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South West Sydney is a colourful, exciting pocket of the city with a world-class zoo, a huge arts centre and an incredible variety of multicultural restaurants. From Liverpool to Fairfield, Cabramatta to the verdant banks of the Georges River, the South West offers a diverse and engaging daycation for Sydneysiders and visitors alike, all about a 40km or 40-minute drive from the city centre. The following highlights are mostly within a 5km radius of Warwick Farm, where you’ll find the South West’s first five-star hotel, the  William Inglis .

Highlights: 

  • Indulge in authentic Vietnamese food in Cabramatta 
  • Meet the residents of a world-class zoo 
  • Enjoy some downtime at a luxury spa 

Meet the animals at the zoo 

Meet the newest arrivals at South West Sydney’s word-class Sydney Zoo , just off the Great Western Highway at Bungarribee. Feed the meerkats, or watch the African big cats, Asian elephants and Australian animals in their enclosures. Kids aged 7 to 13 can join the Mini Zookeeper for a Day program to get a little closer to the animals and learn about how to help protect rare and endangered species. 

Go flying in Western Sydney Parklands 

Climb, fly and jump through Western Sydney’s magnificent gum trees in TreeTops adventure park , which is threaded with more than 100 elevated obstacles, including self-guided rope courses, wobbling bridges, tunnels and cargo-nets, plus thrilling zip lines. The park in Abbotsbury, a 20-minute drive west of Warwick Farm, is suitable for all ages over three, and children’s courses are supervised by instructors.  

Check out an exhibition  

Take in a range of multi-disciplinary arts and culture events at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre , a converted 1950s electrical plant on the banks of the Georges River in Casula, near Liverpool. As well as seven galleries offering rotating exhibitions, a 326-seat theatre and three artist studios to explore, the centre offers onsite eatery Bellbird Dining and Bar , with sustainable snacks and drinks (around 40 per cent of the produce is picked from its own kitchen garden). 

Taste your way through Cabramatta  

Discover the rich history and diverse eating culture of  Cabramatta  on a  Taste of Vietnam  food tour that highlights the area’s famously strong Vietnamese heritage. Taste some of the suburb’s famed dishes, like banh mi, pho, Vietnamese coffee and more. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of a bustling authentic Vietnamese market town, without leaving Greater Sydney. Servings are generous, so arrive hungry and leave happy.

Enjoy authentic Chilean dishes 

Start the day at the oldest Chilean eatery in Sydney,  La Paula , whose owners have been dishing up South American food to South West Sydney for more than 30 years. In Fairfield, a 30km drive from the centre of Sydney, La Paula is famous for its traditional beef empanadas and addictive alfajores (shortbread biscuits stuffed with dulce de leche), but the street food menu has also garnered acclaim. Especially popular are the completos, Chilean hot dogs piled high with avocado, sauerkraut and mayo.

Breakfast like a local  

Enjoy the buzzing vibe at  The Woods Pantry  in Villawood, which is perennially packed for a reason: an Instagrammable brunch menu that leans on Middle Eastern inspiration. Try the knafeh French toast — brioche filled with stretchy cheese and rose syrup, go for the Turkish salmon simmit, or order the breakfast mezze platter to share. With Campos coffee and sunny outdoor seating, this is the perfect place to satisfy those mid-morning munchies.  

Brunch with a different bunch 

Try something unusual at  The Usual Cafe  in the heart of Cabramatta, which offers lunch with a difference, levelling up classic brunch plates with decadent flavours. Try miso spanner crab scrambled eggs in your croissant, order the tangy yuzu French toast or go luxe with the wagyu burger with truffle aioli. Caffeinated drinks use Single O beans, juices are cold pressed by Wollstonecraft juice business Allie’s and organic loose-leaf tea comes from Byron Bay company Mayde. 

Get spoiled for choice 

Spice your life with variety at Liverpool’s dining hub  The Paper Mill Food , where there are four distinct eateries to choose from. Try Lebanese-style grilled chicken at  Charcoal Joe’s ; feast on locally sourced meat and market-fresh seafood cooked over the flames of a hand-crafted fireplace at  Firepit ; go for Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza at  Georgie’s ; or order classic brunch dishes and luscious desserts at  Shepherd’s Lane . 

Balkanise your palate 

Go Balkan at  Fabrika by Madera   in Canley Heights, which offers southeast European dishes served with modern flair. Many dishes are slow-cooked in the traditional Balkan earthenware oven, the sač. Try slow-roasted lamb shoulder, the chargrilled pork neck, or the karadjordjeva, a deep-fried schnitzel and cheese roll stuffed with fries. Don’t leave without sampling a glass of rakija, a fruit brandy popular throughout the Balkans. 

Mix up a Mexican 

Join the nightly fiesta at Warwick Farm’s  El Topo Cantina , the South West sister venue to Bondi’s popular Mexican restaurant. With a playful menu of street food snacks, freshly made tacos and heartier chargrilled mains, plus cocktails and more than 40 different kinds of tequila, El Topo promises a fun night out. 

Dine fine alfresco  

Treat yourself from a menu centred around paddock-to-plate dining at  The Newmarket Room , and admire the plush designer interiors and lush alfresco dining space looking over the striking gardens of the Riverside Stables at the William Inglis hotel. Choose your after-dinner drinks from hotel bar 1867 Lounge’s extensive whisky selection.

Stay in style 

Make yourself at home at the  William Inglis , an M Gallery by Sofitel boutique hotel inspired by part-owners William Inglis & Son’s revered horseracing history. Elegant and luxurious equine-themed rooms overlook the surrounding Riverside Stables and each is named after a winning Inglis family horse. Grab a pre-bottled negroni by The Everleigh Bottling Co. from the mini bar and take in the sights of  Warwick Farm Racecourse  below.  

For some downtime relaxation treats, order a poolside cocktail as you laze by the 20-metre rooftop Chiltern Pool or book into the decadent  Inglis Day Spa . Qualified therapists are ready to ease away the stresses of your week with a luxurious menu of beauty and wellness treatments. Choose the Inglis Signature facial that brightens and smooths using selenite crystals and serums, or go for a couple’s massage to unwind and relax with your partner. 

Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee Credit: Destination NSW

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The William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm Credit: Destination NSW

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Feast on the riches of one of Australia’s most important food bowls on a road trip through the Murray , named after the mighty river that flows through this southwest area of New South Wales. Float down the river on a historic paddlesteamer wine cruise, stop by farm gates to sample incredible fresh produce, and dine at chic restaurants and bars in this unique culinary playground.

Take the back roads for gourmet treats

Head off the beaten path along The Backroads Trail , a 250km driving route that passes through the small pastoral towns of Barham , Moama , Mathoura and Deniliquin on the upper reaches of the Murray River. Sink your teeth into fresh olives, avocados, free-range pork, honey and citrus fruit from farm gates along its loops and trails, and taste the region’s wines at vineyards such as Restdown Wines . While you’re at this winery, venture out along the Restdown Wetland Walk to encounter Aboriginal cooking hearths and an old sheep camp.

Cruise along to The Old School Winery & Meadery in Womboota to pick up wine, pottery and honey mead.  Or seek out Ivy Joyce  in Barham to indulge in a  warm space, offering local produce from farms for a truly paddock to plate experience in the heart of Murray River country.  For more snacks and meaty fare such as British-style pork pies and sausages, head to Pacdon Park ’s factory shop in Moama .

You can work up an appetite as you build your own itinerary on the theme of food, paddocks and produce, and find suggested routes and maps to Murray River farm gates, at the Echuca Moama Visitor Centre . 

Wine and dine along the river

Embark on a wine tour by water in Moama, where the first steamboats made their way up the Murray in 1853. Take a Murray River Paddlesteamers Wharf to Winery Cruise from the town to Morrisons Riverview Winery for a leisurely lunch. Or drive along the river, stopping in at Three Black Sheep for risotto and woodfired pizzas, and tasting crisp dry whites and full-flavoured reds at St Anne’s Vineyards , where you can nibble on a cheese platter overlooking a scenic lake. 

Head east along the riverside roads to rest and recharge in the town of Tocumwal , known for its riverside beaches, golf courses, glider flying and iconic Big Murray Cod statue. Start the following day with a solid foundation of breakfast pizza (topped with bacon, eggs and a hash brown) at The Old Bank and indulge in a scoop of ice-cream or sorbet from Tocumwal Ice Creamery – flavours include rocky road, green apple or macadamia. If you’re in town on a Saturday, pick up honey, fruit, vegetables, olive oil, dressings and other condiments made by local producers at the Tocumwal Foreshore Markets . 

Continue your odyssey along the river to Corowa , the birthplace of Australian Federation. Immerse in the town’s rich turn-of-the-20th-century colonial heritage as you make your way to the former 1920s flour mill housing Corowa Distilling Co . Here you can book a whisky tasting and behind-the-scenes tour and buy locally made chocolates and sweets from sister shop Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory . Work off an indulgent afternoon with a walk along the river before settling into the stylish Circa 1936 hotel, which is housed in an Art Deco former bank on the main street of Corowa.

Celebrate regional ingredients in Albury

From Corowa, follow the Riverina Highway eastward to the city of Albury , a food, wine and culture hub. Taste how seasonality and locality are expressed at The Proprietor , a former butcher shop turned cafe offering brunch treats such as fruit toast with Beechworth honey and whipped ricotta, and banana waffles with Gundowring vanilla ice-cream. Or try the all-day breakfast offering at Mr Benedict , from cheesy bacon waffle with popcorn chicken to one of its signature eggs benedicts, including one with cider-braised ham hock.

At The River Deck restaurant, local ingredients are celebrated alongside stunning river views, and dishes may include chicken Caesar salad with Milawa eggs or beef brisket braised in coffee by Albury roaster The Brothers Cup . At tiny and elegant Bistro Selle , complement warm Gooramadda olives with a buttery Australian chardonnay and fresh market fish. Yardbird offers a bold-flavoured menu featuring dishes like scorched Albacore tuna, along with meats grilled in a Spanish woodfired oven.   

In between meals, stroll along the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk and take in the contemporary artworks by Aboriginal artists that line the Wagirra Trail. Meander through the Murray Art Museum Albury ’s contemporary photographic collection, Aboriginal art and works by renowned Australian artist Sir Russell Drysdale. Afterwards, order lunch or dinner at the museum’s excellent Canvas Eatery – try the saltbush lamb rump or one of their Neapolitan-style pizzas.

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Couple taste tasting mead at The Old School Winery & Meadery, Womboota

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20 Things To Do In South West Rocks NSW 2024 Guide

Discover one of the best hidden gems on the East Coast and explore the best things to do in South West Rocks in the Mid-North Coast NSW. We’ve been coming here for years because it’s home to some of the best hikes, beaches and campgrounds in Australia!

If you’re looking for your next getaway, put South West Rocks on your list to visit.

