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WHAT’S INSIDE Welcome Our Story Getting Here Driving Tours The Great River Walk is Here Our Major Events Visitor Information Centre Our Attractions We Shop Here Day Trips from Here Around Penrith Our Venues Penrith Celebrates First Crossing of Blue Mountains Where to Stay Lookouts and Picnic Spots Where to Eat We Learn Here Dragon Boats will be Here World Rowing will be Here Help is Here Transport Maps About this Guide

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta 18-24 March 2013 – see page 34 Bicentenary of the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains 11-26 May 2013 – see page 29 Defqon1 21 September 2013 – see page 14-15 Our Cover: The Great River Walk Penrith Visitor Information Centre Panthers Carpark, Mulgoa Road, Penrith. PO Box 60, PENRITH, NSW 2751 Australia Tel: 1300 736 836


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The opportunity to welcome visitors is one of the best things about being Mayor of Penrith. But I’m not alone in welcoming visitors to our city. Diverse and inspiring, sociable and entrepreneurial, it’s our people who will make you feel really welcome. Our beautiful river, the mountains, lakes, heritage, retail and entertainment attractions are all here for you to enjoy. This new look Penrith Visitor Guide will show you how to get the most from your visit. So come and visit Penrith and see why we shout PENRITH IS HERE! Councillor Mark Davies Mayor – City of Penrith


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We are built on the spirit of our people. Proud to be part of Australia’s leading city, yet not just another suburb, Penrith is one of the most important regional centres in Greater Sydney. Boasting mountains, rivers, and more, our shining outdoors keeps us active. Open to new ideas, new people and new cultural expression, our inclusive, innovative spirit is what makes Penrith shine. Our life is our community. 5


Nepean Gorge

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.................................................• JOHN WAKELING IS HERE Owner and creator of the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler. In 1980 I moved to Penrith from the south coast and discovered that Penrith is every bit as beautiful. So I built the Nepean Belle with my own hands and now 30 years on I still have the same passion for introducing people to our beautiful river.

Jogging on the Great River Walk

Enjoying a picnic at “The Rock” Lookout, Nepean Gorge A perfect balance of rural and urban, Penrith brims with beauty. The renowned Nepean-Hawkesbury River with the breathtaking Nepean Gorge is the foremost feature. It’s complemented by the surrounding mountains and the vast expanse of Penrith Lakes stretching away to the north. It’s little wonder visitors flock to our city to take advantage of our great outdoors. Penrith Whitewater Stadium is always a popular choice but if you ask a local to name their favourite spot they just might mention Tench Reserve where you can picnic by the river or “The Rock” lookout which is a short drive from the Penrith CBD. (See page 32.)



Glenbrook Gorge leading to the Nepean River and beyond to Penrith.

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.................................................• MARY HENRY IS HERE Community Volunteer. We moved to Emu Plains 39 years ago and we’ve never wanted to be anywhere else. I help with Meals on Wheels and at least once a week I walk or cycle to the Visitor Centre to spend the day telling visitors about the place I love.

Picnic at Weir Reserve

Outdoor eating in Riley Street The people of Penrith are just as unique as the scenery. We’re quintessential “doers” looking for new and inventive ways of doing things, determined to succeed. Optimism and courage are qualities we hold dear. We’re proud of our roots and are deeply connected to our land and our community. Our people have driven the development of cultural institutions which are now magnets for visitors. A local might recommend one of our natural experiences but they might equally recommend that you see the “Joan” (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre), the Penrith Regional Gallery or the Museum of Fire as “must sees”. In a way, we’re almost spoilt for choice with what we have to offer. Uniquely positioned, there’s nowhere else quite like our wonderful place. 7


Relaxing at Mamre House

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OUR RIVER & MOUNTAINS ................................................• JOHN MACLEAN OAM IS HERE Paralympian, all round sportsman. Sport is my life and Penrith is a big part of that. Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, my home is Penrith and I take that with me.

Bring your boat to enjoy Penrith’s spectacular river scenery

Nepean Gorge The mighty Nepean is part of a major river system that surrounds Sydney on three sides. It traverses Penrith from south to north, passing through Nepean Gorge and on to the Pacific Ocean. South of the Penrith city centre, the river and mountains come together at the spectacular Nepean Gorge. To the west the rugged Blue Mountains sweep up to the horizon creating a backdrop that dominates the view in many parts of the city. If you want to do more than just catch glimpses of the scenery, why not enjoy a river cruise or visit “The Rock” Lookout. Both of these will allow you to enjoy the unique combination of river and mountains at Nepean Gorge. Closer to town you can do all or part of the “Great River Walk”. You can enjoy a hands-on experience of the Blue Mountains right in Penrith’s backyard at the Glenbrook section of the Blue Mountains National Park. Penrith is also a great base for exploring further afield to other parts of the Blue Mountains, including Katoomba and beyond to Jenolan Caves.



The Nepean Belle regularly cruises the river

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...................................................• JESSICA FOX IS HERE Aged 18, winner of the Silver Medal in the Women’s K1 Canoe Slalom at the London Olympics. I would have been happy just to qualify for the finals in my first Olympics. I am grateful to the people of Penrith who have backed me in this adventure. On the podium I thought of everyone at home and thought “Penrith Is Here”.

Triathlons are popular at Penrith Lakes

Rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium

Dragon Boat Racing

and Penrith Whitewater Stadium which were the venues for rowing and canoeing in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. These venues continue to host major sporting events, Regular flooding over thousands including the Sydney International Rowing Regatta and the Australian of years formed deep rich soil, Dragon Boat Championships in sand and gravel deposits. In the early days of European settlement March and April 2013. (See pages 34-35.) this became a life saving food bowl. Later, the sand and gravel Penrith Lakes is also home to the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal cultural was mined and used in many of centre, a unique experience in Sydney’s prominent buildings. Greater Sydney. A century of quarrying will soon Even before the Blue Mountains started to form, a vast floodplain developed around the Nepean River just to the north of the present day Penrith city centre.

See page 17 for more information end, bringing on the final phase about things to enjoy at Penrith of converting the quarry site to lakes and parkland. This transition Lakes. began over 20 years ago with the creation of the Penrith Lakes Scheme and the development of the International Regatta Centre 9


Penrith Lakes with Blue Mountains backdrop

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GETTING HERE .........................................................................• MARK GEYER IS HERE Mark Geyer – Rugby League star and radio host. If I could live anywhere I would still choose Penrith where I’ve experienced all the ups and downs of life. I have to say it’s the truly grounded folk of Penrith that have seen me through the tough times and made the good times even better.

