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Sydney/Outer West

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The Outer West is the huge area of Sydney to the west of the cities of Parramatta and Holroyd, which is the boundary with the Inner West. It is south of the Shire of Baulkham Hills, which is part of Sydney North West. It includes the cities of Blacktown, Penrith and Hawkesbury. Penrith is fast becoming the center for Outer Western Sydney business and night life. Blacktown and St Marys are also close behind and well worth mentioning. Richmond and Windsor in the City of Hawkesbury are famous for their history. Further west is the Blue Mountains and to the south Fairfield and Liverpool.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Road access from Sydney to the Outer West is via the M4 motorway, which is accessed from Parramatta Road, the main western exit from the CBD. The M4 connects with the M7 Westlink motorway, which in turn connects to northern Sydney's M2 and southern Sydney's M5.

Access from the Blue Mountains is via the Great Western Highway which traverses the mountains to cross the Nepean River just west of Penrith or the Bells Line of Road which terminates after crossing the Hawkesbury River at Richmond. Access from Singleton and the Hunter Valley is along the Putty Road which terminates at Windsor. The Northern Road provides access between Penrith and Camden/Campbelltown to the south.

By train[edit]

Catching a train on the Cityrail [1] can be a way accessing the outer west for travellers. All trains stop at the major centres of Parramatta and Blacktown, before proceeding either to Penrith or Richmond. Express services to the Blue Mountains can be a much quicker way of getting to Penrith, if you are central around the time one is leaving.


Baby koala climbing tree
  • Koala Park Sanctuary, 84 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills, 02 9484 3141, [2]. $19 adults and $9 children. If you don't have time to go out a look in the bush by yourself, you can get up close and personal with a koala or kangaroo at the Koala Park Sanctuary. You can see the koalas being fed at 10:20am, 11:45am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm  edit
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside, NSW 2767 (near Blacktown), (612) 9622 1644, [3].  editThe park showcases Australia's wildlife and includes a koala sanctuary. You can also feed kangaroos, wallabees, emus, and other Australian wildlife. $20
  • Bennetts Wagon, Hackett Drive & Gt Western Highway St Marys. In the south creek park see an example of a Bennett Wagon. Bennett's were a famous St Mary's wheelwright.  edit
  • "Knapsack Viaduct" [4]- a railway viaduct at Lapstone Hill. it was built in 1867 by John Whitton (the 'Father'of the NSW railways). It is signposted from the Emu Plains exit of the motorway


  • Penrith Whitewater Stadium, McCarthy's Lane, Cranebrook NSW Australia. (Drive or get a taxi from Penrith Station), 02 4730 4333, [5]. Penrith Whitewater Stadium was the competition venue for the canoe/kayak slalom events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Located only an hour from Sydney, it is the only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Book whitewater rafting or whitewater kayaking. September to July.  edit
  • Museum of Fire Penrith (Learn don't burn), 1 Museum Drive, Penrith, (02) 4731 3000, [6]. 9.30am-4.30pm. The Museum of Fire is on Australia's greatest peril--fire, and educates on fire safety. Worth a look if you're taking a rest while driving to the Blue Mountains. Adults $10, children $6.  edit
  • Wet'n'Wild Sydney, 425 Reservoir Road (Prospect), 133 386, [7]. 110cm height), $124.99 season gold pass" lat="" long="">Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast's sister theme park is to be opened during December 2013.  edit
  • Great River Walk. Over the past five years Penrith City Council has created almost eight kilometres of walking track along the Nepean River. Known as the "Great River Walk", it features spectacular views of the beautiful river set against the backdrop of the Blue Mountains. The walk features resting points and lookouts where you can see bird and other wildlife in a natural setting. There are even places to enjoy a coffee and something to eat.  edit
  • Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler, [8]. Cruise the beautiful Nepean River onboard the Majestic Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler  edit
  • Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, [9]. Home to the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Q Theatre, Penrith Conservatorium of Music, etc.  edit
  • Arms of Australia Inn Museum, [10].  edit
  • Club Paceway, [11]. Racing, nightlife venue, and weekly Wednesday Markets.  edit
  • Warragamba Dam, [12]. The primary water reservoir for Sydney; education centre, many opportunities for walking and lookouts.  edit
  • Panthers. Not only an entertainment venue, but hosts a Waterski Park, Aqua Golf, and Indoor Skydiving.  edit
  • Penrith Ice Palace, [13]. Indoor ice skating  edit
  • Skatel, [14]. Indoor roller skating and roller blading rink  edit
  • Drive-In Cinema, [15].  edit




  • Panthers [16] is a hub for entertainment in the west. Including Dining, Music, Accommodation, Sports Bars, Video Games Arcade, Slot Machines (Pokies) etc. Panthers is also home to the Panthers Rugby League team. It has a variety of outdoor entertainments and fast food outlets.



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