Competition for Penrith Region and its Hawkesbury neighbors! Sustainability competition.


  Neighbors Helping Neighbors


All you need to do is subscribe, and tell us in 50 words or less what sustainability workshops or events you’d love to see held in the Penrith and Hawkesbury area and you can go in the draw to win a home energy assessment worth $300!




Our Sustainability eNews is the best way to stay up to date with upcoming workshops, events and other local sustainability news in the Penrith region and neighbouring areas. We include events by Council, our Libraries, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, Western Sydney University, Permaculture Sydney West, NPWS, The Westies Markets, Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, Conservation Volunteers Australia and more!




AND THE PRIZE! The competition is open to residents in the Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains areas – this recognises that we’re all working together to make our region more sustainable.The lucky winner of our competition will have an experienced energy assessor visit their home and receive tailored independent advice on what you can do to use less energy and save money at home – including a review of your appliances, energy use, and the potential for solar. The assessor will also leave a detailed action plan with all the possible energy saving opportunities in the winner’s home. Anyone can enter – it doesn’t matter if you live in a house or unit, or if they’re an owner or renter! 




Send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we’ll add your email to our contact list for our Sustainability eNews. The competition closes 5pm 26 November. All entrants must read and accept the Terms and Conditions before entering the competition. The full Terms and Conditions are available

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Three ideal locations in Wisemans Ferry to fit all budgets: Forgotten Valley Retreat, Del Rio Resort and New South Wales Ski Gardens.


Planning for a family get together during the good weather? Wisemans Ferry has just the location: rustic, roomy and rest in a setting that everyone will love. 


  • Address: 52 Singleton Road, Wisemans Ferry 
  • Phone  0418 299 559
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    Bookings required.

We consider this the perfect group getaway when weary of the daily grind and bored by the ordinary.

The ornamental gate leading into the Retreat is a sign - indicative of an ethereal world of tranquillity beyond. Inside are lush green landscapes and peaceful contemplative settings. You are leaving behind the frenetic pace of everyday life. With its garden landscapes and hillside views, this rustic accommodation is ideal - a great scene for exclusive group gatherings. Family gatherings, holistic groups, business incentive groups and weddings have all made their way to this enchanting retreat.

Four cottages, with 14 bedrooms in total, between them, bounded by large verandahs overlooking gardens and ponds are nestled in the green, lush hillside. Each cottage has a kitchen and is air-conditioned for summer. In winter, a wood-burning fire keeps you toasty. Spa baths are an additional fantastic feature.

High ceilings, beautiful natural timber and huge picture windows create an ambience of spaciousness in the lounge. Wide doors lead to the large balconies - even a work-group getaway will be relaxed and pleasant. The morning coffee at Forgotten Valley Retreat is totally stress-free!


Del Rio Resort

Address: Chaseling Road, Webbs Creek
Hours: 02 4566 4330

Del Rio is set in an ideal location. Between the river and a mountain backdrop, it is the playground of Wisemans Ferry. Every sporting activity has its space, making Del Rio great for family gatherings or other large groups.

A nine-hole golf course, bush-walking trails, and basketball and tennis courts are in place for those wanting energetic activity. For those less keen for the hustle and bustle of sport, fishing off the dock or reading in the shade of one of the huge trees sounds like a great 'sport' for a sunny spring day. We visited mid-week in September - school holidays - and the swimming pool, the jumping pillow and the putt-putt golf were the kids' favourites. An ice cream at the kiosk followed closely behind.

Our attention is always drawn to the spaciousness of the resort. Following the Club Med model, each activity has its particular space and rarely feels crowded (granted, we have not been at the resort during the Bridge to Bridge Ski weekend!). Launch your boat and head out on the river - water skiing is popular with this crowd.

Accommodation books quickly for the summer season.

We really get Del Rio's copy line: "…there is no end of things to see and do…and no real reason to do them…"

Sounds like the perfect holiday.


New South Wales Ski Garden

Address: 2916 River Road, Wisemans Ferry
Hours: 02 4566 4212

Set alongside the river, NSW Ski Park is only a kilometre from Wisemans Ferry Village and a short distance past the Webb Creek Ferry dock. This ski park is a popular spot for all the big races - you'll want to claim your camp site early.

The ski grounds are quite casual, with caravan and camping facilities in a rustic and shady setting. Only cabins with toilets are available. Showers are located with group amenities. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control.

Picnic and barbecue facilities are onsite and a weekend kiosk serves hot items, soft drinks and ice-cream. The facility is popular with waterskiers, fishermen and those who want a budget-minded holiday on the river.

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