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Where is South West Rocks?

Never heard of South West Rocks? It’s located just over an hour’s drive South of Coffs Harbour, and the same distance North of Port Macquarie. Between these two regions, there is a lot to see and do, especially the beautifully stunning and deserted beaches. The mid-north coast is a hugely underrated area, and South West Rocks is a reason for this. It is beautiful here, and definitely worth a visit on your East Coast road trip!

20 things to do in South West Rocks

1. trial bay gaol.

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The historic Trial Bay Gaol is one of the top attractions in South West Rocks which brings in visitors from all over Australia. Built in 1886, the heritage listed building housed prisoners who were brought to the area to build the breakwater to make a safe harbour between Brisbane and Sydney.

The jail then became a World War 1 prison for people of German descent. You can jump on a guided tour to learn all about the jail in Arakoon National Park.

2. Smoky Cape Lighthouse 

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Smoky Cape Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia and is definitely one of the best things to do in South West Rocks!

The 10 minute drive up to Smoky Cape Lighthouse is gorgeous and when you get there, you’ll have a steep hill to climb. Don’t worry it’s not too far and will take about five minutes, with a few stops to catch your breath.

We saw people of all ages climbing up it. When you get to the top, you’ll get incredible views looking out to Hat Head National Park! We also really wanted to check out two awesome beaches on the other side of the lookout but we ran out of time.

South West Rocks beaches

South West Rocks is home to some beautiful beaches which you need to check out. Here’s our favourites!

3. Trial Bay Gaol Beach

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Trial Bay Gaol Beach is absolutely gorgeous and is one of the best beaches for kids as it’s got shallow water and is really flat, and a perfect place to bring your SUP and go paddle boarding.

AND you can actually watch the sunset over the ocean from Trial Gaol Beach. That’s always one thing I miss living on the East Coast of Australia, it’s so rare to be able to watch the sunset over the water. But you can at Trial Gaol Beach purely because of the angle of the beach.

4. Horseshoe Bay

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There’s three beaches to choose from right in the middle of South West Rocks. If you’re staying at Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park, you’ll get to the pick of the bunch. Horseshoe Bay is a lovely little beach, while to the right you have a long stretch of Trial Bay Beach and Back Beach to the left.

5. Little Bay Beach

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Just outside of town lies Little Bay, a gorgeous little beach which is home to loads of kangaroos, picnic benches and rock pools. Make sure you make the effort to check out this beach as it’s beautiful!

6. Gap beach

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You can only access Gap beach via a walking track but we love secluded beaches so make sure you go check it out!

8. North Smokey Beach

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There’s also two secluded beaches just below the Smoky Cape Lighthouse which look incredible. You’ll need to access them via the John Perkins track but for us, these are there beaches we’d be making a beeline for on our next trip to South West Rocks.

8. South Smoky Beach

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You can see South Smoky Beach from the lighthouse and from what we saw, you can drive your 4×4 on it too!

South West Rocks Hikes

One of the best things about South West Rocks is the amount of hiking on offer. To me, this is the biggest draw card to staying here at this slice of paradise.

If you’re wondering what the hiking looks like, here are some of the most popular:

9. Rainforest Walking Tack

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The rainforest walking track in Hat Head is a short walk from one end of the Gap Beach to the other. It’s easy to find and suitable for all ages and takes around 30 minutes to complete.

10. Jack Perkins Walking Track

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The Jack Perkins walking track starts at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and takes you to the stunning North Smoky Beach. It’s just a 2km walk and takes around 30 minutes return. Just be prepared to walk back up the hill on the way back to the car.

11. Bridle Trail

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Bridle Trail is a lovely 15 minute walk which leads to Little Bay. Here you can catch a glimpse of the heritage of the Trail Bay Gaol. You’ll walk through the beautiful rainforest and on your way you should look out for the remains of the old iron pipe which used to supply water to the gaol.

12. Little Bay to Smoky Cape Lighthouse

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Looking for a longer South West Rocks walk? Make sure you check out Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk.

The 10KM (one way) coastal track takes you from Little Bay to Smoky Cape Lighthouse, with a detour to The Gap Beach. As it passes along the cliffs, you might be able to spot some whales if you visit during the migration season from June – November. Be aware there’s no public transport to pick you up at the end, so you’ll need to walk the 10KM back!

13. Gap Beach walking Track

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If you’re looking to do a shorter walk, then you can do the 6KM (2-3 hours return) Gap Beach walking track which takes you from Little Bay and finishes at Gap Beach, rather than Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

14. Dive at the incredible Fish Rock Cave

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Fish Rock Cave is an awesome scuba diving cave where grey nurse sharks can be found year round.

But it’s no surprise Fish Rock Cave is not only one of the best dive sites in Australia with South West Rocks Dive , it’s home to the largest ocean cavern in the southern hemisphere. At 120m long, Fish Cave Rock brings in divers from around the world.

Nothing will actually prepare you for the sight where you’ll see thousands of wobbegong sharks and a large bull ray just resting on the bottom, it’s something you need to see in person.

15. Snorkel at Back Creek

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If you’re new to snorkelling then you should snorkel along Back Creek on the incoming tide to view all of the fish around. It’s really shallow so it’s a perfect activity for families.

15. Play golf or tennis at the South West Rocks Country Club

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If you’re looking for things to do in South West Rocks, check out the South West Rocks Country Club. It’s home to a beautiful 18 hole golf course and tennis club complete with a restaurant as well. If you’re bored of the beach, this is a fun activity which is located on the edge of town.

17. Learn to surf with a pro

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If you’re wanting to learn to surf then there’s no better place to do it than in South West Rocks. Former pro surfer, Trent Munro has his own Surf Academy and runs lessons for all levels and ages.

18. Go shopping in South West Rocks

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There’s some fantastic shops in South West Rocks. You could easily buy a new wardrobe at Raw Spice Boutique, buy homewares at Good Vibes.

19. Where to eat in South West Rocks

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While it’s obvious that South West Rocks isn’t as modern as other beach towns in New South Wales, there are a couple of decent places to eat here. Don’t expect posh restaurants yet, although I’m sure in time, they will start popping up.

Seabreeze Beach Hotel is the main pub in town, serving up Aussie pub classics. Trial Bay Kiosk is home to the best views, and the only place which is a hop skip and a jump from the Trial Bay Gaol campsite.

Sixty Degrees as well as Malt & Honey serve up healthy, hipster food such as acai bowls and avo on toast. If you’re visiting Malt & Honey, order the famous mushrooms dish. They had sold out of it when we visited.

20. South West Rocks Accommodation

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  • Luxury – Salt : Located opposite the Macleay River, Salt features villas for that home from home feeling, complete with free bike hire, an outdoor swimming pool and garden.
  • Luxury pet friendly – Spoondrift : 5 minutes walk to the beach, this 4 bedroom house is perfect for those who want to bring their fur babies along for a getaway.
  • Mid range – Smoky Cape Retreat : Perfect couples getaway complete with a tennis court, swimming pool in stunning tropical surroundings.
  • Budget – Rockpool Motor Inn : Resort style accommodation with a swimming pool at budget friendly prices.
  • Budget – Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park : Book a cabin 500 metres from the beach at this popular holiday park
  • Camping – Trial Bay Campground : As one of THE best campsites in Australia, you’ll be able to roll out of bed and into some pristine flat water perfect for SUP and relaxing in.

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Best things to do in South West Rocks

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Love the blurb on South West Rocks but please note that Smoky as in Smoky Cape does not have an “e”.

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Southwestern Sydney is a large residential area to the south and west of Sydney , including the centres of Cabramatta and Liverpool. The district also covers the Canterbury-Bankstown area, but not the Macarthur suburbs.

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The southwest of Sydney is mostly off the beaten tourist track. The area constitutes the main road into Sydney from Melbourne and Canberra , and cheap roadside accommodation with parking is available in motels where you can keep your car while in Sydney.

The suburbs around Cabramatta and Bankstown give some of Sydney's best access to the mix of cultures that comprise Sydney.

  • Cabramatta is a vibrant Vietnamese and Chinese community. In a suburb where Vietnamese-born residents outnumber those born in Australia, there are plenty of authentic Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese restaurants, Asian groceries and a great atmosphere with locals selling home produce on the footpaths along the shopping districts.
  • Bankstown is an interesting split of cultures, with Lebanese shops dominating the area. Try and figure out which side of the train tracks you're on. The suburb and its neighbours like Punchbowl and Lakemba are often in the news for shootings, although much of it is gang-related and don't involve passers-by.
  • Fairfield is an ethnic enclave of Assyrian Christians. Around the start of the 20th century the area had a population of 2,500 people and with fertile soils, which produced crops for distribution in Sydney. During the mid to late 1980s, an influx of Assyrians fled Iraq and settled in Fairfield, making it the most popular settlement for Assyrians, and this helped shaped the community and vibe of the commercial area.
  • Liverpool is an administrative centre of the southwest and growing business centre.

History [ edit ]

The traditional owners of most of the land in the area are the Cabrogal-Gandangara tribe.

Climate [ edit ]

The southwest of Sydney is warmer and drier than Sydney CBD in the summer because of its inland location, where temperatures may soar to 40 °C for a few days, but usually hover in the early 30s. Winter nights are particularly cooler.

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The general rule of Sydney public transport applies - that the closer you remain to the city centre the greater the likelihood of public transport being an effective way of getting there. Buses and train lines thin out in both density and frequency the further out towards the southwest suburbs you head, however for the careful transport planner, you can manage to get to most destinations without a car.

By car [ edit ]

The M5 is the major Sydney freeway to the southwest. If you are travelling out from the city towards the southwest for a day trip you'll be moving against the peak, and can expect a quick run on the motorway. However, if you staying along the Hume Highway for some cheap accommodation to access Sydney, the M5 could be your nemesis. Travel times can easily triple during peak commute times.

If you are planning to arrive from Canberra or Melbourne and are flying out of Sydney early, and have the idea to save on accommodation by stopping overnight 20 minutes short of the airport, then take care. You may be bumper-to-bumper but it can be avoided if you're willing to pay $11 tolls.

By train [ edit ]

The   T3   line winds its way past Bankstown on to Cabramatta and Liverpool. It takes just under an hour to get to Liverpool from the city centre. The   T8   South Line also goes to some South West suburbs such as Padstow and Revesby.

The   T5   line goes from Schofields in North West Sydney to Cabramatta, Liverpool and Leppington.

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By bus [ edit ].

The City Connect Bus Service is a free bus service that operates in a portion of Southwestern Sydney.

  • Brown Route : Operates on Mondays and runs between Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights.
  • Pink Route : Operates on Wednesdays and runs between Fairfield, Fairfield West, Cabramatta West, Cabramatta and Canley Heights.
  • Orange Route : Operates on Thursdays-Fridays and runs between Fairfield, Fairfield Heights, Villawood and Carramar.
  • Blue Route : Operates on Saturdays and runs between Fairfield West, Prairiewood Leisure Centre, Fairfield Showground, Fairfield Hospital and Villawood.

