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Aqua fun in Penrith

Penrith is one of Sydney’s best inland aquatic playgrounds. Have fun riding the rapids at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, visit the Sydney International Regatta Centre, paddle on the Nepean Gorge in a canoe, or relax with a picnic by the Nepean River.

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Water activities in Penrith

Sitting at the foot of Australia’s majestic Blue MountainsPenrith is an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors with year-round activities ranging from fishing to kayaking and cable skiing.

Join a wildlife mountain tour and scenic river cruise, or hire a boat. If you’re looking for a unique experience on the water, you can’t go past the Dinner Cruise Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler and Penrith Platypus Cruise. Soak up the magnificent Blue Mountains views as you cruise along in a paddlewheel boat.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try your hand at whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking at the man-made Penrith Whitewater Stadium. It was purpose-built for the canoe and kayak events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and is the only man-made whitewater river in the Southern Hemisphere.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy Cables Wake Park Penrith, offering year-round activities such as cable skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding. The park also features a jumping castle to keep younger kids entertained, as well as lakeside barbecue areas that are great for the whole family.

Aqua Golf is another way to have family fun by the water. Even golf novices can just buy a bucket of balls and away you go!

For a more leisurely dose of the great outdoors, the Penrith area boasts some gorgeous natural attractions. Take the family for a picnic at Bents Basin Sate Conservation Area. It’s a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith. You can also camp and enjoy water-based activities such as fishing and canoeing. Alongside the beautiful Nepean River and flanked by the Blue Mountains is the Great River Walk – eight kilometres of easy walking, relaxing scenery and family-friendly amenities. Regatta Park is another favourite for a lovely cool-weather picnic or barbecue.

History in Penrith

History in Penrith

Explore Penrith’s rich local history at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum and enjoy a long, lazy lunch at the beautifully restored Mamre House. At the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre, learn about the Durag people, traditional owners of the area.

Natural beauty

Natural beauty

At the foot of the Blue Mountains, Penrith is an area of great natural beauty. With more than eight kilometres of walking track along the Nepean River, the Great River Walk is the perfect way to explore the river and its wildlife. The Rock Lookout is a short drive from Penrith in the historic Mulgoa Valley.

iFly Dowunder

iFly Dowunder

Located in Penrith, iFly Downunder is Australia's first indoor skydiving facility. It's safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. Whether you want to be a master of the sky or simply want to feel what it's like to fly like a superhero, indoor skydiving offers a truly exhilarating and rewarding adventure.