With the worst of winter firmly behind us it's time to start thinking about getting wet for pleasure again.
White water rafting is super fun and the best place to do it with real safety in Sydney is at Penrith Whitewater, which is another legacy of the 2000 Olympic Games.
The rapids are created by an artificial U shaped stream, which varies from 8m to 14m wide, and drops 5.5 metres from top to bottom. Water is pumped from the bottom of the course up to the top by six 300kw submersible pumps.
You don't even need to get out of your raft or kayak at the bottom of the run thanks to a rubber conveyor which transports you and your boat back up to the start. It's a foamy white river of never ending fun :)
If you've never kayaked before the best option is to go on a guided raft of eight people. You'll get full instruction before taking to the water, be provided with all the required safety gear, and a guide will go with you in the raft. Just make sure you pick someone who is not hung-over, ours was struggling after a big night out.
If you would like to take on the rapids yourself it's recommended that you do one of the courses first.
Whichever option you take, you need to book beforehand on 02 4730 4333.
There is also a cafe on site so those who prefer to stay dry can do so in comfort.
A small tip -- whatever you do don't accidentally "fall out" of your raft and drift down the rapids by yourself. That would be very unsafe, and not at all big or clever, though rather fun.