Gabrugal Yana. Celebrate local Aboriginal culture as you take a walk from the Wylde Mountain Bike and BMX hub in Cecil Park, winding south through Cumberland Plain woodland and old farmland to Middleton Grange.

The 11km return walk through Western Sydney Parklands, is now open to the public and features six landmark trees transformed into striking Aboriginal artworks that represent Dharug seasons.

Meaning ‘walk of the Gabru (or Cabro) people’ who traditionally lived in the Fairfield and Liverpool area, Gabrugal Yana is the first walk of its kind in western Sydney and opens up a part of Western Sydney Parklands previously only known to locals.

First Nations artists Shay Tobin and Djon Mundine OAM worked with Dharug cultural consultants and community members to bring the change of seasons to life through artworks that depict well-known Sydney plants and animals such as the blue tongue lizard and the eel, as well as fire.

The trees share Dharug names and language which is accessible through audio which can be heard along the route.

Boasting spectacular views to the city and Blue Mountains, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said that this walk will show off Western Sydney Parklands and the incredible beauty it has to offer.

“It is also another step towards making sure that future generations in western Sydney can enjoy the best possible recreational spaces as part of our continued focus on housing and infrastructure,” Mr Sully said.

Member for Leppington Nathan Hagarty said that the residents of Austral, Middleton Grange and throughout Leppington have long called for more recreational and green spaces.

“With the opening of Gabrugal Yana, we’re not only answering that call but also enriching our community’s cultural and environmental awareness,” Mr Hagarty said.

Over the coming decades, the southern part of Western Sydney Parklands, which is eight times the size of Centennial Park, will continue to grow as the backyard for fast-growing communities in Austral, Leppington, Middleton Grange and Cecil Hills.

“The development of the southern part of the Parklands into a sustainable hub for recreation is the start of delivering a more liveable community to south west Sydney,” Member for Liverpool Charishma Kaliyanda said.

For those exploring Gabrugal Yana, parking, water stations and amenities are available at Wylde.

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