The Western Sydney Parklands is a massive recreational space for everyone in Sydney to use. You will obviously find it in Western Sydney, and it covers an area from Quakers Hill to Leppington. However you will find most families in the know, accessing the Parklands at Abbotsbury, as there are fantastic playgrounds and picnic areas here.
We've seperated all of the the different spaces of the Western Sydney Parklands for you below, so that you know exactly what each one has to offer:
Named because there are logs carved in the form of lizards in the playground, this is a fantastic bush play space. With a massive sandpit, sand diggers, water pumps, flying foxes, swings and a big slippery slide with a climbing wall - your kids will have lots of fun here. There's even a bike/scooter path as well. The only issue is that the playground is not shaded, so it does become very hot in the summer months.
Around the playground area, there are heaps of picnic shelters and electric BBQS. If you are bringing a big group along, you can always book an area in advance (for a fee) - click here for more details.
There are toilets on site, as well as ample parking. On weekends you will usually find an ice cream van parked in the car park as well. Otherwise make sure you bring all of your own supplies.
If you fancy doing an easy walk with your pram, the Pimelea Loop Track starts and finishes in the Lizard Log playground. This walk will take you about 30 minutes, so it's a great way to give you some gentle exercise. You can also extend the walk and head up into other parts of the Parklands if you are feeling really fit.
This is our favourite part of the Western Sydney Parklands. It is actually divided into East and West. The East side has a playground, restaurant and you will also find the awesome Tree Tops Adventure Park here. There's loads of parking, picnic areas and toilet facilites for you to use. The West side just has picnic shelters (some of which can be booked in advance) as well as electric BBQs, toilets and parking. You can easily walk from here to the playground, if you need to keep the kids a bit more entertained
The super cool playground at Plough & Harrow East will keep the offspring entertained for hours. It's very spacious and includes swings, different styles of climbing frames, flying fox, water play area and heaps of things that spin around. There is also an area for kids to ride their bikes and scooters, so make sure to take them along as well. This playground offers more protection than the one at Lizard Log so it is normally a lot busier, especially on weekends - as there is also a restaurant located close by.
When it comes time for refreshments you can either have your own picnic, or check out the delicious restaurant on site called Amoretti's. The restaurant also has a kiosk open on weekends, where you can grab a coffee and light snack.
This is a super spot for a picnic with a big group of people. You can either book a shelter in advance or just go completely al fresco. There is heaps of space for kids to run around, play a game of footy or fly a kite. There are both BBQs and toilet facilites available, as well as car parking.
You can access this lovely reserve at Doonside. It has a kiosk, formal gardens (including a stunning Chinese garden), bushwalks, picnic and BBQ spots as well as 3 playgrounds. One of these playgrounds is a water splash park, which is a very popular spot to cool down in the warmer months.
At this little slice of the country in the city, kids can have a hands on experience learning about farm life, and all of the animals that may live on a farm. You can go on a tractor ride, feed animals and even milk a cow! It's a great idea to combine a visit to the farm with a picnic lunch in one of the neighbouring playgrounds of the Lizard Log, or Plough & Harrow.
Image Credit: Calmsley City Farm
There are a couple of other places of interest in the Western Sydney Parklands that you may also like which include:
Bungarribee - Sydney's largest fenced, off-leash dog area.
A couple of points to note when visiting the Western Sydney Parklands:
Take note of total fire bans - do not light a portable BBQ, or any other sort of heating appartus other than the electric BBQs provided during total fire bans.
Snakes inhabit this part of Sydney so watch out for them. They are a protected species, so do not kill them - give them a wide berth and they will not come near you. Remember they were here before we were.