Campbelltown Arts Centre


A thriving administrative centre for the Macarthur district on the south-west outskirts of the Sydney metropolitan area, it is easy to forget that Campbelltown was berthed in the formative years of the colony of New South Wales. The area that later became Campbelltown was inhabited prior to European settlement by the Tharawal people. Not long after the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788, a small herd of six cattle escaped and weren't seen again by the British settlers for seven years. They were spotted, however, by the Tharawal people. In a rock art site called Bull Cave near Campbelltown, they drew a number of cattle with pronounced horns. The Tharawal described the cattle to British explorers and in 1795 the British found a herd of around 60 cattle grazing in the area now known as Camden.

Old Cambelltown Town Hall

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Fishers Ghost Festival: Queen Street, Campbelltown: An annual event that celebrates one of Australia's most famous ghosts, the unlucky victim of a murder, Fred Fisher. Fred left home on June 17, 1826 and was never seen again - alive that is. His spectral visage was spotted sitting on a bridge pointing to a paddock where his body was later found. Many people have reported seeing old Fred. The Fisher s Ghost Festival runs November 4-19 and ghost tours and a special dinner are held each year. Fisher s Ghost is also remembered in the name of the watercourse, Fishers Ghost Creek. It flows through Koshigaya Park, which was created on the site of the paddock where Fred s body was found.
Public transport: train to Campbelltown.

Bradbury Arts and Crafts Market
Bradbury Shopping Village, The Parkway, Bradbury
Trading: Every 1st Saturday of the Month
Type: Art & Craft
Phone: (02) 4626 1203

Brands On Sale Undercover Markets
Brands On Sale Shopping Centre, 1st Floor Car Park, 32 Queen Street, Campbelltown
Trading: Every Saturday & Sunday. Opens 26th & 27th November - 8am - 3:30pm
Type: General
Phone: 0449 735 557 or 0419 121 303

Campbelltown Undercover Market
32 Queen St, Campbelltown,
Trading: Every Saturday and Sunday
Type: Bric-a-Brac
Phone: (02) 4645 0000

Campbelltown Boot Hill Market
Campbelltown Road, Minto NSW 2566, Australia
Trading: Every Thursday and Saturday
Type: Trash & Treasure
Phone: (02) 9603 9777

Around Town

Hurley Park resevoir

Hurley Park: An historic corner of Campbelltown which contains a number of restored convict built relics. Built between 1838 to 1840 and financed by local settlers, they consist of a reservoir which was the town's water supply until 1882, a spillway flowing to a tank from which cattle could drink. Dumaresq Street, Campbelltown. Public transport: train to Campbelltown, walk east on Hurely St, left into Dumaresq St. Park at end of Dumaresq Street.

The Stables Museum: 6 Lithgow Street, Campbelltown. UBD Map 346 Ref L 5 Open 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month. Entry fee applies. Former stables of the historic Georgian homestead Glenalvon (next door). It features a display on the area s history presented by the local historical society.
Public transport: train to Campbelltown station.

Smiths Creek Reserve: Junction Road, Ruse: A preserved strip of bushland stretching from Lumeah in the north to Ruse in the south. Its waterfalls and pools have long gone, thanks to the laying of drainage pipes along the watercourse, however the bushland surrounding the creek has escaped destruction. An important habitat for local native flora and fauna, the reserve is a natural corridor for koalas passing through the area between Wedderburn and Holsworthy. A number of sightings are recorded each year. The reserve is subject to preservation work to by local residents to remove weeds and encourage the regeneration of native flora.
Public transport: train to Campbelltowm, Bus no. 883, alight at reserve.

Centenary Lookout: Centenary Park, Macquarie Avenue, Campbelltown: Offers panoramic views towards the Campbelltown central business district and the surrounding area. UBD Map 346 Ref P 6
Facilities: grassed area, children's playground
Public transport: train to Campbelltown, Bus No. 884, 885, 886. Alight cnr Broughton St & Phillip Ave.

St Peter's Anglican Church; St Peter's Anglican Church was designed and built by Francis Lawless and opened in 1823, and is believed to be the oldest building in Campbelltown CBD. In 1877 the Church had its roof and tower heightened and the box windows replaced with Gothic Style windows. In 1962 the organ gallery was restored and the windows returned to their original box frame architecture. A gallery for the organ and choir was also added. Further restoration of the building took place in 1999.

