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Published March 24th 2017
It is hard to imagine that in the 50s and 60s, Simmo's Beach Reserve was mostly known for the illicit sand-mining activity on its lands. In fact, it is named after a local Macquarie Fields sand miner of that time, Mr Simmonds.
Driving through the entry gate to the Simmo's Beach Reserve located on Fifth Ave, Macquarie Fields, there is no hint of remnants from its distant sand mining past. Instead, you are likely to feel instantly transported from the suburbia landscape of Macquarie Fields to a native Australian bush terrain, home to kilometres of unique, Australian native beauty.
At Simmo's Beach Reserve, you can do as little or as much as you feel like. You can relax beside the tranquil stretch of beach by the George's River, for which this reserve is known, letting the signing magpies and the riverside transport you to a more relaxing mental space.
If you are an enthusiast of Australian nature you are likely to notice plenty of iconic Australian flora and fauna such as eucalyptus and gum trees, kookaburras, as well as some unique protected species: Nodding Geebung, Sydney Plains Greenhood Orchid, Small-flower Grevillea, Downy Wattle, Little lorikeet and Grey-headed flying fox.
If you are after some exercise, you can enjoy riverside bushwalking, with tracks ranging from low difficulty ones along an asphalt road to more challenging ones in the wilderness that are around 1.5 kilometres. You can also bring along a canoe for some river canoeing. If you have little ones they will be sure to love the colourful playground with a mini carousel, swing and slides, located at the centre of the reserve. There are also toilets, barbecues and sheltered picnic areas.
Swimming however is at your own risk, the council warns that the water pollution levels can be high, especially after heavy rain. For more wilderness ideas around Western Sydney, visit the website here