Plough + Harrow, Sydney, Australia

Plough and Harrow is centrally located in the Western Sydney Parklands within the Abbotsbury Precinct. This is a major activity precinct offering a range of cultural, recreation and community uses set within a picturesque Cumberland Woodland environment.

Plough and Harrow was originally designed by the Government Architects Office and constructed in 2004 as part of a State Government initiative. Plough and Harrow is an important recreation destination with the corridor of the Western Sydney Parklands and for the surrounding residential areas of Abbotsbury and Cecil Hills.

The renewal of the play space at Plough and Harrow reinvigorates the park as a regional recreation destination, providing a wide range of recreation facilities including walking and cycling trails, BBQ and picnic facilities and regional playground.
The upgrade increases the diversity of play experiences available, providing for a greater range of ages and encourages visitors to stay longer and visit more regularly.

The play area now provides large scale active experiences, including new ranges of interactive technological play equipment. The play offering also focuses on discovery and interaction with colourful and planted mazes, water play and QR code discovery trails.

Special factors:

  • Retrofit of the existing play area and expansion of new area.
  • Retention of park facilities and development of park character.
  • Diversifying play experiences.
  • Interactive technology play equipment and devices
  • Discovery and interactive play

Project Credits
Designer: Group GSA \ Ric McConaghy
Image Credits: Simon Wood Photography