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Penrith Guide


Located only 50 kms from the west of Sydney's city center is the suburb town of Penrith, western Sydney, Australia. Considered as a major centre in the New South Wales (NSW) Metropolitan Plan, Penrith is also a popular commercial centre. Lying towards the east of the Nepean River and adjacent to the Blue Mountains, it enjoys a beautiful location.

Colloquially known as Penno or The Riff, Penrith was first discovered by the Europeans in 1789. Originally named as Evan, it was renamed as Penrith in 1818 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. In 1804, it received its first settler by the name Captain Daniel Woodroffe, who lived along the Nepean River. Today Penrith is filled with numerous historic attractions, attracting tourists from around the world.

Explore Penrith

There are many places and landmarks worth exploring in Penrith. The Penrith Museum of Fire, offer guided tours and exciting fire displays performed by both working and retired firefighters, which is a great and interesting day out for the family. The University of Western Sydney, Penrith Sake Brewery, Penrith Plaza, Panthers World of Entertainment, and St Stephen's Church are just a few other recommended sights to visit..

Book car hire in Penrith for the duration of your trip and explore Penrith Valley, and the Nepean River. The scenery is magnificent and there are loads of activities for the more adventurous. Beautiful walks around Lakes, white water rafting, and canoeing are all on offer. 

Sports lovers will get to see many sports clubs in Penrith like the Penrith Panthers rugby league club. Penrith also came in to limelight for hosting the rowing events in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. These rowing events were hosted on the recreational lakes of the Penrith Lakes Scheme.


Tourists can visit Penirth anytime throughout the year, as it has a warm but humid temperate climate, great for outdoor adventures. In summers the average temperature is between 16°C and 30°C and in winters it is between 0°C and 17°C. October to March experience the most rainfall, the driest months to visit are between April and September.


Getting to Penrith is also not a problem with the presence of its well-connected Penrith Railway Station. Apart from rail, tourists can easily access Penirth through its network of roadways. Those travelling from the east can reach Penrith via the M4 Western Motorway, while those travelling from the south can reach Penrith via the Northern Road or Mulgoa Road.

Sydney International Airport is less than an hours drive east of Penrith, making it an ideal destination to get to Penrith. For tourists flying into Sydney Airport it may be best to arrange car hire ready for collection here. This will save tourists having to purchase airport transfers, unless already included in their holiday costs. Car hire suppliers operating from the airport include Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and RedSpot. For more options and cheaper prices search and compare quotes online in advance of travel.

Penrith Buses and taxis are also available from Sydney Airport and within Penrith itself. Buses are the cheapest form of transportation around Penrith, however they do tend to get slightly overcrowded during rush hours.

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