Situated on the banks of the 111 mile long Nepean River, Penrith, Australia is one of four Sidney suburbs with an estimated population of 11,813 residents, according 2011 census statistics.
Penrith's original residents were skilled hunters, fishermen and vegetation gatherers who were members of the Mulgoa tribe. Believed to be the first Englishman to arrive in Penrith in 1789 was Watkins Tench. By 1850 the area boasted a post office, established in 1828. Soon to follow were two houses of worship, of Anglican and Catholic persuasion, in 1839 and 1850 respectively. It is interesting to note that the settlement was not officially declared a city until 1959.
One of Penrith's major tourist haunts is Westfield Penrith Plaza, a shopping mall comprised of in excess of 300 stores and specialty shops. Ideally located next door to this fantastic shopping center is Pernrith's oldest structure, Red Cow Hotel. In addition to serving as a haven of rest for weary shoppers, this 100 year old facility now includes a pub that is frequented by locals who enjoy on-tap beer, live entertainment and karaoke.
If you enjoy a casino atmosphere, there is no better place to visit than Panthers World of Entertainment located on a road named for the Mulgoas. This facility offers 1,000 slots plus poker, bingo and keno games. Panthers casino is situated adjacent to Chifley Hotel. Panthers World and Chifley Hotel are located near eateries featuring Australian sweets, American dishes, pizza and Asian Ming cuisine. There are 30 other casinos within a 100 mile radius of Penrith.
A very enjoyable but safe way to enjoy the Nepean River is aboard the Nepean Belle, a paddle wheel propelled steam powered riverboat. Nepean River was the site for rowing contests during the 2000 Olympic games.
Outstanding native sons of Penrith include James Dundas, a reporter associated with CBS television's “Entertainment Tonight” program.