Penrith Beach extends successful summer season to ANZAC Day

Penrith Beach at Western Sydney Lakes has enjoyed a stellar summer season with close to 200,000 visitors since it opened in December 2023. Over the weekend, the NSW Government announced that it would extend the Beach season until the ANZAC Day long weekend. 

The state’s newest beach has been a huge hit with Western Sydney residents in recent months, and a real game changer for the region. With most people in the community having to travel over an hour to one of Sydney’s beaches, opening the new swimming spot has allowed the community to cool off closer to home. 

Local resident Giz Gebreyohannes recently told the Western Weekender that her family were excited to experience Penrith Beach.

“We don’t have to drive an hour or so on a hot day to get cool and I don’t have to worry about big waves,” she told the Weekender.
“It’s really nice and calm here and it’s not that far at all, so we can just come on a hot day and enjoy it as a family.”

Penrith Beach is just one Lake among Western Sydney Lakes’ pristine waterways and Board Director Jacqueline Vozzo said this was just the start for the Lakes. 
“We have grand plans for Western Sydney Lakes, and we have been really pleased that the NSW Government partnered with us to open and operate Penrith Beach for the summer,” she said. 
“However, this is only the beginning for the Lakes. There is so much potential here to create a recreational and leisure space for the people of Western Sydney and we hope to see ongoing commitment from the NSW Government to unlock that potential. We are also speaking with various private entities to uncover other opportunities for the Lakes, because ultimately, we want this incredible space right in the heart of Western Sydney to be accessible for all. With Western Sydney Airport on the horizon, the time is now.”

The Penrith Beach season will continue until 25 April, and lifeguards from Royal Life Saving Society NSW will continue patrolling the beach under new operating hours. The public will be able to visit on weekends and public holidays from 9 March between the hours of:

  • 10am and 6pm; and,
  • 10am and 4:30pm from 7 April 2024, at the end of daylight savings.

Facilities at the beach will remain open during these times with visitors able to access toilets and change rooms and enjoy the 130-metre-long beach. Free car park passes are also available online.

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