The cemetery has been in use since the 1820s, at a time when 'iron gangs' toiled on the local roads. Location: Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown. Pioneers buried in St Peter's Cemetery include John Warby, William Bradbury, the James Tyson and the ill-fated Frederick Fisher of "Fisher's ghost" fame. Many emancipated convicts took up land grants in the district, and ended their days here. It is also the resting place for the first Anglican Rector of St Peter's, Thomas Reddall. Henrietta Fletcher was a first fleeter, born on 22nd October, 1787 off the Cape of Good Hope on the first fleet ship, 'Lady Penrhyn' to Jane Langley and either Phillip Shewing/Scriven (Lady Penhryn) or Thomas Gilbert (Charlotte).

Mt Annan Botanical Gardens

Mt Annan Botanical Gardens
Australia s largest botanical gardens, it features plants from all over Australia and will eventually carry all 25,000 known species. Includes a Wattle Garden, Banksia Garden, Arboretum and local woodland conservation areas. Facilities: shop, bookshop, walking tracks, picnic and barbecues. Mt Annan Drive, Mt Annan. UBD Map 325 Ref K 16. Open daily 10.00am - 4.00pm (April - Sept) and 10.00am - 6.00pm (Oct - March)
Public transport: train to Campbelltown, Bus No. 894 - 899 to Mt Annan

Camden Aircraft Museum

Off Camden Valley Way, Narellan. Open 10.00am - 5.00pm Sun and Public holidays. Entry fee applies.
Features 18 historical aircraft as well as several tanks and ground support vehicles. Flights in hot air balloons, helicopters, a restored vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth and modern aircraft are available at nearby Camden Airport in Macquarie Grove Road. UBD Map 323 Ref J 10
Public transport: train to Liverpool, Bus No. 850 to Camden, Bus No. 32 to airport

Belgenny Farm

Historic farm where the Macarthurs bred their famous merino sheep. The farm contains the most historic farm buildings in Australia, the earliest dating from 1820, and the Macarthur family burial ground. In 1817, Macarthur returned from exile in England with a collection of vine cuttings obtained from the top vineyards of France, which he planted at Belgenny and Penrith. The Belgenny vineyard was tended by German vinedressers whom Macarthur brought out from the Rhine Valley. The winery remained operational for many years. Its ruins remain still visible. It has been replanted in recent times not far from its original site. Owned & operated by NSW Dept. of Agriculture.
Facilities: working farm, educational and environmental tours, historic displays, function centre, childrens playground, picnic facilities. Entry fees apply. UBD Map 344 Ref F 16. Camden Park Estate, Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden. Open Sundays, other days by appointment.
No direct access by public transport.

Georges River Nature Reserve
Georges River Road, Kentlyn: A sizeable nature reserve surrounding the confluence of Peter Meadows Creek, Punchbowl Creek and the Georges River. A protected habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, the reserve also protects a number of Aboriginal sites including rock paintings and grinding grooves located near the southern bank of Peter Meadows Creek before it enters the Georges River. Other art and habitation sites are located around Punchbowl Creek beyond the Basin but they are in the restricted access area of the Holsworthy Military Reserve on the east bank of the Georges River. There are a total of 27 recorded Aboriginal sites in the Campbelltown region containing 184 individual examples of rock art, most of which is vertical art on cave and overhang walls on the banks of Myrtle Creek (parallel to Hansens Road west of Ben Lomand Road), Peter Meadows Creeks (in the reserves on its south bank) and the Georges River (Simmo s Beach Reserve and other reserves to the south of Ingleburn Weir). UBD Map 328 Ref G 10
Public transport: train to Campbelltown, Bus No. 883 to reserve (limited services).

Gledswood Homestead and Winery

Camden Valley Way, Catherine Field. Open daily. Historic homestead and winery, part of which were built in the early 1800s with convict labour for a French Nobleman, Gabriel Louis Marie Huon De Kerillion, who was tutor to John Macarthur s sons. The property, then known as Buckingham, was re-named Gledswood in 1816 by its new owner, James Chisholm, who was once baled up by the wild colonial boy , Jack Donahue. It was Chisholm who established the vineyard and a winery which had a cellar with a capacity of 20,000 bottles. Today, the vineyard has 28 ha of Traminer grapes under cultivation. Activities include boomerang throwing, sheep shearing, sheepdog mustering, scenic trail rides, craft shop, barbecue and picnic facilities. UBD Map 305 Ref P 9
Public transport: train to Liverpool, Bus No. 850 to Gledswood

Dharawal State Recreation Area and Nature Reserve

Dharawal State Recreation Area and Nature Reserve is bounded by Lake Cataract, Lake Woronora, Appin and Holsworthy. Dharawal features threatened plants and animals, and important Aboriginal sites. If you're looking for a quick getaway amongst pristine bushland without having to travel far, visit O Hares Creek lookout walking track in Dharawal National Park, just south of Campbelltown. A flat and easy family friendly walk, enjoy a breath of fresh air on a day out, with birdwatching opportunities and scenic gorge views once you reach the end.