See [ edit ]

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  • -33.854 150.942 2 Fairfield City Museum & Gallery , 634 The Horsley Dr, Smithfield , ☏ +61 2 9725 0190 . Tu-F 10AM-4PM Sa 10AM-3PM . It showcases the diverse ethnic heritage of Fairfield City with an all-embracing program of exhibitions and activities catering for the community. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Sugarloaf Ridge and Moonrise Lookout , Abbotsbury . These are the panoramic picnic spots and lookout areas within the Western Sydney Parklands. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Bland's Oak , Carramar . A live oak tree that was seeded in the late 1830s. It is one of the largest in Sydney ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Our Lady of Victories Catholic Parish . A historical Catholic church. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Assyrian Genocide Monument , Bonnyrigg . An Assyrian genocide memorial. ( updated Oct 2019 )

Do [ edit ]

  • Campsie Food Festival
  • The Cabramatta Moon Festival is held every year on the weekend of the spring equinox (generally in September), during which the suburb welcomes over 90,000 visitors and celebrates with moon cakes, lion dances and fireworks.
  • Fairfield Showground – A multi-purpose venue popular for multicultural festivals, horse racing, carnivals, markets and club meets attracting as many as 20,000 people.
  • Fairfield Leisure Centre – The centre includes a gymnasium, aerobics studio, steam room, crèche, 25-m heated indoor swimming pool, 50-m outdoor swimming pool, baby pool, Aqua Play Water Park, and multi-purpose indoor sports court.
  • Aquatopia Water Park – features 10-m and 20-m high slides, the adventure aqua tower, a toddlers pool, Fishpipe and the Wave Rider.
  • TreeTops Adventure . A high ropes course up in the tree tops, where participants slide down, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy 115 challenges  
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre – Built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is a world-class event venue set on 96 hectares of rural parkland.
  • Calmsley Hill City Farm – A farm based attraction where children and adults can enjoy a variety of exciting shows and exhibits.

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The suburbs of Bankstown and Cabramatta have many Asian style shops opening onto the main streets running through the town. The centres around the station have a market feel are easily accessed from the respective stations.

Bankstown also has the large shopping mall experience, with Bankstown Central just a short distance away.

There are many stores in Cabramatta that import Vietnamese products.

  • Stockland Wetherill Park , 561-583 Polding St, Wetherill Park . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Neeta City . The largest shopping mall in Fairfield, which features a Big W, Woolworths and a large food court. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Fairfield Forum . Second largest shopping centre in Fairfield, featuring a Kmart, Coles and outdoor cafes ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Fairfield Chase . A small shopping mall in Smart Street (but can also be entered from Ware Street). ( updated Oct 2019 )

Eat [ edit ]

The southwest of Sydney is home to a great many multicultural restaurants and while cheaper and generally better than those in the city , they can get equally busy during the weekends.

Campsie [ edit ]

  • -33.91384 151.10392 1 Albee's Kitchen , 282 Beamish St, Campsie , ☏ +61 2 9718-8302 . 10AM-10PM . Specialises in Malaysian cuisine. It used to be a total hole-in-the-wall restaurant that wouldn't have looked out of place in Malaysia, but has been renovated and expanded. It still is pretty cramped, but the food is as good as ever. Take your pick of dishes from the many pictures on the wall, though a must try is the deep-fried karipap as a starter. Their daily specials are also a good place to start, and Albee's is one of the few places selling Assam fish head curry in Sydney. Other branch in Cabramatta. $10-30 .  
  • -33.9098 151.10258 2 Se Jong Korean BBQ Buffet , 8 London St, Campsie , ☏ +61 2 9787-7126 . An all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant, with quite a wide selection of food. The lack of proper ventilation means the place can get pretty smoky, but it goes along with the dining experience as you grill your meat. The banchan (side dishes) are great too, so come with an empty stomach. It gets pretty busy during weekend evenings, and a booking may be best if you don't want to wait. $30 .  

Cabramatta [ edit ]

  • -33.89471 150.93407 3 Dong Ba , 5/117 John Street, Cabramatta , ☏ +61 2 9723-0336 . 8AM-8PM . Serves Bun Bo Hue, a spicy noodle soup, which is a change from the beef pho more commonly found all around Sydney. The noodles are springy and there's a generous portion of meat. There's another branch in Cabramatta at Park Road and one more in Bankstown. $11 .  
  • -33.89437 150.93386 4 Pho Tau Bay , 12/117 John Street, Cabramatta . One of the best pho to be found in Sydney.  
  • -33.89494 150.93415 5 Tan Viet Noodle House , 100 John St, Cabramatta . Crispy chicken, served with noodles or tomato rice.  

Fairfield [ edit ]

Top restaurants in the area include:

  • La Tratt (Italian)
  • Candelori's (Italian)
  • Montagne (French)
  • Matsuya (Japanese)

Iraqi, Assyrian, Vietnamese and Thai-based restaurants are found sporadically in the above, aforementioned streets. Assyrian and Iraqi based restaurants include foods such as kebab, pacha (boiled cow or sheep parts), bomya (okra stew) and shawarma.

Drink [ edit ]

  • Bankstown Sports Club . This huge club, complete with imitation Italian piazza, rainforest, and train station and carriages, takes kitsch to a whole new level. Massive car park, walking distance from the station.  
  • Cafe 86 , 4/29 John Street, Cabramatta . Try the Vietnamese iced coffee - thick, dark and very strong, sweetened with condensed milk and made with plenty of crushed ice.  
  • Cambridge Tavern , Alan Street, Fairfield . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Fairfield Hotel , The Crescent, Fairfield ( opposite the train station ). ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Smithfield Tavern , The Horsley Drive, Smithfield . ( updated Oct 2019 )

Clubs [ edit ]

Nineveh Club and Assyrian Sports & Cultural Club are both popular ethnic clubs in Fairfield. Other clubs include:

  • Mounties . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Fairfield RSL , 14 Anzac Ave , ☏ +61 2 9727 5000 . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Smithfield RSL , 88 Smithfield Rd , ☏ +61 2 9604 4411 . ( updated Oct 2019 )

Sleep [ edit ]

If you entering Sydney from the south-west (Hume Highway) you can exit from the freeway, and take the old Hume Highway for a choice of motel accommodation that should be available on standby outside of peak times. The above drinking areas are also hotels.

  • Brown Jug Inn Hotel , Stanbrook St, Fairfield Heights . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • The Crescent Hotel ( opposite the railway station ). ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • Ibis Budget Casula . This renamed Formule 1 motel delivers what it says on the pack. A room, clean bed, TV, and a night's sleep.  

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A Guide to Southwest Sydney That'll Take You from Brekkie to the Bar

With October signalling the end to many of the COVID-19 restrictions we've all been living with, it's the perfect time for Sydneysiders to explore our fair city. Whether you're a southwest native or live further afield, there's a raft of pleasures to discover in the region that are well worth your time.

Below you'll find a schedule for a packed day of fun in southwest Sydney that satisfies at every turn. From first-class food to adrenaline-inducing thrill rides to gorgeous scenery, the southwest really does have it all. You're sure to have a day that flies by in the blink of an eye no matter who you're sharing it with.

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START THE DAY WITH BREKKIE AT FOUR LITTLE FOXES IN MILPERRA

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day well with a visit to Milperra favourite, Four Little Foxes . Currently open for takeaway only, this welcoming cafe has something for everyone on its exciting and varied menu — from classics like a bacon and egg roll to sweet options like french toast with passionfruit curd and maple mascarpone. And we can't go without mentioning the mouth-watering crowd-pleaser: eggs benedict with fried chicken and jalapeño hollandaise. Add the fact that the baristas are serving up coffee roasted by Deluca, and Four Little Foxes is a real treat to kick off the day's activities.

TAKE A WALK THROUGH GEORGES RIVER NATIONAL PARK

After loading up on brekkie, you'll want to walk it off. Luckily, Georges River National Park is less than ten kilometres away, so you can get your body moving with a view.

Despite being inland, the park's location on the river means the picturesque Burrawang Reach will have you feeling like you're on the coast. And from there you can tackle the Ridge Walk  — a trail that affords scenic lookouts along the water. It may be relatively short but it'll certainly get the blood pumping. Once you finish at Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area, either turn round and retrace your steps or follow the river's edge to work your way back to the start.

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GRAB A QUICK LUNCH IN BANKSTOWN

Lunch means a trip to Bankstown and your choice of some of the finest Asian cuisine Sydney has to offer. Banh Mi Bay Ngo , located in Bankstown City Plaza, has been delighting southwest Sydney with its range of classic Vietnamese sandwiches for over three decades. The secret to their success? Everything is made in house. If Vietnamese isn't your jam, head on down to the Little Saigon Plaza . The ever-popular Papparich has all your Malaysian favourites, including laksa, nasi lemak and chicken rice. Alternatively, Soju Social offers a taste of South Korea if you need your fried chicken fix.

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VISIT BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE

For culture vultures in the southwest, you can't go wrong with Bankstown Arts Centre . Since its opening in early 2011, it has showcased thought-provoking exhibitions, provided classes and workshops for the community and worked toward breaking down barriers for people experiencing social exclusion — both artists and audience.

During lockdown, the Arts Centre moved online, sharing artworks centred on the local area. Soon, patrons will be able to visit in-person again and experience the kinds of exhibitions the company is famous for, including a series of events to mark its tenth anniversary.

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SNACK ON LEBANESE SWEETS FROM AL AFRAH OR RABIEH SWEETS

Nothing delivers that sugary hit quite like Lebanese confectionary. And, the suburb of Punchbowl has two top-quality emporiums dedicated to those mouth-watering delights.

Al Afrah is the oldest Lebanese sweet shop in Australia and has a selection of baklava, pastries, petit fours and chocolates that taste as good as they look. And that's without mentioning the homemade gelato. Rabieh Sweets may be newer, but it's no less impressive. Its menu is packed with Middle Eastern treats that are sure to please the palate — whether they're a reminder of childhood or a first-time experience.

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GO TO SYDNEY INDOOR CLIMBING GYM

Following its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the sport of climbing is sure to explode in popularity — even more so than it already has. Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood offers both bouldering (low height, no ropes) and climbing (higher walls, safety ropes), and is the largest climbing gym in western Sydney.

The numbers speak for themselves: 250 routes, 50 boulder problems and climbing walls up to 16 metres tall. Prices start at $20 for adult entry, but multi-visit passes and memberships are available, too. It's a worthwhile investment — once you get the climbing bug, you won't stop 'til you reach the top.

