Western Sydney has a lot going for it but access to swimming spots has been in short supply. Beachgoers seeking respite from the heat have had to travel 63 kilometres to Bondi, 75 kilometres to either Manly or Cronulla and 40 kilometres to Lake Parramatta. But that is all going to change because Penrith now has its own beach thanks to a deal between the NSW government and Western Sydney Lakes. This is no doubt welcome news for residents in the west considering Penrith was voted the hottest place on the planet in 2020. Penrith and surrounding areas are also said to be 10 degrees hotter during summer than Sydney’s East.
Running about the same length as Bondi, the beach will be open 7 days a week from late December to early March 2024 except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitors can drive to the spot and a shuttle bus will also be available from Penrith train station. Lifeguard services and first aid will be available in the designated areas and patrolled swimming zone and it will also have disabled access.
“Penrith Beach is a game changer that gives the people of Western Sydney all the benefits of living in the west, with the addition of easy access to their very own beach,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said.
The new waterside experience is now open to the public and will be managed by the Department of Planning and Environment. It is located in the heart of western Sydney, within a former quarry site and is part of Western Sydney Lakes.
Aside from this new recreational facility in the west, Parramatta’s new aquatic centre has also recently opened its doors.
Get more information about Penrith Beach on the NSW government website.