From picnicking in the park to swimming, visiting local playspaces or hiking through bushland, Sydney’s communities love to spend their free time outdoors.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment conducted the Greater Sydney Outdoors Study to discover what Sydneysiders love to do during their recreation time. The results will inform how we improve the planning of Greater Sydney recreation spaces, so they enrich the lives of everyone who lives in and visits Greater Sydney.
In 2019, thousands of Greater Sydney residents completed the Greater Sydney Outdoors Survey and told us how they use our great outdoors. We received more than 6,800 survey responses so we now have a better understanding of what people like to do for outdoor recreation.
Community feedback is important to us and we are already working on providing more opportunities for recreation.
The survey results have been broken down across the five Districts – Western City District, Central City District, Eastern City District, North District, South District – to help us plan for a greater, more liveable Greater Sydney.
Each District has its own unique attributes, which impact requirements for open space and recreation.
Through the study we’ve learnt what Sydneysiders like to do outdoors:
We learnt that Sydneysiders would like to see more of:
The results and findings from the Greater Sydney Outdoors Study will be used for future work in the provision of outdoor recreation areas. This study will be shared with local councils to help inform their recreation planning, as well as with other government bodies to assist with policy and guideline development. For more information please read the Survey Findings Report (PDF, 2MB).
This will help ensure Greater Sydney’s outdoor recreation areas respond to the needs of those who use them.
Page last updated: 29/04/2021