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DINNER AT AN RESTAURANT OR AL ASEEL

After such a busy day, you deserve a cracking feed. Head back to Bankstown for the final meal of the day to pay a visit to An Restaurant , whose slogan — "So Pho So Good" — tells you nearly everything you need to know. Noodles and meat are the order of the day, with a range of cuts to suit every appetite.

Or, if you're craving Lebanese food, head to Al Aseel in Bankstown Sports. The extensive menu features both cold and hot sharing items alongside grilled staples such as shawarma and meat skewers — and that's before you even get to its famous fattoush.

DRINKS AT LADY BANKS

A cocktail or three is the perfect way to round off a day experiencing the best this corner of Sydney has to offer. And, the recently opened Lady Banks at the top of the Flinders Centre in Bankstown is the ideal location to do just that.

Sydneysiders love a rooftop bar — especially when the weather is warmer — and post-lockdown we're keen to spend as much time al fresco as possible. Surely one of the only places with panoramic views of both the CBD and the Blue Mountains, Lady Banks has an impressive selection of beverages. Try its signature cocktail (the Lady Banks, naturally) mixed with gin, elderflower liqueur and a spritz of lemon.

To learn more about Lady Banks rooftop bar, visit the website .

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South Western Sydney is a large, diverse, burgeoning region that offers the best of both worlds. It combines Sydney’s accessibility and convenience while retaining a relaxed and pleasant country character feel. South Western Sydney is typically neglected by tourists due to the fact that it doesn’t have a picturesque harbour setting, however, you can travel from central Sydney to new dining hotspots, and more attractions if you wish to escape Sydney’s more typical tourist areas. Read below for more things to do in South West Sydney.

Experience Nature at its Finest

Western Sydney Parklands

Western Sydney Parklands is regarded as one of the best places to hang out in Western Sydney because of its sizable 5,280 acres. Along with breath-taking views and opportunities to see wild animals, the region has walking pathways and picnic areas. You won’t have any trouble locating a peaceful, private area for your group to unwind and enjoy a picnic amidst the gorgeous surroundings.

Mowbray Farm

The Mowbray Park Farm stay near Picton, which offers a variety of lodges as well as a campsite, is the closest farm stay to Sydney’s CBD. Activities on the farm include milking cows, gathering eggs, and pony rides in addition to feeding the animals, which include cattle, sheep, horses, and alpacas.

Mount Annan Botanic Garden

Almost 200 different bird species may be seen at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, which is big enough to cycle and drive across. Kids can run around freely on the playgrounds, themed gardens, mountain biking routes, and picnic spots, with plenty of grass.

Arts Scene & Wining and Dining

If nature isn’t your thing and you prefer to explore art galleries or restaurants and bars, South West Sydney has it all. Campbelltown Arts Centre features a permanent collection of works by well-known Australian artists, as well as rotating exhibitions, a performing arts schedule, and open workshops. Additionally, considering their wide selection of modern Middle Eastern, South-east Asian, and Taiwanese cuisine, Parramatta and Bankstown have become some of Sydney’s greatest dining destinations.

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This makes it the perfect option for those looking for a relaxed community lifestyle with easy access to major urban centres. So, whether you want to enjoy the buzz of the town, or rest by the riverside, Menangle Park is the ideal suburb of the South-West.

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Discover 10 Fun Things to do in Western Sydney

There are so many things to do in Western Sydney that if you have not been west for a while, it’s about time you do; you are seriously missing out on some of the city’s best attractions!

Visitors and locals alike tend to flock to the Sydney icons that usually take centre-stage in international marketing, movies and T.V. and magazines. On any given gorgeous summer day, the likes of the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour would find themselves littered with sightseers.

However, unknown to many tourists (and many Sydney locals) are the hidden gems of Western Sydney, absolutely brimming with rich culture, gorgeous environments, and thrilling adventure. From the incredible events held at the Sydney Olympic Park to the serene Martin’s Lookout overlooking the entire city, Western Sydney caters for just about everyone, looking for just about anything.

In fact, there is so much to do here we recommend you plan an overnight stay or short break like we recently did .

The Great River Walk

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One of the most beautiful and mind-altering things to do in Western Sydney is free. Who knew? The Great River Walk , located by the Nepean River in Penrith, promises both a super workout and brilliant eye candy.

Nepean River Sydney

Spanning approximately 6.5kms, the Great River Walk is a bridge to bridge loop connected by the M4 Motorway and the Victoria Bridge. Along the way, you’ll be able to check out a variety of wildlife, including ducks, geese and water monitors.

If you’re feeling peckish, the East Bank offers a wide range of eats ranging from easy fish and chips to something a little more substantial, like Italian restaurants and steakhouses. With plenty of parking, eating options, scenic views, and picnic spots, the Great River Walk is a perfect, free afternoon for all ages.

Lizard in Western Sydney

Similarly, if you’re looking for more of an isolated walk through the bush, the gorgeous hikes near Mount Riverview are conveniently located just 10 minutes from the city of Penrith and have the advantage of being situated just at the edge of the Blue Mountain incline offering stunning views overlooking the entire city.

Where : Bruce Neale Dr, Penrith Public transport : about a 20-minute walk from Penrith Station although several buses will drop you minutes away from the official starting point.

One of the best places to head for a hike or a picnic in Western Sydney is the Western Sydney Parklands. Covering an area of  5,280 hectares, the parklands take in parts of Blacktown, Fairfield and Liverpool.

The highlights include:

  • The Dairy: a fabulous place for a picnic, plenty of space for gathering with family and friends.
  • Lizard Log: This nature-themed playground is a fantastic place for active kids.
  • Sugarloaf ridge and Moonrise Lookout: If you are keen for some epic views these two spots are a must with views to Sydney’s CBD and of Western Sydney
  • 60km of tracks and trails: whether you like to walk, run or cycle you will find some great options here. They are all dog-friendly too as long as dogs are kept on a leash!

Western Sydney Parklands Seven Ridges Walk Credit: Daniel Tran

Where : Check their website for the various locations Public transport : There are options for various parts of the parklands, but a car is best. Blacktown Station and the route 728/9 to Bungarribee Park and playground Doonside Station is within walking distance to Nurragingy Reserve and the Chinese Garden Cabramatta Station and then route 807 to Plough and Harrow. Fairfield Station and route 813 for Lizard Log.

If you’re not satisfied with the ‘chilled-out vibes of the walk and are itching to literally have your hair blown back, nearby is iFLY Downunder , the indoor skydiving experience for kids as young as three and older.

The indoor skydiving experience at iFly Downunder, Penrith .

Sitting as part of the Panthers Penrith precinct, iFLY Downunder offers a unique and safe indoor skydiving experience that you won’t soon forget. Dine and Discover vouchers are being accepted for a variety of iFly packages.

While you’re at it, why not check out Panthers Penrith?

Panthers Penrith is part of the Panthers Precinct and boasts 11 restaurants, 6 bars and multiple meeting, event and functions rooms. Dedicated to the NRL team (whose home stadium, BlueBet Stadium, is within walking distance), Panthers Penrith serves the Penrith community.

Where : 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Public transport : Train to Penrith where at least six bus services will drop you almost at the door! Check prices and book tickets here

While we’ve got our eye on Penrith, the Sydney International Regatta Centre is a gorgeous event venue that hosts a number of events all year round.

Sydney Regatta Centre Penrith

From sporting activities like canoeing, swimming and cycling to more novelty events such as model car events, boat shows, and festivals (including the incredible Lakeside Long Lunch for picnic and wine lovers out there). Be sure to check out what’s on at the Sydney International Regatta Centre before visiting Penrith so you can make the most of your trip out to Western Sydney.

Where : Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh  Public transport : a car is your best bet.

Film lovers can also look forward to the recently announced Lakeside Film Studio planned for opening nearby in 2023, which will soon host massive Hollywood movie productions.

Let’s take a quick break from the serene and quiet stuff, shall we?

Petrolheads, start your engines! The Sydney Motorsport Park is Sydney’s only permanent race track. It features several unforgettable experiences, including on-track and off-track events, getting the chance to get behind the wheel of a powerful V8 racecar and an opportunity to bring your own car to the track.

Sydney Motorsports Park

Formerly recognised internationally as the Eastern Creek International Raceway or ‘The Creek’, the track is known worldwide as one of the most prestigious Grand Prix circuits of all time. Now, thanks to a $70 million NSW Government investment, a new international speedway is set to launch in late October 2020.

Where: Gate A, Ferrers Rd Eastern Creek NSW 2766 Public transport :

Continuing our journey through Western Sydney’s more thrilling offerings, here’s a perfect destination for the upcoming summer months.

Raging Waters Sydney (formerly Wet n’ Wild Sydney) is a fantastic option for families looking for a thrilling experience or a moment to chill out by the wave pool. There are plenty of options for all ages. With its friendly staff, affordable entry fees and giant slides, Raging Waters Sydney is an excellent replacement for the gone-but-never-forgotten Wonderland theme park, which closed in 2004.

The indoor skydiving experience at iFly Downunder, Penrith.

Ideally situated just off the M4 Motorway near the Atura Hotel (if you’re planning on multiple Raging Waters Sydney visits) and the iconic Skyline Drive-In cinema, a visit to Raging Waters Sydney could end up being your entire weekend.

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Where : 427 Reservoir Rd, Prospect  Public transport: Blacktown is the closest station, but you would need a taxi or rideshare from there. Opening hours and prices here

There’s absolutely no doubt that sports fans will fall in love with Western Sydney’s dedication to staying active. The Blacktown International Sportspark (formally known as Blacktown Olympic Park) is a vast interconnected complex home to the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL team and sees a wide variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, cricket and AFL, being played.

Going hand-in-hand with the Blacktown International Sportspark is the newly-built home of the Western Sydney Wanderers A-League soccer team and the Parramatta Eels NRL football team, Bankwest Stadium. Playing host to thrilling sporting contests, vibrant music festivals and decadent food and wine festivals, Bankwest Stadium is a state of the art new stadium that is well worth the visit.

Where: Eastern Rd, Rooty Hill  Public transport : 2km walk from Rooty Hill train station

Keeping the love focused on Parramatta, the Riverside Theatre is a fantastic performing arts centre for those looking for dramatic entertainment.

Riverside Theatre Parramatta

Conveniently located within a five-minute walk from Parramatta’s dining hub (which includes everything ranging from gourmet steakhouses to takeaway Mexican restaurants), the Riverside Theatre is a fantastic escape that hosts over 1,000 events a year ranging from Shakespeare performances, comedy shows, ballet events, contemporary dance shows and offers something for audiences of all ages.

Where: Corner Market &, Church St, Parramatta  Public transport : 10-minute walk from Parramatta Station, or a short walk from the ferry.

We have shared 25 things to do in Parramatta here

Quite simply, the grandest icon of Western Sydney has been left until last. The beating heart of Western Sydney, the Sydney Olympic Park is Sydney’s iconic sporting precinct. It hosts the city’s most significant events, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Festival, music events featuring the world’s most prominent artists and world-class sporting fixtures.

