With its diverse culture and exciting attractions, Western Sydney is fast becoming a hotspot for business and industry. One of three cities making up the Sydney Metropolis, Western Sydney also has one of the largest growing populations in Australia, and new infrastructure such as the 'Nancy Bird Walton' International Airport means greater economic, employment and aspirational opportunity for both travellers and locals. The thriving locale is perfect for business event organisers and delegates alike, and, if you’re looking for a unique experience on roads less travelled, then check out these top eight venues and team-building activities that help give Western Sydney it’s undeniable charm.
1. Sydney Olympic Park
Located just 13km from the Sydney CBD and well-connected with buses and a dedicated train station, the Sydney Olympic Park precinct is awash with world-class stadiums and conference facilities, lush parklands and a myriad of arts and cultural opportunities. With hotels, a range of dining and entertainment options, and unique team building activities galore, business event organisers will see why this is a great location to spend the day, night or a few days.
2. NSW Rail Museum
A cultural gem that’s well and truly off the beaten track, the NSW Rail Museum located in Thirlmere is a homage to the heritage and engineering genius that helped bring Sydney into the modern era with such success. The venue itself is awash with natural light, 100-plus full-scale trains and other railway relics, and beautiful heritage features. It’s a must-see for your next event location shortlist.
3. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Far removed from its CBD-based sister museum, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is a beacon of creativity and culture and a unique venue for both tourists and business events. Easily accessible thanks to extensive free parking and the adjacent Casula train station, conference organisers can choose between a plethora of unique venues, including exhibitions spaces and indoor and outdoor amphitheaters, as well as the breathtaking 2ha of parklands nestled on the banks of the beautiful Georges River.
4. Sydney Zoo
With animals from every continent and a slew of new arrivals, including a newborn capybara, and four cheeky baby baboons as some of the latest additions, Sydney Zoo certainly doesn’t disappoint. Located 38km from the CBD and occupying a sprawling 16.5ha site on the edge of Western Sydney Parklands, visitors and business event organisers can take their pick from outstanding locations and digital capabilities.
5. Sydney Coliseum Rooty Hill
Situated between several major roadways and public transport arteries, the newly opened Sydney Coliseum Rooty Hill is at the forefront of arts, culture and activities in the west. The $100 million development, designed by Sydney’s Cox Architects, took the gong at the 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards in the Public Design category. Boasting an impressive lineup of live performances, cutting-edge technology and conference facilities, the Coliseum also offers terrific team-building opportunities (such as Zone Bowling) and world-class dining options from the likes of Sean Connelly and Stefano Manfredi. The icing on the cake: a performance venue which can be customised to suit the needs of each event with an auditorium that can house up to 1,300 removable seats and 2,000 permanent seats, and an event space featuring seven bars and three foyers.
6. Western Sydney Parklands
Occupying over 200ha in the heart of Greater Sydney, Western Sydney Parklands is a lush location complete with cafes, natural and man-made waterways and beautifully maintained facilities. With everything from barbecues and flying foxes to a state-of-the-art outdoor cinema site at Lizard Log, there’s boundless potential for corporate event organisers. Why not work with a local team-building expert to run activities at the wide-range of venues? Plus, a newly completed business hub offers local start-ups and enterprises the perfect place to make their mark.
7. Penrith Whitewater Stadium
A unique extreme-sporting destination located at the foot of the world-heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Penrith Whitewater Stadium is guaranteed to get pulses racing at your corporate team building event. Back in 2000, it was the official venue for the Olympic kayak and canoe slalom events and it’s the only man-made facility of its kind in the whole southern hemisphere.
8. Ultimate Karting Sydney
Located just seven minutes by car from the stunning Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Ultimate Karting Sydney is an incredible purpose-built racing venue covering over 3,000 square metres. With a six-lane, 450m go-kart track, arcade gaming and motion sensor facilities and delicious dining opportunities, it’s the perfect place for your colleagues to have fun.