There's so much to see in Fairfield City that we want to make exploring as easy as possible. Here are three visitor itineraries that will see you taking in all of the wonderful things we have to offer. If you're visiting by public transport, visit transportnsw.info to plan your trip.
Food, glorious food! (Full day)
Cabramatta, Canley Vale, Canley Heights
Fairfield City’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in its plethora of dining options, with the City renowned for its authentic South East Asian cuisine that spreads across the town centres of Cabramatta, Canley Heights and Canley Vale. Feast – and shop – your way through postcode 2166, made up of some of Sydney’s most multicultural suburbs.
No one in the world does breakfast quite like a quality Aussie café. Feast your eyes and fill your stomach at one of Cabramatta’s awesome breakfast spots which serve up classic dishes with lashings of bacon and eggs cooked your way. Alternatively, kick off your day with a taste of authentic cuisine from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia, which make up many of Cabramatta’s more than 60 eateries.
After breakfast, be sure to wander along Cabramatta’s streets and laneways, visit the landmark Pai Lau gate at Freedom Plaza and pop into the area’s colourful supermarkets and speciality stores. The shopping district offers a wide range of Asian foods, herbs and spices, fresh seafood, meat and vegetables, quality fabrics, clothing, jewellery, electrical goods, herbal medicine and much more.
Take a break from shopping up a storm by enjoying one of Cabramatta’s other fantastic eateries for lunch.
When your hands are full with shopping bags and you’re ready for another round of quality cuisine, take the 817 bus to Canley Vale or Canley Heights and experience more of postcode 2166.
Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants make up the pan-Asian gastronomic journey of Canley Heights and Canley Vale, with suckling pig, charcoal chicken, giant ramen bowls and fresh spiced seafood favourites for dinner and caramel coated deep fried ice cream and avocado smoothies dessert winners.
Getting there is easy – there are regular train services and plenty of parking at Cabramatta and Canley Vale, while there is parking and regular bus services connecting to Canley Heights.
Fairfield, Smithfield, Prairiewood
Fairfield City is home to affordable activities for families, with children of all ages able to enjoy what’s on offer. Wear comfortable clothes and pack your swimming gear for a fun day out in Fairfield and surrounds.
Start your morning by visiting Fairfield Park Precinct, off Vine Street in Fairfield, just a short stroll from Fairfield Station. Enjoy the morning sunshine and let the children run wild at Fairfield Adventure Park, complete with an 11 metre high giant climbing net, sky bridge and three-slide combination, one of the tallest of its kind in Australia, and a 33 metre long double flying fox. Others in the family can test out their fitness ability at the neighbouring Fairfield Obstacle Course and on the first Sunday of every month, children can enjoy the indoor trampolining and rock climbing facilities at Fairfield Youth and Community Centre for free.
With lunch time calling, stop off in Fairfield city centre to refuel on your choice of delicious international cuisine from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Bite into spicy empanadas, beef shawarma, decadent dule de leche and traditional breads that originated in places as far and wide as Italy and Iran.
When everyone’s tummies are full, head to Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and experience a taste of Fairfield City’s heritage and culture. Hop on bus 812, 813 or 814 from Fairfield Station or drive to Fairfield City Museum & Gallery at 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield. Wander the beautiful grounds and take in current exhibitions which celebrate the City’s cultural diversity before exploring the Vintage Village, which features a collection of recreated buildings from the late 1800s including a newspaper office, general store, petrol station and blacksmith. Click here for more information about current exhibitions, events and workshops.
During school holidays and on weekends, Aquatopia water park at Prairiewood Leisure Centre, which features a huge range of attractions to thrill people of all ages, is not to be missed. There are 10m high giant slides, the adventure aqua tower with 79 unique and amazing elements, a toddlers pool and the Wave Rider. If traveling to Prairiewood Leisure Centre by public transport, take the 813 bus from the Museum and Gallery to Prairiewood T-Way station and then walk to the leisure centre. Visit the Aquatopia website to pre-purchase individual or family tickets.
If returning to Fairfield, buses 800, 808, 813 and 817 travel from Prairiewood T-Way Station to Fairfield Station.
Art, Eats and Diversity (Half Day)
Smithfield, Wetherill Park, Bonnyrigg
Experience the cultural diversity of Fairfield City by taking in current exhibitions and enjoying delicious international fare.
Visit Fairfield City Museum & Gallery at 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield, and view artwork that celebrates the cultural diversity and history of the local community. Then head outside and explore the Vintage Village, which features a collection of recreated buildings from the late 1800s including a newspaper office, general store, petrol station and blacksmith.
From there it’s a short drive, or ride on bus 812 or 813, to Wetherill Park’s many food destinations for a delicious lunch. Large migrant communities from southern and eastern Europe have brought traditional fare to the heart of the local restaurant culture, boasting bowls of authentic pasta, plenty of pizza and other great fare including burgers and all-day brekkies. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a decadent dessert such as ricotta cannoli, strawberry macarons or a doughnut-topped milkshake.
When you’ve finished lunch, it’s time to head to the Bonnyrigg to experience a world of cultural heritage. It’s less than a 10 minute drive or a short bus ride to Bonnyrigg T-Way station.
From the T-Way stop, stroll along the Bush Tucker Path in Bonnyrigg Park and learn about native plants eaten by Australian Aboriginals for more than 60,000 years. Follow the path clockwise around the Clear Paddock Creek wetlands system and spot plenty of ducks and other water fowl. In the south-western corner of the park is picnic area and playground for children to enjoy, with swings and a flying fox.
Continuing along the path, you’ll eventually come to the tranquil Aboriginal Elders Garden where you can rest your feet. From the garden you’ll see the Parkside Church and the golden-roofed Lao Buddhist temple. Keep walking and cross Clear Paddock Creek to come back to Bonnyrigg Avenue. Follow the footpath north-east towards Bibbys Place and turn left. Along this small suburban street you’ll discover religious places of worship including a hexagonal-shaped Presbyterian church, Bonnyrigg Mosque and Phap Bao Pagoda.
At the end of Bibbys Place is a quiet space with four distinctive sculptural blades whose design captures the essence of Bonnyrigg’s diverse community, ‘All the World in One Place’.
Buses from Bonnyrigg T-Way station provide connecting services to the Sydney Trains network.