Sydney olympic park aerial view Western Sydney

However, the Olympic Park isn’t just about events – you can also book basketball courts, hockey and soccer fields and take a swim in an Olympic-sized pool yourself. To say that the Sydney Olympic Park is not Sydney’s primary hub for sport and entertainment would be doing it a major disservice.

Where: Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park is the epicentre. Public transport : Olympic Park station is on the T7 line – Olympic Park. Concord West train station is the closest to Bicentennial Park. Access via bus or ferry, depending on the venue you are visiting, may be preferable. Plenty of parking outside key event dates.

Parramatta Park Jacarandas

Western Sydney is without a doubt the multicultural melting pot that makes Sydney such a diverse and uniquely rich city. While these fantastic locations and venues have shined a spotlight on some of the more popular (and not so popular) things to do in Western Sydney, we’ve only barely scratched the surface of the riches that Western Sydney has to offer.

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About the Author: Western Sydney based, Zoheb Ali is a Lawyer, Photographer and Film/TV Podcaster. His passion for travel and discovering new things is unrivalled. More than anything, he loves recommending new experiences to people and has a deep love for all things Australian. 

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The Best Things To Do In Parramatta And Western Sydney With Kids

Things To Do In Parrmatta and Western Sydney, Australia, with Kids

I grew up in Sydney’s South West suburbs, so have spent much of my life in the Parramatta and Western Sydney area. Sydney’s South West and Western suburbs are an incredible mix of history, nature and delicious food, a perfect place to bring up kids or visit for the day. Check out the best things to do in Parramatta and Western Sydney with kids!

The Best Things To Do In Parramatta and Western Sydney With Kids

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Livvi’s Place Ryde

Livvi's Place Ryde, Yamble Reserve, Sydney, Australia

Livvi’s Place is a full-enclosed playground located in Yamble Reserve, Ryde. The reserve features formal gardens, deciduous trees, picnic shelters, large green grassed areas, barbecues and the excellent all-abilities playground, Livvi’s Place. Livvi’s Place playground includes a water pump play area, dual flying fox, nest swing, musical instruments, climbing frame and tunnels.

Read more about Livvi’s Place Ryde here.

Auburn Botanic Gardens

Auburn Botanic Gardens Sydney

The delightfully zen Auburn Botanic Gardens are located in Auburn, in South-West Sydney. Established in 1977, the gardens are surprisingly tucked away in a suburban pocket between rows of houses. Spread over 9.7 hectares, the gardens are a serene place to enjoy nature. They include a waterfall, inclusive playground, Japanese garden and plenty of native animals like kangaroos and wildlife.

Read more about Auburn Botanic Gardens .

Ollie Webb Reserve Parramatta

Ollie Webb Reserve Parramatta

Parramatta’s first all-inclusive playground opened in early 2019. It features climbing structures, water play with a splash play area and water pumps, an elevated sandpit, an accessible carousel, swings, BBQ facilities and excellent bathrooms.

Read the full review of Ollie Webb Reserve playground here .

The Central Gardens Nature Reserve Merrylands

Central Gardens, Merrylands: The best of southwest Sydney for families via christineknight.me

The Central Gardens Nature Reserve, also called the Central Gardens, is a nature reserve in the southwest Sydney suburb of Merrylands. The 12 hectare park features two playgrounds, animal enclosures, BBQ areas, a flat path perfect for scooters and bikes, plus a small waterfall feature.

Read more about visiting the Central Gardens Nature Reserve here.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney

As well as featuring six galleries with rotating exhibitions, the Powerhouse also has a pair of three-story decommissioned tanks that are open to the public as legal graffiti spaces.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney

The Casula Powerhouse runs family-friendly art programs throughout the year. Check out their upcoming events and workshops here .

Get more info on visiting the Casula Powerhouse here .

Image credit: Casula Powerhouse

Casula Parklands Adventure Playground

Casula Parklands Sydney

The brand new Casula Parklands has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults. Located near the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the park features play equipment and fitness training for all ages.

Casula Parklands Sydney

The $15 million park includes a ninja warrior training course for teens and adults, toddler climbing equipment, older kid / tween climbing equipment, flying foxes, swings, on and off-leash dog parks and a fitness area.

Get more info on visiting Casula Parklands Adventure Playground .

Blaxland Riverside Park

Blaxland Riverside Playground via christineknight.me

A gorgeous spot for families with one of the biggest playgrounds in Sydney set among three hectares of rolling hills and big open spaces. The playground caters for kids of all ages and abilities with a fantastic water play area (the largest outdoor water play facility in NSW), moving play elements, high and steep landforms and hidden and confined spaces. There’s a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disk, Viking swing and a multi-level tree house to be discovered and enjoyed.

Get more info on Blaxland Riverside Park .

Museum of Fire

The Museum of Fire, Penrith

Enjoy exhibits focusing on fire safety and firefighting and explore historic fire trucks at the Museum of Fire in Penrith.

Junior firefighters will enjoy puzzles, dress-ups, fire safety activities and computer games.

Get more info on visiting the Museum of Fire here .

Image credit: Destination NSW Adam Hollingsworth

Museums Discovery Centre (MDC)

Inside the Museums Discovery Centre you’ll find millions of treasures and the opportunity to learn about museum collecting, conservation and research practices.

Get more info on the MDC here .

NSW Rail Museum

NSW Rail Museum Australia

Get more info on visiting the NSW Rail Museum here .

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan via christineknight.me

Explore Australia’s unique plant life at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, a 416-hectare botanical garden located in Mount Annan, between Campbelltown and Camden. The wide, flat paths are a delight to follow as they weave in and around the garden areas, as are the grassy hills to roll down!

The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan via christineknight.me

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan has free entry, picnic shelters, barbecues and a playground with an excellent flying fox, making it the perfect outing for families.

Get more info on visiting the  Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan .

Featherdale Wildlife Park

The Best Place To Meet A Koala in Sydney

Get more info on visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park .

Calmsley Hill City Farm

#Calmsley Hill City Farm via brunchwithmybaby.com

The place to introduce city kids to a farm! Calmsley Hill City Farm has plenty of farm animals to get up close to, plus tractor rides and interactive shows such as sheep shearing, a small playground, picnic area and cafe.

Get more info on visiting  Calmsley Hill City Farm .

Skyline Drive-In Blacktown

Skyline Drive-In Blacktown Sydney

Watch a movie under the stars at Sydney’s last remaining drive-in movie theatre. Introduce kids to the movie experience of a bygone era complete with a Happy Days-style diner, spiders and choc-tops. The gates open at 5:30pm, with parking allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tune your car’s FM radio or bring along a portable radio to hear the movie. Before you leave home, check session times for what’s on .

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

The site of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games is now a monument to sporting legends and a peaceful parkland. Visit Cathy Freeman Park to see the Olympic Cauldron that was used throughout the games and has been transformed into a water feature that kids love to play under in summer, located next to a shady playground and vast grassy field.

To get there: Take a 30 minute train trip from Central Station to Olympic Park Station or a ferry from Circular Quay to Sydney Olympic Park Wharf.

Get info on visiting Sydney Olympic Park here.

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Visiting Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center

Get more information on visiting the  Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre .

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park, Sydney, Australia

A fave for families with its wide expanses of undulating hills, plenty of shade and picnic spots. Bicentennial Park is a beautiful location that combines mangrove wetlands with 40 hectares of gentle hills, meadows, lakes, playgrounds and picnic shelters. Driving to this park is the best option but parking can also be a challenge so arrive early.

Read more about visiting Bicentennial Park .

Brickpit Ring Walk

Search for endangered frogs and learn about Sydney’s brick-making history on this elevated walk over wetlands.

Read more about visiting the Brickpit Ring Walk .

Wentworth Common

Wentworth Common Sydney Olympic Park

Enjoy a quiet picnic at this hidden gem of a park. Kids will love the huge adventure playground and bushland setting.

Read more about visiting Wentworth Common .

Newington Armory

Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park

The world heritage-listed Newington Armory is now an industrial arts precinct with a fab sculpture walk (or bike) along the Parramatta River.

Read more about visiting the Newington Armory .

Ryde Park Playground & Scooter Track

Ryde Park, Sydney, Australia

Get more info on Ryde Park here .

Western Sydney Parklands

Plough and Harrow: Best of Southwest Sydney for Families via christineknight.me

An urban park and nature reserve located in Sydney’s western suburbs, the Western Sydney Parklands contains various parks and attractions that are perfect for families to enjoy.

Plough and Harrow

Plough and Harrow: Best of Southwest Sydney for Families via christineknight.me

This popular picnic spot is surrounded by bush and features a playground, cafe, high ropes course and wide open spaces for kids to run free. The playground’s hamster wheel is particularly popular!

Get more info on visiting Plough and Harrow .

Lizard Log Park & Playground

Lizard Log Park and Playground

A nature-themed playground with a bush setting, Lizard Log also features walking and cycling tracks plus barbecue stations.

Read more about visiting Lizard Log Park and Playground .

Treetop Adventure Park

TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney via christineknight.me

Adventurous kids will adore getting up high in the gum trees with the Treetop self-guided rope courses. With rope ladders, wobbly bridges and zip lines to navigate, it’s the perfect place for kids to test their problem-solving ability as well as push physical boundaries. Kids must be aged three and older to participate, with the children’s rope course designed for ages 3-9. Treetops Adventure park is located at the Plough and Harrow park.

Get more info on visiting Treetop Adventure Park .

Sydney Zoo

Located next to the sprawling Western Sydney Parklands, Sydney Zoo is home to over 2000 animal species, housed in 30 custom, state-of-the-art exhibits. 

Get more info on visiting Sydney Zoo .

Raging Waters Sydney

Wet 'n' Wild, Sydney, Australia

Cool down at Raging Waters Sydney (formerly Wet’n’Wild SYDNEY), a water theme park filled with over 40 slides, a zone dedicated to kids under 5 and a sandy beach. Popular with younger kids is the Nickelodeon Beach water splash park area that features characters like Dora, Spongebob and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Get more info on visiting Raging Waters Sydney.

Image credit: Havewheelchairwilltravel.net . 

Bungarribee Park

Bungarribee Western Sydney Parklands

Get more info on visiting Bungarribee Park .

Bigge Park, Liverpool

Bigge Park, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia

Bigge Park in Liverpool, a south-west suburb of Sydney, received a $5 million upgrade a few years back. The upgrade included a fantastic free water play area. Bigge Park also includes an accessible playground, a regular playground and climbing equipment.

Get more info on visiting Bigge Park .

