Elevation 650 metres
Amongst the pines
A Snippet of History
The Penrose area was first visited by Europeans in 1818 in
the vicinity of Paddy's River, or as it was then named....St
Patrick's River. 1868 was the year the railway passed through the site
of the current village. At that time, there were two railway stations,
one at the northern and one at the southern end of the
Settlement is said to have occured along side the railway line around
1870. The property known as Sylvan Glen was established around
1870 as one of the first in the area. It survives today as a guest
house and golf course. In the 1890's a Police Station and Post Office
were established and the village of Penrose was surveyed in 1895. The
General Store was opened in the late 1890's, and was expanded as the
population of Penrose grew.
the early the 20th Century, many orchards were established and in the
1920's Penrose became a popular destination for holidays, when several
noteable Guest Houses were established.
Penrose is a tiny village at the southern end of the Southern Highlands
on the Highland Way, between Wingello to the south and Bundanoon to the
north. By population it's the smallest of the villages along the
Highland Way, with about 50 households.
Despite its small population, the community is very active. Between the
Tennis Club, Rural Fire Brigade, Playgroup, Hall Committee and Penrose
School, there's always something happening.
annual Mid Winter Party is organised by all community groups,
with all funds raised being injected back into the community. Each year
the Mid Winter Party is held around the first week in August and this
event is growing year by year.
Village Shop, situated in the heart of the village, offers all day
breakfasts, home-made soups and cakes, good coffee and hand crafted
items for sale.
Feeling a little guilty about hours spent in the Cafe? then you can
duck over the railway line for 9 holes of golf! or perhaps call in and
get stocked up with landscaping items for that overdue garden
renovation from the suppliers in the village centre.
Rail services run a few times a day from the Penrose Railway
Station, that take you to Sydney, or Goulburn and
area is growing, with many new homes (and sheds) being added to the
scenery at a rapid rate. Like other parts of the "Southern Gateway",
Penrose supports many grazing properties, producing cattle, sheep,
alpaca, and goats. Many more vineyards and olive groves are appearing
as the trend toward wine and Australian produced olive products
increase in popularity.
Sights to See
Penrose State Forest is an interesting destination for drives and
walks. Many vantage points for excellent views exist throughout the
Forest. A huge Sawmill on the village side of the forest is
worth a look.
Monasteries of note (there are two) are also in
the Penrose area. Open days are very well attended by visitors from far
and wide (watch the papers!)
monthly Folkus evening held at the Penrose Village Store is a
night of music and song. Popular with visitors and locals, this event
is held on the first Friday evening of the month. You can read more
details in our Events
Don't forget to look for historic "Sylvan Glen", the
oldest guest house in the Southern Highlands, which has just
undergone some wonderful restoration ...follow the signs!