Things to do in Camden and the Macarthur Region

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(Above) Camden Park House (source Camden Park House website)

Visit Camden?

Camden is a historic town located 65 kilometres south-west of Sydney.  It’s the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern convenience. The cultural heart of the region, Camden is considered the birthplace of Australian agriculture. Located in the beautiful Macarthur region which forms the foothills between the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands.

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Camden Park House

Camden Park House (also called Camden Park Estate) was the country property of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, founders and pioneers of the Australian wool industry. Camden Park ranks amongst the most important historic houses in Australia. The house remains on 960 acres of the original estate and is open to the public throughout the year.

Belgenny Farm

Belgenny Farm is affectionately known as the ‘Birthplace of Australian Agriculture’.  Built in 1821, Belgenny Cottage was designed by architect Henry Kitchen and was used by the Macarthur family while Camden Park House was being built on the adjacent hilltop.

Camden Heritage Walking Tour

The history of the Camden district is as old as Australia itself. Its unique heritage unfolds in the collection of historic properties scattered through the Camden Town Centre.

Wivenhoe Historic House Open Day

Wivenhoe is a historic house at Narellan that was built in 1837.  It was designed by renowned Sydney architect John Verge who also designed Camden Park and Elizabeth Bay House (Sydney). The house has had some very notable residents and is now owned by a Catholic Church organisation.

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Camden Town Farm (source Camden Council website)

Camden Town Farm

Camden Town Farm, located on Exeter Street, is a unique green space on a flood plan surrounding Camden. Originally a 52 hectare dairy farm, it is now managed by a Council and a community of dedicated locals.  It is now home to the Camden Community Gardens and Fresh Produce Markets held on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month (7am – midday).

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Cobbity Village Markets

Cobbitty Village

Nestled on the Nepean River is the village of Cobbitty. Originally named Cobbedee by Governor Macquarie, the village is nestled on the Nepean River and features beautifully kept historic buildings.  A must-visit is the Cobbitty Village Markets held on the first Saturday of the month between 8am – 1pm (closed in January & February).  Here you’ll find arts and crafts, gourmet foods and local produce.

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Botanic Gardens Mount Annan (source Facebook)

Botanic Gardens Mount Annan

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is the largest botanic garden in Australia. Situated on former farmland, it contains remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland, a critically endangered ecological community of the region.  Among the beautiful rolling hills and lakes, the gardens showcase a large collection of native plants. There are picnic areas with BBQ facilities, walking trails, cycle paths, large contemporary sculptures and a restaurant. Visit the Garden to enjoy abundant native animal and birdlife, picnic areas, barbecues, lakeside lawns, walking and cycling tracks and large contemporary sculptures. Entry is free.

Camden Museum

View a large collection of Aboriginal and 20th-century historic material, exhibits and displays that represent the history of the Camden district and its unique heritage.

Bransby’s Cottage

Also known as Taplin’s Cottage, built around 1842 it is the oldest building in Camden. It is a great example of a modest Georgian cottage.

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Poplar Tourist Park is a conveniently located Camden caravan park nestled between the mountains and the sea and rests beside the picturesque Nepean River.

Our caravan park offers a range of holiday cabin accommodation and shady powered and unpowered campsites suitable caravans, RVs, motorhomes, campervans and tents.   Pet friendly options available for guests staying in their own RV, van or tent.

The park offers guests a safe, friendly atmosphere with excellent facilities and a convenient location.

The quaint and historic town of Camden is considered the jewel of the Macarthur region with its true fine style restaurants, cafes, hotels, weekend markets, wineries, ballooning, historical sites, botanical gardens, equestrian events, motor sports, aviation, canoeing, cycling, golf, walking and cycling tracks, and much more.