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Monday, March 4, 2024

New guide shines a light on St Marys past

Penrith Mayor, Todd Carney, today met with and thanked members of the St Marys Historical Society and Heritage Advisory Committee at the unveiling of the new St Marys Heritage Walk – a free mobile-friendly online interactive map highlighting St Marys rich historic past. 

Following the launch of the Penrith Heritage Walk in 2022, the new St Marys Heritage Walk encourages residents and visitors to discover the fascinating history that shaped the emerging town of St Marys. The map is available on the Visit Penrith website, allowing participants to follow the story-telling journey on their mobile. 

Mayor Carney said the walk was a great way to learn more about the local area.

“It was great to meet the passionate members of the Historical Society and Committee who we want to thank for guiding us on this project”, Cr Carney said.  

“With their expertise, we can share the cultural heritage of our towns, and St Marys deserves the spotlight.” 

Starting at St Marys Station, the 4km circular trail leads to 11 points of interest, passing the South Creek Park, through Victoria Park and ending in the middle of St Marys CBD, Coachmans Park. 

At each stop, participants can read the storytelling introductions to the places and people who helped shape and grow St Marys. 

“The walk is quite flexible, participants can jump to each stop as they wish or follow on for the story,” Cr Carney said.  

“We are committed to creating more cultural experiences to share our city’s historic past which spans far and wide.” 

Participants are encouraged to visit St Marys while following the map, exploring the public landmarks like the wagons in South Creek Park and St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church and graveyard. And if you need to stop for a bite to eat or to grab a drink, there are plenty of options for takeaway and eateries like Cassandra’s on the Park and Wagon Wheel Hotel along the way. 

Follow the link visitpenrith.com.au/stmaryswalk to start the journey. 

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