Make like the intrepid adventurers who landed in Australia and discover the delights Western Sydney has to offer. Explore UNESCO World Heritage convict sites and pristine wilderness that is made for outdoor activities. Cheer on world-class athletes at a former Olympic venue and go on a gourmet tour of the western suburbs.
Things to do in Sydney’s West
Historic Parramatta, the second British colonial settlement in Australia, is where you can discover Australia's colonial history. It's home to the convict-built Old Government House (the country residence of the first 10 governors), the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum and John Macarthur's Hambledon Cottage Museum.
Parramatta is also considered the heart of the area. It is seen as Sydney's second CBD, which means you'll find all the delights of the city – including food, culture and attractions, just on a smaller scale. Take in a show at the Riverside Theatre, visit a museum and explore the area's thriving food scene.
For insights into Aboriginal heritage, join a bush tucker tour and learn how to play a digeridoo at Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre. Aboriginal-guided tours also explore Dreaming stories in Dharawal National Park, between Appin and Stanwell Park on the coast.
Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby venues were the home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This is where you can swim in the pool where Ian Thorpe won three Olympic gold medals, sign up for archery lessons, explore the many cycle tracks and watch your favourite sporting and music stars at world-class stadiums.
Those looking for an adrenaline rush will head to Penrith for whitewater rafting or Camden for a hot air balloon ride. Outdoors types will want to explore World Heritage-listed wilderness at Thirlmere Lakes National Park while animal lovers will be thrilled at meeting friendly and deadly animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park, near Blacktown.
Eat and drink in Sydney’s West
Your tastebuds are in for a multicultural treat, with ‘eat streets’ like Church Street in Parramatta, fine restaurants and cultural festivals serving up delights from around the world. Less than an hour by train from Central Station is Cabramatta, a culinary hot-spot for authentic Vietnamese and other Asian cuisine.
You can enjoy wine tasting at vineyards and wineries in the rural Macarthur region, named after agricultural pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. There are heritage pubs and farm stays here, too. Penrith is a foodie haven, with a sake brewery as well as a fantastic range of cafes and eateries.
Getting to and staying in Sydney’s West
Getting to most attractions in Sydney's West easy by public transport. A lovely way to travel to Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta is by ferry along the river. There are a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, you'll find that Parramatta has the most options.