Following a flat bitumen track, keep an eye out for goannas and wallabies as you pass through open woodland full of tall scribbly gums and red bloodwoods. This walking track takes you to O'Hares Creek lookout, where you ll discover deep gorges and a rugged landscape carved from Hawkesbury sandstone.
Location: 45 km south-west of Sydney CBD, access is from Darkes Forest Road off the Princes Highway or the Bulli-Appin Road. Educational walk through the park (bookings essential ). National Parks & Wildlife Service Bulli, 02 4268 4089.

Nattai National Park

This park protects Sydney's water supply with pristine bushland and wilderness areas. Limited bushwalking and bush camping are permitted except in the 3 km zone around Lake Burragorang. Walks through wilderness require topographic map and compass, and all walkers should be experienced and well equipped. Located west of Lake Burragorang between Warragamba Dam and Wombeyan Caves Road, 110 km south of Sydney.
No direct access by public transport

Burragorang Lookout: Burragorang Lookout, located some 20km west of Camden, provides breathtaking views of Lake Burragorang, (formed by the flooding of the Burragorang Valley in 1958 when Warragamba Dam was built), the Nattai Wilderness and the distant Blue Mountains. Great scenery, but otherwise there is not a lot to do here, so the vehicle entry fee charged is a bit hard to justify. Reached via a picturesque drive which takes in the villages of The Oakes and Oakdale. Burragorang Road, Oakdale.
Facilities: shaded picnic tables, barbecues, toilets, childrens playground. No access via public transport.

Eschol Park

This was once a major winegrowing property which had a 60 ha vineyard and a three-storey winery. Established around 1860 by William Fowler, Eschol Park wines won a Gold Medal at the 1878 Paris Exhibition. An infestation by the Phylloxera mite destroyed the vineyard in the 1890s. Used during World War II as a home for interned staff of the German Embassy, it now houses a restaurant. The estate has been subdivided for housing. The street of the estate recall wine and grape varieties.
14 Eschol Park Drive, Eschol Park. UBD Map 326 Ref H 3. Public transport: train to Campbelltown, Bus No. 878, 897, alight at Epping Forest Rd.


Menangle is a quiet rural village in the Macarthur District, beyond Campbelltown. Menangle has several heritage-listed buildings. These include Camden Park House, The Menangle Store, the Rotolactor, Gilbulla, The Pines, Menangle railway station, and the Menangle Railway Viaduct. Menangle has two churches, St James Anglican and St Patrick's Catholic Church. Both churches are Heritage Listed. St Patrick's is 'a typical example of a Simplified Gothic Revival country church of its time.' St James (1876 1896) has historical significance through its links with the Macarthur-Onslow family of Camden Park and Gilbulla, and its associations with two leading architects, John Horbury Hunt and Sir John Sulman.

Closer to Campbelltown than Picton, the village of Appin (settled in 1810) is the oldest town in the Wollondilly Shire, and one of the first villages in New South Wales. Some of the first land grants here can still be seen in the names of the farms on the right hand side of the road from Campbelltown. This land has been farmed continually for almost 190 years - for wheat, barley, and vegetables for the Sydney market in the earliest days, and later dairying and fodder for horses. Appin is the last township on the route through Campbelltown down the escarpment to Wollongong.
Douglas Park

Located about 80 km southwest of Sydney, Douglas Park is near the Hume Highway, the F5 Freeway and on the Main Southern railway line. Its station is served by NSW TrainLink's Southern Highlands Line. The area is in the lands of the Gandangara people and the Tharawal people. The area is named thus on a map made by Surveyor General Sir Thomas Mitchell, in 1865. The first European settlement was named Hoare Town. The two largest land grants in the district were those of Dr Henry Grattan Douglass and Jean Baptiste de Arrietta. Douglass in time gave his name to the town, the final "s" of his name being lost due to a cartographer's error; de Arrietta is remembered by the locality "Spaniard's Hill", lying to the north of the town.

Douglas Park is surrounded by low hills, pasture, and bushland. To the south of the town, the Nepean River runs through a rocky gorge. The causeway crossing the river on Douglas Park Drive is a popular swimming and canoeing site for residents, and others from surrounding districts. Many buildings in the area are used for kindergarten schools or pre-schools. The weir at this location was modified in 2010, having been identified as a major barrier to fish migration. A vertical slot fishway was installed as part of Sydney Catchment Authority's Weirs Project. Downstream from this spot was once a suspension road bridge, of a similar design to the Maldon Suspension Bridge, upstream on the Nepean River.

