Project update - November 2023

Sydenham Park Stage 1 trails and picnic area are now open to the community.

The walking trail starts at the Keilor Public Golf Course car park on Turnley Parkway. The stage 1 trails is a 2km journey through plains grasslands to the stage 1 picnic area, next to the heritage shearing shed.

Visitors can use the Golf Course car park and public toilet in the Golf Club building during opening hours.

To protect the local ecology, dogs are not allowed at Sydenham Park. Rubbish bins are not located on site and we ask visitors to take their rubbish home for of Sydenham park walking trail

In March 2020 Brimbank Council adopted a Master Plan to open Sydenham Park for public use.

A key component of the Sydenham Park Master Plan March 2020 was the design of cycling and walking trails to give the public access to the reserve for recreational use. A Shared Use Path is currently proposed to be constructed in 2022.

We would like to hear your thoughts on a draft addendum to this Master Plan which further considers

  • the natural environment
  • recreational spaces
  • community facilities proposed within the conservation reserve.

The draft addendum to the Master Plan continues to support Sydenham Park becoming a Brimbank destination for walking, cycling and picnicking. The draft Master Plan addendum offers:

  • an enhanced focus on the remediation of the existing Robertson’s Homestead
  • the preservation of Wurundjeri cultural heritage
  • management of the landscape to ensure the continuity of care that improves biodiversity.

The whole area has significant connection to the Wurundjeri people’s culture, stories and lifestyles. We engaged the Wurundjeri in the development of this Master Plan addendum to open the park in a way that minimises harm to the:

  • cultural heritage
  • biodiversity of Sydenham Park.

Sydenham Park is a 231 hectare parkland reserve in Keilor North. It has inherent environmental and geological values.

The reserve is a site of exceptional natural beauty.

  • A distinct topography
  • dividing escarpment
  • river valleys and vistas across the Maribyrnong Valley
  • grasslands, fauna and flora populations provide an extraordinary backdrop
  • great potential for public recreation.

The experiences of Sydenham Park will be landscape based nature tourism with:

  • walking
  • cycling
  • picnicking offered along scenic trail routes.

Self-guided tours with interpretive signage displaying the parks cultural heritage, flora and fauna. Robinson’s Homestead history will be available along a proposed shared use path.

The Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek are significant features within the conservation reserve. The escarpment ridgeline provide panoramic views across to the Organ Pipes National Park and surrounding landscape. These views will be enjoyed from proposed lookout points along the shared use path.

Preliminary works are proposed to provide visitor amenity including;

  • the installation of recreational walking trails
  • seating
  • picnic tables
  • nature play area
  • drinking fountain
  • park fencing
  • lookout structures
  • information and wayfinding signage.