With the new Northern Road extension now nearing completion, the drive through to Penrith feels like a breeze. Penrith makes for the perfect day out either with or without kids as there is something here for everyone.
Start your day at East Bank, a destination that could be considered entirely on its own, delivering cuisines from all around the world. Depending on the time of day you arrive, head over to one of the many eateries for lunch, or if it’s earlier in the morning, like ourselves, why not just grab a coffee and head down to the riverbank and watch the rowers make their way down the Nepean.
Next, it just a short 10-minute drive down Mulgoa Rd to The Museum of Fire. A great cultural experience and a great place for the whole family. The Museum is also right on the train line so easily accessible from almost anywhere
Set in a building that was once Penrith power station which supplied all power to Greater Western Sydney, The Museum of Fire is now situated in this heritage-listed building.
Take a walk-through time and discover fire engines from 1841 that have been beautifully restored, see how firefighting uniforms and equipment have evolved over the years and in general, gain a real appreciation of the dedication fire fighters have shown over the years in protecting our homes, cities, and lives.
After finishing up at the Museum of Fire, head into the heart of Penrith, High Street, and grab yourself something to eat at one of the many cafes dotted along the street. It was great to see how alive the street was with fooderies, restaurants and a surprising number of bars!
Henri Marc is a refined brunch spot tucked away on High Street. The industrial-style interiors juxtaposed with the always fresh flowers makes for a beautiful spot to stop and grab a coffee or a meal. Located next to Memory Park, it is also the perfect spot to stop and have a cool drink in the sun.
Another favourite to checkout is Percy Plunkett. Located on Station Street in a historic house built in 1866, Percy Plunkett is a beautiful café decked out with floral arrangements and artworks all through the various rooms. The café takes advantage of the House’s original floorplan with each room taking on its own unique feel.
If you are after something a little different, why not checkout Checho’s, a contemporary style Mexican restaurant serving the best Mexican and cocktails in the area. Or if you are after an afternoon drink head down to Mr Watkins, a café by day with a well-stocked bar for afternoon and evening trade.
If you are staying in Penrith into the evening, we could not recommend more highly, the newly re-opened AG Drinking Establishment which has undeniably set the “bar” high when it comes to offering a refined drinking venue in Penrith. They have kept the food and beverage offerings small and both have been executed very well.
The sophisticated booth style seating and adult nature of the venue make it the spot for post-work drinks heading into the night.