Out & About

Enjoying nature

Getting to know the bush

By living in Western Sydney, you are privileged to have easy access to many beautiful natural areas. There are opportunities for walking, running, cycling and bird-watching. Spring is the perfect time to spot wildlife and enjoy nature’s wildflowers, although all seasons have their own special attractions.

Getting out and about is a great way to get to know the bush next door and have fun while doing it.

Loving it to death

While it is wonderful to explore nature, it is important to do so responsibly. Many of our more popular areas are suffering from overuse and the impacts of illegal activities such as littering, firewood collection and capturing wildlife. These activities threaten sensitive plants and animals and can quickly degrade the local environment.

What can I do?

  • Keep to formed trails and take note of the ‘no access’ signs. This will help protect important habitats.
  • Avoid taking dogs into sensitive areas, especially if they are declared no dog zones. Where dogs are permitted, remember to keep them on-leash at all times and to dispose of poo thoughtfully.
  • Cycle on fire trails and sign-posted cycle tracks only. Walking trails are not designed for cycling. Using them in this way is dangerous and damages the trail.
  • Do not connect firewood, rocks or parts of plants. These are important homes and sources of food for insects, birds and reptiles.
  • Do not touch or capture wild animals. They are delicate and will not survive in your home or garden.
  • Collect rubbish and take it home with you. Even food scraps can make animals sick or spread weeds.
  • Want some inspiration for a walk? Check out wildwalks.com