Shopping in St Marys

Our river has many colours and moods From the West - From the M4 Motorway/Great Western Highway. For From Sydney - Use the M4 Motorway. For Penrith take either The Northern Road Penrith, take either The Northern Road exit, or the Mulgoa Road Exit. Take the Exit or the Mulgoa Road exit. Take the Mamre Road exit for St Marys. Take the Mamre Road exit for St Marys. Take the Russell Street exit for Emu Plains. Russell Street exit for Emu Plains. SELF DRIVE

From the South - From the South Western Freeway/Hume Highway take the Penrith exit, follow Route 9 signs along Northern Rd to Penrith or continue past the Northern Road exit and take the M7 Tollway (e-TOLL only) to the M4. From the North - From the Sydney Newcastle Freeway or Pacific Highway follow Pennant Hills Road and the Cumberland Highway to M4 Motorway. Turn right along M4. Or use M2 and M7 Tollway (e-TOLL only).



MAPS - See the maps on pages 38 – 41 or for more details contact or visit the Penrith Visitor Information Centre. For information about other transport options see Page 37. Penrith Visitor Information Centre 1300 736 836

Picnics with river views

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DRIVING TOURS .................................................• MARK WHITE IS HERE Mark White – Executive Chairman of the Museum of Fire. I’m a fire fighter with a passion for sharing the drama and danger of fire with visitors who come to the museum and to major events such as our annual working truck show. I love showing off our unique collection of heritage fire engines and fire fighting equipment.

Harvest Experience Drive Penrith is part of the “Hawkesbury Harvest” farm gate trail which surrounds Greater Sydney to the north, west and south. Fresh and seasonal produce is available at various times of the year. Sample the fabulous range of honey products from the Honey Shed or try a tasting at Vicary’s Winery, both at Luddenham. Fresh farm eggs are available year round in Llandilo, while strawberries are available in season at several places. Penrith even has Australia’s only sake brewery. Collect the Hawkesbury Harvest map from the Penrith Visitor Information Centre or visit and click the links to the Penrith itinerary. Hawkesbury Harvest also operates a Farmers Market between Penrith Plaza and the “Joan” on the first Saturday of every month. (See page 24.) Heritage Drive Travel in the footsteps of our pioneering settlers. The Heritage Drive covers both urban and rural areas including heritage sites at Penrith, St Marys, Castlereagh, Emu Plains and Mulgoa.

Cricket game in Weir Reserve

Along the Nepean River there are impressive vistas of the Blue Mountains. Map available outside the Visitor Centre or visit www. and search for the “Penrith Heritage Drive” Museum Drive. Penrith has five museums which will provide the basis of an interesting and informative day out. The Arms of Australia Inn Museum in Emu Plains showcases our local European history, while you can learn about our Aboriginal heritage and culture at the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Penrith Lakes. At the Museum of Printing at Penrith Paceway you will learn how printing was done before computers were introduced. After that, experience the Museum of Fire which showcases the fascinating history of fire and fire fighting and has an extensive collection of heritage fire engines and related equipment. The Vines Cottage Tool Museum in Castlereagh specialises in hand tools from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (Please note the Tool Museum requires prior booking - see page 18). 11


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Great River Walk at Weir Reserve ............................................................• VANESSA CAMPBELL IS HERE Mother of two young children and operator of a marketing and event business. We decided to raise our family in Penrith because it’s affordable and close to the river. (By the way that’s me on the right enjoying the Great River Walk with one of my friends and our kids). While Penrith has good schools, hospitals and a university, the best thing is the community spirit. The relaxed lifestyle allows me to balance the needs of my family and the challenges of running a business. I know that as my children grow, Penrith will allow them to excel.

One of the best experiences in Penrith is absolutely free! Over the past five years Penrith City Council has created almost eight kilometres of walking track along the Nepean River. Known as the “Great River Walk”, it features spectacular views of our beautiful river set against the backdrop of the Blue Mountains.

At the southern end the walk shares the M4 Motorway bridge. A small side path leads from the north east corner of the loop at Weir Reserve towards Penrith Lakes.

As you can see from the map opposite, the walk is accessible from both Penrith and Emu Plains Railway Stations. Because it is a loop you can start and finish anywhere without missing any The walk features resting points and part of the walk. Lookouts, picnic areas, lookouts where you can see bird and other wildlife in a natural setting. There refreshments and accommodation are available where shown on the map. are cultural attractions, including the As we go to press, the NSW roads Penrith Regional Gallery and our local authority is finalising plans to develop historic museum, the Arms of Australia a separate pedestrian bridge at the Inn. There are even places to enjoy a northern end near Victoria Bridge which coffee and something to eat. will improve safety and convenience for Recently a number of signs have been pedestrians. installed along the route which will

Enjoyable for of all ages

There is a grand vision to develop The “Great River Walk” to link the river’s headwaters at Lake Bathurst near Goulburn with the mouth of the river Most of the track is part of a six kilometre loop that follows the riverbank at Broken Bay, a distance of 570 km. Penrith is the first Council along the on both the Penrith and Emu Plains river to start to embrace this vision. sides of the river. At the northern end of the loop it crosses the river at Victoria Bridge. increase your understanding of the cultural and historical context of the river and the life of Penrith.



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OUR MAJOR EVENTS Defqon1 annual music festival attracts over 20,000 people JANUARY Australia Day at the Lakes Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 1300 736 836 Bridge to Bridge Swimming Race Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 FEBRUARY Shakespeare by the River Regatta Park, River Rd, Emu Plains. International Slalom Series Penrith Whitewater Stadium, McCarthys Ln, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 4333 Schoolboys’ Head of the River Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 MARCH Annual Luddenham Show Luddenham Showground, Park Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 4378 National Open Water Championships Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000

AAGPS Head of the River Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000

MAY Relay For Life Howell Oval, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith.

