The Best Restaurants in Penrith (Sydney) in 2023
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The Best Restaurants in Penrith (Sydney) for 2024

Be it a long awaited date night or a casual Sunday lunch, time to secure a table at one of these Penrith standouts.

By Kanebridge News
Wed, Mar 3, 2021 4:19pmGrey Clock 4 min

1. Osso Steak and Ribs 

Osso penrith

OSSO Steak & Ribs is Penrith’s destination for upmarket steak,  ribs, seafood, pastas  and wine. Osso Steak and Ribs offers a range of high-quality steaks including Black Angus, Pasture Fed, and Wagyu plus a chef’s dry aged special. The menu also includes a wide range of fish and seafood. Seafood Risotto,  Yamba Prawn Salad and Spaghetti Carbonara are outstanding.   

Interior is tiled, stylish and bright. Osso is a great venue for family, friends and work events. 

OSSO offers a wide range of beer and classic cocktails as well as specialty drinks. Osso features a full wine list with a strong Australian component as well as overseas options.  

Website

osso.com.au 

Telephone

(02) 4720 5588 

Address

Osso Steak & Ribs is located at Penrith Panthers at 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 

2. Okami

Okami 

Okami is not to be missed if you are a lover of Japanese Food. Okami sets itself apart by offering both an a la carte menu AND an all-you-can-eat option where you can indulge for a two-hour window.  

 

The all you can eat option is a generous one. The offer has a 2-person minimum and a 2-hour limit and includes over 30 of their most popular  dishes including Sashimi, Beef Carpaccio, Agedashi Tofu, Tempura Prawns, Chicken Teriyaki, Green Tea Ice cream and more, along with the best table service. Every dish is freshly made to your order.  

The a la carte menu offering is equally good as Okami prides itself on its elegant presentation of  very fresh, high-quality and delicious food.  

Save room for the homemade Matcha ice-cream. 

Website

okamirestaurant.com.au 

Telephone

(02) 4721 5999 

Address

Ground Floor, 19 Lawson St, Penrith NSW 2750 

3. The Birdhouse Kitchen & Café 

The Birdhouse Kitchen & Café

The Birdhouse Kitchen & Café is a tranquil space in busy Penrith. The café is located inside the Australian Arms Hotel and offers sleek  indoor and outdoor dining spaces.  

There are separate menus for lunch and for dinner. The Lobster Capellini, Yamba Prawns, Lamb Backstrap and Angus Sirloin are all outstanding as are the salads and vegetables. Save room for the dessert selection which changes regularly and is well worth the indulgence. 

The Birdhouse offers a relaxed, and very very good Australian and overseas selections.   The portions are generous and very nicely presented and of excellent value.  

There is a full range of wine, beer and spirits and there are happy hour cocktails and beer specials! 

 

Genuinely nice venue for friends, family or work events. 

Website

www.birdhousekitchen.com.au

Telephone

(02) 4731 3881 

Address

351 High St, Penrith NSW 2750 

4. Gellafrenda  

Gellafrenda 

Gellafrenda offers a classic and specialty Italian food in a modern, elegant setting. Table or bar seating to suit how you feel. There is also a more private cellar room that can be booked for groups. 

The menu highlights classic Italian pastas, a range of pizza, as well as Veal schnitzel aged Bistecca beef  T-bone, snapper fillet, lamb skewer, as well as regular specials. Gellafrenda emphasises simple dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.  

 

The menu is designed to be shared if that works for your group.  

 

Pizza and pastas are top quality. 

 

There is a full drink offering (as well as mocktails and other non-alcoholic offerings). Excellent gelato to finish things off.  

 

Very nice spot for family and friends.  You will not be disappointed.  

 

Website

www.gellafrenda.com.au

Telephone

+61 452 327 521 

Address

146 Station St. Penrith 

 

5. Five Guys  

Five Guys  

Penrith’s version of the renowned Five Guys hamburger chain opened in 2021. Five Guys located within the Penrith Panthers operation  offers made to order burgers, with classic and specialty options, fresh ingredients, hot dogs, milkshakes, great chips round out the offering. If you like great burgers, nothing not to like here.  

Restaurant is clean and bright fast-food ambiance.  

Website

www.fiveguys.com.au

Telephone

1800 061 991 

Address

Five Guys is located at Penrith Panthers at 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750 

Criteria

Criteria to select this list criteria: 

  • Good food, nice space, good service. 
  • Well priced 
  • There is something memorable about it. 

Kanebridge news did not receive anything of value from any of the restaurants included on this list. 

 



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Discover Melbourne’s ten best schools specialising in co-education.

By Josh Bozin
Wed, Mar 13, 2024 5 min

The age-old debate when it comes to the discussion around schooling is whether to send your child to a single-sex or co-educational school. And notably, there has been a surge in co-educational schooling in recent years, with close to 86 per cent of students in the independent sector of Victoria alone said to be attending a co-educational school, according to Independent Schools Victoria.

The topic doesn’t come without its share of controversies, however. While many are in the camp that co-educational programs are, in large, leading to a more diverse, inclusive and progressive schooling experience for students, there is also a backing that voices its disadvantages and challenges – coeducational schooling can prove detrimental for certain types of learners, and at times, for girls.

