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View some of the exciting destinations within this region:

Bents Basin State Conservation Area
Bents Basin is a deep waterhole in the Gulguer Gorge of the Nepean River,...View…
Fairlight Gorge(Blue Mountains National Park)
The section of the Nepean River upstream from the highway bridge at...View…
Glenbrook section(Blue Mountains National Park)
From the single entry point off Bruce Road in Glenbrook, this section of...View…
Yellomundee Regional Park
Reached off Hawkesbury Road, north of Springwood, Yellomundee Regional...View…


View the exciting experiences you can enjoy within this region:

All Experiences
Get the complete picture - you'll never be wanting for somthing to do! View…
Aboriginal Heritage
Penrith Valley is the homeland of the Dharug people, who occupied much of... View…
Vehicle-based camping within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage... View…
The Nepean River near Penrith offers good flatwater canoeing, especially... View…
Galleries, Museums and Collections
Penrith Regional Art Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Penrith Set in a garden... View…
Guided Activities
The National Parks Discovery program runs guided walks and other... View…
Historic Sites and Heritage
Penrith Valley was an important focus of both Aboriginal life and early... View…
Mountain Biking
Both Yellomundee Regional Park and the Glenbrook section of Blue... View…
Nature Study
The National Parks Discovery program runs guided walks and other... View…
Overnight Bushwalks
Experienced bushwalkers can explore the ridges and creeks of the Blue... View…
Penrith offers excellent and extensive picnic grounds on the eastern bank... View…
Scenic Lookouts
The Rock Lookout (Blue Mountains NP) Situated on the eastern side of the... View…
Short Walks
Strolls beside the Nepean River can be enjoyed at Penrith . The Lapstone... View…

Penrith Valley is the central hub of a fertile crescent that arcs around the back of Sydney, along the Hawkesbury-Nepean River from Windsor and Richmond towards Camden and Campbelltown. The alluvial and shale soils of these riverlands are the most productive in the Sydney area, which is otherwise ringed by harsher sandstone hills.

Agriculture has been important in Penrith Valley since the early days of British settlement. But long before that, this was the most bountiful of the Dharug people's extensive domain, that stretches from Sydney into the Blue Mountains.

Penrith Valley today takes in a diverse landscape of river, lake and mountain. Starting from the east, the lowlands of western Sydney were originally cleared for farming but now housing is more dominant. Then we find the Nepean River hugging the foot of the bush-clad Blue Mountains escarpment which rises abruptly into the west. The most recent addition to the landscape is the Penrith Lakes, waterways created by the extraction of gravels close to the river. The lakes are planned to become a major parkland and recreational area.

The terrain of the lower Blue Mountains might be more subdued and intimate than 'the tops', but it lacks nothing in colour and interest. Many splashing creeks, outcrops of orange sandstone and light-filled woodlands wait to be enjoyed.

Visitors can also cruise or paddle on the river, tackle wild rapids, visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, cycle along the river or enjoy a wealth of cultural, entertainment, sporting, food, wine and accommodation options.

More information

For further information on things to see and do in this region and local national parks, visit the following local visitor information centres or websites. See also the Greater Blue Mountains Drive Companion Guide.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Environment and Climate Change)
Toll-Free: 1300 361 967
Tourism NSW
Penrith Valley
Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Toll-Free: 1300 736 836
Blue Mountains
Great Western Highway, Glenbrook
Toll-Free: 1300 653 408

Penrith Valley Landscapes

On the southern side of the main Blue Mountains ridge and Great Western Highway lies the fabled Blue Labyrinth, named by early bushwalkers who were bewildered by the maze of similar, even-topped ridges. Here Glenbrook Creek and Erskine Creek flow to the Nepean River.

The village of Glenbrook on the Great Western Highway is the main eastern gateway for park facilities. You can camp or picnic with kangaroos and tall gums at Euroka, visit several lookouts, walk the track system, take a dip in natural creek waterholes, paddle or cruise into Fairlight Gorge, marvel at the Dharug rock art of Red Hands Cave or ride your mountain bike along the trails.

North of the highway, Yellomundee Regional Park protects similar country, with several lookouts and picnic areas.