The Great West Walk
The Great West Walk takes visitors through urban and bushland landscapes
Sydneysiders have been blessed this week with the opening of a new 65km walk in Western Sydney.
The Great West Walk is a fantastic new walking trail that travels all the way from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains. It is the first-ever continuous walking track from Parramatta CBD to the foot of the Blue Mountains.
The walk travels through many different landscapes and suburban environments including protected Cumberland Plain woodland, local river systems, public parklands, past some of Australia’s most historic buildings in Parramatta Park and some of Western Sydney’s most iconic urban landscapes.
The Great West Walk is the brain child of The Walking Volunteers group who mapped the route. It was a joint collaboration between Blacktown City Council, City of Parramatta Council, Penrith City Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.
Where does the walk go?
The Great West Walk starts in Bicentennial Square in Parramatta. It travels through Parramatta Park to Winston Hills, Blacktown, through Western Sydney Parklands onto Ropes Crossing, then into Wianamatta Regional Park and it finishes at The Nepean River in Penrith.
Walkers can hop on and off the course as they need. Check out the map for full walk details.
Who is the walk suitable for?
The terrain of the walk is relatively flat and consists mostly of shared pathways.
What will I see?
Walkers will feel a million miles away from the stresses of Sydney City. Enjoy the colonial buildings of Parramatta Park, dense thickets along creeks, to open remnants of the Cumberland Plains and the reminders of farming and grazing. You may even be lucky enough to spot kangaroos and emus at Wianamatta Regional Park.
Top Tips for the Great West Walk
- Water and food are not frequent along the trail so take reserves with you
- There are some toilet along the route, but check the Walk Information for locations before heading out
- To get to various sections of the walk you can drive or get public transport. The Walk Information provides great details of parking and transport options.
More information on the Great West Walk
More info: greatwestwalk.com.au/