Heritage at Camden
Visit Macarthur Park, which opened in 1906. Highlights include the heritage rose gardens, wisteria walks and a tribute to Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow who, with her husband, helped establish Australia's wool, wheat and wine industries.
Located less than an hour's drive from the centre of Sydney, Camden is a unique blend of country and suburban living with roots in Australia’s earliest agricultural history.
Camden was settled by British army officer John Macarthur in 1805, who created a thriving wool industry in the area. Smaller farms and a town quickly grew to support the industry.
Macarthur’s original residence - Belgenny Farm House on Camden Park Estate - boasts the largest and most-intact colonial gardens in the country. Both are open to the public with educational and environmental tours taking place throughout the week.
The Camden Historical Museum is a fantastic collection of local artefacts spanning the area’s colonial and Aboriginal history, while heritage rose gardens and war memorials can be found at Macarthur Park.
Thrill-seekers will love the Enduro Trail at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan for its three diverse mountain bike trails. Punters can also play a round of golf at Camden Golf Club on a championship course in the beautiful Camden Valley.
Aside from wool, the area was also an important centre for early winegrowers and many of the original homesteads and wineries are still open to the public. Taste the pinot at Gledswood Homestead or head to Fussy Grape Winery to sample some of their signature sauvignon blanc.
To complete your rural experience, Sydney Horse Riding Centre is located in the beautiful Gledswood Hills and offers a variety of experiences, including lessons, pony rides and parties, and individual and group horse rides.