Picnic and play
Western Sydney Parklands has no shortage of beautiful picnic areas with barbecues, shelters and amenities, as well as some of Sydney’s most exciting playgrounds. More detailed information about each area is available in the Places to Go section of our website.
Picnic: Bungarribee is a 200-hectare recreational park with 13 picnic shelters and 20 barbecues. Some are available on a first-come first-served basis and some can be booked. See Hire a picnic shelter.
Play: With its wide-open space, Bungarribee is fantastic for walking and cycling and letting the dog play off-leash at the Warrigal Dog Run. Children go wild for the Bungaribee playground, which boasts a 14m-high climbing tower, slides, a 50m-long flying fox, swings and water play area.
Plough and Harrow at Abbotsbury
Picnic: Surrounded by beautiful native bushland, Plough and Harrow is split into two areas. The East side is action-packed, while the West side is designed for quieter gatherings. Both Plough and Harrow East and Plough and Harrow West have picnic shelters for hire.
Play: The playground at Plough and Harrow East has a water play area and lots of climbing equipment, plus all sorts of weird and wonderful play equipment. Favourites include the flying fox, a giant hamster wheel, and 5-sided swing set.
Lizard Log at Abbotsbury
Picnic: This natural wonderland is a perfect place for a picnic. It has several shelters, electric barbecues and purpose-built coal barbecuing stations and is surrounded by beautiful bushland and grasslands.
Play: The sprawling playground here blends in with the natural landscape and includes balancing beams and wood-carved animals made using timber salvaged from the area. It has a climbing wall, slide, dual and single flying foxes, and giant swings. The paths around it are perfect for young cyclists and scooter riders.
More to explore
The Parklands has several other beautiful picnic spots including The Dairy, Shale Hills, Nurragingy Reserve and Sugarloaf Ridge – see Places to go to explore the options.
See Hire a picnic shelter for details if you’re planning to host a birthday party or other special occasion in one of the Parklands’ beautiful picnic grounds.