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Western Sydney Parklands

Shale Hills is a quiet, low-key area, with a variety of sealed walking loops and cycling tracks leading to a wetland and dam viewing area. It’s a top spot to get active, surrounded by nature.

Shale Hills is also the site of our new dog park, opening in early 2020. As well as an off-leash area, the park will include a dog activity circuit, sensory garden and separate runs for large and small/shy dogs. See Parklands projects in our side menu for details and updates.

Facilities at Shale Hills:

  • Amphitheatre – the four-tiered amphitheatre is popular as an outdoor educational space. It is available for use by all visitors, free of charge, on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
  • Picnic shelters – there are no shelters at Shale Hills. Go to hire a picnic shelter for alternative sites.
  • Barbecues – there are no electric barbecues here, but BYO (bring your own) portable gas barbecues are allowed throughout the area. See below for more information.
  • Shale Hills Dog Park - Sydney's newest off-leash dog park. Visit the Shale Hills Dog Park page for more info.

Get Back on Track

Western Sydney Parklands is home to more than 70km of tracks and trails. Come and explore them and get back to what really matters – nature, family, friends, and fun.

Plan your next walk

General info:

  • See a map of Shale Hills
  • Entries to Shale Hills are at Moondarra Drive, Carmichael Drive, Mannow Ave, Twenty Third Ave and Thirty Second Ave, West Hoxton.
  • There is currently no carpark at Shale Hills. Park on surrounding streets near the entrance. 
  • Portable gas barbecues can be used.
  • Heat bead and coal barbecues must NOT be used.
  • If there’s a Total Fire Ban only the Parklands’ electric barbecues can be used.
  • If you need assistance you can contact our office or a ranger.

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