Sydney’s spectacular Great West Walk

Western Sydney’s longest recreational walking trail, the Great West Walk, has been extended by another 80 kilometres, making it possible to walk from Parramatta in the city’s west to Katoomba in the fabled Blue Mountains, through some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery and historic locations.

The length of the Great West Walk now totals 140 kilometres.

Mapped out by members of The Walking Volunteers community group, the stunning trail winds through some of Western Sydney’s most iconic urban landscapes, protected woodlands, public parklands, local river systems, Australia’s oldest architecture, and on into the Blue Mountains past dramatic escarpments, down undulating valleys, by rivers, waterfalls and cascades, historic buildings, manicured gardens, charming villages, and unequalled mountain vistas.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Clr Barry Calvert, said:

“The 80-kilometre extension to the Great West Walk delivers new links in Sydney’s Green Grid, an open-space interconnecting network that helps keep Greater Western Sydney cool, encourages healthy lifestyles, enhances biodiversity and promotes ecological resilience.

“I would especially like to thank The Walking Volunteers for their tireless work in mapping the route and providing ongoing support in bringing this project to life,” said Cr Calvert.

For details of the Great West Walk – including interactive maps of the walking trails – go to

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