Far Outer West
Featherdale Wildlife Park
This is the place to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. Over 2000 animals live in a beautiful bushland setting, and there are opportunities to cuddle koalas and handfeed kangaroos. It is also a perfect venue for picnics and barbecues. 217 Kildare Rd; open Mon–Sun.
Wet 'n' Wild Sydney
The opening of this water theme park in December 2013 will no doubt create quite a splash, luring thousands of visitors to its 42 slides, pools and other watery attractions. Way west of the ocean, you can lie here on a palm-fringed, sandy beach or even shred some surf in a giant wave pool. Reservoir Rd, Prospect; www.wetnwildsydney.com.au.