> The Rock Lookout
> Nepean Gorge
> Penrith Lakes
> Great River Walk
> Nepean River
> Penrith Whitewater
> Penrith Regional Gallery & the Lewers Bequest
> Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Culture & Education Centre
PENRITH VALLEY is where two of Greater Sydney's most spectacular natural features converge: the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and the Nepean River, one of the great rivers of eastern Australia.
Penrith Lakes offers world class sporting facilities and is a recreational and leisure playground for all visitors to enjoy.
The Rock Lookout offers a spectacular view of the
Nepean River, the Gorge and National Park that surrounds it. For a more intimate experience on the river, launch a canoe or take a river cruise on one of the vessels that traverse the Gorge. Several parks are nestled on the banks of the Nepean and make ideal locations for walks, relaxed family barbeques and picnics.
Penrith's European history dates back to 1789, shortly after the establishment of the British colony of New South Wales. Its history is reflected in the many heritage buildings and homes you can appreciate throughout the area.
There are also many interesting museums, art galleries and attractions to visit along the way.
Today, Penrith is a diverse growing community of approximately 180,000 people with modern entertainment and recreational facilities available for both visitors and locals to enjoy. These include clubs,
golf courses, sporting facilities and shopping centres. There are many events held throughout the year in Penrith Valley, these include festivals, concerts and exhibitions.
For all the shoppers, there are several regular markets in the area selling everything from local produce and fine food to arts and crafts.Tempt your tastebuds and try some of our local produce on the food and wine trail or enjoy a dining experience to suit every palate at a local cafe or restaurant.
Getting to Penrith is easy. Just follow the signs along the M4 from Sydney in the East. The newM7 links the M5 from the South and the M2 and M7 from the North to the M4. From the West take the Great Western Highway or follow The Northern Road from Windsor and Richmond or Campbelltown and Camden.
If you would prefer to leave the car at home, take the train - Penrith Valley is regularly serviced by Cityrail's Western and Blue Mountains Lines.
Come to Penrith Valley and experience its River, Mountains and Lakes
Spend a day or a week. But make sure you visit the award winning Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre to find out more about what you can see and do in Penrith Valley. Penrith Valley has a diverse range of accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets
There is a full range listed in the Penrith Valley Experience Visitor & Lifestyle Guide. Telephone the award winning Visitor Centre on 1300 736 836 for a free copy. It’s full of things to see and do in Penrith Valley.
Penrith Valley's great outdoors
Great River Walk
Start with the 7km loop path around both sides of the Nepean River in Penrith and Emu Plains crossing the bridges on the M4 and the Great Western Highway and follow the track along the Nepean River to Penrith Lakes. You can start and finish the walk or cycle from a variety of places.The route of Great River Walk will eventually follow the Hawkesbury Nepean River system from south of Goulburn to its mouth at Broken Bay just north of Sydney.
Major attractions within Penrith Lakes which hosted rowing, kayaking and canoe slalom events in the Sydney 2000 Olympics
Sydney International Regatta Centre
5km cycling and walking track around the perimeter of the main lake, picnic grounds, sky diving, canoeing and bike hire. It is also a venue for major events, rowing regattas, dragon boat races, triathlons and other sporting events. Tel: (02) 4730 0000 www.regattacentre.nsw.gov.au
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
The only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It is available year round for whitewater rafting and kayaking.Bookings essential. Cafe Whitewater is open to enjoy waterside dining for that special breakfast or lunch.Penrith Whitewater StadiumMcCarthy's Lane, CranebrookBookings essential
Tel: (02) 4730 4333 www.penrithwhitewater.com.au
Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Local traditions and art of the local Darug tribe.
Open Monday to Friday and weekends by appointment.
Tel: (02) 4729 2377 www.murumittigar.com.au
The Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre
Provides fieldwork and related programmes for school students.
Tel: (02) 4730 3630
Penrith Valley VisitorInformation Centre
Panthers Car Park,Mulgoa Rd Penrith 2750
Tel: 1300 736 836 Fax: 4732 7690
Open 7 days 9 am to 4.30 pm.
(Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Or go to www.penrithvalley.com.au