Quality Inn Penrith
261 Mulgoa Road
Penrith, NS 2750
Phone: (61) 2 47345555
Fax: (61) 2 47345500
Just one hour out of Sydney's City Centre, The Featherdale Wildlife Park is Australia's largest private collection of native animals. In a bush land setting, the collection includes koalas, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingoes, crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, fairy penguins and a large number of native birds. An Australian style cafe, barbecues, picnic areas and a large souvenir shop are just some of the distractions from the "furry" friends.
The McQuade Park has been a hot spot for locals in and around the vicinity. The place is buzzing with events like the "Loop" that entertain the whole family.
This wonderful park in Camden was opened a while back (in 1906), and has a number of different places to visit within the park. Places to visit include the wisteria walk, a heritage rose garden, a shelter (built in 1913) in memory of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow, and a Cenotaph honoring those who served in World War I. Be sure to visit with the whole family, or it's just as peaceful if you go alone.
Less than one hour from Sydney, Gledswood is the original home of a famous, Australian pioneering family in the Camden district. Gledswood Homestead and Winery offers a one-stop, value-packed experience including sheep shearing, wool classing, spinning, whip cracking, boomerang throwing, wine tasting and encounters with both domestic and native animals. The highlight is a big barbecue lunch at the property's Country Eating House (vegetarian meals available on request).
Old Government House is the the oldest surviving public building in Australia and dates back to 1799 which was extended by Governor Macquarie between 1815 and 1816. Some of the original 18th century joinery, doors and other details still survive. Its interiors have been carefully restored and contain the most important collection of early colonial furniture in Australia. Well worth a visit and more interesting are the Ghost Tours arranged here on Fridays every month. These tours are in addition to the school programs conducted for children and other informative talks and seminars.
To refer to the Parramatta Park as just your regular neighborhood park would be unjust. The existence of the park is entwined with the history of the region as well as the country. Once the home of aboriginal settlers, the park was where the Darug tribe lived, and the proof of this can be found in several artifacts of archeological significance in some pockets of the park. The park is also where Governor Philips founded the second European settlement in New South Wales, and the area served as an essential feeding ground for the settlers on account of the land's rich agricultural potential. The Parramatta Park has been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List because it is also home to some of the country's oldest buildings, like the Old Government House and the Dairy Cottage. See the website or call to know more about the park.
Carysfield Park serves as a venue for various local, cultural and religious events. The skate park is also a center for family outings and picnics.
The Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is an enormous facility with more than 4000 varieties of flora spread out over a few hundred hectares, complete with lakes and hills. There are guided vehicle and walking tours organized regularly as well as cycling and mountain biking trails. Contact the garden for more details.
The Scenic World Blue Mountains offers lots of exciting options for the entire family. With skyway and cableway rides, on-location revolving restaurants and a great space for events. The venue is all about great fun and excitement. Attraction prices vary. See their website for more information.
The City of Blue Mountains makes up a rather large area, of which numerous towns, including Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, Bilpin, Duckmaloi and Rydal call home. The Blue Mountains National Park itself is the centre point around which much of the local tourism revolves.
Boasting a picturesque setting right by the Parramatta River, Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the outdoor spaces at Sydney Olympic Park. There is every provision for a fun day out with the family; there are walking and cycling trails, barbecue facilities, a large playground and more. The Newington Armory, with its many heritage buildings, is close by, and you could always check out an exhibition at the Armory Galley.
Located opposite the ANZ Stadium, Cathy Freeman Park, which was formerly known as the Overflow, is a beautifully landscaped park used for hosting number of arts and cultural events throughout the year. Events and festivals such as Ritmo Brazilian Festival, the Sydney Festival and screening of movies are few of the gatherings that feature annually at the park.