Yesterday I had the “opportunity” to drive my son out to Bossley Park in Western Sydney for work so I decided to look for somewhere to walk while I was there. A quick search on Google maps showed me the Western Sydney Parklands.
It looked like a good spot on the map and it was nice and close to where we were going. I didn’t find much else in the area so I thought I would give it a go.
I got there quite early on a Saturday morning, around 8.30, and already people were arriving to set up picnic spots for their day. As I walked around the paths I passed many other joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the parklands. By 9.30 the area was buzzing with activity.
Western Sydney Parklands are definitely worth visiting especially for families with young children who will love the activities and play equipment provided by the park management.
The parklands are managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and covers an area totalling a massive 5,200 hectares making it one of the largest urban parklands in the world. Originally set aside in the late 1960’s the area has been progressively improved over the last 50 years seeing extensive revegetation and the inclusion of the Prospect Nature Reserve and a 35 hectare urban farm where visitors can buy fresh produce directly from local growers.
The parklands are used throughout the year as a venue for major events and provides sheltered areas for families and groups to enjoy meetings and picnics. Many areas need to be pre booked owing to the popularity of the park.