Campbelltown

Mount Annan Botanic Garden, Tourism New South Wales

Population 147460

Campbelltown was founded in 1820 by Governor Macquarie and named after his wife, Elizabeth Campbell. While the town is being engulfed by the urban sprawl of Sydney, it manages to combine the best of two worlds, enjoying the convenience of city living with the rustic charm of 19th-century buildings. It is also the location of the legend of Fisher's ghost. In 1826 an ex-convict, Frederick Fisher, disappeared. Another ex-convict, George Worrell, claimed that Fisher had left town, leaving him in charge of Fisher's farm. A farmer claimed to have seen the ghost of Fisher pointing at the creek bank where his body was subsequently found. Worrell was tried and hanged for Fisher's murder.

Visitor Information

15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown; (02) 4645 4921 or 1800 655 991

www.macarthur.com.au

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In Town

Campbelltown Arts Centre Visitors can see, explore and participate in art-creation at this interactive centre. Exhibitions are diverse and include local, regional, national and international shows of art and craft. Behind the gallery is a sculpture garden established in 2001 as a Centenary of Federation project. New permanent sculptures are added to the garden on a regular basis. Adjacent to the gallery is the Koshigaya-tei Japanese Teahouse and Garden, a bicentennial gift to the people of Campbelltown from its sister city, Koshigaya. The garden is a peaceful area with a waterfall, koi pond and timber bridge, perfect for picnics and tranquil contemplation. Art Gallery Rd; (02) 4645 4100.

Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre: formerly St Patrick's, the first Catholic school in Australia, displays include early world maps, desks, inkwells, canes and curriculums (1840); Old Menangle Rd.

Museum of the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society: display of historic farm equipment and household goods on 1st Mon, 2nd Sat and 3rd Mon each month, 10am–1pm Feb to mid-Dec, or by appt; 8 Lithgow St.

Self-guided heritage walks: take in numerous historic buildings including St Peter's Church (1823), Emily Cottage (1840) and Fisher's Ghost restaurant, formerly Kendall's Millhouse (1844); leaflet from visitor centre.

Nearby

Mt Annan Botanic Garden Australia's largest botanic garden is a striking 400 ha garden with 20 km of walking trails. Attractions include two ornamental lakes with picnic areas, a nursery, an arboretum, themed gardens, the rare and endangered plants garden and the banksia garden. The botanic garden is a haven to over 160 bird species and mammals such as the wallaroo and swamp wallaby. The human sundial allows visitors to tell the time by standing in its centre and raising their arms. Guided tours are available; (02) 4648 2477; 3 km W.

Sugarloaf Horse Centre: heritage-listed site with amazing views and trail-rides for all skill levels; (02) 4625 9565; 2.2 km SW.

Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living: showcasing sustainable homes, gardens and lifestyles. To promote sustainable living, the centre is entirely self-sufficient. Regular workshops are also held throughout the year; (02) 4647 9828; 3 km W.

Steam and Machinery Museum: history of Australia's working past, including interactive displays; Menangle Rd; 5 km SW.

Menangle: small town featuring a historic homestead (1834) and The Store (1904), an old-style country store with everything from antiques to ice-creams, and the Menangle Railway Bridge (1863), the colony's first iron bridge; 9 km SW.

Eschol Park House: grand colonial home (1820) set in landscaped gardens; 15 km N.

Appin: historic coalmining town with a monument to Hume and Hovell (who began their 1824 expedition to Port Phillip from this district). Also weekend markets in 10 locations (leaflet available from visitor centre) and a celebration of Scottish links through the Highland Gathering and Pioneer Festival each Nov; 16 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Port Hacking 27 km

In my youth, bream was a species anglers sought to put food on the table. It was a ‘kill it and fillet’ favourite. Both yellowfin and black bream fought well, but the sedentary nature of bait fishing –... Find out more


Botany Bay 36 km

Recently I fished a hot-water outlet alongside the Kurnell refinery pier in Botany Bay, a few hundred metres from a monument dedicated to Captain James Cook’s landing in Australia in April 1770. A year before,... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching trip by boat 40 km

Being out on a heaving sea all day with a flock of keen birdwatchers could be some people’s worst nightmare, but any nature lover should enjoy the experience – at least once anyway. There is the chance to... Find out more


Taronga Zoo 47 km

One of the world’s best zoos, Taronga is involved in a wide variety of threatened species recovery operations, wildlife rehabilitation and animal research work. As well as having a great day by Sydney Harbour,... Find out more


Kayaking in Sydney 48 km

Surprisingly, this activity has only taken off in Sydney in the past few years. With a city centred on such great waterways, there is plenty to explore, whether just for an hour or two, or a whole week. Sydney Harbour... Find out more


Bushwalking in and around Sydney 59 km

Surprisingly, Sydney does offer some superb bushwalking through secluded bushland. Aboriginal engraving and art sites are quite common, and many are not publicised, simply leaving you to discover them, appreciate them,... Find out more