Penrith City Festival High St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4722 5556

World Unlimited & 6 litre Displacement Championships (Powerboats) Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000

Schoolgirls’ Head of the River Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 Penrith Working Truck Show Museum of Fire, 1 Museum Dr, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000 Dragon Boat NSW State Championships Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook Tel: 02 4730 0000 Sydney International Rowing Regatta Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 APRIL 2013 AusDBF Australian Dragon Boat Racing Championships Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000

Werrington Festival Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre, Henry Lawson Ave, Werrington. Tel: 02 9673 6133 Mamre Harvest Festival Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 5321 JUNE For Eternity Bridal Expo Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 0414 291 625 Sydney Antique & Classic Truck Show 2013 Museum of Fire, 1 Museum Dr, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000 Penrith Dolls, Bears, Craft & Collectables Show Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 0407 498 021 JULY William Cox Historical Festival & Open Day Arms of Australia Inn, Cnr Great Western Hwy & Gardenia Ave, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 4394 Yulefest River Cruises Nepean Belle, Departs from Tench Reserve, Penrith. Tel: 02 4733 1274 NAIDOC Jamison Park, York Road, Penrith. AUGUST Penrith Spring Home Show Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 9662 3136



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AUGUST (Cont.) Penrith Show Penrith Showground, Station St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 2375 Yulefest River Cruises Nepean Belle, Departs from Tench Ave, Penrith. Tel: 02 4733 1274 SEPTEMBER St Marys Spring Festival Queen St, St Marys. Tel: 0420 607 244 Caravan & Camping Expo Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 9637 0599 Nepean Disability Expo Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 9623 9855 Defqon1 Sydney International Regatta Centre Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Lap the Lakes - Penrith Lake Marathon Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 OCTOBER Mamre Good Living Festival Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 5321 Doll, Bear & Craft Fair Museum of Fire, Castleragh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000 NOVEMBER Mamre’s 100 Mile Dinner Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 5321 Penrith Papercrafts Festival Panthers Exhibition Marquee, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 9682 4418 DECEMBER Annual Carols by Candlelight Various locations Festival of Christmas High St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4722 5556

OUR WEEKLY EVENTS TUESDAYS Penrith District Nitro Race Night Racing from 7.15pm. Free spectator entry. Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000 Community Fishing Free. BYO Equipment. Licence Req’d. Subject to cancellation, contact to confirm. Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 02 4730 0000. WEDNESDAYS Penrith Showground Markets 8.30am – 1.30pm. 250+ Stalls. Penrith Showground, Station St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 0509 THURSDAYS Harness Racing From 6pm. Free entry. Penrith Paceway, Station St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 2375 SATURDAYS Greyhound Racing From 7pm. Adults $6, Seniors & Children free. Richmond Race Club, 312 Londonderry Rd, Londonderry. Tel: 02 4578 2136 Nepean Belle Dinner Cruise Bookings Essential. Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler, Departs Tench Ave, Penrith. Tel: 02 4733 1274 SUNDAYS Wildlife Show “Australian Outback” 11am & 1:30pm. Adult $12. Child $8. Under 3 free. Family $35.Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 6178 Nepean Belle Luncheon Cruise Bookings Essential. Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler, Departs Tench Ave, Penrith. Tel: 02 4733 1274 EVERY WEEKEND Thomas the Tank Train Rides 10am – 4pm. $6 per ride. The Train Shed, Vicary’s Winery, The Northern Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4739 0199.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Call in and see us for up to date what’s on information and local knowledge. Penrith Visitor Information Centre Panthers Carpark, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1300 736 836 F 02 4732 7690 Open 7 days, 9am to 4.30pm Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday We believe the information to be correct when published. No responsibility can be taken for changes. We recommend that you check event details with individual operators prior to attending. 15


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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE We invite you to visit the Penrith Visitor Information Centre located in Panthers Carpark on Mulgoa Road Penrith, where you will meet our staff, who will be more than happy to assist you. You will find a wide range of maps, brochures, fact sheets and information to help make your stay in Penrith exciting, enjoyable and adventurous. Stacey & Susan are here

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PENRITH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Panthers Carpark, Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Tel: 1300 736 836 F 02 4732 7690 Open 7 days, 9am to 4.30pm Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday



Browsing at Penrith Visitor Information Centre

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PENRITH LAKES Sydney International Regatta Centre hosts over 400 events each year and is a popular year round recreational and sporting facility. Walk, jog or cycle the 5km track around the main lake or canoe on the Lakes. Bring your own gear or hire at the venue. Major events include Australia Day at the Lakes and the Sydney International Rowing Regatta. The venue also stages the annual “Lap the Lake” marathon, several 2km swim events, Formula 1 powerboat racing and the Defqon1 music festival. Rowing, canoeing, dragon boat and sailing regattas are held regularly, as well as triathlon, cycling and fishing events. The Regatta Centre is a drop zone for tandem skydiving and now offers Jetpack Adventures and Oz Stand Up paddle boarding. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees and access restrictions may apply for some events. Tel: 02 4730 0000

Penrith Whitewater Stadium offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, beach volleyball and guided venue tours can be arranged by appointment. You can stroll around the course any day of the week and Café Whitewater is open all year round for waterside dining. Tel: 02 4730 4333 Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers experiences including bush tucker tastings, boomerang throwing, dance performances, painting workshops, authentic souvenir gift shop and native plant nursery. Tel: 02 4729 2377 17


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OUR ATTRACTIONS MUSEUMS & HERITAGE Mamre House This important historic site is open to the public six days a week and boasts a café, conference centre, function rooms and plant nursery. The venue is used for some great public events throughout the year. The Mamre Project benefits the community with onsite skills training and other community based programs. 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 6178 Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre Muru Mittigar is said to mean ‘pathway to friends’ in traditional Aboriginal language. Muru Mittigar enables you to participate and interact with members of the local Aboriginal community through exciting educational and cultural activities. 89 - 151 Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4729 2377 Museum of Fire has one of the world’s largest and most unique fire collections. Within its collection it contains an impressive amount of fire fighting equipment and memorabilia including vehicles, uniforms, communication, protective equipment and fire fighting tools from all over the world. 1 Museum Dr, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000

Arms of Australia Inn Museum operated by the Nepean District Historical Society. The museum contains thousands of photos and artefacts that were either used or manufactured in the local area. Cnr Gardenia Ave & Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 4394 Museum of Printing See how newspapers were produced before computers. A large proportion of the machinery and equipment on display originally started its working life in the Nepean Times Newspaper. Penrith Paceway, Cnr Mulgoa Rd and Ransley St Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 2714 Vine Cottage Tool Museum & Tea Rooms in Castlereagh exhibits a wide and varied range of tradesman tools dating back from Australia’s early colonial era. Castlereagh. By appointment only. Tel: 02 4776 1209

