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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 village.

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.

In 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.

These Days...
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.

The 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.

Penrose Village Shop and Post Office Penrose 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 beyond.

The 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
around Penrose

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!)

The 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 Calendar!!

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!

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