Spread your wings in Western Sydney and discover amazing open spaces, exciting extreme sports and a rich cultural heritage
Drive an hour from central Sydney towards the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and explore a landscape covered with great swathes of protected parkland. This is Western Sydney, and for those studying at UWS Penrith or Nirimba it’s the ultimate student playground.
Hike the Blue Mountains’ sun-dappled trails, stopping along the way to admire the park’s most famous views, or picnic with your friends in the manicured gardens of Nurragingy Reserve. If cuddling a koala has a place on your bucket list, make the trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park, or visit UWS Observatory Penrith and marvel at the Southern Hemisphere constellations.
Western Sydney’s dramatic scenery facilitates a multitude of extreme sports, from mountain biking to cable skiing. Raft down Penrith Whitewater Stadium’s Olympic rapids, or head to Jetpack Adventures where you can fly like a comic book hero. As the home ground of Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Blacktown International Sportspark is the venue for more conventional sports, including the uniquely Australian favourite, Aussie Rules.
Don’t worry if you’re not a sports fan, as Western Sydney is also home to several inspiring arts venues. Indulge your inner thespian at Henry Lawson Theatre, or watch others take to the stage at Blacktown Arts Centre. Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre offers a fascinating insight into the area's past, and gives you the opportunity to try your hand at indigenous painting.