Roll on up to Penrith City Council’s REAL Festival 15 – 17 September with Busways!

Busways is proud to be the official Transport Partner at Penrith City Council’s family friendly REAL Festival, 2023 as it returns after a three-year hiatus.

The festival is back from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2023, at Tench Reserve, on the Nepean River.

Real Festival Busways

With an expected attendance of 30,000, the festival features an array of attractions, such as a dedicated arcade zone, plenty of local artisans and vendors in addition to hosting some of Sydney’s best food trucks.

Stage shows, art installations, and pop-up performances from Australian and internationally celebrated performers, artists and musicians will also be on throughout the three days.

Get back into that 70s vibe at Busways’ free Open Air Roller Rink at the festival! You can pre-book for your FREE 30-minute sessions including skate hire via the webpage here.

Busways Penrith Depot Manager Georgette Golding said Busways is thrilled to be partnering with Penrith City Council again to help people get to and from Real Festival.

“As a Diamond Sponsor, Busways will be hosting the fun, free Roller Rink and running a free shuttle bus service each day to ensure you can get to the festival with ease,” Mrs Golding said.

“Three of these will be electric buses – if you’ve never ridden one before you’ll enjoy the quiet, smooth and eco-friendly ride.”

“Avoid parking hassles, leave the car at home and take public transport for great day out with family and friends. We are encouraging everyone this year to roll with us and take the bus!”

Busways’ free shuttle buses travel a 20 – 30-minute loop during the following times:

  • Friday 15 September - 3pm – 10:30pm 
  • Saturday 16 September - 3pm – 10:30pm 
  • Sunday 17 September - 9am – 3:30pm. 

The shuttle buses are accessible and can accommodate prams and strollers. Drop off and pick up locations are:

  • Penrith Train Station (Stand D)
  • Jamison Park at Batt Street (near Netball Courts) and
  • At the Festival, Tench Reserve.

For more information on getting to the festival head here.

Plan your trip to Tench Reserve by using the real-time trip planner at

For more information on activities and what's on, visit the Real Festival website or for the Penrith Council Media Release, head here.

To book your roller rink session head here