So, as the educational system faces a changing with the times for future students, below we look at the very best co-ed schools in Melbourne based off a number of criteria, from academic and extracurricular programs, to facilities and location, plus more.

But first…

What is co-ed schooling?

Co-educational schooling, in its simplest form, refers to an educational system where both male and female students attend classes together in the same educational institution. Whereas single-sex schooling are institutions segregated by gender.

Is it better to go to a co-ed school?

To many, it depends the specific needs of the child at hand. While it’s proven that co-ed schooling does promote a sense of gender equality, a greater dynamic of social interaction and an opportunity to develop—or further enhance—interpersonal skills, some would argue that it can also present its challenges. For one, it can be said that educators would need to employ a more diverse teaching style to accomodate for the varied learning styles of both male and female students.

What is the most expensive school in Melbourne?

In 2024, it’s Geelong Grammar, with an average tuition fee of $46,344 per year for Year 12 students.

What is the most prestigious school in Melbourne?

While somewhat subjective, the most prestigious school in Melbourne is often determined by a number of varying factors, like academic performance, facilities, and extracurricular activities. Geelong Grammar, again, is at the top of the schooling hierarchy in Victoria – a boarding and day school founded in 1855 and one that has long held a reputation as one of the most prestigious co-educational institutions in Australia.

 

Below you will find nine other prestigious co-educational schools in and around Melbourne.

 

1. St Leonards College

St Leonards

 

Located in Brighton East, St Leonards College is one of Melbourne’s leading independent co-educational schools catering for students in all year levels, from ELC for three-year-olds through to Year 12. Since 1914, St Leonards College has been the Bayside school of choice, and remains an institution well regarded for its extracurricular activities.

2. Geelong Grammar

Geelong Grammar
Stefani Driscoll

 

Geelong Grammar is Australia’s largest co-educational boarding school, catering for over 1,500 girls and boys from pre-school through to year 12. In its rich 168-year history, Geelong Grammar has taught some notable alumni or “Old Geelong Grammarians”, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch and even King Charles III.

3. Carey Baptist Grammar School

Carey
Trevor Mein

 

Carey Grammar is a known leader in independant co-education, with campuses in Kew and Donvale that caters for students from early leaning to Year 12. With a strong focus on innovation, Carey is renowned for its progressive and diverse curriculum.

4. Wesley College

Wesley
COX Architecture

 

Wesley College is an open-entry, co-educational school that has been offering the highest forms of education and cocurricular programs for over 150 years. Today, Wesley is one of Australia’s leading coeducational schools, with multiple campuses throughout Melbourne. Notably, Wesley is also one of the leading International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the country, and is the only school in Victoria to offer IB from primary through to senior school.

5. Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

PEGS
John Gollings

In Melbourne’s north-west you’ll find the suburb of Essendon, where you’ll find most of the city’s most popular co-educational schools: Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, or ‘PEGS’. But PEGS offers a different structure to its co-educational system; in primary years of prep to year 6, there is a seperate junior school for girls (Moonee Ponds), and boys (Essendon). Its flagship Keilor East campus is home to a seperate Middle School campus for girls, and one for boys. From years 11 and 12—or VCE—, the senior school is combined.

This structure, as PEGS explains, allows students to “enjoy the proven benefits of a single-gender education during childhood and early adolescence as well as a mature co-educational environment during critical VCE years.”

6. Haileybury

Haileybury College

 

With an educational history dating back to 1892, Haileybury is considered one of the country’s finest co-educational schools thanks to a number of factors, from innovative teaching methods and outstanding academic results, to a strong focus on international studies.

7. Yarra Valley Grammar

Yarra Valley Grammar

 

A school that is highly regarded for its extensive range of contemporary opportunities and impeccably high standards of performance—led by principal Dr. Mark Merry— Yarra Valley Grammar, a school originally built on farmland “in the middle of nowhere”, is one of Melbourne’s best co-educational schools in the heart of the famed Yarra Valley region.

8. Caulfield Grammar School

Caulfield Grammar

 

Caulfield Grammar has long held its reputation for academic excellence, as well as its commitment to a well-rounded, co-educational program. With a particular focus on VCE curriculum, students in years 10–12 will participate in a diverse academic program with 49 VCE subjects to choose from, and a range of broad and balanced co-curricular experiences.

9. Mentone Grammar

Mentone Grammar
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Located in Melbourne’s idyllic Bayside area, Mentone Grammar is a leader in co-educational schooling, providing students from ELC to year 12 a plethora of opportunities to thrive, from its creativity and science centres to its immaculate sporting facilities, all designed to support a well-rounded—and highly regarded—educational program for females and males.

10. Huntingtower School

Huntingtower School
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With a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, the co-educational program at Huntingtower School in Melbourne’s south-east enables its students to “develop deeper level thinking skills.” Plus, with a strong extracurricular program that allows students to experience activities like triathlons, urban adventures and language immersion programs, there’s no shortage of what is possible at Huntingtower School.

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