University of Western Sydney Observatory Find out more about the night sky at the regular family astronomy nights or special lectures given by some of Australia’s eminent and internationally recognised astronomers, physicists and engineers. Great Western Hwy, Werrington North. Tel: 02 4736 0135

Experience Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Learn about Aboriginal Culture and Dreamtime • Join us for guided tours of the Cultural Museum • Boomerang Throwing • Didgeridoo Playing • Bush Tucker Tours and Tasting • Traditional Artefacts and Weaponry Open Monday - Friday 9am-4pm Bookings available at weekends BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL ACTIVITIES 89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd Penrith NSW 2749 T: 02 4729 2377

Discover the wonderful history and heroes of Computer Games fighting fire Puzzles in Australia Preserving our past Protecting your future Junior Firefighters Training Area Fire Safety Activities Fire Engine Rides

Explore the fascinating history of fire fighting and the impact of fire in the home and environment. A visit could save your life! Australia ’s finest collection of fire vehicles and memorabilia stands as a memorial to firefighters of the past and those who protect our community today. • Air conditioned Theatre • Picnic Grounds • Specialty Gift Shop • Children’s Playground • Education and Group Tours • Special Events • OPEN 7 DAYS 9.30am - 4.30pm

Museum Of Fire Cnr Museum Drive and Castlereagh Road , Penrith Ph 02 4731 3000 Fax 02 4731 2983 E-mail Web



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OUR ATTRACTIONS Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest One of Australia’s most beautiful regional galleries presenting world class exhibitions. A unique art collection and historic archive. The gallery is surrounded by attractive gardens and a café. 86 River Rd, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 1100 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre A superb venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance. Known as ‘The Joan’ the venue has a 660 seat Concert Hall, 380 seat Drama Theatre and a 90 seat Performance Studio. 597 High St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4723 7600 Q Theatre Company Presenting and producing great Australian theatre. The Q’s aim is to build new audiences and company resources by delivering performance and education programs that are diverse, stimulating and relevant to regional audiences and the contemporary environment. 597 High St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4723 7600 Penrith Symphony Orchestra is one of Greater Sydney’s most renowned and accomplished orchestras. The orchestra regularly performs works by classical and emerging contemporary Australian composers as well as the annual Pops for Tots concerts and Handel’s celebrated Messiah. Tel: 1300 789 118 The Acting Factory presents live outdoor productions of Shakespeare in one of our riverside reserves in February and March each year.

A beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Idea for romantic weddings, special occasions and functions. Sunny verandah cafe and play area. Come and have fun on Segway Dude, enjoy Feathered Friends and taste our special beer and pie of the month. Festivals in May and October: Yulefest in July, 100 mile dinner with local produce November.

Your visit supports our work with unemployed people, refugees and those with a disability. We are a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

Open every day except Monday. 181 MAMRE RD ORCHARD HILLS Tel: 02 9670 6178 19


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Blue Mountains River Cruises

RESTAURANT, FUNCTIONS, PARTIES Cruise the Blue Mountains Wilderness and spectacular Nepean Gorge for morning or afternoon tea, lunch or dinner. Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas Parties and Corporate charters. Special theme cruises eg Yulefest (July & August). A unique experience, encompassing classic boats, great food and wonderful scenery. Perfect for special occasions. Music and dancing with dinner cruise.


Tench Avenue (via Jamison Road), Penrith Ph (02) 4733 1274 Fax (02) 4733 3822 Email Website

Open - 1 Sept to 31 May - 7 DAYS per week 10am to dark 1 June to 31August - Thursday to Sunday 10am to dark



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PENRITH OBSERVATORY Great Western Highway, Werrington North Explore the glorious southern skies with computerised telescopes. 3D theatre, school, public and group programs available day or night. Cost: $15 adult, $10 child/concession Phone: (02)4736 0135 or email 21


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Penrith Museum of Printing

AMF Bowling Centre, 62-72 Batt St, South Penrith. Tel: 13 22 63 Blue Mountains Honey Shed, 2828 The Northern Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 3279 Cables Wake Park Panthers, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Tel: 02 4722 2537 Hopewood Health Retreat, Silverdale Rd, Wallacia. Tel: 02 4773 8401 Jetpack Adventures, Jetpack Lake, Gate D, SIRC, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Tel: 1300 538 538 Nepean Belle / Penrith Platypus, Departs Tench Av, Penrith. Tel: 02 4733 1274 Penrith Paceway Station St, Penrith Tel: 02 4721 2375 Penrith Swimming Centre, 119 Station St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 3625 Ripples Leisure Centre, Charles Hackett Dr, St Marys. Tel: 02 9833 3000 UWS Observatory Great Western Hwy, Werrington Nth. Tel: 02 4736 0135 Zokoko (Chocolate Factory & Cafe), 3/84-90 Old Bathurst Rd, Emu Heights. Tel: 02 4735 0666

Cables Wake Park



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OUR ATTRACTIONS Aqua Golf, Panthers Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 7240 Go Bananas, Cnr Forester & Boronia Rd, St Marys. Tel: 1300 226 262 Go Shu Sake Brewery, 29 Cassola Pl, Penrith. Tel: 02 4732 2833 Golf 4 All, Panthers Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4734 5200 Horizon Line (Canoe, Kayak & Bike Hire), SIRC, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4730 4000 Hoyts Cinema, Westfield Penrith, Riley St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4732 1121 Ice Palace (Ice Skating), Pattys Pl, Jamisontown. Tel: 02 4733 2611 Jetpack Adventures, SIRC, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1300 538 538 Kaos Amusement Arcade, Panthers Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4720 5617 Kid About Playland, 10 Gallipoli St, St Marys. Tel: 02 9623 2222 Lantern Ghost Tours, Arms Of Australia Inn, Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 4394 Lollipops Playland, 233 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 8555 Oz Stand Up Paddle Centre, SIRC, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1800 782 6387 Penrith Skatel (Roller Skating), Russell St, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 6699 River Run Eco Tours & Fishing Tours, Tel: 02 4735 8008 Segway Dude (Segway Hire), Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 8006 1522 Sydney City Skydive, SIRC, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1800 800 840 The Climbing Centre, Unit 3/16 Borec Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 1130 The Model Park, 869 Luddenham Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 9729 2276 The Train Shed, Vicary’s Winery, The Northern Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4739 0199 Unreal Mini Golf, 69 York Rd, South Penrith. Tel: 02 4722 9229 Vicary’s Winery, The Northern Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 4161 Wildlife Shows Feathered Friends, Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9826 1864 Wild Ride Australia, Various pick up location. Tel: 1300 783 338


Heated Outdoor Pools Lap Swimming & Learn to Swim Shaded Picnic and BBQ Facilities Pool Inatable Café Playground Quarterdeck Function Centre Open 7 days a week, all year round 119 STATION STREET PENRITH Tel: 02 4721 3625 Email: penrithswimcentre


Buy one swim get one free at the same or lesser value.

