Penrith

Highlights

The Adventure Capital

Situated by beautiful rivers and lakes, and in close proximity to a stunning national park, Penrith offers a fantastic escape for the whole family. With a suite of adrenaline-charged attractions, Penrith has also developed a reputation as the place to enjoy unique and thrilling experiences.

  • Cables Wake Park, Penrith
  • Water activities, Penrith

About Penrith

Only an hour from Sydney's city centre, the historic town of Penrith is today a lively destination for adventurers. With everything from jetpack adventures to aqua golf, its proximity to the Blue Mountains and Nepean River also make it an ideal place for bushwalks and family day trips.

The Sydney International Regatta Centre, an Olympic venue, is great for a family day out. This 194 hectare park features walking and cycling tracks, barbecue areas and world-class rowing and kayak courses. It's also home to Jetpack Adventures, where you can fly as high as 15m above the water.

At the nearby Penrith Whitewater Stadium, also an Olympic venue, enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting. Other attractions in the area include Foot Golf Course (soccer crossed with golf), a cable skiing complex, a rollerskating rink, and indoor skydiving in one of the world's largest vertical wind tunnels at iFLY Downunder. Children as young as three can enjoy indoor skydiving.

Jetpack Adventures, Penrith

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is one of the most popular natural attractions in the area. A placid waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River, families gather here on weekends to picnic, barbecue, and go swimming, fishing and canoeing. There is also a nearby campground.

On the western banks of the Nepean River is the Penrith Regional Gallery, which has a cafe in beautiful gardens. A wonderful way to explore the river is aboard the Nepean Belle, a paddlewheeler. For colonial history, visit the Arms of Australia Inn Museum.

For tens of thousands of years the Darug people have called this area home. You can learn more about the area's rich Aboriginal heritage at the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre, where you can buy authentic artworks, didgeridoos, boomerangs and native jams and spices.

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