With an incredible range of experiences, sights and tastes to uncover, there’s always something happening in Greater Western Sydney.
As an international student, you may be thinking of moving there or simply visiting for day trip. Whatever the case, this selection of photographs is sure to highlight all the fun this region has to offer. Here are our top picks to see and do in Greater Western Sydney.
The Blue Mountains
Perhaps the most scenic mountain range in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains are unmissable. Here you can experience breathtaking views over ancient valleys, explore the Jenolan Caves, and hike through the lush rainforest. Overlook the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and you’re sure to be speechless.
Discover delicious food from all around the world
If you’re a foodie, then Greater Western Sydney is the region of your dreams! There are countless restaurants, cafés and bars across Greater Western Sydney that boast delicious and multicultural food. Located in Rooty Hill, CHU Restaurant by China Doll offers modern takes on classic dishes from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Southeast Asia. Chatkazz in Harris Park and Radhe Chatpata House in Blacktown feature mouth-watering Indian food. You can even head to Campbelltown and enjoy authentic Nepalese dishes at GaamGhar Nepalese Restaurant.
If you’re on the hunt for Greater Western Sydney’s most Instagram-worthy café, look no further than Social Hideout. Located in Parramatta, Social Hideout is renowned as the region’s “prettiest” café, with gorgeous purple hues and floral decorations. Here you’ll not only enjoy the beautiful environment but a killer coffee and a yummy breakfast as well.
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Get your daily dose of adrenaline at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, this channel recreates the characteristics of a wild river. In other words, it’s the perfect setting for some whitewater rafting and kayaking. Depending on your preference, you can enjoy a guided or a self-guided trip. Both are 90 minutes long and offer an exciting peek into the thrilling world of whitewater rafting.
Sip wine in Camden
Camden is one of Greater Western Sydney’s most fascinating areas. Whether you’re a nature lover or hoping to grow more cultured, there is something here for you! Start the day by getting a breath of fresh air at Perpendicular Point. Head to the top of these cliffs to take in amazing views of the ocean and potentially spot whales on their annual migration. Later, take the time to stroll the charming Camden streets or explore the Camden Museum.
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Animal lovers rejoice! Greater Western Sydney is perfect place for you to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Located at Doonside, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park features the largest collection of Australian animals on the planet. Kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wombats, a crocodile named Max – you name it and they’ve got it.
If you want even more wildlife encounters, head over to Sydney Zoo. Nestled in Bungarribee, this park is known for its immersive and interactive experiences. Home to more than 1,000 exotic and native animals, you’ll have the chance to befriend some of Australia’s cuddliest creatures – what could be better?
Known as Sydney’s “second CBD”, Parramatta is a hub for arts, culture and history. Parramatta houses Greater Western Sydney’s premier performing arts centre, Riverside Theatre and Cinema. With more than 1,000 events per year, there’s something here to suit everybody’s taste. Films, plays, musicals – there is no shortage of entertainment! If you’re interested in the city’s history, walk along the Parramatta River all the way up to Old Government House. Located in the picturesque Parramatta Park, this was the country residence of the first 10 governors. Fun fact: both spots are actually listed as World Heritage Australian Convict Sites.
Photos courtesy of Destination NSW.