Western Sydney is where so much of Australia’s domestic and international exports are made and distributed. On Dharug and Dharawal land, Prestons in Liverpool City, is one area that is key to this process, and an interesting and surprising place to explore for a day.
Begin your visit in the heart of the industrial area at Lilys Café. This is a quality café and restaurant that provides a quiet and classy space for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. Their menu is well considered and created by a team of experienced chefs from the fine dining sector. On their lunch menu, choose from woodfired pizzas, pastas, risottos, and other Italian favourites. In the heart of one of Sydney’s busiest industrial areas, it makes sense for a quality restaurant like this to exist and it is frequented by locals and business people alike.
After you’ve filled up on a hearty meal and great coffee, take time to explore the streets that are home to some of the biggest brands we all know and love. Businesses like St Dreux Coffee, auto parts supermarket distribution hubs, fashion labels, you name it, all live here.
One great success story is that of Crostoli King. Located in Prestons on Lyn Parade, this family run business supplies Italian style biscuits and goodies to cafes and restaurants Australia-wide. And it is all done from their Prestons factory. They have a shop open to public, so make sure to try their fresh and delicious cannoli, gelato, crostoli, and other authentic treats. Once you’ve visited, you’ll find yourself spotting their products all around.
Over 15 000 people live in Prestons, which means that it is also a suburb fit with all the local conveniences and green spaces needed to live comfortably. Nestled within the residential streets are many parks including Macleod Park and Harvard Park. This area is perfect for a family picnic, and for the kids to run around on the playgrounds.
You’ll also need to visit the Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink. This rink is a community staple, and perfect for people of all experience levels. With public skating sessions, classes and even ice disco sessions, there’s something for everyone.
Afterwards, head to The Laneway instead Liverpool Catholic Club. With restaurants and a kid-friendly and very impressive indoor playground, it’s easy to spend your whole day in this suburb. Relax with a drink and meal as the kids go wild on the equipment.
The club also hosts a range of shows throughout the year in their in-house theatre. So make sure to check the schedule before you go, and you might just find something you like.
Because Prestons is such a key location for business travellers, sporting teams, and families looking to stay in Western Sydney, the Mercure Hotel is located just next to the club and is ideal for a staycation out West.
It’s only when you stop to explore and dig a little deeper that you discover the stories and excitement of a suburb, and that’s certainly what you’ll find with a visit to Prestons.