MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Travel - What To Do Out West

Looking for things to do while staying at the new Atura Blacktown? Here are my suggestions:

Skyline Drive-In
Cuddle up in your car for a movie, in one of two refitted retro fields situated right next door to the Atura Hotel. You can also pull up a deck chair on the ‘gold grass’ out the front of the Skyline Drive-In Diner - a must-visit for a milkshake.

Blacktown Markets

The neighbouring drive-in converts to a market with bric-a-brac and food stalls every Sunday from 7.30am-1pm.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Kiwi cousins including The Hangi Waka, and a lovely lady selling cakes and freshly caught kina (sea urchin roe).

Memphis BBQ Pit
Take a drive over to Jamisontown for a plate of Southern American-style pit BBQ.

In a fast-casual setting you’ll find smoked American ribs, pulled pork, sliced brisket and the best smoky pit beans I’ve found in Sydney.

Memphis BBQ Pit on Urbanspoon


With a bean-to-bar, small batch artisan philosophy, this Emu Heights chocolatier belies the industrial park setting. Their Bolivian-grown Alto Beni (68%) has picked up a swag of awards, with their products popping up on local menus too.

Zokoko on Urbanspoon

Royal Cricketers Arms

Atura's neighbouring 1880s pub looks like the hands of time have barely left a mark. Boasting a wonderful outdoor backyard with BBQ and plentiful live acts, it’s a great spot to settle in for the afternoon.

Penrith Regional Gallery

Situated riverside, this rather astounding regional gallery also boasts a café...


...and classes on everything from recreating Shanghai style to playing the ukulele.

Alongside more wide-ranging art, there’s a charming local focus...

down to mapping Penrith’s fading shopping arcades.

For The Kids
The kids can cuddle a koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park, or scream themselves silly on the waterslides at the new Wet’n’Wild (right down the road).

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