An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

In the outer reaches of Western Sydney , I accidentally do some journalism. Sort of.  Agnes Banks 

Flood Damage: Agnes Banks

In the outer reaches of Western Sydney, I accidentally do some journalism. Sort of. 

Agnes Banks 

No, Agnes Banks isn't your great aunt, or the nice old lady from up the road who used to speak to you while you walked to school. It turns out that Agnes Banks is a suburb in Sydney's Outer West, chilling vaguely between the centres of Penrith and Richmond


Due to its relative distance from the rest of the city, getting here is a little bit of a Sydney by Technicality affair, along tree-laden semi-rural roads. Regardless, I've chosen not to label the suburb as one by technicality seeing as this place sits in Penrith Council, which is a very real part of Sydney (as much as folks in the east may deny it). 


Agnes Banks has a small amount of suburbia in its east, so that's where I started. 

Here, there are a surprisingly tightly-packed group of McMansions, with all of the usual hallmarks,

such as nicely kept lawns, 

and lots of brick.

I continued on, 

needing to make an urgent side-of-the-road stop at the nearby main road in order to gaze at the quite nearby Blue Mountains providing a very pretty backdrop to this place.

The theme of big brick holds true here too. 

Seeing the Blue Moutains is really not a surprise here, as the western borders of Agnes Banks sit very near to the start of the Blue Mountains Council (and the end of my working definition of Sydney). 

That Sydney border is often defined by the Nepean River. Naturally, that's where I headed next.

But I wasn't expecting to see this. 

The recent storms and flooding really took a toll on this usually quite pretty place, with overturned trees, dirt everywhere and the river running a very deep brown.  

I crossed the bridge to the other side of the Nepean (arguably leaving Sydney, despite remaining in the borders of Agnes Banks),

and made my way to Yarramundi Reserve, a waterside recreational area enjoyed by locals for its nature, off-leash dog area and swimming spot.  

Even from just the car park, the damage is very real,

the carpark also overlooks the Nepean, so here's another angle of the raging river and its napping trees. 

To get to the main bit of the reserve, I crossed the road from one car park,

to get to another, less formal one. As a piece of trivia, that tipped over sign in the background more or less marks Agnes Bank's western border. 

From here, you can join a wide nature trail with lots of others with kids and dogs. 

I saw this sign advertising a lookout, so I figured I'd give it a try. 

The path to the lookout was not really a path any more, 

and the lookout was also not really a lookout either. 

Regardless, I continued on towards a promised swimming area. 

To reach here. This is the picnic area which was clearly breached by the floodwaters. 

Badly. 

This is next to the swimming spot where some people were still keen to go in for a dip. One kid emerged looking like he had just spent some time at The Dead Sea.

I didn't go all the way to the swimming area as I wasn't keen on ruining my sneakers, but I did find a spot where I could take a picture of the still nice water. 

I'm sure the place will be cleaned up soon (if it hasn't already). To see what it was like before the high tides, this "Parra Parents" blog post does a pretty great job of it. http://www.parraparents.com.au/things-to-do/water-fun/yarramundi-reserve-richmond/

Managing to get out of there relatively clean, I headed back to the car park and went on to my next suburb.

Agnes Banks: My muddiest suburb, by far. 

2 comments:

  1. I head over the other side to Navua Reserve at Grose Wold, very nice spot but I am guessing it will have been heavily flood damaged as prior to this flood it had already been so. Been going there for over 20 years.

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