Penrith Beach will open next Tuesday – when temperatures are set to soar to 42 degrees in the local area.
The beach will be open seven days a week until early March 2024 except for Christmas Day.
The first week will be used to gather feedback and fine-tune the experience.
“Public safety at the site is paramount – it’s currently closed for public access while vital measures are put in place, including facilities and car parking, change rooms, toilets and access for people with disabilities to make sure the beach is ready for visitors,” a State Government spokesperson said.
“Lifeguard services and first aid will be available in the designated and patrolled swimming zone and the water quality will be monitored regularly during the summer.”
A ‘Kiss and Ride’ zone will be available at Penrith Beach for visitors and there will also be a shuttle bus service from Penrith Station.
Online registration is essential for car parking. There are 700 car spaces and access will be provided through free parking vouchers.
Register for updates and find more details on how to book at www.nsw.gov.au/penrithbeach.
“There are just five more sleeps until Western Sydney’s first ever beach is open,” said Deputy Premier, Minister for Western Sydney and Londonderry MP, Prue Car.
“The creation of this new beach means the people of Western Sydney will no longer be faced with drives of up to an hour to cool off over summer.
“I cannot wait for this spectacular new swim spot to open. See you at Penrith Beach!”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said: “Western Sydney’s always been a great place to live, and this new beach will make it even better this summer. This is about rebalancing the benefits of everything that living in Sydney has to offer and making sure communities have access to the best facilities whatever their postcode.
Member for Penrith Karen McKeown said it was an exciting time for our city.
“I don’t think I’ve been more excited for the people of Penrith for a long time, this new gem of a beach will put many smiles on many faces this summer,” she said.
“It’s an incredible boost for local families and a great place to bring the kids to cool off in the heat during the school holidays.”
The beach will open on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 19.