Awesome Things to do in Penrith
Whether you’re a Penrith local or Sydneysider looking to discover some fantastic new experiences in a different part of the region, the things to do in Penrith list is a long and action-packed one!
From open-air festivals and cultural events to thrilling activities, we’ve handpicked our favourite top 11 things to do in Penrith.
1. Walk and Picnic by the Nepean River
Take in the fresh air and gorgeous scenery on a walk along the Nepean River. There’s a fantastic pram-friendly path that’s also great for bikes and scooters and you’ll find a playground at the end of Jamison Road near Tench Avenue. Start the walk on the eastern side via Jamison Road. Take a picnic, enjoy a barbeque at Tench Reserve or grab a takeaway from the Coffee Club. Have a look at the Great River Walk Map.
2. Visit the Museum of Fire
Have you got a siren-obsessed, mini-firefighter in the house? You have to take them to Museum of Fire - it's Australia’s largest Fire Museum. The huge space is packed full of fire engines, firefighting equipment and, the highlight for our kids, a Junior Firefighters area with a fire engine simulator, activities, games and puzzles. It really has something for every age and best of all, any profits are donated to educating families on the dangers of fire and preserving heritage. Read our ellaslist Museum of Fire Review.
When: Open daily 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Where: 1 Museum Drive, Penrith
Cost: Adult $12, Child (2yrs to 13yrs) $6, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $28, Under 2s FREE
3. iFLY Downunder Indoor Skydiving
One of the most thrilling activities around, iFly Indoor Skydiving Centre has huge wind generators that propel you up into a large glass flight chamber. You’ll be given a pre-flight training session by expert skydivers, a jumpsuit and safety gear plus two flights with an experienced instructor. Children as young as 3 years can take a flight – the wind generators are turned up or down depending on the age and ability of each skydiver. Read our ellaslist iFLY Downunder Review.
When: Monday - Friday 9am - 10pm, Fri 9am-10:30pm, Sat 9am - 10pm, Sunday and Public Holidays 8am - 8pm
Where: Panthers World of Entertainment, 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
Cost: From $89 for the basic introduction package
4. See a Show at The Joan
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is the hub for performing arts in Penrith and hosts world-class music, dance and theatre performances. Their engaging Kids & Families Shows are full of magic and imagination, and there are fun, hands-on opportunities to discover, invent and create.
Where: 597 High Street, Penrith (next to the Penrith Plaza shopping centre and Penrith Library)
5. Get Your Ninja on at Truninja Penrith
If you've got a little Ninja Warrior in the family just desperate to try their skills on a true Ninja obstacle course, Truninja in Penrith is the closest thing to actually competing on the real Ninja Warrior! Kids can climb, run, jump, grab, fling and just about do whatever they desire at Truninja's ninja obstacle course that's got all the right padding in all the right places so they shouldn't come home with any injuries.
Where: Shop 3, 120 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
6. Family-friendly Eats
Treat the family to a scrumptious meal out at one of these dining spots that welcome families with open arms. Nutrition Station delivers not only a delicious healthy menu that appeals to even fussy kids – think protein-rich pancakes, tasty superfood smoothies and nutritionally rich brekkies and burgers. 13-19 Lambridge Place, Penrith
For a true taste of Penrith life, you can't go past Settlers Mulgoa. Situated on almost an acre, it's the perfect place to sit in the sun, watch the kids play in a fully fenced yard while enjoying a rustic home-cooked meal, beer or wine in hand. 1300 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa
For chocolate-lovers big and small, Zokoko Café offers made-on-the-premises chocolatey treats from chocolate crackles and fudge brownies to their signature ‘Ultimate’ chocolate cake. What’s more, the kids can watch these creations being made by the chocolate artisans through a large viewing window. Unit 3, 84–90 Old Bathurst Road, Emu Heights
The Penrith Regional Gallery is a delightful destination on the western side of the Nepean River. Once the home of a sculptor and painter couple, this venue hosts interesting exhibitions, regular children’s workshops and events. It also houses a fantastic café set in the beautiful heritage gardens with great coffee and homemade cakes, and a breakfast and lunch menu inspired by fresh, seasonal and local produce, including kids dishes from $6. 86 River Road, Emu Plains
7. Visit Cables Wake Park
Take two cable lakes, add some expert instruction and your family will be zipping around on waterskis or a wakeboard in no time. Cables Wake Park, in the grounds of Panthers League Club, is a unique family activity. Riders must be 10 years however, Kids Club also operates during school holiday periods and caters to ages 6+. There’s also an Aqua Park packed full of inflatable slides, trampolines and obstacles on the water, plus free facilities including a playground, jumping pillow, basketball and beach volleyball court and BBQ.
When: Cable Park 10am - 6pm. Aqua Park 10am - 5pm. Check the calendar for updates.
Where: 405 Jamison Rd, Penrith
Cost: Wake Park from $49 adult and $44 child for 1 hour. Aqua Park: $20 for 50mins. Free Spectator Entry.
8. Hit High Speeds at Luddenham Raceway
For older children looking for adrenaline kicks, go-karting at Luddenham Raceway ticks the box. Children from 8 years can get behind the wheel of specially engineered junior karts and test out their skills on The Rookie Track. Unless you are pre-booking a group of 10 or more, you’ll need to do ‘Arrive and Drive’ – no minimum driver numbers and no bookings required. However, they do recommend you call beforehand to check on wait times. They also do go-karting and paintball!
When: Monday - Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday 9 am - 7 pm.
Where: 821 – 849 Luddenham Road, Luddenham
Cost: From $30 for a 7 minute rookie session + $10 race license (valid for 12 months)
9. Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Penrith Whitewater Stadium hosted the canoe and kayak slalom events during the Sydney Olympic Games and is now a destination for thrill-seeking teens (and their up-for-it parents). For children aged 12+ they offer the ultimate guided rafting experience including a safety briefing and flatwater instruction before venturing onto the whitewater. They also have junior kayaking instruction through the purpose-built whitewater course - the only man-made course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!
When: Open September to June – check water times before visiting.
Where: McCarthy's Lane, Cranebrook
Cost: Price from $94 per person for 90 minutes including equipment, training and guide.
10. Play Aqua Golf
Aqua Golf is a unique, fun and affordable activity. Each family member gets their own hitting bay with protective netting on both sides and a gate ensuring only one person is in the bay at one time – safety is key here. For anyone who hits a target, there’s a 2 for 1 bucket of balls card up for grabs. If you score a hole in one, you win $10, $20 or $100!
When: Open daily. Monday - Thursday 8am 11pm; Friday and Saturday 8am - 1am; Sunday 8am to midnight.
Where: Panthers World of Entertainment, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
Cost: From $10 a bucket.
11. Flex Your Muscles at Throw Axe
Like 'darts on steroids', here is an ideal outlet for the mums and dads who want to blow off some steam! Axe Throwing is taking Penrith by storm... so go and unleash your inner lumberjack at Throw Axe. Hurling an axe down the fenced-in range and hearing it thud as it sticks to the wood is an extremely satisfying experience. Minimum age is 16, sorry kids.
When: Open by appointment only. Monday to Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm (7pm is the last booking)
Where: 41-45 York Rd, Jamisontown
Cost: $55 per person for a 2-hour session
For more information on what to do, what’s on and where to go with the family in and around Penrith, check out Visit Penrith.
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