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WE SHOP HERE Penrith has a diverse range of retail shopping centres, markets, factory outlets and villages. You can buy everything from the latest fashions to souvenirs of your visit, or pick up a bargain at a market. You’ll find weekly markets on Wednesdays at the Showground. High Street and Henry Street, Penrith and Queen Street St Marys are lined with specialty stores and there are clusters of factory outlets and craft stores. MAJOR RETAIL SHOPPING CENTRES Westfield Penrith Tel: 02 4721 4354 St Marys Town Centre Tel: 02 9833 2433 Penrith City Centre Tel: 02 4722 5556 St Marys Village Shopping Centre Tel: 02 9623 7700 Centro Nepean Shopping Centre Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 0112 Centro Lennox Shopping Centre Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 6742 Penrith Homemaker Centre Penrith. Tel: 02 4737 9800

LOCAL SOUVENIRS, CRAFTS AND PRODUCE Blue Mountains Honey, 2828 The Northern Rd, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 3279 Clover Fields Factory Shop, 4/23 Peachtree Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4732 1644 Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 6178 Muru Mittigar, 1951 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4729 2377 Museum of Fire, Cnr Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000 Panthers World Of Entertainment, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1800 061 991 Sun Masamune Saké Brewery, 29 Cassola Pl, Penrith. Tel: 02 4732 2833 Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217 Kildare Rd, Doonside. Tel: 02 9622 1644 King Henry’s Court 74 Henry St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 1155 Penrith Visitor Information Centre, Penrith. Tel: 1300 736 836 Arms of Australia Inn Museum, Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Tel: 02 4735 4394 Cables Wake Park, Mulgoa & Jamison Rds, Penrith. Tel: 02 4722 2537

A sweet experience Experience sweet creations from the hard working honey bee. Natural and specialty gourmet honey, beeswax candles and a range of natural skincare products. Try our rustic handmade honey baked goodies and our own made jams, chutneys, dressings, condiments, spices, teas, gift packs and hampers. Foodie tours and groups are our specialty. Why not make a booking for the talk and taste sessions. Morning and afternoon tea available booking essential. Open to the public 6 days Mon-Sat 8.30-4.30. Sun by appoint.

BLUE MOUNTAINS HONEY SHED 2828 The Northern Road LUDDENHAM NSW 2745 (Just before Elizabeth Drive) Phone (02) 4773 3279 Email: Website:



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WE SHOP HERE Westfield Penrith Plaza is one of the leading shopping centres in Australia. It’s adjacent to Penrith Railway Station and Transport Interchange and has over 3,400 parking spaces. It has all the major retailers including BigW, Woolworths, Target, Franklins, Myer and Target, as well as JB HiFi, Harris Farm Markets, Best & Less, Rebel Sports and Apple. There is a 10 screen Hoyts cinema and two food courts. A key attraction is the outdoor dining precinct featuring Hog’s Breath, Sittano’s, Mad Mex and Chocolatoria San Churro. Westfield is integrated with the Penrith City Centre, home to a further 300 shops. This area offers a great choice for those who want something a little different. Whether it’s board games or bicycles; new-age, music or health & beauty that you’re looking for, it’s there in the unique mix of stores which make up the shopping streets of Penrith. There is a free phone app to help you in Penrith CBD (see opposite). Along Mulgoa Road between the Penrith City Centre and the M4 Motorway, you’ll find one of the largest concentrations of bulky goods retailers in Greater Sydney. And there’s the weekly Wednesday Markets at Penrith Paceway, one of the biggest and best markets in Greater Sydney. Other major shopping centres include St Marys with Queen Street, its broad tree lined main street, Glenmore Park Town Centre and Centro Nepean Square and Emu Plains.

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DAY TRIPS FROM HERE Penrith is a very convenient base to see much of Greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains. BLUE MOUNTAINS Just west of Penrith, Glenbrook Village has cafés, nurseries, arts and crafts, parks and a friendly family run cinema. It’s the gateway to the Blue Mountains National Park where you can see native animals in the wild at Euroka Clearing, swim in mountain pools, stay for a picnic, take a walk or bike ride and see Aboriginal rock carvings. Look back over Penrith and Greater Sydney from the nearby Mount Portal Lookout or down into Nepean Gorge from Nepean Lookout. GREATER SYDNEY The historic towns of Richmond and Windsor are only a short drive north from Penrith past Penrith Lakes. Here you will get a taste of early Australian history, as well as historic pubs and antique and craft shops. One of Australia’s largest and most awarded native wildlife collections is at Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside, near Blacktown, just a short drive east of Penrith. Spend some time looking through Australia’s oldest European buildings in Parramatta. The Rivercat ferry along Parramatta River is a relaxing and scenic way to get to Circular Quay which is close to The Rocks, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and is the hub for ferries and cruises on Sydney Harbour. Sydney Olympic Park, between Parramatta and Sydney, was the venue for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and is now the home of various sporting, event and entertainment attractions.

Follow the Hawkesbury Harvest farm gate trail south along The Northern Road to Picton and Camden, sampling, purchasing and picking fresh produce. Call in to wineries at Luddenham and Camden and get honey fresh from the hives at Blue Mountains Honey Shed in Luddenham. MORE INFORMATION For detailed information about things to do in Greater Sydney and public transport information go to For maps, brochures and information about all these places and day trips around Penrith call in to the Penrith Visitor Information Centre, Panthers Car Park, Mulgoa Road, Penrith 2750. Tel: 1300 736 836 or go to

OUR FRIENDS IN THE HEART OF NSW Penrith has a friendship agreement with Lachlan Shire in the rural heartland of New South Wales. Find out what you can do and more about the relaxed and friendly towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham. Pick up a ‘Heart of NSW Guide’ at the Penrith Visitor Information Centre. For further info visit Tel: 02 6895 3301

