Penrith City is located at the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area. The City encompasses a land area of over 400 square kilometres, of which around 80% is rural and rural-residential. The majority of the population lives in the residential areas in a linear corridor along the Great Western Highway and the main western railway. Most of the urban area is residential, with some commercial and industrial land use, including extractive industries and manufacturing. Rural land is used largely for agricultural purposes, including dairying, poultry farming, hobby farming, orcharding, market gardening and horse breeding.
The key employment sectors are retail, manufacturing, health and education. Major retail centres include Westfield Penrith, Penrith CBD and St Marys CBD, with numerous other significant centres (Centro Lennox, Centro Nepean, Colyton, Erskine Park Village, Glenmore Park, Mount Pleasant, Southlands, St Clair, St Marys Village, Station Plaza and Werrington County Village). The main industrial areas are located in Emu Heights, Emu Plains, Erskine Park, Jamisontown, North St Marys, Penrith and St Marys, with smaller industrial areas at Agnes Banks, Castlereagh, Kingswood and Londonderry. Penrith has a major public hospital (Nepean) and two smaller private hospitals. Penrith features two tertiary institutions (TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute and University of Western Sydney) and numerous private and public schools.
NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.
Major Industrial Precincts