Appin

The historic town of Appin dates back to 1811. Named after a Scottish village, Appin is an hour’s drive southwest of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and home to the picturesque Cataract Dam, one of Australia’s oldest dams. You’ll discover colonial heritage and an important Aboriginal memorial.

Bring your mountain bike, too. The 10B cycling trail in Dharawal National Park begins at the Appin Road entrance of this beautiful wilderness that protects a number of special indigenous sites. The 15km track follows an unsealed road through open forest and woodlands along a sandstone ridge.

 Dharawal National Park, Appin

The fifth village in the colony, Appin retains fascinating colonial buildings and ruins such as Windmill Hill. In Appin Public School is the first public school built under Father of Federation Henry Parkes’ 1866 Public Schools Act. There are colonial churches dating back to the first half of the 19th century.

Stroll in the town and admire the heritage, and then stop for a hearty meal and a cool drink at the Appin Hotel, a lovely country pub with a wide verandah and enchanting beer garden. You can enjoy live music on most Saturday nights and the bistro is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Cataract Dam, Appin

Experience the natural beauty of the area on a scenic drive to Douglas Park, a charming town a short drive northwest of Appin and near a popular kayaking spot on the Nepean River. Just south of Appin is Cataract Dam, Australia’s largest engineering project at the time of construction – 1902 to 1907.

Near the dam wall and picnic area is the Appin Massacre Memorial to the Aboriginal people killed by British troops on April 17, 1816. A memorial ceremony for the Aboriginal people who died in 1816 is held every year on the Sunday nearest to April 17 and is followed by a barbecue in the picnic area.

You can walk across the dam wall for spectacular views of the river and water catchment. The dam wall stands 56 metres and a castle-like sandstone building sits on top. Appin is 18 minutes’ drive south of Campbelltown and half an hour from the beaches of Wollongong, NSW’s third-largest city.

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  1. Wests Kids Summer Disco

    Tuesday 15 January 2019 to Monday 21 January 2019 , Campbelltown

    It’s time for the Summer Kids Disco held in the Wests Auditorium. Entry includes the favourites including singing, dancing, games and a variety of prizes to be won. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This event is…

    15 Jan - 21 Jan
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    Tuesday 22 January 2019 to Tuesday 25 June 2019 , Campbelltown

    Enjoy a day at the trots, visit the outstanding track and facilities. The racing precinct has everything to accommodate every enthusiasts needs and offers a wide range of options for the general public right through to the corporate…

    22 Jan - 25 Jun
  3. Notice of Motion

    Tuesday 22 January 2019 to Sunday 13 October 2019 , Campbelltown

    This exhibition brings together works from the Campbelltown City Council permanent collection selected by the Councillors of Campbelltown. Referencing a common phrase used by Concillors at Council Meetings, a ‘Notice of Motion’ is a…

    22 Jan - 13 Oct