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Great Southern Nights in Western Sydney

Raging Waters Sydney, ProspectCREDIT: Destination NSW

Visitors enjoying a day out at The Beach located at Raging Waters Sydney, Prospect.

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Great Southern Nights
in Western Sydney

Raging Waters Sydney, Prospect CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visitors enjoying a day out at The Beach located at Raging Waters Sydney, Prospect.

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Take a culture trip to Western Sydney during New South Wales’ month-long music festival, Great Southern Nights, where Penrith, Parramatta and surrounds offer riverside beauty, an ever-blossoming arts and dining scene, and incredible staycation-worthy excursions alongside a star-studded line-up of gigs. 

Great Southern Night Gig 

Prepare to belt out powerhouse pub classics from 18 March to 10 April, as Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes (17 March) takes the stage at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre in Rooty Hill, while the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith will reverberate with the superb vocal range of Casey Donovan (21 March). At Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, The Whitlams (9 April) will remind you why you love this city.

Eat and Drink

Nick & Nora’s, Parramatta
From this lofty rooftop locale, let your eyes drift 26 floors down as you marvel at just how grown-up Parramatta has become with its elegant bars and polished eateries. Raise a martini to this coming of age in the post-prohibition-inspired cocktail bar that is Nick & Nora’s, where you can sip perfectly formed tipples and sup local oysters.

Lilymu, Parramatta
Chopsticks at the ready for this contemporary-edged interpretation of Chinese and Southeast Asian fare from executive chef Brendan Fong. Dine by the light of a neon-lit lotus flower and relish the classics reimagined with care and using ethically sourced ingredients.  

CicciaBella, Parramatta
An easy-going Italian trattoria to service all your pizza, antipasti and pasta needs. Restaurateur Maurice Terzini of Icebergs Dining Room & Bar puts his signature polish on this Parramatta Square diner that serves up robust flavours with all the affability of Italian-style hospitality.

Mr Watkin’s Bar, Penrith
Named after a bygone Penrith personality, Mr Watkin Tench, this establishment is a café by day, but once the sun sets, transforms into a restaurant and speakeasy-style bar. Staff have excellent hospitality pedigree, to supply delicious fare and good times for all.

Jimmy Barnes CREDIT: ARIA

Jimmy Barnes will be performing at Great Southern Nights 2022

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Jimmy Barnes CREDIT: ARIA

Jimmy Barnes will be performing at Great Southern Nights 2022

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Lilymu, Parramatta CREDIT: Cole Bennetts

Lilymu, located within Parramatta Square, adds a delicious twist to the flavours of China and South East Asia.

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Lilymu, Parramatta CREDIT: Cole Bennetts

Lilymu, located within Parramatta Square, adds a delicious twist to the flavours of China and South East Asia.

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Play

Sydney Zoo
After seeing the musicians on their stage, be sure to make time to see mammals play in their arena. A visit to the Sydney Zoo will keep the family entertained: talk to the apes on Primate Boulevard, let a meerkat perch on your shoulder, and stroke the shiny scales of a snake. There’s also a giant Ferris wheel, many bookable close encounters with resident animals, and even the opportunity to be a zookeeper for the day.

Raging Waters Sydney
Throw yourself directly in the deep end on a sun-soaked excursion to Raging Waters. From gentle waterslides to suit the smaller and less adventurous among us to the more intense Bombora that hurtles adrenaline-hunters into swirling currents, this fun park offers all manner of waterlogged thrills.

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
If you’ve never had much luck happening across Australian fauna in their bushland habitats, you can be guaranteed to meet furry, feathered and scaly friends at Featherdale, which lays claim to the largest collection of Australian native animals in the world. Visit Koala Kindy, encounter a quokka, and feed a roo or two.

Sydney Coliseum Theatre at West HQ
Be immersed in a revolving door of talent at the architecturally, technically and culturally significant Sydney Coliseum Theatre. As well as electrifying live music shows for Great Southern Nights, there’s plenty more to entertain, from theatre and dance to comedy shows.

Explore

Taste Cultural Food Tours
Expand the horizons of your palate as Western Sydney’s diverse food offerings unfurl before you on a global tasting tour. From Cabramatta’s Vietnamese eateries to Liverpool’s Middle Eastern fare, these flavours will linger in your memory long after you’ve taken the last bite.

Western Sydney Parklands
Spanning from Blacktown to Leppington over 27 well-maintained kilometres of parklands, this green space has been designed for the recreation of everyone, including their pooches. There’s the Warrigal Run, Sydney’s largest off-leash dog area, picnic areas, mountain bike trails, kids’ playgrounds, and even the TreeTops Adventure Park, should you feel the desire to test your heart rate on a hurtle through the canopy via zipline.

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside CREDIT: Destination NSW

Koala resting in a tree at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside

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Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside CREDIT: Destination NSW

Koala resting in a tree at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside

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Al Shami, Merrylands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying food and drink at Al Shami, Syrian Restaurant, Merrylands. Al Shami is an included location for visitors booked on a Taste of Afghanistan and Syria tour with Taste Cultural Food Tours. For more details, visit: https://www.tastetours.com.au/

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Al Shami, Merrylands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying food and drink at Al Shami, Syrian Restaurant, Merrylands. Al Shami is an included location for visitors booked on a Taste of Afghanistan and Syria tour with Taste Cultural Food Tours. For more details, visit: https://www.tastetours.com.au/

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Stay

SKYE Suites, Parramatta
With all the necessary luxe details to feel thoroughly pampered, earmark this one for a city staycation. Located within easy reach of Western Sydney’s most covetable attractions, such as Parramatta Square, Parramatta Park and Riverside Theatre, SKYE Suites offers a contemporary place to relax after your Great Southern Night. Plunge into the infinity pool, ascend to the rooftop bar, Nick & Nora’s, and exhale at the onsite spa.

Novotel Sydney West HQ, Rooty Hill
Located at Western Sydney’s most happening address, this 4.5-star hotel puts you squarely in the action. Close to restaurants, bars and the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, it’s the perfect end to a night watching Jimmy Barnes on stage.

Mercure, Penrith
In downtown Penrith, just a short drive from the enlivening air of the Blue Mountains, Mercure Penrith is within easy reach of Western Sydney’s urban and natural highlights. Soothing tones and an understated aesthetic make this a fuss-free and entirely agreeable stay. 

For more information on Great Southern Nights and to purchase tickets go to greatsouthernnights.com.au. Start planning your Great Southern Nights road trip and learn more about New South Wales’ diverse destinations and experiences at sydney.com and visitnsw.com.

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Skye Suites, Parramatta CREDIT: Destination NSW

The 25-metre outdoor pool at Skye Suites, Parramatta.

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Skye Suites, Parramatta CREDIT: Destination NSW

The 25-metre outdoor pool at Skye Suites, Parramatta.

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Nick and Nora's, Parramatta CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bartender creating cocktails at Nick and Nora's bar in Parramatta.

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Nick and Nora's, Parramatta CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bartender creating cocktails at Nick and Nora's bar in Parramatta.

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