In Western Sydney you’ll discover intriguing, thrilling and delicious experiences. Explore UNESCO World Heritage convict sites and wilderness. Watch top sports at Sydney Olympic Park and other venues, get wild and wet whitewater rafting, and savour multicultural delights on a tasty adventure.
There are many more marvellous attractions. Enjoy great theatre and foot-tapping musicals at the Riverside Theatres in historic Parramatta, the second British colonial settlement in Australia. For spectacular views of Parramatta and beyond, take a lift to the elegant rooftop bar Nick and Nora’s.
With Balloon Aloft in Camden, gently float in a hot-air balloon for a glorious sunrise. The young and young at heart can ride steam trains in Thirlmere or meet friendly and deadly animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park, near Blacktown. Art lovers will find evocative contemporary art in Campbelltown.
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.
Getting to most attractions is easy by public transport. A lovely way to travel to Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta is by ferry. At the famous site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, watch your favourite sporting and music stars, and swim in the pool where Ian Thorpe won three Olympic gold medals.
In Parramatta, visit the convict-built Old Government House - the country residence of the first 10 governors - and beautiful Parramatta Park. Near Thirlmere and Picton is magnificent World Heritage-listed wilderness in Thirlmere Lakes National Park, a popular spot for bushwalking and canoeing.
Your tastebuds are in for a multicultural treat, with ‘eat streets’ like Church Street, 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 treasure for Vietnamese and other Asian eateries.
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. How about sake? There is a sake brewery in Penrith, the water sports capital of Sydney’s west.