Warm Welcome for Penrith Beach this Summer

Belinda Wallis •
November 26, 2023

News that Western Sydney Lakes will be opened as a pristine swimming spot for the people of the region has been given a warm welcome by long-term supporters, the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.

Dialogue CEO Adam Leto said the new Penrith Beach at the Lakes site had the potential to become an iconic public recreation destination.

“We warmly welcome this once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform recreation in Greater Western Sydney,” Mr Leto said.

“Importantly, Penrith Beach and Western Sydney Lakes will provide residents of Greater Western Sydney access to recreational water facilities not previously available in the area, ensuring that people in the West don’t have to travel long distances to enjoy a day at the beach.

“The Dialogue has long championed the rights of Western Sydney’s communities to have access to clean and swimmable waterways. In the Summer of 2020, Penrith was officially the hottest place on earth, so the opening of this once-off-limits location is to be applauded.

“We congratulate the hard work of the Western Sydney Lakes Development Corporation and CEO Jacqueline Vozzo for their work with the NSW Government, local councils, businesses and organisation like ours to see this vision come to life.

“Our hope is that this is just the start of opening, and activating, the rest of the site so that it can be a permanent lifestyle destination for visitors from all over the city.”

Situated on the banks of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains, the Penrith Lakes waterways precinct is part of a 2,000 hectares site that was once the largest sand and gravel quarry in the Southern Hemisphere. Now pristine waterways, parklands and rejuvenated natural habitats, the area is five times the size of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands and holds more water than Sydney Harbour.

“This can become one of many iconic destinations in Western Sydney, a place for people to come together to enjoy the West’s unique natural beauty, while helping drive future economic growth,” Mr Leto added.