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Travelling out west
Take the kids west of the city, using your Family Funday Sunday pass. For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's buses, trains, ferries and light rail every Sunday.
Western Sydney day trips
There’s plenty of summer fun for the family in western Sydney with exciting attractions and things to do.
For fun in the water make Wet'n'Wild Sydney your first stop with more than 40 slides and attractions. The water theme park's Wet’n’Wild Junior zone features kid-friendly water slides including miniature versions of the larger thrill slides. Located right next door is the new Atura Hotel, a great place to unwind after a full day of fun.
Watch a film from the comfort of your car or under the stars in a deck chair at the nostalgic Blacktown Skyline Drive In Cinema. The 1960s-style retro diner tempts movie-goers with staples such as hotdogs, burgers, malt shakes and banana splits.
For close animal encounters visit Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu and pat a koala. Meet the spring babies at nearby Calmsley Hill City Farm, or have an authentic sheep farm experience at Tobruk Sheep Station.
Sydney Olympic Park offers a wide range of activities designed just for kids during the school holidays and throughout the year. Take a flying trapeze lesson, or join a park ranger to learn about the park's wetlands. Have fun with the interactive water cannons, super-sized aquatic animals and water slides at the indoor water playground at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Hire a bike and explore Bicentennial Park, play a round of mini golf, or try your skills at the Monster Skate path.
Sydney's west celebrates the cultural diversity of its Asian communities during Parramasala in October. Night markets, a Chai Temple and a colourful street parade are just a few of the drawcards at this lively festival. Enjoy art, music and events to thrill the whole family.
Families seeking an adrenaline adventure can head to Penrith for an action-packed introduction to whitewater rafting. All trips begin with a safety briefing and instruction before venturing onto the whitewater with an experienced river guide.
Glide along a flying fox then zip, swing, and leap your way through the treetops at the TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney. The courses vary in difficulty – and height – but there’s something for all age groups from three years and up to enjoy.
Meet Australia's native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and emus. Experience face-to-face encounters with all kinds of wildlife, see an amazingly diverse range of birds and discover several species of reptiles.