The Outer West is the huge western area of Sydney that includes the cities of Blacktown and Penrith.
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.
By carRoad 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.
By trainThe 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.
Frequent trains pass through , , to and beyond to the Blue Mountains.
phone: +61 2 9622 1644address: 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside (near Blacktown)The park showcases Australia's wildlife and includes a koala sanctuary. You can also feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and other Australian wildlife.
South Creek Parkaddress: The Kingsway, Werrington NSW 2747See some examples of Bennett's Wagons, built by a famous St Mary's wheelwright.
Knapsack ViaductA 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.
Sydney International Regatta CentreThe regatta centre used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics
phone: +61 415 625 573address: Mulgoa Rd & Ransley St, Penrith
phone: +61 2 4731 3000address: 1 Museum Dr, Penrith
phone: +61 2 4730 4333address: McCarthy's Lane, CranebrookPenrith 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.
phone: +61 1300 366 364address: 123 Mulgoa Road PenrithIndoor skydiving.
- The stations at Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Penrith all have large shopping malls right next to them.
phone: +61 2 9675 5678address: 3/11 Eddie Road, MinchinburyThulli Dreaming is an indigenous-owned business providing catering and dance and music performances. They sell indigenous art in their shop.
PanthersA 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.
phone: +61 2 4721 7700address: Mulgoa Rd & Jamison Roads, Penrith