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Published January 24th 2013
Quiet picnic spot in western Sydney
When European settlers arrived in Australia, the third settlement they set up was Toongabbie. Established in April of 1792, the settlement was founded as a government farm to grow food for the fledgling colony.
That same year, the name Toongabbie was selected from the local Aborigines. Toongabbie apparently translates as meaning "place by the water" or "meeting by the water", which would also perfectly describe Third Settlement Reserve, the park which sits on part of the land of the former government farm.
Covering an area of roughly 12.1 hectares, Third Settlement Reserve gives a nod to history and sits on the bank of Toongabbie Creek. It's an open, grassy space with plenty of both shady and sunny spots to spread out a blanket and relax.
This lovely little park is the ideal spot for a Sunday family picnic. There's plenty of space on the grass, while picnic tables and facilities are also available.
Once the kids have exhausted all the play opportunities on the equipment, take a stroll along the bush track that winds along beside the creek. It's an easy walk through quiet bushland and a good way to work off your picnic lunch.
The park is located on Edison Parade in Winston Hills, and you should have no trouble finding a park close by. If you're looking for a nice little spot for a family picnic in Sydney's west, check out Third Settlement Reserve.