Population 3025

Located in the foothills of the Southern Highlands, Picton was once a thriving town, but since the re-routing of the Hume Highway it has become a peaceful and well-preserved village. Originally gazetted as Stonequarry, the town was renamed after Thomas Picton, one of Wellington's generals at the battle of Waterloo.

Visitor Information

Wollondilly Visitor Centre, Old Post Office, cnr Argyle and Menangle sts; (02) 4677 8313


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In Town

George IV Inn and Scharer's Brewery This is one of Australia's oldest operating inns. It only serves beer from its own brewery made from its own original German recipe (one of only a few pub breweries in the country) and has meals and regular entertainment. Argyle St; (02) 4677 1415.

Picton Botanical Gardens: quiet rural park with views over the farmland, barbecues and picnic facilities; Regreme Rd.

Self-guide historical walk: includes the splendid railway viaduct (1862) over Stonequarry Creek, and St Mark's Church (1848).

Ghost tours: local pioneer ghost tour and tales with supper or 2-course meal. Bookings essential (02) 4677 2044.


Thirlmere This quiet and attractive town is best known for its NSW Rail Transport Museum. The complex offers steam-train rides on the 1st and 3rd Sun of each month (except in summer when the diesel trains run). The Festival of Steam is held here in Mar, and includes market stalls and street parade. 5 km SW. Thirlmere Lakes National Park (a further 3 km SW) protects 5 reed-fringed freshwater lakes that are home to waterbirds and other wildlife. This is a great place for swimming, picnicking and canoeing, and there is a scenic walk around the lakes.

Jarvisfield Homestead: 1865 home of pioneer landowners, now the clubhouse of Antill Park Golf Club; Remembrance Dr; 2 km N.

Sydney Skydiving Centre: catering for beginners and experienced skydivers with video-viewing facilities and a picnic and barbecue area; (02) 9791 9155; 5 km E.

Maldon Suspension Bridge: bungee jumping; 5 km SE.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary: native flora and fauna including Dingo Sanctuary, with regular events and twilight tours. Overnight cabins are available. Closed Mon; inquiries (02) 4684 1112; 13 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Port Hacking 47 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching trip by boat 38 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

Golf courses around town

Macquarie Links International Golf Club 32 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 39 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

Nearby breweries

Five Islands Brewing Company 37 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

Campsites around town

Bents Basin camping area 26 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

Starlights Trail camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 28 km

This is essentially a bush-camping site by the Nattai River, reached via the 12 km return Starlights Trail, which begins and ends in the carpark at the end of Wattle Ridge Rd. It’s a strenuous walk for experienced,... Find out more

Kingfisher Pool camping area (walk-in camping) 33 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

Lake Eckersley camping area (walk-in camping) 34 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) 35 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

Government Town camping area 36 km

Government Town camping area is in Yerranderie, a unique, NPWS-owned ghost town restored from its 1900s heyday, when it had a booming population of 3000 people. The town is on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, so... 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

Private Town camping area 37 km

This camping area is situated, as its name implies, in a private town: Yerranderie, a restored silver-mining village that once rang with the voices of 3000 residents. The campground is well equipped – there’s... Find out more

Uloola Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 40 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

Euroka Campground 41 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

Caravan parks around town

Mittagong Caravan Park 34 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

Bulli Beach Tourist Park 34 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

Windang Beach Tourist Park 47 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

Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 48 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 51 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Dreamcatcher Lodge B&B

Perched high on a ridge, Dreamcatcher Lodge is a stunning red cedar lodge with a cluster of guest rooms, each with its own theme. The pick of the guest rooms is without a doubt The Loft, with its own private lounge,... Find out more

White Waratah Retreat

White Waratah Retreat is a rustic guesthouse brimming with comfort and charm. This family-owned-and-operated business provides 28 guest rooms in a variety of styles, including spa and family rooms. There is an on-site... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordon VC rest area 51 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.

What's on around town

Brush with the Bush: art festival; Oct.

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