Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Camden arts and culture
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.
Arts and Culture in Camden
Want to head to a relaxing town on the city's fringe for a retreat? Camden is a rustic country town nestled on the south-western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area. Visit Camden on a day trip from Sydney, or stay the night and enjoy local accommodation and restaurants.
Learn about the area's history of wine, wheat and wool production at the Camden Historical Museum or go on a tour. through the oldest collection of farm buildings in the country at Belgenny Farm. The farm was built by convicts and features many beautiful rural Georgian buildings.
The Macarthur Food Tour is a great way to explore the countryside and enjoy the local produce. Start your tour with a coffee, then visit local markets and producers for fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, olives and wine.
If you're feeling creative, join Camden and Macarthur Photography Tours to capture the beauty of the bush and local historical buildings. You can also visit Artsnic Gallery and Camden Society of Artists for the latest exhibitions of local works.
Go on a leisurely stroll around the town to check out its weathered buildings and stop for lunch at one of the aged establishments on Argyle Street. Make sure you keep an eye out for the produce, crafts and fine food markets held regularly in the area on alternating Saturdays.
Restaurants and wineries
The restaurants in Camden offer great food, and you can choose between family-friendly or more romantic options. Trattoria La Vigna is an Italian restaurant set among the vines in a winery a perfect place to unwind after a day of wine tasting. You can also try local wines at The Fussy Grape Winery.
This entirely self-sufficient centre showcases sustainable homes and gardens with the goal of promoting sustainable living. It's a great place to visit with the family and learn how to live in harmony with nature.