New developments have been springing up across Western Sydney that offer a huge range of activities, from luxury hotspots to family fun in new outdoor cinema settings.
Familiar favourites also remain, with possibilities such as sporting activities, wildlife and the great outdoors – providing perfect summer entertainment, with many free options at hand, too.
The $140 million development at Riverside Stables has established a new racing hub for Australia alongside the Warwick Farm track, in beautiful picturesque setting next to the Georges River and Chipping Norton Lake. As well as a new sales arena and 800 stables, the William Inglis Hotel offers those attending race day and sales events plenty of stylish dining and entertaining options including the paddock-to-plate restaurant the Newmarket Room, which overlooks the gardens, and the 1867 Lounge, with a wide range of exquisite wines and whiskeys, named after the year the Inglis family company was founded.
For families, the Carnes Hill community and recreation precinct opened in 2016 and holds regular free events such as movie screenings. It’ll host The Greatest Showman on January 10, with face-painting, free popcorn and fairy floss, and food trucks. For more al fresco movie thrills, a long-time favourite has been the Skyline Drive-in at Blacktown. Complete with a retro diner, revisit the Happy Days era and enjoy the latest releases and classic hits.
Another nearby favourite is Wet N Wild which has been providing colourful, aquatic fun – not least across its 42 slides – since opening in 2013. For the kids, there’s also Featherdale Wildlife Park, which has been operating since 1972 and has more than 50 koala residents which visitors can check out, including through its new walk-through koala sanctuary for a really up-close experience.
For speedier action, there’s some adrenaline thrills to be had at the Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway and the Sydney Motorsport Park with track and ride days, including driving a V8 race car.
And for more cerebral action, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre offers many things to stimulate young and old minds – from school holiday workshops to exhibitions and live music.
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