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Penrith area guide

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs – but it’s a good place to start

Photograph: Paul Foley, Penrith City Council

Penrith was once home to the Mulgoa tribe of the the Darug people, many of whom died of smallpox following the arrival of Europeans. Today, the metropolitan suburb is one of four recognised cities in NSW and it’s fast becoming known as the ‘adventure capital’ for its sports facilities. However, locals will tell you there’s more to discover than adrenaline highs, including a new produce market and a rising food and drink scene. Found at the foot of the Blue Mountains, 50km west of the CBD, Penrith has room to spread its toes, and so it’s easier to explore the area by car, but make sure you give yourself time to stretch your legs on the beautiful eight-kilometre walking and cycling path along the Nepean River.

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Henri Marc
Restaurants

Henri Marc

The industrial style café is so popular they’ve expanded into the vacant garage shop next door. 

Thornton Artisan and Farmers Markets
Shopping

Thornton Artisan and Farmers Markets

The new handmade and farmers’ market includes stalls from local traders who’d usually be found at events in the city.

Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Things to do

Penrith Whitewater Stadium

If it’s good enough for Olympian Jessica Fox, it’s good enough for us. 

Penrith Regional Gallery
Art

Penrith Regional Gallery

The former home of artists Gerald (sculptor) and Margo Lewers (painter) is now a free gallery space.

Sun Masamune
Attractions

Sun Masamune

Found on an industrial estate by the Nepean River is Australia’s only sake brewery.

Zokoko
Shopping

Zokoko

This award-winning chocolatier in Emu Plains uses traditional methods to make chocolate bars with a traceable lineage.

iFLY
Things to do

iFLY

Would you believe kids as young as three can do indoor skydiving? 

Luddenham Raceway
Sport and fitness

Luddenham Raceway

Drive 20 minutes south of Penrith for a family-run, purpose-built go karting circuit that’s fun for kid racers of all ages. 

More adventures in Penrith

Penrith Skatel
Sport and fitness

Penrith Skatel

Get your skates on and head to Sydney’s last remaining rollerskating rink.

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Theatre

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Catch touring theatre, cabaret, comedy and music shows here. 

Penrith Indoor Sports
Sport and fitness

Penrith Indoor Sports

Penrith offers social competitions in indoor cricket, soccer and netball. 

Arms of Australia Inn Museum
Museums

Arms of Australia Inn Museum

Built in 1826, the inn was a pit stop for travellers heading to the Blue Mountains. 

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