Five free things to do in Penrith

No money, no worries? Don’t go digging around in your wallet because we’ve come up with a list of the best free activities in Penrith. 

Take in the scenery TheRockLookout Blog

Did you know there’s an amazing lookout in Penrith? After a short bushwalk only a hundred metres from Fairlight Road in Mulgoa, you’ll reach The Rock Lookout where you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the Nepean River. It’s the perfect place to sit, relax and take some time for yourself, or if you’re with a friend or family, pack a small picnic and take in the beautiful scenery together! 

There’s also Mountain View Reserve, one of Penrith’s hidden gems! Nestled on the outskirts of Cranebrook, the reserve has a 1.8km easy grade track that leads you up a hill to a spectacular viewing platform. From here you can enjoy views of the Penrith lakes and Blue Mountains! There’s also plenty to see on your way up, including many species of wildlife, some rare and unique to the area. 

Get active

Put your activewear on and get your walking shoes ready! The Great River Walk is scenic a 7km loop that takes you from Penrith to Emu Plains (or vice versa depending on where you start). The track is suitable for walking, running, biking, scooting and skating too. Find the map here

A short drive from the Penrith CBD, hidden in Mulgoa, is Fernhill Estate. The stunning property offers a 2.6km walking loop of the estate, where you tour the grounds and outside of the homestead. Open from 10 am-12.30 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm on weekends – registration essential. 

Explore the artsPenrithRegionalGallery Blog

The Penrith Regional Gallery is situated on the banks of the beautiful Nepean River and offers visitors the opportunity to experience an ever-changing program of exhibitions while enjoying the spectacular views of the River, native wildlife, plants and flowers along the riverbank. Exhibitions are free! 

If street art is more your style than it’s time to explore the vibrant and unique pieces that liven up our cityscape. Take a walk down Queen Street to explore the St Marys street art trail or head to Penrith CBD to see the bold murals from ReAnimate Penrith. Don’t forget to tag us in your Instagram pictures using #visitpenrith.

Browse the markets

Stroll through one of the many specialty markets Penrith has to offer! Browse the trinkets, delectable treats and hand-made goods, and maybe even pick up a bargain. Regular markets take place all year round, including! Check out the event page for upcoming markets this month.

Observe at Cables Wake Park

With free entry into the world-class Cables Wake Park, you can observe all the wake boarders, both pro and armature from the viewing area. Watch as they ski, jump, flip and sometimes fall going around the course! You might even build up the courage to book a session for your next visit. There’s also a playground and an awesome jumping pillow for the kids to enjoy. If you feel like settling in for the afternoon, enjoy a snack or coffee at the café or make use of the BBQ facilities and picnic area too. Opening hours differ each month – check their website for more details. 


Visit Penrith strongly encourages you to read the guidelines around social distancing in public places before planning your visit. Some destinations may impose restrictions around how they operate, for details please contact the provider.  For the latest information about restrictions and health advice specific to NSW, please refer to

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