Quality Inn Penrith
261 Mulgoa Road
Penrith, NS 2750
Phone: (61) 2 47345555
Fax: (61) 2 47345500
Arts & Museums
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest houses paintings, sculptures and photography of artists such as Harold David, Brook Andrew, Greg Semu among many others. Apart from the exhibitions, the gallery also conducts education programs for toddlers as well as high school students, teachers and even people with disabilities. One can also grab a bite at the cafe, located inside the gallery, which serves breakfast as well as lunch in the gorgeous heritage gardens.
If you are taking a vacation to Penrith, a visit to the unique and interesting Museum of Fire is a must for all. On display are an interactive range of fire-fighting equipments, from uniforms to fire vehicles. There are interactive exhibits, particularly for kids along with online shops that attract all adults alike. The museum is sort of a community welfare organization where donations received are collected for the welfare of fire-fighter families and for creating awareness. Regular guided tours are also hosted by trained fire personals who depict every scenario through stories and visual interpretations. Visit the museum and gather straight forward facts on the history of fire-fighting. Check website for more details.
The Sydney Children's Museum is situated in the corner of a pretty suburban park. Inside, there is the Bernoulli Blower which gushes a powerful stream of air strong enough to juggle balls, and a range of educational and fun experiments. Children will love climbing and crawling around the space maze, womb room and kaleidoscope. There is also an adventure playground, complete with bike track and traffic signs. On weekends and school holidays, a barbecue stall sells sausage sandwiches.
Lennox Bridge was built by convicts between 1836 and 1839 and is the site of the Parramatta Heritage Centre, which is an interesting insight into the city's past. There are permanent displays and exhibitions at the center and these are often supported by themed talks and children's activities to help pass on the stories of the past to future generations. There are extensive research facilities available and the connected library stays open until 8pm on Thursday to help facilitate enquiring minds. Admission is free.
The Hills District Historical Centre and Museum's main focus is on the early history of European settlement in the area from 1801 when Governor King established a government farm here. The Exhibits are drawn from its collection of household, farming and woodworking tools, convict bricks, furniture and clothing from this and later periods. Extensive research sources are available with files on local pioneers. Also, there is a library of books on the local region with early census books, church records and historical photographs.
Commenced in 1793, Elizabeth Farm has undergone many changes but traces of the original building still survive. The house was constructed for John Macarthur who pioneered the wool industry in Australia. Simple but elegant the cottage is surrounded by shady verandas and became the prototype for the colonial vernacular homestead. The interior is furnished with reproduction furniture, portraits and objects belonging to the Macarthur family; thus providing a rare hands-on museum experience. Devonshire teas and lunches are available in the adjoining tea room. The place is open daily in January.
The Campbelltown Arts Centre comprises collection of artworks by local artists as well as those belonging to Scottish artists from the Glasgow School of Arts. A must visit for those who want to explore the local aboriginal fiber works and paintings. Call ahead for more details.
The Wollondily Heritage Center is a delightful museum displaying the local history of those who are Gundangurra and Tharawal descendents, as well as the early European pioneers of the Wollondilly region. The center also houses local history archives, a library, and an audio-visual display about early machinery. If you sign up for a coach group, it also includes home-cooked morning or afternoon teas. Check their web site for details on other deals that are available, as well as information about how to see some of their other galleries.
The Armory Gallery is one of the major attractions in the premises of the Sydney Olympic Park. This gallery is housed in Building 18, that was a naval storehouse during the days of World War II. It was converted into an exhibition space in the year 2004. The gallery is equipped with superior technical facilities like spotlights, AV systems, plasma screens that add grandeur to the exhibitions taking place here. Paintings, photographs, contemporary art and various other art forms find space in the walls of Armor Gallery. Visit website for more information.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports in Australia, and so it is only fitting that it has a museum dedicated to it. The Australian Tennis Museum was founded in 1983, and was the brainchild of a group of people passionate about the sport. It was only in 2005 that it moved to its present location at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Open twice a week, this museum houses memorabilia associated with Australian tennis. Once every year, an exhibition on things related to Australian tennis is organized, and is a fun way to learn about the history of the game. Admission is free for all, but group tours can cost anywhere between AUD10 and AUD30 per person.