Variety Livvi’s Place, Bankstown

Variety Livvis Place Playground Bankstown Sydney Australia

The Canterbury-Bankstown area’s first all-abilities playground opened in late 2018, a joint project between Variety, the Children’s Charity, and the Touched by Olivia foundation. The fully-fenced playground features picnic and bbq facilities, bathrooms, Variety Livvi’s Place includes a sensory zone, flying fox with accessible seats, a climbing net, trampoline, swings with accessible seats, water play area, a climbing tower with ground level play features, two nest swings, roller table, accessible carousel, slides, a nature trail, sand play and a lizard log carved from wood.

Get more info on visiting  Variety Livvi’s Place here.

Fairfield Adventure Park Playground

Fairfield Adventure Playground Sydney

Especially designed to provide a play space for kids of a variety of ages, the Fairfield Adventure Playground brings the “wow” factor in spades. The park opened in 2015 after a $1.4 million council investment. With the star attractions designed specifically for teens, this is a unique playground that provides a much-needed recreational space for older kids.

Get more info on visiting the Fairfield Adventure Park Playground here.

Parramatta CBD River Foreshore Park

The second oldest city in Australia, Parramatta was founded in 1788 – the same year as Sydney. Walk up Church street to discover its vibrant, multicultural food scene, or walk along the river to discover the city’s rich history.

Parramatta CBD Riverside Foreshore Park

Parramatta CBD River Foreshore Park

We love this playground with its tall slides and sand play area, situated right on the banks of the Parramatta River.

Get more info on the Parramatta CBD River Foreshore Park here.

James Ruse Reserve Playground

James Ruse Reserve Playground via christineknight.me

Get more info on the  James Ruse Reserve Playground  here.

Parramatta Park

Domain Creek Playground, Parramatta Park: The best of southwest Sydney for families

This World Heritage Listed park is a must see. Gazetted as a People’s Park in 1858, Parramatta Park been a place for locals to enjoy for over 150 years. It’s also home to Old Government House, a historic site and museum and Australia’s oldest surviving building.  Parramatta Park also features wide open spaces with shady trees for picnics, a large formal rose garden, a creek and two playgrounds. Get info on upcoming events in Parramatta Park .

Gatehouse Tea Rooms, Parramatta Park

Gatehouse Tea Rooms: High Tea Parramatta

Enjoy high tea in the historic Gatehouse, located in beautiful Parramatta Park. Choose from a traditional high tea, savoury high tea or kids high tea. Gluten-free high tea, dairy-free high tea and vegan high tea are available.

Parramatta Park is rich in colonial history. In 2007 the park and Gatehouse building were granted World Heritage Listing by UNESCO.

Built in 1887, the Gatehouse is one of the oldest high tea venues in Australia, and my favourite spot for high tea in Parramatta.

Get more info on the Gatehouse Tea Rooms here .

Gatehouse Tea Rooms , Macquarie St Gatehouse, Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Domain Creek Playground Parramatta Park

Domain Creek Playground, Parramatta Park: The best of southwest Sydney for families

Get more info on visiting Domain Creek Playground .

Paperbark Playground

Parramatta Park Playground

Paperback Playground is the newest playground in the park and has some inclusive features. Located in the historic Gardens Precinct near the George Street Gatehouse, the playground is best suited to children and toddlers. Features include an accessible sandpit, swings and a carousel which kids with varied mobility, including wheelchair users, can use, as well as the ‘explorer dome’ centrepiece – a maze made of nets, ropes, ladders and tubes best suited to older children. The playground floor is covered with ‘Softfall’ pavements and there’s plenty of seats for parents and carers.

Parramatta Park Playground

Thank you to Have Wheelchair Will Travel for the images. 

Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm, Sydney, Australia

Built in 1973 for John and Elizabeth Macarthur, Elizabeth Farm is one of the oldest homes in Australia. Inside the house you’ll find reproductions of furnishings and objects that belonged to the home’s original owners. Wander the recreated 1930s garden or enjoy a Devonshire tea at the tea room. The scones are some of the best we have ever tasted.

Elizabeth Farm, Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth Farm runs year-round family tours and programs to engage kids in the history of the property and introduce them to what life was like during the early 19th century. Kids will get a kick out of trying to do the laundry in a tub, throwing quoits or doing some craft. Get info on upcoming events and programs here .

Carnes Hill Community & Recreation Precinct & Skate Plaza

Carnes Hill Skate Plaza October 2016

This lively community precinct includes an excellent library with large kids’ area, excellent playground, community centre, outdoor fitness stations, gym, cafe, sports courts and picnic areas. The Carnes Hill Skate Plaza is also located in the precinct, a fab spot for kids to bring their scooters and bikes and enjoy a sprawling park that is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. 

Images courtesy of Liverpool City Council

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Find a list of the best things to do in Sydney with kids  here.

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Head to one of the best museums in Sydney here.

Check out things to do in Sydney on a rainy day  here.

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Things to do in Western Sydney: Local, Best-kept Secrets You Need to Discover for Yourself

For a fun and lively weekend, head west and make your way through our pick of the best things to do in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Parklands

Sydneysiders are adventurous at heart. We love going on day trips up the coast and holidays across the state, but we aren’t so great at getting around our own town. We’re all looking for more local places to explore, and we have just the region for you. Less than an hour outside the CBD you reach Western Sydney . A cultural melting pot with a thriving foodie, arts and events scene.

Delving into the heartland of Western Sydney, from Parramatta and Granville to the Blue Mountains and Penrith, we have explored the west to uncover its best-kept local secrets. To avoid FOMO, we suggest you take a read of our edit of the best things to do in Western Sydney and plan your next weekend adventure.

Things to do in Western Sydney: Eat

Harvey's Hot Sandwiches

Harvey's Hot Sandwiches

Harvey's Hot Sandwiches is bringing back retro diner charm and REAL sandwiches. Imagine a 1950's American diner made a baby with the classic Australian milk bar, and you have Harvey's. What about the food? Let's start with the bread, which is thick and fluffy inside, yet nice and crisp on the outside. You could take a nap on these bad boys. Then, it's stuffed with all the fillings and extra portions of meaty, cheesy, and mouth-watering goodness.

4.05, 12 Darcy Street, Parramatta 

An Nhien Vegetarian Cuisine

An Nhien Vegetarian Cuisine

Responsible for not only some of the best Vietnamese food, An Nhien is known to serve up some of the best meat-free food in Western Sydney. Although it’s advertised as vegetarian, the menu manages to be almost entirely vegan without compromising on flavour. Our recommendations would be to start with the generous peking wraps and eggplant claypot before moving onto the extensive range of congee and vermicelli dishes. 

21/180 Railway Parade, Cabramatta

Assorted Asian dishes and colourful cocktails at LILYMU Parramatta

Known for their fresh takes on Middle Eastern cuisine, Ibby Moubadder and Jorge Farah, the duo behind Nour and Henrietta have changed tack with Lilymu . The team are putting their best foot forward for their Parramatta restaurant with a menu by Brendan Fong (Mr Wong) that highlights the dynamic flavours of Chinese and South-East Asian cuisines. Their banquet menus are truly spectacular with fresh snapper and coconut ceviche, Kingfish sashimi with toasted rice, chicken larb, wagyu beef and, our personal pick, black garlic Mie Goreng served with leek, bean sprouts and topped with a tantalizing egg yolk. Plus, you’ll be able to wash everything down with a cocktail (or two). 

Parramatta Square, 153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Abla's Pastries & Café

Abla’s Pastries & Café

When you feel like something sweet, make your way to Abla’s Pastries – the Granville-based store that’s been satisfying sugary cravings for over 30 years. There are over 200 sweets on offer (yes, really!), and while the cakes, biscuits, nougat and handmade chocolates are tempting, Abla’s shines brightest when it comes to traditional Lebanese desserts. Think flaky pastries topped with honey and crushed nuts, and you get the idea. 

48-52 Railway Parade, Granville

Al Aseel

For award-winning Lebanese food that’s also cheap and cheerful, head to Al Aseel . Our advice is to go hungry so that you can feast on the likes of spice-filled lamb shoulder, king prawns, and mezze dishes served with flatbread straight from the oven. Al Aseel is also great at catering to special dietary requirements.

Bankstown, Greenacre, Parramatta and Penrith

MISC.

With delicious food, breath-taking scenery and perfectly puffy flatbread,  MISC.  might be one of Western Sydney's best restaurants. Nestled within Parramatta Park and designed by Nic Graham ( QT Hotels ), this modern courtyard restaurant is the brainchild of restauranteur and  Gogglebox -er Jad Nehmetallah. The menu from executive chef Sebastian Geray and industry heavy-weight Joel Bennetts is an approachable Mediterranean menu with a delicious selection of all-day eats.

Bynes Avenue, Within Parramatta Park

Things to do in Western Sydney: Drink

Theo's Rooftop

Theo's Rooftop

Perched high above the bustling Parramatta streetscape,  Theo's Rooftop  is a true gem among the best restaurants in Western Sydney. From the moment you step off the elevator and are greeted by the warm and inviting atmosphere, you know you're in for something special. The rooftop boasts stunning views of the city skyline, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for your dining experience. The menu offers a range of delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes, each crafted with the finest ingredients and bursting with flavour. Whether you're savouring the fresh seafood or indulging in perfectly grilled meats, every bite is a true delight for the senses. 

21-25 Woodriff Street, Penrith

Mr Watkins

Mr Watkins Bar

Sitting pretty on High Street, this café-slash-restaurant-slash-bar is cool yet approachable. Serving up classic eats and bar snacks, make sure to arrive hungry at Mr Watkins Bar . If you love cocktails and have a keen sense of adventure, their signature list will be right up your alley. From light, botanical blends to robust, flavoursome heavyweights, there is something for everyone to love.

467 High Street, Penrith

ALEX & Co (Photo credit: Destination NSW)

ALEX & Co

Parramatta’s ALEX & Co is the perfect all-day dining destination. The fresh interiors and neon-lined stairs provide a touch of party vibes. Complementing the funky interiors, the delicious menu of bar classic will leave you wanting more. Better still, they have happy hour every day of the week and serve up some of Western Sydney’s best cocktails.

Lot 2-4/330 Church Street, Parramatta

Things to do in Western Sydney: Play

Skyline Drive-in Cinema Blacktown

Skyline Drive-In Cinema

For a bit of nostalgia, Skyline Drive-In Cinema endures all four seasons, but it shines brightest in summer. Part of Event Cinemas, the venue is always running the latest new releases, so Western Sydney’s film buffs know where to venture on balmy nights. Grab your friends, snacks and vehicle – ideally with a large boot that allows you to spread out.

Cricketers Arms Road, Blacktown

Raging Waters Sydney

Raging Waters Sydney

For an awesome day out this summer*, Raging Waters Sydney has got you sorted. This ultra-fun water park in the heart of Western Sydney has a massive range of rides, slides, and pools to ensure you have an unforgettable time. Needing a lunchtime break spot? Book a beach view cabana to relax in before you hit up the rides again post-lunch.

