Located on the eastern approach to Penrith on Sydney’s western fringes, Kingswood is one of the older suburbs in the area. It is also an academically rich suburb with the central campus of University of Western Sydney, a TAFE College and private and public schools lying within its boundaries.
Kingswood is 52 kilometres from the centre of Sydney, but visitors to the area are close to the foothills of the Blue Mountains and less than half an hour’s drive from Sydney’s major reservoir, Warragamba Dam, and its scenic picnic grounds.
Penrith is a very progressive city whose vigorous promotional campaign draws more than one million visitors a year into the municipality. The visitors are drawn by a wide range of natural and man-made attractions.
The Nepean River is the central tourist hook. The river and its banks have always been popular among picnickers, swimmers, anglers, kayakers and water-skiers, but these days you can cruise its placid waters in the luxury of the Nepean Belle and the Penrith Platypus.
The river is also pivotal to the ongoing Penrith Lakes Scheme which, by 2010 will see the creation of a chain of seven recreational lakes. The first lake is the headquarters of the Sydney International Regatta Centre which hosted the rowing and canoeing events in the 2000 Olympics.