- Rail 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.
- 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
Last updated: 28 November 2022
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.
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.
Cabramatta Creek between Cabramatta and Warrick Farm
Beautiful railway viaduct at Prospect Creek (Apr 2015)
Crossing Orphan School Creek near Canley Vale (Apr 2015)
Cycleway along Railway Terrace near Merrylands (Apr 2015)
Cycleway adjacent to Harris Park Railway Station (Apr 2015)
Cycleway between Merrylands and Guildford (Apr 2015)
Cycleway junction under the M4 freeway (Apr 2015)
We acknowledge the Dharug people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built
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.