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