MACARTHUR REGION - CAMDEN AND CAMPBELLTOWN
For the adventure of a lifetime
Macarthur is a great place to escape to and is within easy driving distance of Sydney, situated an hour southwest of the CBD and airport.
Full of unexpected surprises, the region is surrounded by spectacular scenic hills, nature reserves, and the Georges and Nepean Rivers.
It is a vibrant, bustling area that still retains a country feel.
The combination of a relaxing lifestyle, diverse blend of culture and unique attractions is why more and more people are discovering the Macarthur region and placing it at the top of their ‘must visit’ list.
In Macarthur, you are sure to find an outdoor experience to match your sense of adventure and excitement.
Fly high above the valley in a vintage tiger moth flight or float on cloud nine in a hot air balloon. If you dare, try the thrill of tandem skydiving – no experience necessary, just bring along your fearlessness and adrenalin. If you prefer to stay grounded then why not take to the hills on a leisurely cross-country horse ride, or test your skill levels on the Macarthur region’s first designated mountain biking endurance trail!
Photo Jeremy Buckingham MLC
Rich in history and character, Macarthur was the birthplace of Australia’s wool, wine and wheat industries. Today, these links with the history of the colonial settlement are reflected in a large number of heritage-listed buildings that are still scattered throughout the region.
A relaxing walk down the town’s main streets will reveal just some of the region’s rich array of colonial architecture. Self-guided heritage tours help to bring this history to life. Tour brochures are available from the Visitor Information Centres
Photo Jeremy Buckingham MLC
Macarthur is bordered by scenic hills, nature reserves and the Georges and Nepean Rivers, so if you enjoy a bushwalk or a relaxing picnic – there are plenty of places to escape to.
The region also boasts a range of beautiful public gardens including Koshigaya Park, Macarthur Park, and the Japanese Gardens, as well as a number of scenic cycle tracks.
A must-see attraction is The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. Set on more than 400 hectares of parkland, the Garden features BBQ and picnic facilities, themed gardens, a restaurant, a plant nursery, gift shop, walking tracks, interactive sculptures, mountain biking trail, and guided tours. So much variety all in one place!
Take a step back in time to experience the farming lifestyle of Australia’s early pioneers at Gledswood Homestead. Sit by the stockman’s campfire for billy tea and damper, followed by sheep shearing demonstrations and a working dog show. After this, learn how to throw a boomerang and even crack a whip! Kids will enjoy getting up close to the animals and feeding them!
If gourmet delights are your passion, then Macarthur, home to an array of flavours, will fulfill your dreams. Sample the variety of fresh, modern cuisine that promises to surprise and delight. With more than 100 cafes and restaurants, tempting opportunities to tantalise your taste buds surround you.
Campbelltown Arts Centre and The Cube – Campbelltown Entertainment and Exhibition Centre are the entertainment heart of Macarthur. Many exciting events, performances, concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and expos are held at these venues throughout the year.
Photo One Tree Hill Studios
The Macarthur region’s first-class golf courses and driving ranges are a big drawcard for golfers of all standards. Whether your handicap is in the single figures, or you are just a social player, there are many fantastic courses where you can enjoy a game, afterward head up to the country club and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink.
Macarthur has a growing variety of accommodation choices ranging from luxury hotels with their own restaurants, bars, and conference facilities, through to serviced apartments, family motels, boutique B&Bs, and caravan parks – there is something to suit all needs and budgets.
> Campbelltown Arts Centre
> Japanese Gardens and Teahouse
> Gledswood Homestead
> The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
> Mountain Biking – Enduro Trail
> Fine dining at our many cafes and restaurants
> Horse riding
> Laser Skirmish and paintball
> Joy flights, hot air ballooning and skydiving
> Macarthur Square – shopping, leisure, dining
and entertainment complex
> Boutique shopping and markets
Photo Neil Saunders
15 Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown
Ph (02) 4645 4921, Toll Free: 1800 655 991
Open 7 days, M. to F. 8.30am – 4.30pm, Weekends 10.00am – 4.00pm
John Oxley Cottage,
Camden Valley Way, Elderslie
Ph (02) 4658 1370. Toll Free: 1800 655 991
Open 7 days, 9.30am – 4.00pm