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The Great River Walk is about 8 km including a 7 km circuit along the Nepean River and is part of the planned 570km Great River Walk which will link the river's mouth at Broken Bay to the headwaters at Lake Bathurst near Goulburn.
This is an easy but picturesque walk suitable for families that has plenty of places to sit and contemplate the views. Along the way there are areas of parkland, playground equipment, sculptural elements, toilet blocks and a couple of handy cafes. The map highlights sites of interest as well as access points and parking areas.
For a short walk, there is plenty of variety with a mix of nature, urban environments and sites of local historical significance but the river is the star. Calmness sets in as one gazes upon the flowing waters. Every now and then the water is disturbed by a diving bird, the splash of a fishing line, the Nepean Belle paddlewheeler or the oars of training rowers. Shady areas are plentiful where you could stop and have a picnic and most of the path is suitable for prams, scooters and bicycles. There are steps down to cross safely under Victoria Bridge and the Great Western Highway if you are heading north towards Weir Reserve.
Along the way expect to encounter plenty of wildlife, we saw water lizards, bearded dragons, blue tongue lizards, many bird species and the odd sheep. You will also see some beautiful trees, gardens and homes as well as other people enjoying the environment. I imagine parts of the walk would be quite popular with families on weekends.
If you need refreshments or something more substantial there are plenty of options at hand. On the eastern side of the river there is a Coffee Club across from Tench Reserve, the Nepean Rowing Club near Weir Reserve and on the western side, Cafe at Lewers is located at the Penrith Regional Gallery.
The Great River Walk is within walking distance of Penrith and Emu Plains stations. Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip using public transport. Free parking is available at Tench Reserve, Weir Reserve and Regatta Park.