The Great West Walk

The Great West Walk is a 65km walking route, stretching from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains.

Mapped by The Walking Volunteers, the Walk crosses a kaleidoscope of varying landscapes, traditionally owned by Dharug people, uncovering some of the secret stories and surprising vistas hidden in Western Sydney.

Across three local councils, the Walk explores protected Cumberland Plain woodland, local river systems, public parklands, Australia’s oldest architecture and some of Western Sydney’s most iconic urban landscapes, alongside the region's thriving wildlife and birdlife.

The Great West Walk is anticipated to be an enormously beneficial addition to Western Sydney's recreational activities, with opportunities to advance health, tourism, community, economic and environmental outcomes.

The Walk has been recognised as a project opportunity under the Sydney Green Grid - linking parks, open spaces, bushland and walking and cycling paths.

The Great West Walk officially opens in October 2019 and is delivered by local landholders, including Blacktown City Council, City of Parramatta Council, Penrith City Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

For further information on the Great West Walk, and other walking loops in your area visit:

Blacktown City Council 

  City of Parramatta 

     

Penrith City Council

 

   Western Sydney

Parklands Trust

National Parks

Wildlife Service

 The Walking Volunteers

 

Local landmarks along the route include:

  • Parramatta Riverside Theatres
  • Parramatta River
  • Parramatta Park
  • Old Government House
  • Woolpack Hotel (1798)
  • The Parramatta Dairy
  • Parramatta Goal
  • Parramatta Female Factory
  • Third Settlement Reserve
  • Toongabbie Creek
  • International Peace Park
  • Blacktown Showground
  • Nurrangingy Reserve
  • Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens
  • Blacktown International Sports Park
  • Bungarribee Park
  • Rooty Hill Historic Site
  • Whalan Reserve
  • South Creek
  • Wianamatta Regional Park
  • The Nepean River