Blacktown

Vibrant Blacktown is a multicultural hub that has something for everyone. It boasts a diverse arts scene, hosts recreational and sporting facilities, is home to a native wildlife park and has abundant parklands made for cycling and exploring. It is also home to Sydney's last drive-in theatre and a fantastic waterslide park.

Things to do in Blacktown

Meet native animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park. While you can cuddle a koala or hand-feed kangaroos, you might want to keep your distance from Ngukurr, a hungry saltwater crocodile. Sydney Zoo, the state's newest zoo, offers a safari-like experience, with hidden barriers, for an immersive experience.

A wombat at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside, Sydney West

For outdoor fun, ride cycling tracks in beautiful parkland such as the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens and enjoy Aboriginal cultural experiences at Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre, which includes bush tucker tours or learning how to throw a boomerang and play a digeridoo.

If thrills are more your thing, head to Eastern Creek. The Sydney Motorsport Park is the place to test your driving skills on four race circuits and if it's all about speed, the Sydney Dragway showcases champion racers that go up to 500km per hour.  If that's slightly too fast, zoom around the Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway in a hired go-kart.

Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway in Eastern Creek, Sydney West

For more sports action, the Blacktown International Sportspark, a former Olympic venue is a mega-complex which includes football, softball, athletics, cricket and AFL fields. It's also the home ground to baseball team the Sydney Blue Sox and soccer team, the Western Sydney Wanderers.

You can happily spend a fun-filled day in Blacktown exploring its many attractions, from the Skyline Drive-In to colonial heritage at Rouse Hill Estate. Exhaust the kids at Raging Waters Sydney, home to some of the world's tallest water rides, explore the area's fantastic arts scene and check out the exciting events calendar.

Children enjoying a ride at Raging Waters Sydney, Prospect in Sydney's western suburbs

Eating and drinking in Blacktown

Being a multicultural area, there is a range of delicious cuisines to discover including the traditional dishes at Sun's Burmese Kitchen or African delights at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, where you can try injera bread, a sour pancake your meal is served in. You tear the bread and use it to scoop up the food and mop the juices.

Getting to Blacktown

It's easy to get to Blacktown from Sydney’s city centre. The drive is only 37 minutes from the Sydney Harbour Bridge or 40 minutes by train from Central Station.