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Published April 5th 2017
The Lizard Log family park belongs to the Western Sydney Parklands network of family parks, which spans the Blacktown and Liverpool cities, and is one of the largest parkland areas in the world.
Lizard Log is located on the corner of Cowpasture Road and The Horsley Drive, in the suburb Abbotsbury. It is named after a log that is shaped like a lizard, within its children's play area. The walkway around this park is approximately 1.5kms, however the park is connected to nearby parkland areas (for example "The Diary") and beyond, via other walking tracks.
What makes this park special is its modern playground, very different from the usual ones you may find in a typical suburb, with bright coloured play equipment and segregated play area for children. The Lizard Log playground's clever landscaping is designed to blend its play equipment into the native Australian flora of the park. It rests on a sandy base and includes equipment such as tire swings, a carousel, mini sand diggers, a large slide with a climbing wall, a nearby water pump, as well as 2 flying foxes.
There are plenty of sights, sounds and smells of native Australian plants and birds to be enjoyed in this park. The day we visited, just after some light rain, we could smell the fresh gum tree scent the moment we got out of the car, and were greeted with some signing Kookaburras. It is noticeable that the council works hard to maintain the natural biodiversity in these parklands.
Apart from its playground, Lizard Log has a small oval, 20 picnic shelters (half of which are for hire) and toilet facilities.
The walkway around it is particularly memorable, due to a scenic lookout at the top of a hill, with panoramic views of nearby suburbs, and some grassy areas for a picnic.
More information about this nature-themed park can be found on the website here.