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.