An ambitious project to build a 91km continuous pathway along Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River has been revealed. Following the Bondi to Manly Coastal Walk, an epic 80km walking track showcasing the very best of Sydney Harbour, the city is set to score yet another waterside walkway. This time, a 91-kilometre track — the longest continuous walking trail in the city. Dubbed the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link, the walkway will run from Parramatta Park to the Opera House.
Treasurer Matt Kean and Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes have confirmed news of the walkway.
“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,” Mr Stokes said.
The state government will invest $60-million and the project is set to be officially announced when the next budget is unveiled. As for what Sydneysiders can expect from this mammoth walkway? The trail will span across 18 suburbs along the Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River. Cycling enthusiasts can also look forward to a cycle path.
The McKell Institute, a public policy research think tank, first proposed the idea to the state government in 2020 before being adopted by Premier Dominic Perrottet. The McKell Institute impressed that Sydney’s foreshore along the river was largely untapped and would be important in helping the city reemerge from the throes of the pandemic. The report also estimated that around 1039 and 1671 jobs would be created as part of the construction process.
Find all the details about the exciting pathway on the NSW Government Website.