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Home to nearly 2 million people, Western Sydney is a fascinating and a multicultural region full of unexpected treasures. With Australia's fastest growing urban population and over 70 different languages spoken throughout, expect a vibrant and diverse community offering a melting pot of fashion, culture, activities and culinary delights and plenty of things to do.
Often referred to as the second CBD of Sydney, Parramatta boasts a large shopping centre (Westfield Parramatta), countless restaurants, cafes and entertainment hubs. Step into the fashions of the 19th century at Australia's oldest building, The Old Government House. Observe the Anglo and Indian influences and the most important collection of early colonial furniture in Australia. Take a tour of the majestic Parramatta Town Hall which has been restored with meticulous detail. Experience the grandeur of its interior which beautifully showcases its Victorian history especially with the fine details in the woodwork surrounding the hall.
Journey to Australia's greatest sporting venue, Sydney Olympic Park and hit the laps, diving pool or spa for an active yet a leisurely day ahead. Ride your bike along quaint Lake Belvedere to the Badu Mangroves showcasing a remarkable marine ecosystem. Discover attractions including bird hides, wildlife refuges, mangrove boardwalks and shipwrecks throughout various circuits around Bicentennial Park. The Waterbird Refuge is an extraordinary highlight for all bird lovers and be on the lookout for the historic ship wrecks which now rest in the bay.
Find yourself at 'little Turkey' and take a tour of the largest Mosque in Australia, Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. The Ottoman-style grandeur and intricate details will amaze you as you meet the members of the Muslim community and find out about the history and development of the world's largest religion. Don't leave without making your way to the commercial district of Auburn featuring Middle Eastern and Asian shops and restaurants. The traditional shish kebabs cooked to absolute perfection or the spinach and cheese pides won't leave a hole in your pocket and will mostly likely be the best you've ever tasted.
For a taste of the Aboriginal heritage of Western Sydney, guide yourself along the riverside walk on the banks of the Parramatta River which is richly decorated with Aboriginal art. Stretching from Charles St Ferry Wharf to the historic Lennox Bridge, this beautiful snaking path tells the history of the area from a unique indigenous perspective.
Spend time in this vast area of Sydney and you will be astounded by Western Sydney's sensational diversity, culture, events and eateries which will make you return for more.
Central West Sydney Events & What's On
- Ockham’s Razor Workshop for People with Disability Prince Alfred Square
- iD at Riverside Theatre Riverside Theatres Parramatta
- AT HOME: Modern Australian Design at Old Government House Old Government House, Parramatta
- Circus for Everyone – Hang Around with Aerialize! Riverside Theatres Parramatta
- Movies by the Boulevard - Short Soup Cathy Freeman Park (formerly The Overflow)
- Fizzics Education - Exploring Science @ Education Centre, Bicentennial Park Bicentennial Park
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