The Great North Walk 60 km

Although it links two of Australia’s most populated cities, Sydney and Newcastle, and passes through some beautiful bushland, the Great North Walk does not get the foot traffic you might expect. A 250-kilometre,... Find out more


Ice-climbing 61 km

In winter, the frozen cliffs around Blue Lake provide one of the only places in Australia to learn and perfect the art of ice-climbing. Multi-day courses involve a hike in with heavy packs, and camping out in the... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Macquarie Links International Golf Club 11 km

Shanghai, Guam, Bali, Sabah, Bangkok, Singapore, Alaska, Hawaii; American course designer Robin Nelson has spent much of the past 30 years travelling from one exotic destination to another, putting his next project in... Find out more


Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club 27 km

As a globetrotting professional golfer of the 1970s and ’80s, Graham Marsh won more than 60 titles across five continents. The key to his success was his approach to the game. Every shot was thoughtfully... Find out more


Concord Golf Club 36 km

From the very first days that golf was played in New South Wales, the name Concord has been part of the landscape. Established in 1899, golf began on the current site – on a layout designed by Dan Soutar, who... Find out more


The Lakes Golf Club 40 km

The Lakes is one of Sydney’s iconic golf courses, a regular venue for big championships – including the Australian Open – during its 82-year history. Yet since the late 1960s, when the course was... Find out more


New South Wales Golf Club 41 km

Few courses anywhere can rival New South Wales for its array of fascinating and spectacularly natural seaside holes. Laid out across sometimes dramatic, undulating topography on the La Perouse peninsula – with... Find out more


Castle Hill Country Club 41 km

Back in 1821, Irishman George Acres received a land grant and is understood to have planted Australia’s first citrus trees. He planted them on the land where the fairways of Castle Hill Country Club now weave... Find out more


The Australian Golf Club 41 km

With a rich history dating back to the first days of organised golf in Australia, The Australian is the country’s oldest formal golf club. It was established in 1882 but didn’t find a permanent home at... Find out more


St Michael’s Golf Club 41 km

St Michael’s has for a long time been one of Sydney’s most underrated courses. Perhaps sharing a boundary with the world-famous New South Wales Golf Club hasn’t helped. Yet St Michael’s covers... Find out more


The Coast Golf Club 42 km

The Coast certainly has the right address to be considered a golfing gem. Its closest neighbours on this stunning stretch of Sydney coastline are St Michael’s Golf Club to the south and, beyond that, the... Find out more


Avondale GOLF CLUB 46 km

When 19th-hole conversation turns to discussing the best places to play golf in Sydney, one course often slips under the radar. Avondale Golf Club quite rightly ranks among the harbour city’s finest courses. Yet... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Green Gourmet 40 km

These totally vegan restaurants have fascinating dishes including mock fish, made from taro, mushroom steaks and desserts such as green tea moon cake.... Find out more


Billy Kwong 43 km

This up-market restaurant in Surry Hills claims to have been the first restaurant in New South Wales that chose to become carbon neutral. Owned and run by passionate advocate of sustainability and ethical eating Kylie... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Tooheys Brewery 33 km

Tooheys remains the last of Sydney’s long-running mainstream breweries still currently operating. Founders James and John Toohey were cattle farmers before they entered the beer game, buying the Darling Brewery (it... Find out more


Paddy's Brewery 34 km

There may be more unlikely venues for a craft brewery but, offhand, I can’t think of one. The Markets Hotel is a 24-hour pub opposite Sydney’s Flemington fresh produce market, where you’re more likely... Find out more


Five Islands Brewing Company 38 km

Started by local Illawarra rugby league legend Michael Bolt in 2001, the Five Islands Brewing Company has travelled a markedly different course to most other craft-beer enterprises. FIBC began life as a beachside bar and... Find out more


St Peters Brewery 39 km

Matt Donelan is someone who marches to a different drum from most other craftbrewers. He doesn’t have a website or own a mobile phone and doesn’t believe in cardboard packaging. He matches his keg prices... Find out more


Malt Shovel Brewery 39 km

US-born Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn has enjoyed two separate craft-beer careers over two decades, operating out of the same Camperdown brewery. In the late ’80s he opened it as the independent Hahn Brewery,... Find out more


Schwartz Brewery 43 km

Tucked away in the basement of the heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills, this 8-hectolitre microbrewery is the hub of a burgeoning craft-beer empire run by owner Dr Jerry Schwartz. Apart from supplying the pub,... Find out more


Redoak Brewery 43 km

Redoak burst onto the craft-beer scene by winning a swag of medals at the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards before they had sold even a single drop. And they have continued to collect an impressive array of... Find out more


Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 43 km

Sydney’s longest-running brew-pub is many things rolled into one fine watering hole – an institution for ale lovers, a tourist magnet and a haven for homesick Poms. The historic sandstone pub is as comfy as a... Find out more


Campsites around town

Lake Eckersley camping area (walk-in camping) 15 km

There are 2 camping sites here, near Lake Eckersley in the middle of the park, with enough room for up to 6 campers. You’ll need to be self-sufficient in food and drinking water. Take a good map with you. Note:... Find out more


