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Parramatta to Liverpool Railside Trail

NSW Sydney and Blue Mountains

3 based on 2 reviews
Location: 25 km west of Sydney CBD
Length: 17 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Parramatta to Liverpool
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

DETAILS

Why visit the Parramatta to Liverpool Railside Trail?

  • The 17 km Parramatta to Liverpool Railside Trail in western Sydney links Sydney’s second and third biggest population centres, and offers a paved cycle path through a variety of landscapes including urban bushland, industrial areas and creek crossings with old brick railway viaducts.
  • The path is mostly shared with low volume foot-traffic, with some short on-road sections. The train line is a busy corridor on the NSW rail network.  
  • This trail can be accessed at many intermediate points, including at all railway stations between Parramatta and Liverpool (T2 Leppington and T5 Cumberland lines). 
  • Parramatta also has connecting walking and cycling trails (mostly off-road pathways) that provide links to Olympic Park via the Parramatta River. 

Attractions

  • Old Government House 
  • Parramatta Park 
  • Elizabeth Farm 
  • A branch of the Powerhouse Museum is under construction in Parramatta CBD 
  • Light rail services will soon link Parramatta with Carlingford and the Westmead precinct. An active pathway is being built to Carlingford
  • Cabramatta is famous for its Vietnamese restaurants
  • A detour to Prospect Reservoir along a paved off-road track is available at Guildford, to the south of the Guildford railway station

Trail Guide

The trail is most easily accessed from Harris Park or Merrylands at the northern end, or at any of the stations from Merrylands to Liverpool. The path beneath the M4 can be difficult to find; signage is limited, and care should be taken to consult the website map.

Care also needs to be taken near railway stations due to high numbers of pedestrians using trains and shops. 

Be very vigilant at road crossings, particularly busy Pevensey St between Canley Vale and Cabramatta: dismount at this point and walk.

Section Guides

Parramatta to Liverpool (17 km)

The trail runs through residential suburbs from Parramatta to Guildford. 

From Guildford, the scenery becomes more industrial as the trail passes through factory areas around Yennora. 

From Fairfield to Warwick Farm there is a mix of suburbs and bushland. 

At Warwick Farm the trail heads towards Liverpool Hospital and becomes an on-road path for the final stretch into Liverpool. 

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Dharug people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built

Railway History

The trail was opened in December 2000 and is one of Sydney’s very few railside paths. 

The trail follows the very busy Parramatta to Liverpool railway line through residential and industrial landscapes, providing an urban snapshot of western Sydney. 

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2 reviews of “Parramatta to Liverpool Railside Trail”

I rode this trail yesterday from Parramatta to Liverpool. I agree with the comments by cascho – the trail is in generally good condition although signage is lacking in some parts. Also some of the paths through the station areas have changed since I was last on the trail. Still a good trail overall, with a few really nice sections. Signage to turn right after Warwick Farm is missing. The road overpass at Cabramatta is also a bit tricky to negotiate.

I rode this trail this morning (25/3/16) with my brother. It was a quiet morning for the trail, which was great because it passes through some busy pedestrian areas associated with the nearby train stations. The quality of the trail is good, and the surface can handle most bikes no problem. Signage can be a problem in some areas, especially going under the M4 and around Warwick Farm, but the trail can be easily followed. There is just one major hill at Guildford – which gives great views in all directions. The trail gives great insight into the surrounding suburbs and their different vibes. I found it a good rail trail.

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