Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler

5.0  ( 14 reviews ) · Penrith, Blue Mountains and Surrounding Areas · Show Phone
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Nothing symbolises setting sail on your marriage journey more than saying ‘I do’ on a boat! The Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler is one of Sydney’s most treasured icons, operating along the Nepean River for more than 40 years. For a wedding day you and your guests will never forget, hop aboard this nostalgic piece of NSW history.

The Blue Mountains are one of Australia’s most breathtaking natural landmarks, and the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler has been claiming the best views for more than 40 years. Sunlit by day and illuminated by night, the sandstone peaks of the famed Nepean Gorge tower — 150 metres above the water — provide stunning and unique photo opportunities for couples

A lovingly maintained paddleboard, the Nepean Belle carves a path up and down the Nepean River — a truly unique atmosphere for your wedding. How many other people can say they celebrated their wedding day cruising down some of Sydney’s most pristine waters?

Being out on the water doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the most important parts of your wedding day. The Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler team partners with other local leading service providers such as marriage celebrants, photographers, wedding cake makers, stylists, accommodation, and hair and makeup artists! The boat has licensed bar facilities onboard and offers very reasonable pricing.


“We had a wonderful time on board the Nepean Belle. Every one of the guests had a great time. Nothing was too much of a hassle! Carol and Chris looked after us from the beginning stages, all the way through to disembarking. We will definitely be back.” — Katrina P. 


Top 3 things you’ll love about your wedding aboard the Nepean Belle Paddleboat Blue Mountains:

  • Surprisingly spacious. The Nepean Belle has a dining capacity for up to 110 passengers and up to 150 passengers for a cocktail function.
  • Truly unique weddings. Your guests won’t believe their eyes when they receive their invitation that says they will attend your wedding via a jetty! You can have both your wedding ceremony and reception onboard.
  • The inclusions. Being on a boat doesn’t exclude you from all the traditional elements of a wedding. You’ll have access to their wedding planning service, vessel hire, selected menus, experienced team, and decorations.


What Nepean Belle Paddleboat Blue Mountains weddings are like:

  • Iconic, regardless of whether you want a relaxed or formal affair.
  • Immersed in nature with breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Designed to create timeless memories you’ll carry forever.


“From our initial meeting right through to hosting our wedding reception, Carol and Chris accommodated requests to make our event truly memorable. All the team were very courteous, and the food was exceptional. Our guests all commented on the atmosphere and how much they enjoyed the Nepean Belle. We would highly recommend The Nepean Belle as a wedding reception venue.” — Terese W. 


Passionate about Penrith and the Nepean River, local couple Carol and Chris Bennett purchased the Nepean Belle in October, 2013. Since then, the Bennetts have invested heavily in restoring Penrith's iconic first tourist and event attraction and have transformed the business offering fresh, modern menus in up to date wedding and event packages. Nothing is too much trouble - they're onboard with you and they're all about making your wedding day as wonderful and memorable as it can be!

Carol & Chris Bennett



Nearby Accommodation


We are aware that some of our guests may have special dietary requirements and we can accommodate with vegetarian and gluten-free meals provided that we are notified well in advance; please check with the members of your party if they have any such requirements.

We have free parking available on Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue  Jamisontown.  Just drive down the loop road, past the boat ramp and turn into the left carpark as you come back up to Tench Avenue.

The Nepean Belle is a licensed venue with full bar facilities on board.  Due to our license restrictions BYO is not permitted.  You can see our current drinks menu at  Beverages from the bar are not included in cruise prices however we do offer a prepaid bar tab where you determine the drinks served (i.e. beer, wine, soft drink; open bar including spirits; soft drink only) and your dollar limit.

The Nepean Belle is accessible by both wheelchair and for those with walking frames to be able to board and disembark and move freely around the lower deck. Unfortunately, the toilets on the Nepean Belle are on the upper deck with a wide staircase of 14 stairs.  Our crew are only too happy to assist your guests with walking sticks and walkers up the stairs for the toilet or viewing decks however, unfortunately, we are not able to carry heavy wheelchairs. 

14 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

December 2021

We were married on the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler in mid-November. What a fantastic experience! The ambience was delightful with the boat beautifully decorated by Carol and her team. Carol herself ensured that everything ran smoothly and seemed to make all the elements of the reception (speeches, cutting the cake, photos), happen seamlessly and without stress. Captain Chris was amazing, safely navigating the Belle up-river, even just after the release if water from Warragamba Dam. He was happy to talk to guests about the boat’s workings and history and even showed the younger guests the wheelhouse. The food was amazing and plentiful. All of our guests commented on how tasty it was. In fact all our guests kept saying what a beautiful, happy and relaxed wedding it was, in such a beautiful location. Our only regret was that it was all over far too soon! We wholeheartedly recommend the Nepean Belle.

Julie F.

May 2021

My now husband and I had our wedding on the Nepean Belle on the 24th of April. I cannot speak highly enough of the Nepean Belle and their incredible team. Our wedding was meant to be last year and due to COVID we had to post-pone it. The owners and team were incredibly helpful and reassuring throughout this process and when our day finally came around they made it nothing short of perfect. From the planning process to the service on the day, the professionalism and friendliness really cemented that we had made the right decision in picking the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler as our wedding venue. Since the wedding day, our guests have raved about the bar service, the amazing food, friendly team and of course the incredible views. We couldn't be more thankful to the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler team.

Lyn R.

February 2021

From our initial meeting right though to hosting our wedding reception Carol and Chris accommodated requests to make our event truly memorable. All staff were very courteous and the food was exceptional. Our guests all commented on the atmosphere and how much they enjoyed the Nepean Belle. We would highly recommend The Nepean Belle as a wedding reception venue.

Terese W.

November 2020

Catering was part of the package on the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler. The food was amazing. Beef cheeks, lamb shanks, pork and potatoes all so tender and beautifully cooked and presented. Yum!

Elaine C.

November 2020

Wow, who knew organising a wedding could be so simple! Carol and the team took care of everything. Setting up the venue, communication with photographer, videographer and cake maker. MC duties, catering and all on board services. A one stop shop. The food was plentiful and oh so delicious. All the guests commented on how unique and enjoyable the experience was. Every photograph has a different background as the paddlewheeler was in motion throughout the time we were on board. The price was very reasonable and totally affordable. Thank you for making our day so memorable and thoroughly enjoyable.

Elaine C.

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Is it likely our wedding quotes could change because of the cost of living?

We are starting to get prices for our wedding reception, for our wedding that's 18 months away. If we make a booking and pay a deposit, is the price guaranteed, given the cost of everything keeps going up?

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Hi there, 

Thank you for contacting us.  Our current pricing is valid until the end of 2024 however we can provide you pricing for a 2025 wedding which will be guaranteed once the deposit has been paid to confirm the date.

Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your wedding and view the Nepean Belle.




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