8 Awesome things to do in and around Penrith, NSW

Penrith is a suburb and major hub of Australia’s capital city of Sydney about 50 kilometers (31 miles) ride west. The name itself can be quite confused at times as it shares the same name of a town in Cumbria, the name originated from a Celtic language called Cumbric.

If you’re keen on travelling to this destination by car since it’s just 50-minute drive from Sydney, then this list of 8 awesome things to do in Penrith is perfect for you.

1. Aqua Golf

Enjoy a friendly competition with your friends or family. Hitting targets will get you prizes or just know how far you can hit the ball even without golf skill required. The closest targets only ten metres away and kids win the same prizes as adults.  Balls can be purchased by the bucket and hit the day away. Golf clubs are supplied.

2. Cables Aqua Park

The Aqua Park area is new addition to Cables Wake Park and is situated in the back lake and offers a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and structures linked together and floating near the shoreline. It’s well-worth your money and sits well with the parks outdoor and physical activity philosophy, and family friendly atmosphere.

3. Go Bananas

‘Go Bananas’ at Australia’s largest indoor family entertainment centre complete with bouncy castles, tricycles and massive slide!

Go Bananas boasts a multi-level indoor playground almost half an acre in size. Your options include bouncy castles, tricycles and a four level, even three lane slide. The most difficult part is choosing where to start your playground adventure!

4. AB7 Indian

For food, Penrith offers diverse cuisine, starting with AB7 Indian, which offers semi-formal dining with an A La Carte menu offering a plethora of meat and vegetarian dishes.

AB7 prides itself on consistent quality of food and service delivery since Indian food tastes best when made with fresh and quality ingredients.

5. Al Aseel

Innovation and excitement are the takeaway here in Al Aseel, a local Lebanese restaurant delivering a great dining experience and scrumptious Middle Eastern food.

Al Aseel’s indoor and outdoor dining areas are popular, so reservations are encouraged to ensure you don’t miss out.

6. Allan Grammar

Penrith’s extravagant new wine bar is a great place to meet friends. Allan Grammar is in a quiet laneway off bustling High St in Penrith’s CBD. While it is tucked away off the main street, the grand entrance way, complete with potted trees near the large door, is a grand sign that you’re in for something special.

7. Arms of Australia Inn

A perfect place to discover the local history of Penrith with photos, artefacts, activities, tours, special events as well as multiple exhibitions. The Arms of Australia Inn was a staging post for and can make the trip from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst and the goldfields.

8. Museum Of Printing

Take a quick trip back in time at the home of letterpress printing. The Penrith Museum of Printing keeps the history of letterpress printing machinery and equipment alive, so take a trip back with a visit to the Museum and see one of the 23 working machines on display, which dates back over 100 years.

Free Things To Do in Penrith

If you are looking for fun things to do in Penrith, you do not need to spend a large amount of money. There are a number of things you can do without spending a cent. Here is a list of activities you can do for free and still have a lot of fun. 

Take In the Scenery

Penrith is surrounded by a gorgeous landscape, and after a short bushwalk, you will find yourself at the Rock Lookout. Here, you will be greeted with sweeping views of the Nepean River. This spot is generally very relaxing, so you can sit, relax and spend some time with yourself. If you visit the place with family and friends, you can have a small picnic while enjoying the beautiful scenery together. 

To enjoy beautiful views, you can also make your way to the Mountain View Reserve, which is considered Penrith’s hidden gem. This reserve is nestled on the outskirts of Cranebrook and has an easy grade track. It is 1.8km long and leads you up a hill to a viewing platform. From here, you will be able to enjoy views of the Blue Mountains and the Penrith Lakes. The walk up to the top is also enjoyable as you will likely chance upon wildlife and vegetation unique to the area. 

Browse the Markets

Penrith has various markets you can browse. From here, you can buy trinkets, treats, and even hand-made goods. They are set up by locals, so they are up all year round, so you can visit them no matter when you visit the area. These markets often have hidden gems that you can get at excellent prices. 

Get Active

Penrith is an excellent city for getting active because it has many scenic routes you can jog across to get your daily steps in. The Great River Walk is a scenic 7 km circular path that you can take to get from Penrith to Emu Plains. This track is perfect for walking, biking, scooting, and even running. If you have the option to drive, you can go to the Fernhill Estate hidden in Mulgoa, which is a gorgeous property with a 2.6km walking loop. 


That’s it – and we’ve barely scratched the surface! There’re tons of other activities available here for everyone, which must be the reason why families from all over Australia and even abroad stay in this suburb for good. If you’re looking to buy a house in Penrith, then check out the best properties available in Lendlease, particularly Jordan Springs. The urban design of Jordan Springs East brings together the intimate charm of village life with quick access to the convenience of modern living.

It’s nearing the holiday season so be on the lookout for cheap flights and start inviting your travel buddies. See you “Down Under!”