Bordered by mountains and river, but just a short drive from the bustling heart of Sydney, Penrith will surprise you. Close enough for a weekend jaunt yet far enough for a true break away, it’s the place to escape with friends for an unexpected adventure.
Adrenaline and adventure
You’ll find adrenaline-pumping feats everywhere you look in Penrith. Go skydiving without having to get in a plane at iFly Downunder, hug the corners on a high speed go kart track at Luddenham Raceway and fly through the air with a water jet-powered backpack from Jetpack Adventures.
For more fun on the water, tackle the Olympic course at Penrith Whitewater Stadium and learn how to wakeboard at Cables Wake Park. Test your nerve on the ropes course at Skypeak Adventures, a dizzying six storeys above the ground, then challenge your friends to a game of paintball through an abandoned city.
Arts and culture
Experience the rich history and thriving arts scene of this undiscovered cultural hub with street murals, galleries, museums and heritage trails. Art is all around you in Penrith, from oversize portraits of local heroes like Mick Fanning painted on walls to the 1,600-work collection of the Penrith Regional Gallery.
Visit the world-class Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (known locally as The Joan) and be captivated by theatre, opera, comedy, music and more. As one of the oldest European settlements in the state, Penrith is also a great place to learn about colonial history on the 50km Penrith Heritage Drive.
Eat and drink
Hungry? In Penrith you’ll find tasty American barbecue, serious steaks, inventive tapas and delicate breakfast bowls. For epic burgers you’ll need to eat with both hands, drop into Burger Head, High Street Social or Downtown Brooklyn, where you can burn off your calories on the outdoor basketball court.
Have a drink with Australia’s only sake brewers at the Sun Masamune Brewery and sample up to 12 small-batch craft beers at Rusty Penny Brewing. Then settle in for cocktails with friends at the best small bar in the west, Mr Watkins, named after the colonial officer who discovered the Nepean River.