A visit to Lizard Log part of the Western Sydney Parklands - which covers 5,280 hectares and features a great assortment of picnic areas, walking and cycling tracks, and other entertainment facilities - with friends Alison and Stephen this week only made me realize how little I know about Sydney beyond the Inner suburbs.
The Western Sydney Parklands Stretching for 27 kilometres over three local government areas (Blacktown, Liverpool and Fairfield), Western Sydney Parklands is the largest urban parkland in Australia.
Also known as “Sydney’s Biggest Backyard”, this 5,280 hectare open space includes everything from native bushland to picnic shelters and barbecues, playgrounds, cycling and walking tracks. The Parklands is home to major events and tourist attractions such as the new Sydney Zoo. It also features a number of urban farms, community and business facilities.
The Parklands ‘corridor’ was first identified in the 1968 Sydney Region Outline Plan when government planners decided to create open space for western Sydney.
In November 2006, the NSW Government introduced the Western Sydney Parklands Act to Parliament, setting out the boundaries and establishing the Parklands Trust.
Under the 2030 Plan of Management, the Parklands will remain mostly bushland (40%), with 30% set aside for recreation and tourism facilities and 5% designated for urban farming. Western Sydney Parklands Trust acknowledges that the Parklands is situated within the boundaries of the Deerubbin and Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Councils. The Deerubbin, Gandangara and Darug peoples are the Traditional Custodians of this land.
Western Sydney Parklands Trust also acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside within this area. Find out more about the Parklands’ Aboriginal heritage, all the amenities and the market held at Lizard Log.
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