Penrith is located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Sydney, New South Wales. It is a suburb and major hub of Australia’s capital city. Its name itself is quite interesting as it share the same name of a town in Cumbria, England. Do you know how it got its name? It originated from a Celtic language called Cumbric. You can get to this destination by car as it is only a 50 minute drive from Sydney.
1. Museum of Fire
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If you have kids, you should bring them here as it is full of fun and you can either get there by train or by car. If you opt to take the train, which is much more convenient especially for first-timers, board the Blue Mountains line from Sydney Terminal or the City Rail Penrith line either from Townhall, Wynyard or Central. Alternatively, you can charter a private vehicle. The Museum of Fire was formerly a power plant station that was built for the burgeoning homes of western suburbs in early 1950s. The museum will be a great educational trip for kids as they can learn more about the history of Australia Fire Services. Apart from that, the Museum of Fire is a real community museum as most of its volunteers are also firefighters themselves. The exhibits of engines in the museum are mostly dated back to the country’s heroic firefighters and guards.
Museum of Fire
Address: 1 Museum Dr, Penrith, New South Wales 2750, Australia
Price: 12 USD (Adults), 6 USD (Children, 2-13 years)
Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm daily. Closed on New Years Day, Good Friday, Boxing Day and Christmas.
Contact: +61 247313000
Website: Museum of Fire
2. The Rock Lookout
The Rock Lookout is a must visit attraction while you are in Penrith. It is located within the iconic Mulgoa Valley and the Blue Mountains National Park. You need to charter a 4WD to get there as you need to go uphill. You can only access the trail by walking from the car park spot at the far end of Fairlight Road. This lookout provides you a spectacular view of height, rock, water and nature. You need to walk for almost 2 km (1.2 mi) to reach the spot. Once there you can snap or record an amazing view by climbing up the rock. Chill out with your family or by yourself while enjoying a picnic or watching the sunset while at The Rock Lookout. If you walk the longer trail 2.5 km (1.5 mi), it will lead you to the Riley’s Mountain and you get to see a better view of the Nepean Gorge. But, first you need pass the Eucalyptus Forest and swampy heath. The shorter trail will bring you to the amazing view of the Nepean River. You just need to walk a few hundred metres. If you are the adventurous type embark on this exciting journey.
3. Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre
Head towards Muru Mittigar Cultural and Education Centre and immerse yourself in their Darug culture. It has an Aboriginal cultural museum sharing Aboriginal history. The retail art centre features fine arts and crafts by Aboriginal artists. There are also art galleries, which showcase and display artwork of the Aborigines. You need to pre-book this tour if you plan to go in groups or with families. While at the centre, you can watch various dance performances, take part in painting workshops and indulge in a bush tucker meal and traditional foods.
Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre
Address: 89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Price: 20 USD (Adults), 15 USD (Children, up to 12 years)
Opening Hours: 9 am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Weekends by booking only.
Contact: +61 247300400
Near by Food: Included in the tour package
Website: Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Centre
4. Penrith Museum of Printing
Another exciting place to visit while touring around Penrith is its Museum of Printing. It is strategically located on the corner between Ransley Street and Mulgoa Road. As a not for profit organization, the working museum has been designed to provide visitors with the information on how printed word used to be produced in those days, before the advent of computers and technology. It is more than just a printing museum as it has a collection of letterpress equipment and machinery that are still in working condition. Most of the items are more than 100 years old and are being maintained by the museum volunteers, preserving them for current and future generations.
Penrith Museum of Printing
Address: Penrith Showgrounds, Ransley Street, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Price: about 30 USD (group tour)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday. Closed on all weekends public holidays.
Duration: around 1 - 2 hours
Access: Within the vicinity of Penrith Showground/ Paceway Complex
Contact: +61 415625573
Website: Penrith Museum of Printing
5. Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Time for outdoor activities. It’s not the usual outdoor activities in the park, like forests, etc. Here you can play, paddle and row like you are taking part in a competition. Penrith Whitewater Stadium is not an ordinary stadium. It is located at the foot of the iconic Blue Mountains. Do you know that it is the one and only man-made river in the Southern Hemisphere? Besides this, the venue has been used for the canoe/kayak slalom events for the Sydney Olympic Games way back in 2000. This attraction is open to everyone including children, and is perfect if you want to try something challenging in your lifetime. There are three different activities namely, swift-water rescue training, whitewater rafting, as well as whitewater kayaking. So, you can choose whichever you want to take part in.
Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Address: McCarthy’s Lane, Cranebrook, Penrith, New South Wales 2004, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily (times subject to change)
Duration: Depending on activities
Access: About 1 hour from Sydney (by car)
Contact: +61 247304333
Near by Food: Café Whitewater (only breakfast and lunch available)
Website: Penrith Whitewater Stadium
6. Duck In
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Last but not least, get yourself some souvenirs for remembrance. Don’t buy yourself a duck as it is not a pet shop. Duck In is a small independent local business that provides gorgeous gifts and heartwarming homewares. You can either purchase the souvenirs from the store or via online. There is plenty to choose from, ranging from collectibles, homemade accessories and homewares to jewelry. In terms of pricing it is affordable too.
Address: 437 High St, Penrith, New South Wales 2750, Australia
Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. 9am - 4pm, Saturday. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Access: Within the vicinity of High Street
Contact: +61 247600811
Website: Duck In
Excitement for the entire family
As part of Western Sydney, Penrith is alive with tourism offering excitement for the whole family. It is an ideal weekend getaway, rich in history and great attractions, from entertainment, water based activities, sports and museums, to shopping in large department stores and small specialty shops. The close proximity of Penrith to Sydney makes it an ideal getaway for a day trip, however several days are required to experience the many activities and attractions Penrith has to offer as well as surrounding areas including the world renowned Blue Mountains.
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