427 Reservoir Road, Prospect

*Currently closed for the winter

The Mind at Work, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

From creative workshops and exhibitions, to an extensive film program and live music offering, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has something inspiring on show for every kind of creative. 

1 Powerhouse Road, Casula

iFLY Sydney

iFLY Sydney

Nothing gets the adrenalin pumping quite like skydiving does. But if the leap out of a plane, cruising at up to 15,000 feet, freefalling at over 200km/hr and floating to the ground is a bit too much for you, why not try indoor skydiving? At iFLY you can get the rush of skydiving without the jump and fall factor. You’ll feel like you’re flying as you float on a cushion of controlled air, and your instructor will help you get the most fun out of the experience.

123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith

Centenary Square, Parramatta (Photo credit: Destination NSW)

Parramatta Farmers Market

Handpicked and crafted with love is the spirit at these markets. From seasonal produce to organic dairy, fresh-cut flowers and gourmet treats, everything at Parramatta Farmers Market is handmade. Along with an impressive array of local produce, the market entices with international cuisines, sweet treats and artisan finds.

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 2pm.

Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta

Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (Photo credit: Destination NSW)

Riverside Parramatta

The home of musical theatre and cabaret, Riverside Parramatta has been entertaining audiences with their wide array of new and re-interpreted works. Frequently hosting a number of independent productions and festival shows you are bound to find some unique talents and quirky productions.

Corner Market and Church Street, Parramatta

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Home to world-class sporting and recreation facilities, and a bounty of nature reserves and walking tracks, Sydney Olympic Park is your local go-to action centre. While you’re there you can  hire a bike  to ride around the park, or get your eye in with an  archery session . If walking, running, swimming and jumping is all too much for you, set down your picnic rug and enjoy a good book in the fresh air.

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

The Joan is Western Sydney’s arts and culture hub, with a huge line-up of artistic performances that capture the cross between culture and community. From all-genres of dance and lively musicals to gigs and theatre performances, there is always something great to catch at The Joan.

597 High Street, Penrith

Things to do in Western Sydney: Explore

Western Sydney Parklands

Western Sydney Parklands

Arguably one of Western Sydney’s most versatile hangouts, the picturesque Western Sydney Parklands offer everything from walks and picnic spots , to lookouts and animal encounters across an impressive 5,280-hectare site. With so much room to move, you’ll have no trouble finding your group a private little corner to spread out your blanket and feast in style amongst breathtaking scenery.

Eastern Creek

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

You don’t need to travel too far for an eco-friendly, safari experience. In Western Sydney at Featherdale Wildlife Park , you’ll meet some of the most incredible species on earth, and find out how you can help their survival. Each day they have scheduled encounter sessions with lorikeets, pelicans, koalas, penguins, quokkas, and crocodiles, where you can get up close and personal.

Entry- From $26

217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside

TreeTops

TreeTop Adventure Park combines exploration and play, making it the perfect family-friendly adventure. Discover an exciting new world, high up in the treetops, made up of a vast network of obstacles like rope ladders, tunnels and zip lines. You’ll experience a whole new sense of gravity and appreciation for nature as you make your way through the self-guided course.

Plough & Harrow East, Western Sydney Parklands, 749 Elizabeth Drive, Abbotsbury

Taste Cultural Food Tours

Taste Cultural Food Tours

If you like to experience a region through their cuisine, then you need to book yourself a spot on a Taste Cultural Food Tour . With eight different tours available across Western Sydney, you’ll get to taste the region’s best food. From Aussie produce and Vietnamese cuisine, to Indian flavours and Mediterranean fare, each tour celebrates the cultural diversity of Western Sydney and its incredible culinary history.

22 Queen Street, Granville

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park

For an action-packed afternoon head straight to Bicentennial Park , set on the Sydney Olympic Park site. With views of the wetlands, bike trails and parks, you can set up a picnic for lunch and chill out all afternoon.

Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Zoo

Not just a day out for kids, adults will love spending a leisurely afternoon wandering meandering paths and taking a peek at the inhabiting wildlife at Sydney Zoo . With exhibits dedicated to marine life, primates, native fauna, and Asian and African animals, there is much to explore. If you’re looking for a unique experience, check out their animal encounters where you can get up-close and personal with meerkats, capybaras and dingo puppies.

700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee

One of the many lookouts overlooking a scenic view of the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

While in Western Sydney, book in a day trip to explore the mountains. Where the Australian bush gives way to villages that echo bygone eras, the Blue Mountains in all its rugged beauty has plenty to offer on and off the beaten track.

From the world heritage Blue Mountains National Park to the rustic elegance of colonial homes and villages, the Blue Mountains has a charm that draws the crowds. Boutique shopping, art galleries and a burgeoning foodie scene that plays on the very essence of home-style cooking ensure people come for the incredible vistas but stay for the warm hospitality.

If the day trip turns into an overnight escape, you can book in a stay at  Fairmont Blue Mountains Resort & Spa.  With the renowned  Ukiba Day Spa  and  five dining destinations   all within the resort, you may very well end up booking a second night to make the most of it!

Things to do in Western Sydney: Stay

The William Inglis Hotel

The William Inglis Hotel

Warwick Farm’s William Inglis Hotel combines boutique, five star luxury with thoroughbred horses. Spanning eight levels and 144 rooms, this hotel is a stone’s throw from the racecourse. Following the equine theme, each guest room is personalised to the champion racehorse it is named after, featuring an artistic painting of the winning jockey silks, and an image or original artwork of the horse.

The hotel has a paddock-to-plate restaurant,  The Newmarket Room , which focuses on heroing local produce, and   1867 Lounge   pours high-end whisky and wine for the perfect after dinner tipple. For self-care, The William Inglis Hotel boasts a kitted-out 24-hour gym and their luxurious day spa offers a variety of indulgent massages and beauty treatments.

From $202 per night

155 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Nestled in 10 acres of bushland in the Blue Mountains, this adults-only eco-retreat is seriously luxe. Spicers Sangoma Retreat has eight spacious suites with striking African décor, freestanding tubs, wraparound balconies and day beds that double as sunset spots. When you leave your room, you’ll be greeted with an infinity lap pool, a shared living area, and a restaurant dishing up gourmet delights.

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Astina Suites is an outstanding option for accommodation in Western Sydney. With its elegant and modern design, impeccable service, and luxurious amenities, it offers a truly remarkable stay. The spacious suites provide utmost comfort and convenience, while the prime location ensures easy access to nearby attractions. Astina Suites promises an unforgettable experience for discerning travellers.

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If you’re looking for a hotel that has it all, book a stay at Novotel Sydney Parramatta. Situated in the heart of the CBD, the newly renovated rooms are modern in look and feel and have been designed for absolute comfort. Take your pick between four rooms and two suites, with the option of either park or river views.

Make the most of your stay by exploring everything the hotel has to offer. Make some time to work out in the gym before putting on your swimmers and taking a dip in the outdoor pool and spa.

When it comes to dining look no further than the modern Australian cuisine at 350 Restaurant & Lounge . We recommend pairing any dish with a vino from their award-winning wine list.

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For a five-star experience in Western Sydney look no further than Pullman Sydney Olympic Park . Spacious and well appointed, you’ll find all the creature comforts of luxury accommodation within your room or suite.

For foodies there is plenty to taste and experience, with a host of gourmet offers to whet your appetite. From an indulgent three-course set menu to a luxurious high tea experience, Bacar Restaurant is your one-stop culinary shop.

If you’re looking to get in some retail therapy, head over to DFO Homebush. One of Sydney’s largest outlet shopping centres, you can get your hands on clothes from a range of local and international brands.

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Spanning from Windsor to Campbelltown to Lidcombe, Western Sydney is brimming with strong communities, diverse cultures and plenty of attractions. Complete with delicious food, adrenaline-pumping adventure and lush parklands, there are countless day trips and fun things to do in Western Sydney.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most fun things to do in Western Sydney along with some day trip recommendations for the region.

Read more:  10 Awesome Reasons to Live in Western Sydney

7 fun things to do in Western Sydney

1. eat some of sydney’s best food.

Greater Western Sydney is a melting pot of cultures and, as a result, offers some of the city’s best food. You’ll find the best Vietnamese food outside Vietnam, mouth-watering charcoal chicken, and more falafel than you could ever hope to eat. 

For authentic and delicious Vietnamese food visit Cabramatta, where you’ll find steaming pho without having to look far. 

For charcoal chicken, our recommendation is El Jannah , a family-owned Lebanese charcoal chicken shop with locations across Western Sydney.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can book a taste tour where a guide will take you through the best restaurants in Greater Western Sydney.

2. Enjoy a schooner at one of Sydney’s oldest pubs

If you don’t know what a schooner is, you’re not alone; this measure of beer is unique to Australia. Originating in the 1930s, a schooner refers to a 425ml glass. 

One of the best things to do in Western Sydney is to grab yourself a schooner or two at the Royal Cricketer’s Arms . This Western Sydney establishment is over 100 years old and the perfect place to soak up some local history along with an ice-cold beer.

3. Explore the great outdoors

If you’re wondering what to do in Western Sydney, simply step outside! The region boasts a unique mix of busy metropolitan areas and lush natural landscapes. 

For instance, the Western Sydney Parklands offer a vast green oasis where you can easily spend the day enjoying a walk in nature. Looking for something a little more exciting? Challenge yourself both mentally and physically at TreeTops Adventure . Make your way across over 100 aerial obstacles as you move through the Australian bush while suspended in the air. Here you’ll also find Australia’s fastest Zipcoaster – perfect for adrenaline junkies!

4. Defy gravity at iFLY Sydney indoor skydiving

Speaking of adrenaline, this is yet another heart-racing thing to do in Western Sydney: iFLY , an indoor skydiving experience. 

Those brave enough to take part get geared up before entering a tunnel-like structure where you fly on a cushion of controlled air. Each session includes training from a highly trained flight instructor plus time in the air. 

5. Meet some Aussie animals

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be spoiled for choice of fun things to do in Western Sydney. The region has not one, but two fantastic animal parks where you can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous creatures. At Featherdale Wildlife Park , you can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo or even take a selfie with a quokka.

Animals from further abroad can be encountered at Sydney Zoo , which is set up as a safari experience. Here you can have close encounters with giraffes and camels or even lions – if you’re brave enough, of course!

6. Go for a splash

Greater Western Sydney is home to Raging Waters Sydney , one of Australia’s best water parks. On a hot summer’s day, there is no better way to cool off than by tackling Raging Waters’ huge water slides and rides.

If water slides aren’t your thing and you’re more of an adventurer, whitewater rafting might be just right for you. Located in Penrith, guided white water rafting will leave you soaked, exhausted, and having experienced an adrenaline thrill like no other.

