Lifestyle: Penrith


The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Complex is in High Street next to the Council Chambers. Named after opera singer Joan Sutherland, the building was designed by architect Philip Cox and opened in 1990. It incorporates the Penrith Conservatorium of Music and the Q Theatre (Penrith), which had been operating in Station Street for 30 years before moving to the complex in 2006.

Peppers Penrith Stadium, home of the Penrith Panthers NRL team Penrith has a number of local sporting clubs, the best known being the Penrith Panthers rugby league club who play in the National Rugby League. The club (one of the largest in Australia) has a massive entertainment complex and resort, Panthers World of Entertainment. Penrith’s Junior Rugby League competition is the largest in the world, which also incorporates teams from the Blue Mountains, Blacktown and Windsor/Richmond areas.

Dining and Take away

Penrith is a major city and has different types of restaurants and take away options. White Swan Restaurant offers spacious, comfortable locale for bistro favourites and Vietnamese options, plus a terrace with a fountain. Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant is popular for Chinese cuisine. There are countless dining and take away options in Penrith.


Penrith is one of the major commercial centres in Greater Western Sydney. Penrith hosts a number of shopping complexes, the largest being Westfield Penrith Plaza, formerly managed by Lend Lease Group. The shopping centre features over 300 stores ranging from department stores to specialty shops.