From whitewater rafting to indoor skydiving, Penrith is an adventure wonderland by the beautiful Nepean River and less than an hour from Sydney’s city centre. On top of many adrenaline-charged attractions, enjoy bushwalking and cycling trails, river cruises and delightful cultural experiences.

You’ll find delicious experiences too, from waterside restaurants and stylish cafes such as Henri Marc to Sun Masamune Sake Brewery and the Honey Shed. Check out the fun events calendar for several regular markets selling local gourmet treats, such as the Mulgoa Country Market in pretty Mulgoa.

Penrith, Sydney

Olympic venue Penrith Whitewater Stadium offers guided rafting in rapids. Other thrilling water activities include Jetpack Adventures at Sydney International Regatta Centre, an Olympic venue as well. Cable wakeboarding and aqua golf are popular at Penrith Panthers, an entertainment complex.

In one of the largest vertical wind tunnels, children as young as three can enjoy indoor skydiving with iFly. There are many more fun things to do and see, from rollerskating and go-karting to stargazing at the UWS Penrith Observatory. Kids can even climb aboard a red fire engine at the Museum of Fire.

Penrith, Sydney

On the riverbank at the foot of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountain is the Penrith Regional Gallery, which has a superb collection of indigenous artworks. You’ll see world-class music, theatre and dance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, named after the famous opera diva.

A wonderful way to relax on the river is on a lunch cruise aboard the Nepean Belle, a paddlewheeler. There are other memorable tours, such as sightseeing on a motorcycle. For colonial heritage, follow the footsteps of pioneers on the Penrith Heritage Drive and visit the Arms of Australian Inn Museum.

Accommodation options suit various budgets. You can even pitch a tent in a campground at the Bents Basin State Conservation Area, where there is a tranquil waterhole in a gorge on the Nepean River. This gorgeous spot is popular on weekends for barbecues, swimming, fishing and canoeing.


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  1. Family Fishing: Penrith

    Tuesday 27 February 2018 to Tuesday 12 February 2019 , Penrith

    Catch and Release family fishing with barbless hooks every Tuesday at the Regatta Centre. Get hooked on Family Fishing. Bring your friends or family, or simply join the fishing family at the Sydney International Regatta Centre for catch an…

    27 Feb - 12 Feb
  2. Mulgoa Country Market

    Sunday 04 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Penrith

    Come Along and visit this gorgeous Country Style Market. They have around 65 gorgeous stalls for you to look whilst listening to authentic Country Music. Grab a spot on a picnic rug and have a bite for Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch from some…

    04 Mar - 01 Apr
  3. Penrith Reptile Expo and Family Fun Day

    Sunday 04 March 2018 , Penrith

    Penrith Reptile Expo and Family Fun Day is a collection of all type of Reptiles entertainment and goods for sale all in the one convenient place. It gives Herpetological Society Members a chance to show off their favourite pet reptiles. …

    04 Mar