Mirang Pool camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

This is slightly larger than the other camping grounds in the park, with 4 campsites accommodating up to 12 people in total. Make sure you’re self-sufficient in food and water, with a good map. Note: fires... Find out more


Kingfisher Pool camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

On the Bullawaring Track in the middle of the park, this campsite is a fair walk in. It’s only for self-sufficient campers carrying decent maps. Note: fires prohibited; gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more


Uloola Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 21 km

The medium–difficult Uloola Falls Walking Track (11 km, 3 hr) is the only way in to this camping ground. The track can be accessed from Heathcote, Engadine or Waterfall, all of which are reachable by train. Make... Find out more


Bents Basin camping area 22 km

You can get to the camping area by following Wolstenholme Ave off Greendale Rd from Wallacia. There are short walks from here to a lookout and the basin. It’s well equipped and includes an amenities block with hot... Find out more


North Era camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 26 km

On the stunning 26 km Coast Track (2 days, medium difficulty), this is a walk-in bush campsite with 12 sites. You’ll need to be self-sufficient; bring food and drinking water with you. Wood fires are not permitted.... Find out more


Bonnie Vale camping area 30 km

There are 74 sites here and it’s the only designated camping ground that’s accessible by vehicle. To reach it, take the Bundeena Rd from Bundeena and turn onto Seabreeze La. Note: fires are not permitted;... Find out more


Euroka Campground 35 km

This camping region, near the lovely Nepean River Gorge, can be reached via Bruce Rd in Glenbrook. It comprises 5 camping areas: Appletree Flat, Redgum, Nioka, Bennets Ridge and Durag. Note that the access gate is locked... Find out more


Corrimal Beach Tourist Park 36 km

Located on gorgeous Corrimal Beach, 5 km north of Wollongong, Corrimal Beach Tourist Park offers everything from tent sites through to standard, beachside and mountain-view spa cabins. Facilities include laundry, camp... Find out more


Lane Cove River Tourist Park 44 km

You’ll find this topnotch park accommodation on Plassey Rd, off Delhi Rd in North Ryde. The 545 bus from Chatswood train station will drop you off at the corner. Ensuite and family cabins are available, as well as... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Bulli Beach Tourist Park 32 km

This popular, council-owned holiday park adjoins a patrolled beach with beach pools. In a quiet area, this place will appeal to families or those just spending a few peaceful days out of the holiday season.... Find out more


Corrimal Beach Tourist Park 36 km

A council-owned beachside park on the north side of Wollongong, this place has good amenities and is a popular holiday destination. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Lane Cove River Tourist Park 44 km

Despite being the closest caravan park to Sydney (just 10 km away), this place has a bush setting. Adjoining the Lane Cove River, the park has lovely treed areas and good facilities. A regular bus service operates to the... Find out more


Sydney Hills Holiday Park 46 km

This is a quality park in the north-western suburbs and can be easily accessed from the M7 through Sydney’s west. The well-designed park has a very good shop and is in a nice area. It is ideal for a holiday base in... Find out more


Windang Beach Tourist Park 52 km

This is a council-owned, popular beachside holiday park located on the south side of Wollongong, next to Lake Illawarra. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at these times.... Find out more


Mittagong Caravan Park 53 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more


Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 56 km

This caravan park is in a quiet location on the beachfront, adjoining the beachside baths. The shops, including some eateries, are just a short stroll away. While pets are allowed, only small dogs are permitted. This is... Find out more


Katoomba Falls Caravan Park 61 km

Located in a quiet off-highway location, this neat well-appointed park is very close to Katoomba’s cable car and scenic railway. It is an ideal park for a few days stay to explore the area. Bookings are required in... Find out more


BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park 61 km

This is our pick of Sydney’s caravan parks. It is a large, grassy park on the banks of Narrabeen Lake and just a short stroll from the beach. It is located in a quiet area on the north shore, away from the city... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Campbelltown Colonial 
Motor Inn

History buffs will enjoy the history surrounding this motel: the double-storey sandstone building was built in 1816 as the barn for a colourful local character, John Warby, as part of his original 260-acre property.... Find out more


Rydges Hotel and Resort

The only hotel in town, this chic and contemporary place is a sprawling complex with 116 guest rooms, right in the heart of Campbelltown’s arts and entertainment quarter. It has all the expected modern... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Bunjaree Cottages, Wentworth Falls 55 km

Great for families, Bunjaree Cottages have been designed to make a small environmental footprint, with full solar power and earth-brick insulation. One is built with recycled car tyres and mud, providing even better... Find out more


Old Leura Dairy 60 km

This creative collection of six buildings, which can sleep up to 30 people in various combinations, has been renovated and fitted out with all manner of recycled bits and bobs. There are old oven doors, rusted corrugated... Find out more


What's on around town

Ingleburn Festival: Mar.

Autumn Harvest Food and Wine Fair: Mar/Apr.

Festival of Fisher's Ghost: Nov.

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