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Whitewater rafting, Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Nepean Belle paddlesteamer on Nepean Gorge, Penrith


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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.

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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.

Head to the Sydney International Regatta Centre for a family day out. This 194 hectare park features walking tracks, BBQ 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. Visit the Penrith Whitewater Stadium for some serious whitewater action, or nearby Foot Golf Course (soccer crossed with golf), a cable skiing complex, a rollerskating rink, and even indoor skydiving.

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, bbq, and go swimming, fishing and canoeing. There is also a nearby campground.

Within the park you’ll find the Caleys Lookout Track, a short walk leading from the picnic area to a fenced lookout complete with picnic tables. For more of a challenge, try The Rock Lookout. This 2.5 km hike leads to splendid views of the Nepean River.

For tens of thousands of years this area was home to the Darug people, before being settled by Europeans in 1789. Learn more about Penrith’s Indigenous heritage at the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Education Centre. Revisit the colonial past by stepping on board an old-world paddle wheeler or pay a visit to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum. You can also learn about the history of printing in the area.

Explore the cultural landscape further with an art exhibition at the dynamic Penrith Regional Gallery.


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