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 on a land acquisition program to create a major infrastructure corridor and regional 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 principally remain as bushland (40%) with 30% set aside for recreation and tourism facilities. Five per cent of the Parklands is maintained for urban farming.