They may not have the $7m price tag or go from zero to 100 in under four seconds but you can still channel your inner F1 racing car driver in the K1. Go-karting, that is, reaching speeds of up to 85 kms on the arena at Sydney’s Entertainment Park is fast fun.
John and Vicki Papantoniou designed and opened the park in 2020 out of a lack of great spaces to take their family and friends, the venue in Bankstown is centrally located for many in Sydney. It’s a huge, (I mean massive warehouse), it’s jewel is the indoor e-karting arena and racing car simulators, however it has a bowling alley, VR space, pool lounge, arcade hall, café and even a barber, yes, how convenient, and apparently very busy.
Prices are fairly standard for this type of entertainment and it offers the build-your-own adventure model where you can register for whatever your posse or family enjoy. It goes without saying, pole position is at the e-karts. These are electric which means they are fumeless, way more efficient and they have no environmental impact. You’ll be speeding and sliding around the chicanes with maybe a little friendly sledging to keep it competitive. Daniel Ricciardo eat your heart out! One session will not be enough or if you have a more serious racing spirit, book into the racing car simulators for a longer ride.
Pause between the activities to grab something to eat, in fact make sure you do, this is no ordinary food stop, it’s a café serviced by a full restaurant kitchen and a chef who knows mid-eastern cuisine. There’s share platters including a mixed grill plate with pita and dips, a range of gourmet sandwiches and burgers. The kids classic cheeseburger is tasty and the chicken schnitzel sandwich with beetroot relish and caramelised onion is crunchy, savoury and delicious. The Mediterranean chicken and haloumi salads are fresh and overflowing. All portions are extremely generous and the big kids have the option to savour it with a beer or wine.
The Hologate Virtual Reality arena is a good place to land after lunch. Pick from the life-like zombie thriller that has grown men leaving in a sweat, through to more g-rated penguin polar snow fun. They are short sessions so you’ll have time to get the non-slip shoes on and go old-school at the bowling alley, trying your luck at a “turkey” status (3 strikes in a row). Go even more old-school before you leave with a spin around the retro pinball arcade, guaranteed to take you back!
The entire venue is brand new, bright and clean and super COVID safe, to be sure punters feel comfortable. The staff are friendly and attentive and give clear instructions for the activities. It’s fast becoming popular and busy, the hot tip is to arrive early and register for your experiences and take your time during the day. This place is 100% pure entertainment for small and big kids. Take your crew for a ride to remember.
20/ 361 Milperra Road, Bankstown Aerodrome, NSW, 2200
Open 10am – 10pm every day