What’s not to love about autumn? The days and nights are cool, all around us nature transforms under a new palette of colours and there’s the sweet smell of Easter in the air.
Fall in love with Penrith this month by visiting our top five places to visit in autumn. Make sure you share your adventures by taking a photo and posting it to Instagram or facebook using the hashtag #visitpenrith. We’ll share a selection of the best photos in next month’s newsletter!
1. The Rock lookout
The Rock Lookout boasts spectacular views of the Nepean River Gorge, Blue Mountains and Penrith. It’s accessed by a short walk of only a hundred or so metres, but there is a longer walk of 2.5km which takes you through swampy heath and eucalyptus forest to
Riley's Mountain where more views of the Nepean River and surrounds can be
2. Sydney International Regatta Centre
This former Olympic venue has a number of beautiful lakes, the main lake can be enjoyed while doing the 5km walk which encircles it. There are also lots of scenic picnic spots which have the majestic Blue Mountains in the backdrop. Capture the early morning fog on the lakes or the sun as it sets behind the mountains. There’s so much for budding photographers to choose from here.
3. Great River Walk
The most popular section of the
Great River Walk is a 7km loop which connects the two bridges in Emu Plains and Penrith. There are lots of trees lining the riverbanks, including a row of mulberry trees on the eastern bank. Often the prettiest section of the walk though is missed by most people, this section includes the spectacular Penrith Weir. Walk along this section and over the little babbling creeks, and you’ll see an abundance of wildlife.
4. Castlereagh Hall
Take a drive along Penrith's fascinating Heritage Drive and you will come across Castlereagh Hall. The Hall was built in 1895 and after some renovations in 2011, it remains one of Council’s premier community facilities. The building itself is steeped in rich history, but it’s the stunning location and views of the surrounding paddocks and distant mountains that keep visitors coming.
5. Mount Shoenstatt Shrine
Also part of Penrith's Heritage Drive is Mount Schoenstatt, located in the historic suburb of Mulgoa. The conference and retreat facilities are set amongst fifty acres of bushland and open fields, and are often visited by friendly kangaroos and other native wildlife. If that’s not reason enough to visit, the very photogenic Schoenstatt Shrine is draped in foliage, so as the autumn hues take over there is no better time than now to see it.