From enthralling contemporary art to outdoor adventures, heritage walks and fun festivals, Campbelltown is a delightful escape. In the historic Macarthur region and near Australia’s biggest botanic garden, you’ll find many wonderful things to do and see an hour from Sydney’s city centre.

Campbelltown Arts Centre celebrates a striking contemporary artistic program, with exhibitions embracing various styles and forms. The permanent collection is mostly post-1950 and includes works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Guan Wei, to name just two of the many famous artists.

The Japanese Gadern and Teahouse, Campbelltown

Stroll around the Sculpture Garden and admire renowned artists’ creations. Enjoy refreshments overlooking the tranquil Japanese Gardens at the Arts Centre Cafe. Nearby is the Campbelltown Visitor Centre, where maps are available for the fascinating Campbelltown Heritage Walk.

The exciting events calendar includes festivals, carnivals and heritage open days at Glenalvon House and Gilburra Estate. For two weeks every November, Campbelltown celebrates the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, a 19th century legend, with dazzling fireworks, a street parade, a carnival and a fair.

Sydney Trail Riding Centre

Bring your mountain bike and explore the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan’s 20km of tracks. You’ll find more trails as well as Aboriginal-guided tours in Dharawal National Park, where O’Hares Creek lookout offers great views. There are horseback adventures too, with Sugarloaf Horse Centre.

Perfect for a short break or a golfing holiday, places to stay suit various budgets. You’ll find delicious restaurants and tempting international cuisines at the Macarthur Night Markets in Mawson Park and Aussie Night Markets at Menangle Park, home of the famous harness-racing Miracle Mile Carnival.

Enjoy wine tasting at Razorback Ridge Wines in Menangle, a picturesque town just southwest of Menangle Park. Pop into Menangle General Store for details on self-guided heritage walks in the historic town. For more tasty adventures, savour gourmet delights at the Fisher’s Ghost Street Fair.