RIVER, MOUNTAINS, LAKES
Two of Greater Sydney’s most spectacular natural features converge in Penrith Valley: the world heritage listed Blue Mountains and the Nepean River, one of the great rivers of eastern Australia. Penrith Lakes offer world class sporting facilities and 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 relaxed family BBQ’s and picnics. The Great River Walk will eventually provide walking and cycling facilities along the entire Nepean Hawkesbury River system. Already most of the section linking the Nepean River at Penrith with Penrith Lakes has been completed and is now open for you to enjoy.
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 on the self-drive Penrith Valley Heritage Drive tour. There are also many interesting museums, art galleries and attractions to visit along the way.
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 café or restaurant.
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.
Getting to Penrith is easy. Just follow the signs along the M4 from Sydney in the East. The new M7 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, just take the train – Penrith Valley is regularly serviced by Cityrail’s Western and Blue Mountains Line.
Why not come to Penrith Valley
and experience its River,
Mountains and Lakes
Spend a day or a week. But make sure you visit
the 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 Visitor Centre on 1300 736 836
for a free copy. It’s full of things to see and do
in Penrith Valley.
Penrith Valley Visitor
Panthers Car Park,
Mulgoa Rd Penrith 2750
Tel: 1300 736 836 Fax 4732 7690
Open 7 days 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Or go to www.penrithvalley.com.au
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, and canoe 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
> Penrith Whitewater Stadium is the only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It is available year round for whitewater rafting, kayaking, beach volleyball and guided venue tours, all of which may be arranged by prior booking. Café Whitewater is open to enjoy waterside dining for that special breakfast or lunch.
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
McCarthy’s Lane, Cranebrook
Bookings essential Tel: 02 4730 4333
> Local traditions and art of the local Darug tribe are celebrated at Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which is open six days a week for a range of activities and ‘bush tucka’ at the Veranda Café.
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
For more Information
Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre Tel: 1300 736 836