Located just an hour from Sydney’s CBD, Penrith is only a short journey to spectacular outdoor adventures and adrenaline-charged activities, a rich arts and culture scene and exciting dining experiences. There are also many fun family activities to create lasting memories. 

You’ll find delicious experiences from restaurants and stylish cafes such as Percy Plunkett, Union Bar & Restaurant and Henri Marc to Sun Masamune Sake Brewery and High Street Depot. Check out the fun events calendar for several regular markets, such as the Mulgoa Country Market in pretty Mulgoa.

Friends enjoying a drink at The Union Bar & Restaurant in Penrith, Sydney

Thrill seekers will love whitewater rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium and other water activities such as Jetpack Adventures at Sydney International Regatta Centre and cable wakeboarding at Penrith Panthers and Cables Wake Park. There’s sky-high fun at Skypeak Adventures and adrenaline pumping action at Throw Axe.

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 learn about firefighting and climb aboard a red fire engine at the Museum of Fire.

Friends kayaking along the Nepean River in Penrith, Sydney

There are memorable tours, such as kayaking or exploring the city on a motorcycle. Another wonderful way to relax on the river is on a lunch cruise aboard the paddlewheeler Nepean Belle. Follow the footsteps of pioneers on the Penrith Heritage Drive and visit the Arms of Australia Inn Museum.

On the riverbank at the foot of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains 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.

Only minutes from the bustling city of Penrith 'The Rock' lookout offers superb views of the Nepean River. The Real Festival brings the Nepean River to life In November with spectacular stage performances, live music and markets. Penrith has accommodation options to suit all budgets and group sizes.


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  1. Electric Domestic: modern lives - suburban dreams

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Wednesday 30 October 2019 , Penrith

    NSW State Archives exhibition exploring power, modernity and the promotion of the suburban dream in mid-1960s Australia. On the urban fringes of Australia’s major cities, new suburbs are constantly being developed. Offering home and land…

    28 Mar - 30 Oct
  2. Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , Penrith

    Held at Penrith's Sydney 2000 Olympic rowing venue, Australia's largest rowing event features a week-long regatta with the world's best rowers competing in over 100 events. This will include the Australian Open Rowing Championships,…

    28 Mar - 31 Mar
  3. Harness Racing Night

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Thursday 12 March 2020 , Penrith

    Racing every Thursday The Paceway's regular racing nights brings the excitement of Harness Racing to the west - every Thursday night. Penrith Paceway Bistro offers a mix of good food, service and atmosphere. It is directly in front of…

    28 Mar - 12 Mar