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Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Area: 48 hectares

Bents Basin is a deep waterhole in the Gulguer Gorge of the Nepean River, 25 km south of Penrith. Swimming, canoeing, picnicking and camping (bookings required: 02 4774 8662). Access is through Wallacia, via Greendale Road and Wolstenhome Avenue. Park entry and camping fees apply. Gates closed at night.

Fairlight Gorge(Blue Mountains National Park)

The section of the Nepean River upstream from the highway bridge at Penrith cuts a steep-sided gorge into the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Cruises operate into the gorge from Penrith, and the canoeing is also excellent on the quiet waters.

Glenbrook section(Blue Mountains National Park)

From the single entry point off Bruce Road in Glenbrook, this section of Blue Mountains National Park offers excellent car and bike touring, picnic areas, a camping area, swimming, lookouts and many walking tracks.

Yellomundee Regional Park

Area: 485 hectares

Reached off Hawkesbury Road, north of Springwood, Yellomundee Regional Park protects part of the Blue Mountains escarpment falling to the banks of the Nepean River north of Penrith. It was named after a Dharug 'clever man' of the early colonial period. Hawkesbury Lookout (on Hawkesbury Road, Hawkesbury Heights) and Yellow Rock Lookout (at the end of Yellow Rock Road, Winmalee) provide picnic facilities and views over the Nepean River and plains of western Sydney.