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Penrith Water Activites


Aqua fun in Penrith

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

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Water activities at Penrith

Situated at the foot of the majestic Blue Mountains, Penrith is an excellent place to go to enjoy the outdoors with activities ranging from whitewater rafting to waterskiing and fishing.

There are so many things to see and do in Penrith this summer. Go swimming or fishing on the beautiful waters of the Nepean River. 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 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.

Have you always wanted to try cable riding? Cables Wake Park Penrith is the place to go. Coaches are available for beginners. It's a great family day out, with activities available for kids of all ages.

Aqua Golf is another way to have family fun by the water. You don't need golf skills – just buy a bucket of balls and away you go!

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 swimming, fishing and canoeing.

High Street in Penrith
History in Penrith

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

Nepean Gorge, Penrith
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.

Dining at the Opera Bar, Sydney
Wine and dine

Hungry? Try Penrith's local restaurants including; Penrith Panthers, Mamre House and The Major Oak Theatre Restaurant are local favourites. The Sun Masamune Sake Brewery is also worth a visit. Learn about the ancient tradition of sake brewing and taste the varieties on offer.