Showground and Woodward Oval Loop

This walk takes you in on a figure eight around three of Parkes’ key sporting amenities – the trotting track, cricket field and tennis courts.

The walk features some interesting buildings ranging in size and character, with some dating back to the early 1900s and others constructed in the last 12 months.

Showground Buildings 1

Characteristics

Length:  1.7km around the Showground, plus another 900m around Woodward Oval and the tennis courts

Time:  Estimating 30 to 40 minutes

Type of path:  There are no concrete footpaths. Kerb and guttering in some sections to create formal sidewalks. Other sections have an informal track along the road reserve. Extra care is required is these sections.

Gradient:  There is a gentle gradient as you head north and north-west.

Parking:  Along Victoria Street near the Tennis Courts is the ideal central position.


Map

(map to come)


Description

For the Figure Eight, begin at the main gates to the showground and head up Ward Street, turning left into Mitchell Street. This takes advantage of the gentle gradient to get your heart rate up a bit.

Image of Ward Street Parkes
Mitchell Street

At the far top corner of the showground, it’s left again into Leighton Street where you head downhill until Victoria Street.

Leighton Street

Left into Victoria Street and straight ahead until you reach the cricket nets.

Turn right into Phillip Street, right again under the peppercorn trees at Bushman Street. Metcalfe Street takes you up past the tennis courts and back to your car.

Image of Woodward Oval on Philip Street

Related links

Camping at Parkes Showground – Parkes P A & H Association Inc


Related blog post

First Steps – The Showground Perimeter


Useful information for walkers

Pedestrian Safety – Transport NSW

Tips for Pedestrians – from the NSW Centre for Road Safety