New 65km Great West Walk kicks off in Parramatta
A new 65km walking trail linking Parramatta to the Blue Mountains was launched in Parramatta Park on Friday 11 October.
The Great West Walk is a community-led initiative by the Walking Volunteers, who previously helped develop a number of other great Sydney walks.
“People are already familiar with the Sydney Harbour Walk, Great North Walk and Sydney’s Coastal Walks, and now the Great West Walk will open the door to the lesser-known but equally beautiful bushland corridors, regional parks and waterways of Sydney’s west,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
As a part of the project, City of Parramatta Council has delivered a new 1.2km walking track that runs along Toongabbie Creek between Old Windsor Road and Tucks Road, Toongabbie. The $850,000 Toongabbie Crossing has been jointly funded by City of Parramatta Council and the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program.
“City of Parramatta is proud to have contributed to what is sure to become an iconic walk. It is a wonderful opportunity for people from near and far to come and explore Western Sydney, and provides a great excuse to get outside and be active – whether you choose to walk 1km or the whole 65,” Cr Dwyer said.
The route traverses through Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith Local Government Areas.
To support the official opening of the Great West Walk, the Walking Volunteers are completing the entire 65km over a period of five days. Setting off from Parramatta this morning, the group is scheduled to arrive at Penrith station at 4:45pm on Tuesday 15 October.
A broad range of stakeholders have worked together to deliver the Great West Walk, including local councils, NSW Parks and Wildlife Services, and Western Sydney Parkland Trust.
Support has also been provided by the Office of the Government Architect; Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; Western Sydney Diabetes; Western Sydney Local Health District; Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC); and NSW Department of Sport.