7. Catch a show at Riverside Parramatta

Make the most of your time in Western Sydney and catch a live performance or film at Riverside Theatres . This premier performing arts venue in Parramatta is home to roughly 750 performances and events each year for theatre-goers of all ages.

Catch musical acts, comedy shows, dance performances, foreign language films, Q&A screenings, exhibitions on screen and plenty more. Check out what’s on at the Riverside Theatres’ website . 

3 fun day trips from Western Sydney

1. blue mountains.

If you’re interested in spending the whole day in the great outdoors and tackling a hike or two along the way, visit Western Sydney’s famous Blue Mountains . 

Here you can see breathtaking views of world-heritage listed sites like the Three Sisters, and enjoy the sounds of the local wildlife as you hike. You can even partake in guided activities like abseiling, canyoning, canoeing, horseback riding and more. 

2. Royal National Park

A day trip to the Royal National Park is a must if you’re wondering what to do in and around Western Sydney. Established in 1879, the park – known among locals as ‘The Royal’ – is the second-oldest national park in the world.

Located south of Sydney’s CBD, a trip here will start with a one-hour drive from Western Sydney. Once you arrive, you’ll be spoiled for choice of how to spend your time in this massive outdoor playground. Featuring everything from lush rainforest to pristine beach, you can go for a bush walk, a bike ride, a surf or all of the above!

3. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

North of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is particularly accessible for those living in Western Sydney suburbs like Parramatta and Blacktown. A popular choice for day trips, this picturesque and history-rich landscape has so much to see and do. 

If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed excursion, pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views as your backdrop. Alternatively, you can have a more active day, cycling or bushwalking along the park’s many trails.

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Ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide, Western Sydney University is a top choice for international students. From a wide variety of courses to unparalleled student support, discover everything that Western Sydney University has to offer . 

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9 Charming Small Towns Less Than Two Hours From Sydney

These picturesque towns come with excellent markets, scenic lookouts and stunning architecture.

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Dotted across NSW are these picture-perfect towns with miles of rolling hills, lush forests, cascading waterfalls and of course, spectacular beaches . There’s a distinct quality to these small towns, maybe because they haven’t succumbed to the madness and rush of their metropolitan counterparts or because they allow us to step into a time warp with cobblestone streets and vintage shops . If you’re looking to get out of the city, add these small towns just under two hours from Sydney to your list.

1. Berrima, Southern Highlands

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Berrima is a quiet village in the Southern Highlands full of history and charm. Enjoy a moment of pause in this idyllic spot and sip on its many delicious wines or head to one of its picturesque riverside walks . The Berrima Heritage Walk takes you through the history of the place dating back to the 1830s. As you saunter along Berrima’s main street, you’ll find a number of quaint cafés, antique shops and bakeries lined along the historical village. Other must-do activities include the Berrima River Walk where you can find yourself up close to some adorable platypuses and a visit to the Courthouse Museum .

If your idea of an ideal weekend includes a book, a cosy corner and a drink, you’ll want to add Berkelouw Book Barn to your list. At the century-old bookhouse , you’ll find a number of literary treasures and a quiet space all to yourself. There’s also a winery close at hand which is always a plus. Find more things to see, eat and do in the Southern Highlands here .

Distance: 2-hour drive from Sydney.

2. Berry, South Coast NSW

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Berry is yet another scenic town with a laidback atmosphere and a tight spirit of community. Located in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast , Berry provides holidayers with a bit of everything — the coast, the bush, valleys, great eats and everything in between. Head to the Berry Historic Museum and learn more about the town’s history or browse for souvenirs in one of its many heritage shops. Have a lazy afternoon tea at The Berry Tea Shop or indulge your sweet tooth at The Treat Factory . A visit to Berry is also incomplete without a stop at its iconic Donut Van .

If you prefer the outdoors, you’ll want to explore Kangaroo Valley and Jaspers Brush or make your way to The Berry Markets , renowned for their local produce, flowers, breads and cheeses.

Distance: 2 hour drive from Sydney.

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3. Bowral, Southern Highlands

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The Southern Highlands never disappoint, especially Bowral. It’s the ideal town to enjoy nature, a glass of wine and experience a slice of country life.

Cafe hopping in Bowral comes highly suggested with some of the most Instagrammed cafés in NSW located in the town. Trawl for your favourite classic reads at Plantation while enjoying their famed coffee or have high tea at Your Vintage Occasion — a cafe plus vintage emporium and antiques market . Lookouts and walking trails at Mount Gibraltar Reserve, Corbett Gardens and a picnic at Cherry Tree Walk are also worth exploring.

Distance: 1 hour, 45-minute drive from Sydney.

4. Wollombi, Hunter Valley

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Situated 29 kilometres southwest of Cessnock, Wollombi might be the Hunter’s best-kept secret. The historic town is a maze of well-preserved streets, pretty cottages and fine country pubs. The town will throw you back to the 19th century with its magnificent architecture . Head to St Michael’s Church, St John’s Church and the Wollombi Endeavour Museum for a little glimpse. And of course, while you’re in the Hunter Valley you can’t not make a pit stop at one of its wine shops .

The Undercliff Winery comes highly recommended for some of the best wine tastings in the region. If you’re visiting around Easter, make sure to stick around for the Wollombi markets, popular for their cheese, jams, breads and of course, wine.

5. Leura, Blue Mountains

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Leura is a small town just east of Katoomba and is often hailed as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Blue Mountains. The town also comes with a wide range of attractions to choose from. Head for brunch to the Instagram-famous Sorensen’s Glasshouse or get your fill of Mediterranean cuisine at Leura Garage .

Take a leisurely stroll down the expansive Everglades Gardens which beautifully blend the Australian bush and with European-style landscapes or just walk around taking in the sights. Leura also has a number of fascinating bushwalks . Some to add to your list: Leura Cascades, Gordon Falls, Leura Forest, Sublime Point and Jamison Lookout . There are heaps of warm and pleasant cafes lining the streets and a distinct Edwardian-style charm to the village.

Distance: 1.5-hour drive from Sydney.

Terrigal, Central Coast

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Living in NSW means being surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And while there’s no dearth of stunning beaches in Sydney, if you’re looking to get away from the maddening crowds, Terrigal on the Central Coast is an easily accessible location. Expect golden sand beaches, an exciting night life and loads of underwater activities.

Worth exploring is the tranquil Terrigal Beach, the Terrigal Haven, a small, sheltered cove across the main beach and it’s thriving local market scene. Also highly recommended is The Skillion, an iconic landmark with spectacular, gold-from-the-sun views of the town. Absolutely unmissable is the Avoca Beach Theatre which has been nominated as the top 10 most beautiful cinemas in the world and won a number of accolades for it’s old school vibe and nostalgic charm.

Distance: 1.5 hour drive from Sydney.

6. St Albans, Hawkesbury

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The trip to St Albans is as pretty as the town itself. Passing through the outer suburb of Dural, you’ll travel along the Old Northern Road to the village. Have lunch at the delightful Settlers Arms Inn , nestled between mountains and valleys, it serves both amazing pub grub and genuinely great views.

For theatre, entertainment and dining options the Maltings Mall is an ideal option. For sailing, rowing and other activities, water enthusiasts will want to add Stanborough Lakes , a 126-acre water park to their list.

7. Blackheath, Blue Mountains

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The quiet town of Blackheath is another gem in the Blue Mountains . And all the best things in the village are free. Anchored by stunning lookouts right from Govetts Leap to Anvil Rock , Blackheath is the place to be for the wild at heart. Lined along its beautiful streets are a number of cafes and galleries along with an exceptional shopping scene.

The Grand Canyon Track is an excellent spot to add to your itinerary with all the rainforest vibes and lush hiking trails.

8. The Entrance, Central Coast

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If you’re after a coastal town , The Entrance makes for an excellent day trip. An old favourite amongst Sydneysiders, there are a number of activities to keep you occupied in this lovely seaside town. Beachgoers can swim or surf in the turquoise waters of The Entrance Beach while adventure enthusiasts can cycle the Tuggerah Lake to brilliant views. At the foreshore and high street, you’ll find a number of eateries and pubs along with live music and ice cream parlours. Also close by is Long Jetty which comes with a variety of retro shops and cosy cafes.

9. Terrigal, Central Coast

Living in NSW means being surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And while there’s no dearth of stunning beaches in Sydney, if you’re looking to get away from the maddening crowds, Terrigal on the Central Coast is an easily accessible location. Expect sandy beaches , exciting nightlife and loads of underwater activities .

Worth exploring is the tranquil Terrigal Beach , the Terrigal Haven , a small, sheltered cove across the main beach and its thriving local market scene. Also highly recommended is The Skillion , an iconic landmark with spectacular, gold-from-the-sun views of the town. Absolutely unmissable is the Avoca Beach Theatre which has won a number of accolades for its old-school vibe and nostalgic charm.

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A city of iconic attractions and brilliant beaches, Sydney is a destination you'll never forget.

Sydney is home to must-visit icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but this Harbour City is constantly evolving. New rooftop bars, theatre shows and designer shops pop up at every turn, and the urban excitement is perfectly balanced by afternoons spent lying on the sand. Plus, with diverse destinations at its doorstep, Sydney is the perfect base for day trips and weekends away.

Sydney/Warrane is home to a number of distinct First Nations groups, spanning from the beaches of Bondi out to the Blue Mountains. Warrane refers to the area now known as Circular Quay and Sydney Cove specifically. 

Aboriginal culture is vibrant across the city, and you can experience it on cultural tours, exhibitions and events throughout the year. 

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Being one of Australia’s major cities, getting to Sydney is easy with many international and domestic flights arriving daily. 

  • Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) is 9km (5.5mi) from the city and services international and domestic arrivals
  • Hire cars, rideshare and taxi services and shuttles are conveniently available to book prior to your arrival, or on the day 
  • Sydney Airport is also serviced by an urban train line direct to the city

Sydney offers clean, reliable and affordable public transport services connecting all of the city’s suburbs. Read more about getting around Sydney .

When it comes to weather , Sydney is quite predictable and experiences four distinct seasons. The warmer months are commonly from November to February, with the cooler months being March to August. 

Even if you are visiting in the cooler months, make sure to pack swimwear, as it is common to enjoy warm, sunny days during winter.

  • High season: Spring and summer (November to February)
  • Low season: Winter (June to August)
  • Don’t miss: The long list of festivals and events happening all year long

Throughout Sydney, you’ll find accessible attractions , museums and galleries , heritage landmarks and more.

  • Arrival: Special assistance for people with disabilities, including those with hidden disabilities , is available upon arrival and departure at Sydney Airport.
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  • Accessible experience highlights: Australia in Style provides epic accessible Sydney tours for wheelchair users, and the staff at Let’s Go Surfing are committed to helping everyone ride Bondi’s famous waves.
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