Blacktown is the largest suburb in New South Wales and is considered a key example of multiculturalism in Sydney. With nice parks and nature reserves, Blacktown makes for a great place to hang out on the weekend for something as simple as a picnic. It also features lots of attractions to keep the family entertained. Here’s a look at the things you could do in this bright and vibrant city:
Sydney’s biggest water theme park Wet n Wild is full of interactive rides, bringing a day of fun for the whole family. Go on slides and feel the adrenaline as you experience the wide range of attractions and water rides at Wet n Wild Sydney. There’s also the Nickelodeon Beach where the kids can hang out.
One of Sydney’s living museums, the Rouse Hill House & Farm is an attraction that has been owned by six generations of one family, drawing on an interactive historical experience dating back to the 1800s. Walk into the restored Rouse Hill schoolhouse which was built in 1888 and examine many artefacts from those times.
Home to a wide collection of native Australian wildlife, Featherdale Wildlife Park is the place to go for the opportunity to get up close to a koala, hand feed some kangaroos and learn more about Australia’s animals.
The gardens are located at Nurragingy Reserve and was co-designed and constructed by two sister cities - the Blacktown City Council and the Liaocheng Municipal Government in China. The architecture and style of the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens is influenced by the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, and offers picturesque and soothing views.
Head to the Blacktown Skyline Drive-In theatre for a fun movie night. It’s an interesting experience if you haven’t been before. It’s one of the last few and most popular drive-in cinema remaining in New South Wales.
Blacktown Markets are held every Sunday from 7am-2pm at the same location as the Blacktown Skyline Drive-In theatre and consists of a range of stalls, pop-up cafes, food trucks and live music.
Held annually, the Blacktown City Festival Week is the key event of Blacktown and each year and is made up of many events set at various locations across the Blacktown area.
The My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre is one of these events forming part of the festival week. It is quite extravagant in that it is medieval themed and you’ll find that many participants will let loose and dress up as knights, lords and ladies, kings and queens. Make sure to watch the International Jousting Competition while you’re there!