Back to Nature in Penrith

Nature is all around you in Penrith. Surrounded by mountains and river, it’s an outdoor playground made for hiking, paddling, cycling or fishing. Discover lush national parks, tranquil waterways and picturesque trails that take you into the heart of the great outdoors, just a short hop from the bustle of the city.

Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on the neapean River, Penrith

On the river

The Nepean River runs through the heart of the Penrith region and there are many ways to experience it. Hire a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore the calm waters or sit back and enjoy the scenery with a cruise on the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler. Keen fishers can throw a line in at Bents Basin, a deep waterhole between Penrith and Camden.

Sun rising over the Nepean River, Penrith in Western Sydney

Explore on foot

The Great River Walk is a 7km trail that runs along the picturesque banks of the Nepean River between Penrith and Emu Plains. It’s an easy walk or you can make the loop by bicycle. Pack up some tasty local produce for a picnic in one of the quiet, leafy spots by the water.

For spectacular views over the Nepean Gorge, take the short walk to the top of The Rock Lookout. There’s also a 2.5km trail leading through eucalypt forest to Riley’s Mountain and more stunning views. In the nearby Bents Basin National Park, the Caleys lookout track winds through rugged bushland. Bring your lunch – at the top you’ll find another great picnic spot.