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Sydney Is Getting a 91-Kilometre Waterfront Walking Track From the Opera House to Parramatta

Dubbed the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link, it'll sprawl through 18 suburbs and become one of the city's longest transport connections.
By Sarah Ward
June 17, 2022
By Sarah Ward
June 17, 2022

When Sydney scored an expansive coastal walk spanning from Bondi to Manly, it was a huge addition to the city, particularly if you like putting one foot in front of the other while soaking in stellar waterside sights. Soon, you'll have another option, too: a new 91-kilometre shared — and continuous — pathway running from the Sydney Opera House to Parramatta.

The idea was first proposed by The McKell Institute, a think tank aligned with Labor, back in 2020. The same year, it was adopted by by then-New South Wales Treasurer and now-Premier Dominic Perrottet, with $500,000 funded in the 2020-21 NSW budget to explore moving ahead. Now, current Treasurer Matt Kean and Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes have confirmed that the walkway is in the works — and yes, it's as huge as it sounds.

The NSW Government will put $60 million towards the pathway, which has been dubbed the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link, and will be able to be used by both pedestrians and cyclists. It'll start by the harbour and end at Parramatta Park — or vice versa, depending on which direction you're heading. In the process, it'll become one of the city's longest transport connections, spanning a whopping 18 suburbs.

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Some existing pathways will be included in the overall track, but others will need to be built. Indeed, part of the funds will go towards working out how to make currently inaccessible foreshore sections accessible.

That new stack of cash for the Foreshore Link will be committed in the 2022-23 budget, although exactly when you'll be able to get moseying hasn't yet been revealed. Also included in that $60 million: design work, building on the initial feasibility study and prioritising works in consultation with councils.

Whenever it comes to fruition, stunning views will be a big feature, naturally. "This pathway will take in some of our most spectacular sights and unlock the incredible lifestyle and accessibility opportunities the route offers for the benefit of locals and visitors," said Kean, announcing the news.

"Since 1811. our city's prosperity has been propelled by road and rail connections between the settlements of Sydney and Parramatta. This new connection will allow walking and cycling trips to proliferate, making lives easier, healthier and more enjoyable for locals, commuters and visitors for centuries to come," added Stokes.

For more information about the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link, head to the NSW Government website.

Published on June 17, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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