Macarthur once boasted some of Australia's most popular tourist attractions.

Sydney once boasted a veritable plethora of amusement and theme parks and luckily for local residents the Macarthur district was home to many of them.

During the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s we had some of Australia’s finest attractions and tourists in their tens of thousands descended on them each year pumping millions into the local economy.

The most popular of the theme parks were undoubtedly Warragamba’s African Lion Safari (a drive-through park where lions and tigers roamed free) and El Caballo Blanco in Camden (the home of  Andalusian dancing stallions).

Motor racing enthusiasts too were well catered for – Oran Park Raceway was on our doorstep and hosted many of  Australia’s finest motorsport events.

Menangle’s rotolactor, a rotating platform that allowed cows to be milked automatically, was another enormously popular attraction where visitors could get wonderful milkshakes.

Locals during this era really were spoilt for choice when it came to entertainment options.

Leaving the district in search of fun things to do simply wasn’t necessary.

Sadly though these wonderful venues are now gone, replaced with houses or left abandoned and in ruins.

Flick through the gallery above to enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Have we missed anything? Share your memories and any photos you have of these venues (we’d love to see them) on our Facebook post.

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