Saint Mary's Towers

Douglas Park is home to a Catholic religious community known as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, at Saint Mary's Towers in Douglas Park Drive. The community includes an historic sandstone house that was once the home of famous New South Wales surveyor Sir Thomas Mitchell. The house, first known as Park Hall, was completed in 1845. The Saint Mary's Towers Retreat Centre is also located here, utilising the historic novitiate and junior seminary buildings, and the local Catholic community of Douglas Park and Wilton is based here and uses the historic, timber Sacred Heart Church for their liturgical celebrations. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have lived in community here since 1904, and so "the Towers" - as it is affectionately known - has been the focus of the local Catholic (and wider) community for more than 100 years.


Wedderburn causeway

Wedderburn is located 57 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. Wedderburn is the only Campbelltown suburb on the right bank of the Georges River. The steep gorge and heavy bush, gives it a small country town atmosphere, rather than a suburb. The causeway on Wedderburn Road, which provides the main link to Campbelltown, is known to flood during heavy rain, increasing Wedderburn's isolation. With views to the Blue Mountains and to Centre Point, pristine creeks and gullies and swimming holes such as Minerva Pool, not to mention its Koalas, Wedderburn is only of the Sydney region's best kept secrets.

Wedderburn is home to the largest and best known koala colony in the Sydney region. In recent times, moves have been made by the local council to allow the human population of Wedderburn to double. This has raised concerns by conservationists who warn that such action would intensify the threats to the koala colonies which survive on the edges of Wedderburn as well as the individual koalas which move through Wedderburn during mating season. The Koalas in the area are unusually disease free but very vulnerable to the clearing of bush, household pets, pollution of waterways and road traffic.

Koala colonies have survived as well as they have in the O'Hares Creek catchment area thus far because it is cut off from many aspects of urbanisation by natural boundaries. Cubbitch Barta National Estate area forms both the Northern and Eastern boundaries. The O'Hares Creek National Estate Area and The Wedderburn State Forest mark the Southern boundary while the Georges River is the southern boundary. The only functioning entry by car is over a causeway which is occasionally cut off by flooding of the Georges River.

Wedderburn was originally home to the Tharawal people and settlers from European backgrounds didn't come to the area until the 1880s. In clearing the land, they established orchards which are still used today. The first Wedderburn Bridge was built in 1892 and a school and post office were established in 1896. Electricity didn't reach Wedderburn until 1952. Increasing environmental awareness has seen Campbelltown Council keen to protect the gorges around Wedderburn and O'Hares Creek Gorge to the east is set to become a national park.

Cubbitch Barta National Area and the O'Hares Creek National Estate Area have both been recognised for their rich Aboriginal heritage value. There is at least one scarred tree. It is unusual for such a tree to survive in the Sydney Basin, especially in an area where agriculture has been practised for over one hundred years. Seven rock art caves, three grinding groove sites and one dwelling cave have been found.

History of Campbelltown

Pioneer settler John Macarthur, wanted to establish sheep in the colony, and took a liking to the prime grazing land that the cattle had found. He convinced the British government to overrule the local administration and grant him 5,000 acres (20 km2) just south of the Nepean River in 1805. Four years later a number of other grants were made to farmers between Camden and Liverpool, and the region's prosperity as an agricultural region was underway. Governor Lachlan Macquarie felt a permanent settlement would lead to order in the area and so Campbell-Town was born in 1820. Campbelltown, like its namesake in Tasmania which Macqurie also established, gets its name from Elizabeth Campbell, Macquarie's wife.

It was during the town's early years that Campbelltown's most famous incident occurred. In 1826, local farmer Frederick Fisher disappeared. According to folklore, his ghost appeared sitting on a fence rail over a creek just south of the town and pointed to a site where his body was later found to be buried. In memory of the incident, the Fisher's Ghost festival is held each November in Campbelltown.

The old town centre, as laid down by Macquarie, is still the main commercial area and includes the Queen Street shopping strip, Campbelltown Mall, Campbelltown railway station and bus interchange, the council chambers and a number of historic buildings. The main residential area is to the south and east of the town centre. To the southwest is a second commercial area based around Macarthur railway station which includes the University of Western Sydney and the Macarthur Square shopping centre.

The City of Campbelltown has a number of connections with bushrangers. It was here that the body of John Dunn, the last surviving member of the Kelly Gang, was placed on display for public curiosity at the Old Butchers Arms Inn after being hanged at Dubbo gaol. Dan Morgan, who was referred to as Mad Dan Morgan because of his wild character, was born in Campbelltown. Morgan terrorised travellers on the Sydney to Melbourne road in North East Victoria long after Ned Kelly had been captured. After being shot dead in the head, Morgan's body was sent to Melbourne for scientific purposes.

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