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Nepean Belle cruises
The Blue Mountains National Park and the Nepean River at Penrith are where city convenience and country charm unite – just 45 minutes from Sydney via the M4 Motorway, where our unique and romantic vessels, the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler & the Penrith Platypus Cruiser cruise for a traditional devonshire tea, delicious buffet lunch or sumptuous dinner.

The Nepean Belle is a romantic old-world style Paddlewheeler. Reflecting the grace and charm of yester-year, the “Belle’s” interiors are beautifully panelled with stained timbers featuring cedar and teak. There is nothing quite like the nostalgia of the paddlewheels churning, the water lapping against the hulls, reliving the romance and excitement of the paddlewheel era. With seated dining capacity for 120 guests or cocktail function capacity of up to 140 guests the Belle is suited to a range of function styles.

The “Platypus” is a luxury cruising vessel fitted out with light open interiors reflecting a stylish and sophisticated ambiance – Ideally suited as a wedding or party venue, the vessel provides your guests with a unique and wonderful experience. With capacity of up to 132 passengers for seated dining or 140 for cocktail style functions the Platypus offers a purpose built, function and party venue cruise boat.

Both the Nepean Belle and Penrith Platypus are renowned for their exceptional fresh food and welcoming atmosphere. With over 25 years experience in the Hospitality Industry, and as winner of a number of prestigious awards you can be sure that you are in experienced hands from the moment you step aboard.

FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CRUISE

Historic and beautiful Glenleigh, a scottish Boronial mansion built in c.1890 is just one of the fascinating sites featured in the Captain’s informative and entertaining commentary.

Water & Blue Mountains National Park Views

Cruising the Wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains National Park and the Nepean Gorge you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience for all those aboard. Sunlit by day or floodlit from the vessels by night, the sandstone peaks of the Nepean Gorge towering up to 150 meters above the water are a striking backdrop to your cruise and provide great photo opportunities.

In the National Park, guests are treated to unique views of a largely unexplored wonderland of natural flora and native wildlife – including wombats, wallabies, lizards, eagles, cormorants and even mountain goats! Carfully negotiating “the Narrows” at “Rocky Island” near Glenbrook creek, the tinkling chorus of bellbirds resonates in song through the Gorge until the boat reaches its turning point at Euroka Creek. Beyond this lies secrets and stories belonging to the mountains and known only to the Aboriginal Dharug people, who settled the Nepean in the centuries before European discovery.

During the day, sunlight cascades over the stunning ascending rock formations, carved out by the spectacular Nepean River – one of Australia’s beautiful and largely unknown, natural archealogical splendours. In the evening, passengers witness the magic and beauty of this breathtaking landscape, animated by the onboard floodlighting – a truly glorious sight. Host to international ambassadors, national dignitaries, Archbishops, politicians and wise water-lovers, the Nepean Belle is a premier regional attraction, and that’s no small feat in a city which is visited by over one million people annually!

Winner of a number of Small Business Awards from 1985 right through to 2008 (see below) the vessels boast sumptuous meals, licensed bars, lavish interiors – beautifully panelled in cedar, teak, maple and oak – and an unrivalled, world-class view from 360 degree viewing decks. Operating for the last 24 years, the Belle holds up to 120 passengers for sit-down meals. The new Penrith Platypus holds up to 132 passengers.

The years of experience gained by hosts John and Helen Wakeling and their professional staff is a guarantee that their guests will enjoy an elegant, relaxing and memorable experience of wining, dining, dancing and cruising. Whether they arrive for a wedding, cultural or theme cruise, conference, social, jazz or yulefest evening or one of the regular devonshire teas, lunches or dinners, guests will partake of a unique, uplifting experience unlike any other.

 

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