One of the most important lifestyle and business centres in Greater Sydney.
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Penrith has a perfect balance of rural and urban lifestyles and abounds with natural beauty. Penrith’s shining outdoors keeps everyone active so that there are many places and facilities to share when you visit.
The renowned Nepean-Hawkesbury River, with the breathtaking Nepean Gorge, is Penrith’s outstanding natural feature complemented by the surrounding mountains and the vast expanse of Penrith Lakes stretching away to the north.
Penrith people have driven the development of cultural institutions that complement the natural beauty of our area. Whitewater rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium is always a popular choice, but if you ask a local about their favourite spot, they might just mention “The Joan”, the Penrith Regional Gallery or the Museum of Fire.
Penrith has an amazing assortment of things to do. From picnics and river cruises on the Nepean River and the spectacular Nepean Gorge to shopping at one of Australia’s leading Westfield centres or entertainment at Panthers, the largest licensed club in Australia. And of course, those wonderful cultural institutions that have built up for the community but would love to share with you.
Uniquely positioned, there’s nowhere quite like our wonderful place. Diverse and inspiring, sociable and entrepreneurial, the people will make you feel really welcome.
Penrith’s great outdoors
Penrith has both the Nepean River and Penrith Lakes, providing more fresh water-related activities than anywhere else in Greater Sydney.
The Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith Lakes
The venue for the rowing and canoeing events in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Now it’s Penrith’s leading venue for events and outdoor recreation. This year it will be hosting the highly prestigious Samsung World Rowing Cup, Australia’s first international rowing event since the Sydney Olympics. At the Regatta Centre, you can enjoy a 5km cycling and walking track around the main lake, picnic grounds, sky diving, canoeing and bike hire.
As well as rowing regattas, it hosts dragon boat races, triathlons and other sporting events.
Tel: (02) 4730 0000
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
The place to go for the thrilling sport of whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Photo Doug Beckers
Photo Doug Beckers
Most fit people can enjoy this activity. This was the venue for canoe slalom in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Bookings essential.
McCarthy’s Ln, Cranebrook.
Ph (02) 4730 4333
Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre
A unique attraction featuring local traditions and art of the original local inhabitants.
Open seven days a week.
Ph (02) 4729 2377
iFLY Downunder Indoor Skydiving
123 Mulgoa Rd Penrith (next to Panthers)
Ph 1300 366 364
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm, Sundays & Public Holidays 8am to 8pm – 364 days a year
Indoor skydiving is safe for kids, exciting for teens, fun for adults and realistic for skydivers. Whether you’re 3 or 103, the state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment makes indoor skydiving accessible for people of any ability.
The Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre
Provides fieldwork and related programs for school students.
Tel: (02) 4730 3630
Photo Andrew from Sydney
Cables Wake Park
One of the world’s premier wakeboarding facilities. Kneeboard, ski or wakeboard. Anyone can do it – beginners and professionals alike. All basic equipment and tuition are included. Located at Panthers. Ph 02 4722 2537 www.cableswakepark.com.au
The Great River Walk
Follows both sides of the Nepean between the M4 and the Great Western Highway bridges. The complete loop is almost 8km long and features resting points and lookouts, interpretative information and places where you can enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat.
Getting to Penrith
From Sydney just follow the signs along the M4 Motorway from Strathfield. The M7 links the M5 from the South and the M2 and M7 from the North to the M4. From the West take the Great Western Highway or follow The Northern Road from Windsor and Richmond or Campbelltown and Camden. If you would prefer to leave the car at home, take the train – Penrith is regularly serviced by Cityrail’s Western and Blue Mountains Lines.
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