Far Outer West

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Tourism New South Wales

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 MonSun.

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.