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Penrith White Water Rafting 

Rafting on the Nymboida River (or Nymbo as it's known to river guides) is certain to entertain the complete novice as well as experienced white water warriors.

If you are looking to go rafting in NSW, you may think that you'll have to head miles out of Sydney into a rural area. However, one of the best locations in NSW for white water action is actually the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. This state of the art facility was used during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games for the canoe and kayak slalom events and has since then been popular for water sports such as kayaking and, of course, white water rafting. Designed to emulate the unpredictability and excitement of a real wild river, the rapids are produced by a series of obstacles set within the water that can be moved to make the run harder or easier, depending on the ability of the rafters. And with approximately 14,000 litres of water crashing through every second, it's a pretty spectacular ride!

The stadium is in Sydney's west, around an hour from the CBD, making it ideal for weekend adrenalin junkies who wish to escape the chilled beach and surf attractions of the harbour city for something a little more pumped inland.

The Penrith Whitewater Stadium is man-made, which means that it has specifically designed and constructed to ensure the best whitewater conditions for rafting and kayaking. The staff are fully trained and keen to give visitors a truly memorable experience, be they first time rafters or seasoned old hands.

Penrith Whitewater offers 2 main rafting adventures; guided rafting and self-guided rafting. With the guided option, the trip is lead by an experienced rafter, who will take you through safety procedures and basic training before you head onto the whitewater course and some serious fun. For the self-guided trip, you are on your own once you hit the water, following a quick safety and skills chat. Obviously, for the latter rafting trip you need to have previous experience of white water rafting, whilst the first choice is suitable for everyone, from beginners through to professionals. No matter which experience you go for, you need to be fit, a good swimmer and happy in the water – as you are likely to get wet at the very least!


It's worth noting that the level of rafting at Penrith is moderate to high, so if you are a little apprehensive about the possibility hurtling around a world-class rafting run, maybe you should try somewhere else first. However, if white-knuckle adventure is your thing, you can't do much better than trying the Sydney white water rafting course at Penrith. Due to the challenging nature of the course, there are age restrictions on those who can ride it, with 12 being the minimum age for the guided white water rafting and 16 for the self-led.

As mentioned above, the Penrith Whitewater Stadium is also a superb venue for kayaking. In addition to this, there are also facilities for beach volleyball, a café and tours of the venue, so there's plenty to do aside from rafting, should you decide to make a day of it.