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NEPEAN RIVER: THE GUIDE
ACCESSIBILITY: Private car & public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: All year round.
LOCATION: 2km 0:06 from Penrith* | 58km or 0:50 From Sydney CBD* Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 6.4km
TIME REQUIRED: 1-1.5 hours to walk 30-45min jog.
TOURIST RATING: Very popular local walking track| 8/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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NEPEAN RIVER: THE EXPERIENCE
Officially the Great River Walk, some call this track the bridge to bridge but for us that grew up round these ways, well… it will always be the River Run.
The track itself is 6.4km of nicely paved concrete which makes it ultra bicycle and family friendly. And there’s even an alternate track that leaves and rejoins the main path if you’re looking for something a little less ‘constructed’ and a little closer to nature.
The River Run is a full loop track with roadside parking as well dedicated lots near the playground, BBQ and toilet amenities (currently closed due to COVID-19). Because of this you can literally start and finish your walk at any point, however 90% of people usually start on the Penrith side along Tench Ave and walk the track anti-clockwise. This could be because it strategically places the East Bank Restaurant Precinct at the end of the walk allowing you to treat yo’ self with brunch afterwards.
After approximately 800m along Tench Ave the path will lead slightly to the left and follow the back of a farm property. 500m further along (just before the road) on the right side you’ll see some trees with small dark red berries scattered in amongst the leaves. These are mulberry’s and we can guarantee that they’re 100% not poisonous and super delicious. And if you thought that was amazing, well guess what?!! Theres another row of them along the left side of Nepean Ave. Thank-you Penrith City Council!
Once you’ve stained your fingertips with the delicious Berrys you can continue your walk along Neapean Ave for the next 1km. As you come out from shade of the beautiful big trees you’ll see the Yandhai River crossing. This footbridge opened in 2018 and I’m so glad it is because the bridge you had to cross before was shady AF and that’s putting it nicely.
There’s a few small sections along the bridge that allow for those that like chats and people watching to hang around (but not for too long which is why I think they’re seat-less). So if that’s your style, then move to the side and let those who are out here trying to sweat go by.
After crossing the bridge, immediately to the right you’ll see Emu Hall. Sadly this is another establishment forced to go take away only during the COVID pandemic but the views over the Nepean are bea…utiful and I can happily say that well be back when the lock downs are lifted.
Back on track you’ll find another car park on the left and just past this point is where you can choose to stay on the easy path above, or follow the quieter track below along the Riverbank. We’ve done both and each has their own advantages but the main point of difference is that the top path is open to the sun and the bottom is shaded. Oh and you can stop in at the Lewers Gallery if you follow the top track too… if art is your thing, or you just need another coffee.
After 2-2.5km both paths will rejoin again until you meet up with the M4 bridge. There’s a ramp to the right side that will take you up alongside the highway for the home stretch of the walk. Once you’re back on the Penrith side you can now take advantage of the East Bank precinct whether its an ice cream, fish n chips or glass of wine… hey #NoJudgement we’re all out here just trying to survive.
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