Greater Western Sydney is as diverse as it is large.
From delicious food to adrenaline-pumping adventure to lush parklands, there are many fun things to do in Greater Western Sydney – here are our top 8!
Eat some of Sydney’s best food
Greater Western Sydney is a melting pot of cultures and, as a result, offers some of the city’s best food. You’ll find the best Vietnamese food outside Vietnam, mouth-watering charcoal chicken, and more falafel than you could ever hope to eat. For authentic and delicious Vietnamese food visit Cabramatta, where you’ll find steaming pho without having to look far. For charcoal chicken, our recommendation is El Jannah, a family-owned Lebanese charcoal chicken shop with locations across Western Sydney.
If you’re not sure where to start you can book a taste tour, where a guide will take you through the best restaurants in Greater Western Sydney.
Enjoy a schooner at one of Sydney’s oldest pubs
If you don’t know what a schooner is, you’re not alone. This unique measure of beer originated in the 1930s and refers to a 425ml glass. The term schooner is another point of contention in the age-old Melbourne vs. Sydney battle. If you head to Melbourne you’ll find the term is not as widely used.
Grab yourself a schooner or two at the Royal Cricketer’s Arms, one of Sydney’s oldest pubs. This Western Sydney establishment is over 100 years old and the perfect place to soak up some local history and an ice-cold beer.
Greater Western Sydney boasts a unique mix of busy metropolitan areas and lush natural landscapes. Western Sydney Parklands is a vast green oasis where you can easily spend the day enjoying a walk in nature. Pack a picnic with friends or grab a coffee at one of the many cafés located around the park.
If you’re interested in spending the whole day in the great outdoors and tackling a hike or two along the way, look no further than Sydney’s famous Blue Mountains. Here you can see world-heritage listed sites like the Three Sisters, and enjoy the sounds of the local wildlife as you hike.
Meet some Aussie animals
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll adore Greater Western Sydney. The region has not one, but two fantastic animal parks where you can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous inhabitants. At Featherdale Wildlife Park, you can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo or even take a selfie with a quokka.
Animals from further abroad can be encountered at Sydney Zoo, which is set up as a safari experience. Here you can have close encounters with giraffes and camels or even lions – if you’re brave enough, of course!
Go for a splash
Greater Western Sydney is home to Raging Waters Sydney, one of Australia’s best water parks. On a hot summer’s day, there is no better way to cool off than by tackling Raging Waters’ huge water slides and rides.
If water slides aren’t your thing and you’re more of an adventurer, white water rafting might be just right for you. Located in Penrith, guided white water rafting will leave you soaked, exhausted, and having experienced an adrenaline thrill like no other.
Find a new outfit
Across Greater Western Sydney you’ll find opportunities to refresh your wardrobe and indulge in a little retail therapy. From op-shops offering you the chance to find a truly unique outfit or the perfect vintage jeans you’ve been looking for, to bargain-hunting at outlet stores, there’s something for everyone.
DFO Homebush should be on your must-visit list with more than 120 stores, including big-name international and Australian brands like The North Face, R.M. Williams and Calvin Klein.
For op-shopping, look no further than The Restore in Seven Hills, with its curated collection of vintage fashion.
Alternatively, check out the market calendar for Penrith. There are a huge range of events running throughout the year, many of which feature opportunities to shop for handmade products and clothing from local sellers.
Have an old-school cinema experience
If you or your friends have a car, make sure to catch a movie at the Drive In Blacktown. Enjoy all the latest flicks from the front seats or set up some deckchairs and watch the film under the stars.
Complete with a 50’s style diner (just like Grease!), have a retro night out with a loved one or a big group of friends.
Shop for fresh produce
You’ll find some of Australia’s best local and fresh produce coming out of Greater Western Sydney. Eager to sample some for yourself? The Hawkesbury and Penrith Harvest Food Regions and Farm Gate Trails are the perfect places to start. Build your own itinerary and map of places to visit with your friends. From picking your own oranges or mandarins at one of the many orchards, tasting macadamia nut butter or desert quandong jam at Kurrajong Australian Native Foods, to sipping a crisp cider made from local apples, exploring these food regions is the perfect day trip.
Photo courtesy of Destination NSW.