Last week Cowra High School’s year 12 students made a seven hour round trip to Sydney for their muck up day.
Their destination wasn’t Sydney Harbour or even Wet’n’Wild – it was St Marys’ Skypeak Adventures.
Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the amusement park opening on Forrester Road.
Chief executive Amgad Botros said its first year had surpassed even his lofty expectations.
“I think surprisingly, we’re finding that we’ve become a NSW destination – not just a Sydney destination,” he said.
Thousands of people have hit the high-ropes at Skypeak in the 12 months since its opening.
At the time, Mr Botros said he wanted to create something that took people “out of their comfort zones”.
He said about three quarters of thrill seekers who visited the park were in their mid-20s, showing it had an appeal beyond childhood fascination.
“We’ve done a lot of work with western Sydney tourism organisations,” Mr Botros said. “This area has become a tourism attraction. We’re very proud of that.”
Mr Botros said with St Marys Rugby League Club next door undergoing major upgrades, including a new hotel and function room, it was an exciting time for the suburb.
He thanked Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, who cut the ribbon to kick off birthday celebrations on behalf of Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
“Congratulations to Amgad Botros, founder and CEO, for his vision to build a world class and innovative tourism and family experience here in western Sydney,” she said.
Londonderry MP Prue Car said she would continue to push for promotion of the “one-of-a-kind destination”.
“I am proud to have supported Skypeak Adventures from the beginning,” Ms Car said.
“This attraction has proven to be a winner for our region and I’d like to congratulate Amgad and the team for making this come together.”