – it’s a big job! We’re currently working with Blacktown City Council to improve the Nurragingy Precinct at Glendenning.
To that end, we’ve finished building a new 3.5m wide sealed track spanning from Power Street to Woodstock Avenue, along the western side of Eastern Creek across from Nurragingy Reserve. This means there is now a continuous sealed link through the Parklands the entire way from the M7 through to Bungarribee. Seating and native trees have been installed.