Quality Inn Penrith
261 Mulgoa Road
Penrith, NS 2750
Phone: (61) 2 47345555
Fax: (61) 2 47345500
When Olympic's organizers could not find a calm, perfect stretch of water, they built the International Regatta Centre in a former sand and gravel quarry. The 2,300 meter course, with consistent five meters depth and rock-coated wave-absorbing banks, is one of the best in the world. The lake is popular for picnics, rollerblading and cycling as well as various water sports.
This artificial whitewater course delivers a gut-wrenching 320m of solid grade three water. A variety of adventures are available, which are guided and self-guided rafting, inflatable Kayaking and recreational paddling. Weekly or monthly passes too are available. For others there are stadium tours conducted for all including children. Other facilities include change rooms, toilets, showers and the Whitewater Cafe.
Not far from Penrith, the Rock Lookout is in the historic Mulgoa Valley. Part of the Blue Mountains National Park, it was given as a gift to the people in the 1900s. For superb views of the Nepean River simply follow the short track 200m to the Rock Lookout. For the more adventurous, a longer track leads from the car park to Rileys Mountain. Although a little rough at times, the 2.5 kilometer path is fairly easy to tackle. It passes through Eucalyptus Forest and swampy heath with some breathtaking views of the Nepean Gorge.
This is one of the most advanced shooting venues in the world, hosting local, national and international events. The design reflects the character of rural Australia, complemented by a nine meter sweeping angled roof. There are three Olympic ranges, a fully enclosed indoor range, 25 meter and 50 meter ranges and a purpose-built range for the finals at Sydney International Shooting Centre . It is utilized by a variety of amateur Sydney Shooting Clubs.
Western Sydney International Dragway, popularly known as WSID, is a famous dragway opened for public in 2004. With its quarter mile arena, this facility is considered to be one of the best for competitors and spectators alike. So come here for an action packed day at the lanes. For more information on schedules and events, check the website.
As a member of the UK-based City Farm Movement, this community-run farm's mission is to introduce urban people to a living, growing, country farm. Set on 186 hectares of bush and open paddocks, the property affords scenic views and walking tracks. Educational, fun entertainment includes demonstrations of milking and sheep shearing. There is also a big dam stocked with Australian bass, perch and trout if you fancy a spot of fishing.
This state-of-the-art facility offers a challenging mental and physical workout with some fun thrown in. The 650 square meter, artificial climbing surface caters to all levels, with boulder areas for training, a major 18-meter overhang and an abseiling wall. Qualified instructors conduct private and group lessons and also organize adventure tours climbing, abseiling and caving. An adult must accompany children under 11years.
This wonderful park in Camden was opened a while back (in 1906), and has a number of different places to visit within the park. Places to visit include the wisteria walk, a heritage rose garden, a shelter (built in 1913) in memory of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow, and a Cenotaph honoring those who served in World War I. Be sure to visit with the whole family, or it's just as peaceful if you go alone.
The Whitlam Leisure Centre can rightly be touted as the hub of all sporting activities in town. Swimming, table tennis, netball and the list of games played here is endless. It also has special rooms and an entire stadium that can be rented for events.
This olympic cycling venue is named after Edgar 'Dunc' Gray, Australia's first cycling gold medal winner at the 1932 LA Olympics. There is an amphitheater at Dunc Gray Velodrome seating 3,000, and a metal decked roof with skylights to keep the shadows off the 250 meter Baltic pine curved track. The Velodrome is used for a variety of cycling activities, from world-class events to amateur meets.
Adventure Quest Paintball Skirmish is a venue spread over large acres of land. Providing good services, this is a great venue for players who indulge in paintball skirmish. One can hire equipments like paintball guns, neck protection and gloves on affordable prices. It also serves as a decent venue for private parties and business events. Call ahead for more details.
Opened in March 1994, Sydney International Athletics Centre is a multi-functional, two arena complex that caters for sporting groups, schools and disabled athletes. There are regular National Championships, training sessions and corporate events. The Betty Cuthbert Grandstand seats 5,000, shaded by an elegant suspended roof, and a further 10,000 can be accommodated on the grassy banks. The paved forecourt features 13 bronze plaques, depicting some of New South Wales' finest sportspeople. "Homebush Innovative", is an active amateur Athletics' Club, supported by Nova Peris-Kneebone, gold medal-winning Hockey player turned sprinter.