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Sydney West


Adventure in Sydney's west

Head west of Sydney for some fun-packed action and adventure. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sydney West – whitewater rafting, go-karting and even car racing with professional instructors.

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About Sydney West

As you head inland from the city centre to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you'll uncover plenty of things to see and do in Sydney's West. Highlights include historic Parramatta, Australia's second oldest European settlement, and ANZ Stadium, the location for the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

If you like being on the water, travel to Parramatta from Circular Quay by Rivercat, following Sydney Harbour as it heads west to become the Parramatta River. You can also reach Sydney Olympic Park by the Rivercat as well as train. Spend a day touring the famous site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, with its outstanding stadiums, sports facilities and parklands via cycling and walking trails.

Parramatta also has a rich convict history; visit Old Government House – Australia's oldest public building – and the Parramatta Heritage Centre and Visitor Information to learn more. Today, Parramatta is a vibrant multicultural community with restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines.

If you like good food, Cabramatta offers some of the best South-East Asian food around. Enjoy a bowl of pho (noodle soup) or join a Gourmet Safari.

Campbelltown is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers. Explore nature reserves and wildlife trails or see spectacular native flora and fauna at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

At Penrith, enjoy riding the rapids at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The Penrith Valley is blessed with beautiful rivers and national parks that are full of things to see and do. Paddle Nepean Gorge in a canoe, relax with a picnic or enjoy a walk in the unspoiled bushland.

Sydney North

Sydney North

Take a trip over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to discover another side of the city. Enjoy the views over the harbour from Kirribilli or McMahons Point. Catch a ferry to the famous Manly Beach for great waterside dining, shop in sophisticated Mosman , or treat the kids with a visit to Taronga Zoo and Luna Park.

Sydney East

Sydney East

Located between the city and the coast, the eastern suburbs are home to some of the best waterfront restaurant and bars. Have a few drinks overlooking Bondi Beach , taste great seafood at to Watsons Bay , or take a break in a Coogee coffee shop. Make a day of it and take in the spectacular coastline on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Sydney South

Sydney South

Sydney’s southern beaches are ideal for family fun, including Cronulla Beach which is a great spot for fishing. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the coastline through Botany Bay National Park , then learn about the area’s history at La Perouse Museum.

Local areas

  • Appin This historic town dates back to 1811 and was the fifth village in the colony of Sydney.
  • Blacktown Blacktown is a vibrant multicultural city with beautiful nature reserves and parks and cycling pathways within an hour's drive from the Sydney city centre.
  • Cabramatta Cabramatta delivers an authentic slice of South East Asian sights, shops and tastes.
  • Camden Camden has a unique blend of country and urban lifestyles, less than one hour's drive from the centre of Sydney.
  • Campbelltown Campbelltown is part of a vibrant region rich in history, scenic bushland and outdoor adventure.
  • Parramatta Parramatta is a city of elegant parks and important historic sites with a vibrant multicultural population.
  • Penrith One of Sydney's best aquatic playgrounds with beautiful lakes and rivers as well as the Penrith Whitewater Stadium and Sydney International Regatta Centre.
  • Picton Picton is rich in colonial and late-Victorian architecture and retains the tranquillity of a small country town.
  • Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park is a major sporting and entertainment venue set in extensive parklands that form one of Sydney's most popular recreational areas.
  • Sydney West surrounding suburbs Picton, things to do in Picton, how to get to Picton, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, day trips from Sydney, Wollondilly
  • Thirlmere Explore Thirlmere Lakes National Park, part of the Great Blue Mountains Heritage Area.

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