ABC Boat Licence Venue - Penrith

Our Penrith Venue is located along the Nepean River on the western edge of the Cumberland plain, and is a popular location for your General Boat Licence Course or Boat & Jet Ski/PWC Licence Course.

It's less than ten minutes drive from Emu Plains and Glenmore Park, or 25 minutes from Erskine Park, Blacktown, and Londonderry.

You might get to see the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler cruising lazily up the river, but it's more likely you'll see Penrith Rowing Club's rowers out and about at all times of the year.

The Nepean River is fed partly from Lake Nepean near Wollongong in Sydney's South, and partly from Lake Burragorang which is where the Warragamba Dam is installed, and eventually merges with the Grose River to become the Hawkesbury River at Richmond, finally becoming the water for our Windsor Venue.

We'll start your Australian Boating College Sydney course at the Tench Reserve Boat Ramp, which is beside the M4 Western Motorway on the Nepean River.


Tench Reserve Boat Ramp,
78-88 Tench Ave,
Jamisontown, NSW 2750


Parking your car at this venue is free.

The car park nearest to the boat ramp and opposite the Coffee Club is trailer parking only.

Don't park in the trailer spaces as you might get a fine from Penrith City Council!

Car parking spaces are available in the secondary car park, and also line Tench Avenue.


Once you've booked your course and have paid, we'll send out an email and a SMS text message with the start location and time.

For Penrith, we meet on the wharf beside the boat ramp, at the top of the road loop.

You'll see our ABC Sydney Boats pull up and our Instructors will get you onboard.


Bathrooms are available at the start of the boat ramp road loop, in the 6-sided brick building with green and white tin roof, a 2-minute level walk from the boat ramp.

Food and drinks are available at the Coffee Club Nepean River opposite the boat ramp, however it can be very busy in Summer and long queues might not leave you time to comfortably eat.

Our theory location is a close 2-minute drive, or an 8-minute walk.


Nepean Shores by Gateway Lifestyle,
6-22 Tench Avenue,
Penrith, NSW 2750
Nepean Shores Website


Entry to Nepean Shores is gated, rarely will it be open to park inside.

The best place to park is on Tench Avenue, or simply walk up from the boat ramp.

Pedestrian access through the side of the main gate is the easiest choice.


We'll meet you inside the L-Shaped building called "Castlereagh Room" that lies on the centre street of Nepean Shores.

It's opposite the tennis courts, and you may see our ABC boats parked nearby.

Your Australian Boating College Instructor will be waiting in the classroom.


There are plenty of bathrooms available at this location.

There aren't any food options inside Nepean Shores, so we suggest packing a picnic lunch.

If you'd rather purchase lunch, there are fast food options on the corner of Jamison Road and Mulgoa Road, which is a 5-minute drive.

Make sure you get back to Nepean Shores in time for your theory!


Australian Boating College Sydney cannot provide transport between practical and theory venues for students under 18.

You must organise this transfer prior to course attendance.

During the class

A Parent or Legal Guardian is required to be present with a student under 18 in some parts of this course venue.

Students under 18 are able to attend the practical boating experience without a Parent or Legal Guardian present onboard.

Students aged 12-16

As per RMS guidelines we require a Parent or Legal Guardian to sign consent for a student aged 12-16 to attend our course.

This involves sighting ID for Parent/Legal Guardian and also ID for the student.

For more information please email us at or call on 1800 453 886.