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When exploring all things WEST, we’re always drawn to the curious and special places which are unlike anything else in their league. This collection of offerings includes The Skyline Drive-in, and the Cricketers Arms Hotel and is a perfect example of the unexpected and brilliant.


Atura Hotel is an accommodation destination in the Blacktown area. With a strong 50’s vibe featuring a vibrant swimming pool, cool bar and restaurant the hotel makes for a perfect overnight destination combining both service and undeniable style. Arriving at the hotel you’re instantly met with a mid-century modern inspired design, with a New York loft style interior. The exterior has a relaxing Palm Spring feel, thanks to the low-line and colourful tiled pool and outdoor entertainment areas.

With famous neighbours including Raging Waters Sydney, Sydney Motorsports Park, Blacktown International Sportspark, Prospect Reservoir as well as being a perfect pit stop before traveling to or from the Blue Mountains and beyond, Atura Blacktown is in the heart of it all. The rooms within the hotel are second to none with each room being identical in style, meaning that no matter when you stay, you can expect the same levels of comfort every time. The generous sized rooms made our stay at the hotel perfect, allowing us to make the most of our business and pleasure time in the venue.

For an evening equally cool, head next door to the Skyline Drive-In to catch yourself a movie at the iconic and last standing drive in movie cinema in Sydney. The drive in replicates the same design features as the Atura, so you’ll be sure to feel right at home. Now you start to see why the Atura has picked up on the Palm Springs 50’s vibe. It’s a nostalgic trip and if you’ve never experienced a drive-in then dive in. Or check out the hotel bar within Atura, and strike up a conversation with other travellers.

Image via Desitination NSW

For some more style and culture, wander up to the Royal Cricketers Arms Hotel, first licensed in 1880 making it one of Sydney’s longest running pubs. Something of a local institution, this quaint little pub is a step back in time and bursting with character. Great food, great atmosphere and one of those spots you’ll remember and want to come back for more, day or night.

The three destinations are a great little combination, and it makes for a great little, fun getaway. When you head back to the bar in the Atura, check out their collection of premium and rare American whiskeys, it’s the largest in Western Sydney.


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