Autumn colour at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

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FUNCTIONS MEETINGS & WEDDINGS Castlereagh Penrith Lakes Academy, 297–305 Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh. Tel: 02 4729 0012 Hopewood Health Retreat, 103 Greendale Rd, Wallacia. Tel: 02 4773 8401 Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills. Tel: 02 9670 6178 Muru Mittigar, 89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4729 2377 Museum of Fire, Museum Dr & Castlereagh Rd, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 3000 Nepean Belle & Penrith Platypus, Departs Tench Ave, Penrith. Tel: 02 47331274 Panthers Events Centre, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith. Tel: 1800 061 991 Club Paceway, Ransley St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 2375 Penrith Swimming Centre, Station St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 3625 Penrith Valley Inn, Memorial Ave, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 1666 Ripples Leisure Centre, Charles Hackett Dr, St Marys. Tel: 02 9833 3000 St Marys Rugby League Club, Cnr Forrester & Boronia Rd, St Marys. Tel: 02 9677 7777 Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd Penrith. Tel: 02 4730 0000 Edmund Rice Conference Centre, Mulgoa Tel: 02 4773 5555 Emu Sports Club, Leonay. Tel: 02 4735 5300 Glenmore Heritage Valley Golf Club, Mulgoa. Tel: 02 4733 1230 Hubertus Club, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 4444 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith. Tel: 02 4723 7622 Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, Mulgoa. Tel: 02 4773 8338 Nepean Rowing Club, Penrith. Tel: 02 4731 2255 Nepean Shores, Penrith. Tel: 02 4720 8100 Penrith RSL Club, Penrith. Tel: 02 4728 5200 The Bill Spilstead Complex, Erskine Park. Tel: 9834 3022 St Marys Band Club, St Marys. Tel: 02 9623 1211 Twin Creeks, Luddenham. Tel: 02 9670 8866 UWS Venues, Kingswood. Tel: 02 4570 1202 Vicarys Winery, Luddenham. Tel: 02 4773 4161 Penrith is proud to be part of www.sydneywideconferences which has the most comprehensive list of conference, meeting, event and incentive venues and services in Greater Sydney. To discuss your event and venue needs further please contact the Penrith Visitor Information Centre.



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PENRITH CELEBRATES FIRST CROSSING OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OUR ROLE IN THE MAKING OF A GREAT NATION In May 2013 Penrith will celebrate the bicentenary of its role as the departure point for the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by European settlers. During those early years after European settlement in 1788, the fledgling colony of New South Wales struggled to survive. During those grim years Penrith helped save the colony by supplying grain, vegetables and livestock produced on the productive land around the Nepean River. Everything changed in May 1813 when the famous trio of explorers, Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson set off from South Creek, near the modern day St Marys. They discovered that by following the ridges, rather than the valleys, they could reach the vast agricultural plains of western NSW.

MAY 2013 CELEBRATIONS Penrith City Council is working with neighbouring councils to mark the bicentenary of this pivotal event in Australian history. The program of historically themed events will include an early breakfast at South Creek Farm and a re-enactment of the explorers’ departure on their historic trek. Later that day the re-enactment will arrive at Weir Reserve on the banks of the Nepean River where there will be an historic family night under the stars. The next weekend will see an historic festival at Mamre House in St Marys and a week later a “back to Emu Plains” event. Full details are available from the Penrith Visitor Information Centre on 1300 736 836, email or go to

This led to a massive growth in agricultural production and the development of a prosperous export driven economy. It was the first step on the road to Australia becoming the great trading nation and economic power that it is today.

OUR EVENT PATRON Actor Jack Thompson is the face of these celebrations, which are being supported by community-minded local business, JK Williams. An obvious choice to be the face of the event, Jack is well known for his love of the Australian bush and Australian history and is keen to bring attention and recognition to these early explorers. “I’m delighted to be participating in the Bicentenary of the First Crossing of the Blue Mountains. It is such a significant event in Australia’s history. It opened up new horizons for us in every respect. I’m particularly interested in the wonderful Australian writing that is now one of the other great legacies of the First Crossing and I encourage all Australians to get to know this remarkable part of our story”. 29


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WHERE TO STAY HOTEL/MOTEL Chifley Hotel, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Tel: 1300 650 464 Map 2 N19 Penrith Valley Inn Memorial Ave, Penrith Tel: 02 4731 1666 Map 2 N14 Quality Inn Penrith 261 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Tel: 02 4734 5555 Map 2 J24 Blue Cattle Dog Hotel/Motel, Cnr. Mamre Rd & Banks Dr, St. Clair Tel: 02 9670 3050 Map 1 J9 Colyton Hotel/Motel, Great Western Highway, Cnr Hewitt St Colyton Tel: 02 9623 0281 Map 1 J9 Jamison Hotel/Motel, Cnr Smith & Stevenson Sts, Penrith Tel: 02 4721 5764 Map 2 V22 Penrith Hotel/Motel, 297-303 High St, Penrith Tel: 02 4721 2060 Map 2 V16 Overlander Hotel/Motel, 180 Richmond Rd, Cambridge Gardens Tel: 02 4730 2955 Map 2 AA11 St Marys Park View, 465 Great Western Hwy, St Marys Tel: 02 9623 1227 Map 1 H8 Wallacia Hotel, 1590 Mulgoa Rd, Wallacia Tel: 02 4773 8888 Map 1 C13 SELF CONTAINED Astina Serviced Apartments, 7-9 Lethbridge St, Penrith & other locations Tel: 02 4731 1777 Map 2 W19 A Townhouse on Stafford, 2/157 Stafford St, Penrith Tel: 02 4735 8692 Map 2 W18 Cabrera Cottage, 11 Jipp St, Penrith Tel: 0414 767 312 Map 3 S20 Completely Furnished Homes & Apartments, Central & South Penrith, Various Locations Tel: 0409 091 915/ 0409 472 188 Kerr Cottage, 40 Lethbridge St, Penrith Tel: 02 4732 5522 Map 2 W18 Nepean Shores, 6-22 Tench Ave, Penrith Tel: 02 4720 8100 Map 2 G19 Penrith Central, Various CBD Locations, Penrith Tel: 0414 415 775 Waterview Apartment, 186 River Rd, Leonay Tel: 02 4735 8692 Map 2 A24 GUEST HOUSE / HEALTH RETREAT Hopewood Retreat, Greendale Rd, Wallacia Tel: 02 4773 8401 South of Map 1 C14 BED AND BREAKFAST Home-Lea B&B, 17 Banool Ave, South Penrith Tel: 02 4731 2851 Map 2 S23 CARAVAN/HOLIDAY PARK Nepean River Holiday Village, Mackellar St, Emu Plains Tel: 1300 851 820 Map 2 L12 Wallacia Caravan Park Blaxland Crossing, Wallacia Tel: 02 4773 8077 Map 3 C13 GROUP Cables Lodge Accommodation, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Tel: 02 4722 2537 Map 2 Ref L19 Castlereagh Academy Cabins, 297-305 Old Castlereagh Rd, Castelereagh Tel: 02 4729 0012 Map 2 G2 Edmund Rice Retreat, ‘Winbourne’ Mulgoa Rd, Mulgoa Tel: 02 4773 5555 Map 1 Ref C13 The Vines Holiday Cottages, 2 Landsdowne Rd, Orchard Hills Tel: 0414 333 520 Map 1 Ref H10 Mount Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, 230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa Tel: 02 4773 8338 Map 1 Ref B12 For more information phone Penrith Visitor Information Centre 1300 736 836



