The Outer West is the huge western area of Sydney that includes the cities of Blacktown and Penrith.
Settlement began when the area was designated for Aboriginal people to live in. "The Blacks Town" become Blacktown today. This part of Sydney attracts a high amount of recent immigration, with 50% of residents born outside of Australia from various countries including India, the Philippines, China and Brazil.
The area is developing fast owing to reasonable transport connections and relatively affordable Sydney housing. Penrith and Blacktown have become the centres for Outer Western Sydney business and nightlife.
Road access from Sydney to the Outer West is easiest via the M4 motorway, and that continues up to the Blue Mountains to the west. Access from the north via the M2 is an alternative, although toll charges apply. Access from the south via the M7 motorway.
The area has good train connects. All trains stop at the major centres before proceeding either to Penrith or Richmond. There are Express services to some stations from Sydney Central station.
- 1 Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside (near Blacktown) (take bus 756 from Blacktown railway station), ☏ . 9AM-5PM. The park showcases Australia's wildlife and includes a koala sanctuary. You can also feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and other Australian wildlife. Adults: $29, children: $15.50.
- 2 South Creek Park, The Kingsway, Werrington NSW 2747. See some examples of Bennett's Wagons, built by a famous St Mary's wheelwright.
- 3 Knapsack Viaduct. A railway viaduct at Lapstone Hill built in 1867 by John Whitton (the 'Father' of the NSW railways). It is signposted from the Emu Plains exit of the motorway.
- 4 Sydney International Regatta Centre. The regatta centre used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics
- 5 Penrith Museum of Printing, Mulgoa Rd & Ransley St, Penrith, ☏ .
- 6 Museum of Fire, 1 Museum Dr, Penrith, ☏ . Adults $12, Concession $9, children $6.
- 7 Pinegrove Memorial Park, Kingston St, Minchinbury, ☏ . An independently owned cemetery. It also features the Heart of Angels, the largest dedicated children's memorial garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Another popular attraction in the cemetery is the grave site of murder victim Anita Cobby.
- 1 Penrith Whitewater Stadium, McCarthy's Lane, Cranebrook (Drive or get a taxi from Penrith Station), ☏ . 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.
- iFLY Downunder - Sydney (iFLY Downunder - Penrith), 123 Mulgoa Road Penrith (Make it to the M4 heading west towards Blue Mountains. Take the second Penrith exit (Mulgoa Road). Turn right onto Mulgoa Road. Travel 2 km down Mulgoa Road and turn left into Penrith Panthers. You can't miss the building - iFLY Downunder on the right of Panthers front entrance.), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-F 9AM-9:30PM, Sa Su 7:30AM-9:30AM. Indoor skydiving. Prices vary - check website.
- The stations at Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Penrith all have large shopping malls right next to them.
- Thulli Dreaming, 3/11 Eddie Road, Minchinbury, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thulli Dreaming is an indigenous-owned business providing catering and dance and music performances. They sell indigenous art in their shop.
- 1 Panthers. A hub for entertainment in the west, including dining, music, accommodation, sports bars, video games arcade, and slot machines (pokies). Panthers is also home to the Panthers Rugby League team. It has a variety of outdoor entertainments and fast food outlets.
All 4G mobile phone networks in Sydney are available here.
The area has the reputation of being one of the more dangerous in Sydney. Take particular care at nighttime when walking or taking the train.
- Blue Mountains by car or train. If you're coming from Sydney, you've already come a third of the way.
- Historical Richmond and Windsor in the City of Hawkesbury are to the north
- To the south is Southwestern Sydney
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