Location: Penrith


Penrith is a suburb and major centre in the metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is located in Greater Western Sydney 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the Sydney central business district on the banks of the Nepean River. Its elevation is 25 m. Penrith is the administrative seat of the local government area of the City of Penrith. The surrounding suburbs of Penrith are Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Cambridge Gardens, Emu Plains, Cambridge Park, Jamisontown, South Penrith, Jordan Springs, Glenmore Park and Kingswood. The postcode of the city is 2750.

Penrith was named after the town of Penrith in Cumbria, England. The name is of Cumbric origin, a Celtic language of northern Britain related to Welsh. ‘Pen’ is Cumbric and Welsh for ‘Head’ or ‘Chief’ and the Cumbric ‘Rid’ (Rhydd in Welsh) means ‘Ford’ giving the name ‘Chief Ford’ or ‘Hill Ford’. How it got the name is unclear. One theory is that in the early days, development in Penrith was entirely on one road, like the English Penrith, and someone familiar with both spotted the similarity and suggested the name. The earliest known written reference to the name Penrith dates back to 1819.


Getting Around

Penrith Railway Station is a major railway station on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Train network. It has frequent services to and from the City. It also has a stop on the intercity Blue Mountains Line. Penrith railway station has its own bus interchange. Nightride Bus route 70 also serves Penrith city people.

The Great Western Highway meets The Northern Road connecting Penrith with other cities and suburbs. The Great Western highway crosses over the Nepean river and connects the city with Emu Plains, Emu heights, Leonay and Lapstone.  The NSW Government announced funding for the construction of the M9 in the 2014 state budget to connect Camden, Penrith and Windsor. The proposed motorway will start from the M5 motorway and run west of the current M7 motorway.

Local Area Statistics



Population 11,813
Male 5,652
Female 6,161
Median Age 37

Source ABS Census 2011, PENRITH NSW



All private dwellings 5,678
Average people per household 2.2
Median weekly household income $949
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,700
Median weekly rent $250
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.2

Source ABS Census 2011, PENRITH NSW