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“The Rock” Lookout at Mulgoa OUR PICNIC SPOTS Many of Penrith’s most popular picnic spots are located around the river or lakes and feature barbeque facilities and playground equipment, ideal for a great day out. These areas are open to the public on a “first in” basis except for major events or wedding bookings. Tench Reserve, Tench Ave, Jamisontown. Map 2 G19 Werrington Lakes, Burton St, Werrington. Map 1 G7 Weir Reserve, Bruce Neale Dr, Penrith. Map 2 N12 Regatta Park, Cnr River Road & Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Map 2 K14 Lions Park, Park St & Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. Map 2 E16. Mulgoa Park, Cnr Littlefields & Mulgoa Rds Mulgoa. Map 1 D12 Victoria Park, Cnr Great Western Hwy and Pages Rd, St Marys. Map 3 W8 Sydney International Regatta Centre, Old Castlereagh Rd, Cranebrook. Entry fee and area closures may apply during some events. Check directly for closure information. Tel: 02 4730 0000 Map 2 H4

“THE ROCK” LOOKOUT “The Rock” Lookout gives a breathtaking view of the Nepean Gorge in the Blue Mountains National Park. It is a short scenic drive south along Mulgoa Road from the city of Penrith. Once you reach Mulgoa, turn right into Fairlight Road and follow it to the end. The last few kilometres of Fairlight Road leading to the lookout is an unsealed road. A short walk from the car park through bushland leads to “The Rock”. The path is not level and has some steps. A longer track of 2.5km takes you to Riley’s Mountain Lookout. Access to the lookouts is only available during daylight hours.. Other lookouts nearby which overlook Penrith, the Nepean River and Penrith Lakes are the Mount Portal Lookout (Glenbrook), and Hawkesbury Heights Lookout. Other picnic spots which are a short drive from Penrith are Warragamba Dam, Bents Basin, Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook Park, Windsor, Richmond, Prospect Reservoir, Kurrajong Heights and Nurragingy Reserve. For more information phone Penrith Visitor Information Centre Tel: 1300 736 836



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Elegant dining at Mamre House Penrith has a smorgasbord of appetising dining choices to keep everyone delighted, from a hearty breakfast, casual lunch, special dinner or a night in a theatre restaurant. The range of cuisine available means you can enjoy traditional favourites or choose from a number of exciting and exotic flavours. Mamre House, 181 Mamre Rd, Orchard Hills Tel: 02 9670 6178 Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler & Penrith Platypus Tench Reserve Penrith Tel: 02 4733 1274 Panthers, Panarottis (Italian), The Ming (Asian), The Bistro, Osso Steak’n‘Ribs, Harrys Café De Wheels, Sorry Grandma, Kelly’s Brasserie, Terrace Eatery Tel: 1800 061 991 St Marys Leagues Club, Bambusa Buffet and The Café Tel: 02 9677 7777 Westfield Penrith, Food Courts, Restaurants and Cafés throughout the Centre and in Riley St, Tel: 02 4721 4354 Zokoko Espresso Bar, 3/84-90 Old Bathurst Rd, Emu Plains Tel: 02 4735 0600 AROUND PENRITH LAKES Café Whitewater, Penrith Whitewater Stadium Tel: 02 4730 4333 Lakeside Restaurant, Sydney International Regatta Centre Penrith Lakes Tel: 02 4729 3222 Muru Mittigar Verandah Café & Bush Tucka Tastings, Tel: 02 4729 2377 (Group Bookings) Regatta Centre Kiosk (Event Days) For a comprehensive restaurant guide contact Penrith Visitor Information Centre 1300 736 836 or download the fact sheet from

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Penrith parents can choose from 59 primary and 22 high schools, including the selective Penrith High and St Marys Senior High. There are also leading private schools such as St Paul’s Grammar, Penrith Anglican College and Penrith Christian School which all cater for K-12. Penrith City Council and private providers operate 112 childcare centres with 0-2 places offered at many of the Council run centres. Tertiary education is available at the Penrith campus of the University of Western Sydney which enjoys growing recognition for its teaching and research. Technical training is available from the well recognised Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.

Penrith is well known as a venue for rowing and canoeing. Now dragon boat racing is emerging as an alternative form of water racing that has transformed itself from a novelty event to a serious international sport in which Australia excels. April 2013 will see the International Regatta Centre at Penrith hosting the Australian Dragon Boat Racing Championships soon after the World Rowing Cup in March. Over 3,000 competitors from all over Australia will be competing in open, mixed and women’s events. Clubs will also be competing to qualify for the World Championships in Italy in 2014. For more information go to or



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David Crawshay and Scott Brennan Penrith will be hosting Australia’s first international rowing event since the Sydney 2000 Olympics at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. The Sydney International Rowing Regatta will be held in March 2013 and 2014. It will combine the Samsung World Cup, the Australian Championships and the premium domestic events, the King’s and Queen’s Cups, into a week long festival. This will be the first time the Samsung World Rowing Cup has been held in Australia. It is one of several major world events which lead up to the annual World Championships to be held in South Korea in August – September 2013. The event will attract the best rowing talent from about 50 countries, including medallists from the 2012 London Olympics. Aussie Beijing medallists, David Crawley and Scott Brenna (pictured top left) will be competing. Kim Crow (pictured top right) who won

Kim Crow is the official event ambassador for Rowing Australia silver in London in the Women’s Double Sculls, is the official event ambassador and will also be competing. Just as with the Olympics, you don’t need to be a rowing fanatic to enjoy the experience. Rowing Australia is working with Penrith City Council and Destination NSW to stage a festival with broad appeal. The 2013 event will start on Monday 18 March with the Australian Open Championships running through the week. The King’s and Queen’s Cups will be held on Saturday 23 March. The climax will be the finals of the Australian School Championships and the Samsung World Cup on Sunday 24 March. Tickets are available through Ticketek. Please check with the Penrith Visitor Information Centre or at the official event web site for more information.

