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. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Saturday 24 November 2018 , Campbelltown

    History lovers will be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a bygone era when the beautiful Glenalvon House in the historic Macarthur region opens its doors to the public for free entry on the first Monday; and the second and fourth…

    24 Feb - 24 Nov
  2. Miracle Mile Carnival

    Saturday 24 February 2018 , Campbelltown

    The three day Miracle Mile Carnival culminates in the greatest day of racing on the Australian Harness Racing calendar featuring six Group One races. The carnival starts with the qualifying races for the Miracle Mile. The second night of…

    24 Feb
  3. Cinemania - Lisa Reihana

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018 ,

    Lisa Reihana is an artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu) and British descent who has helped forge the development of time-based and media art in Aotearoa New Zealand. A multimedia artist, Reihana’s practice is driven by collaborat…

    24 Feb - 29 Mar