...................................................• JESSICA FOX IS HERE Olympic Silver Medallist in Canoe Slalom London 2012 It’s August 2012. I’m receiving the silver medal for the Women’s K1 slalom event in front of a cheering crowd and a worldwide television audience. I can’t believe I am on the podium with Emily Fer of France and Maielen Chourraut from Spain. I also can’t believe that I beat many great athletes including Stepanka Hilgertova who won gold just ahead of my mum when she represented France in the same event in 1996! I’ve just turned 18 and would have been happy just to qualify for the finals in my first Olympics.

My dad is a multiple world champion in canoe slalom for Great Britain. He worked hard with the City of Penrith to influence the decision to develop Penrith Whitewater Stadium and have canoe slalom included in the Sydney Olympics. That was a good choice as it is still one of the best facilities in the world and a great place to train, race or just play. I think about my home in Penrith and especially my second home at Penrith Whitewater Stadium where I train. I think about the people of Penrith, the river and mountains and everyone who has supported me. My family, my school and our community. I may be half a world away but I can loudly and proudly say thank you all for your support, “PENRITH IS HERE” 35


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Penrith City Marketing Tel: 02 4732 7866 Penrith Business Alliance 95 Henry St, Penrith Tel: 02 4731 5711 Penrith City & District Business Advisory Centre 111 Henry St, Penrith. Tel: 02 4721 5011 Penrith Valley Chamber Of Commerce PENRITH CITY LIBRARY MOTORING, BOATING AND FISHING 450-454 High St, Penrith. Tel 4721 0300 Penrith 601 High St, Tel: 02 4732 7891 Traffic 24 Hour traffic Enquires 132 701 St Marys 207 Queen St Tel: 02 4732 7455 St Clair Tel: 02 9670 6853 Traffic Incidents & Road Condition Reporting St Marys Town Centre Management 207 Queen St, St Marys Tel: 02 9833 2433 Emu Plains Tel: 02 4735 5577 Tel: 131 700 (Library Tab) Roads and Maritime Services Tel: 132 213 NRMA Roadside Assist Tel: 131 111 TRANSLATING SERVICES GEOGRAPHY AND POPULATION Toll Payment & Information Ring 131 450 and ask for Penrith Visitor Penrith is located 55 kilometres west of Sydney Tel: 138 655, 131 865 & 1300 555 833 Information Centre or Penrith City Council. at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Most of the City of Penrith is located east of the INTERNET ACCESS Fishing A licence is required in all NSW waters Nepean River and west of Ropes Creek and Tel: 1300 550 474 and except for Emu Plains, which is west of the Internet facilities at Penrith Visitor Centre, Nepean River. Penrith City is closely settled Penrith and St Marys Libraries. Fees apply. along the east-west road and rail transport Penrith City Council foyer, Penrith City Library CHURCHES & PLACES OF WORSHIP and Penrith Visitor Centre have free Wi-Fi. Fact sheet available from the Visitor Centre and corridors, while the remainder to the north and south is predominantly rural. Private internet cafes and Wi-Fi available in downloadable at Penrith covers an area of 407 square kilometres places throughout the area. and has a population of just over 185,000. WEATHER ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION Penrith has a pleasant climate with mild winters (6-18째C) and hot summers (18-30째C.) Penrith City Council Tel: 02 4732 7777 MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION and average rainfall of approx 700mm spread Penrith Disability Resource Centre 114 Henry This information is provided to help throughout the year. St Penrith. Tel: 02 4732 2363 or you plan and enjoy your stay in Penrith. For more information contact Access guide maps are available from Penrith Penrith Visitor Information Centre Visitor Information Centre, Penrith City Council BUSINESS SERVICES Tel: 1300 736 836 Tel: 02 4732 7777 or Penrith City Centre Association or 513-519 High Street Penrith Tel: 02 4722 5556 TRANSPORT see next page (page 37). PENRITH CITY COUNCIL Civic Centre 601 High St, Penrith & Queen St Centre, 207 Queen St, St Marys Tel: 02 4732 7777 Fax 02 4732 7958 8:30am - 4pm Mon - Fri. After Hours Emergency Tel: 02 4732 7682

EMERGENCIES Phone 000 Ask for Fire, Police or Ambulance State Emergency Service Tel: 132 500 Crime Stoppers Hotline Tel: 1800 333 000 Penrith City Council After Hours Emergency Tel: 02 4732 7682 Graffiti Hotline Tel: 1800 022 182



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MAP INDEX Page 38 Map 1 Penrith

Page 39 Map 3 Penrith CBD Page 39 Map 4 St Marys CBD Page 40/41 Map 2 Penrith City

TRAINS Penrith is on the Western line of the Sydney CityRail network. Our local railway stations are St Marys, Werrington, Kingswood, Penrith and Emu Plains. Trains to the Blue Mountains via Penrith and Emu Plains depart from Central. Suburban trains depart regularly from Central and City stations. Transport Info line Tel: 131 500 Daily CountryLink Services to and from Central NSW also stop at Penrith.

CountryLink Tel: 132 232 If you are travelling to and from the airport, simply change at Central for the airport link trains. AirportLink Tel: 131500 DRIVING - TOLL ROADS If you do not have an electronic tag then it is best to purchase an Emu Pass pass designed for visitors and casual users of Sydney toll roads. Tel: 13 18 65

BUSES Local buses operate throughout Penrith and surrounding suburbs and the lower Blue Mountains, including a free Penrith CBD shuttle bus. Transport info line Tel: 131 500 Westbus Tel: 02 9890 0000 Blue Mountains Bus Co Tel: 02 4751 1077

AIRPORT Sydney Airport Flight Information Tel: 02 9667 9111 TAXIS Premier Cabs Tel: 131 017 Legion Cabs Tel: 131 451 South Western Cabs Tel: 132 788 Detailed transport information available from Penrith Visitor Information Centre Tel: 1300 736 836 37


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