As the hub of south west Sydney, Campbelltown is its cultural heart, home to a first-rate arts precinct that champions contemporary art. Being on the outskirts of Sydney means that outdoor adventures abound, from heritage walks to Australia’s biggest botanic garden, there's so much to discover.
Things to do
Campbelltown Arts Centre features a multidisciplinary program that commissions contemporary artists across mediums including performance, live art and emergent practices. The permanent collection is mostly post-1950 and includes works by prominent artists including Guan Wei and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Stroll around the Sculpture Garden, part of the arts centre, which has permanent and changing exhibitions before stopping to refuel at the Arts Centre Café overlooking the tranquil Japanese Gardens. Nearby, the Campbelltown Visitor Centre gives out maps to the self-guided Campbelltown Heritage Walk which takes in local colonial history.
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan’s covers 416 hectares, which includes 20km of mountain biking tracks. Dharawal National Park has more trails, well as Aboriginal-guided tours and views for days at O’Hares Creek lookout. If horseback adventures are more to your liking, head to Sugarloaf Horse Centre.
There are lots of other activities, plus an exciting events calendar which 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.
Eat & drink
There's a range of delicious restaurants in the area, including Kyubi Modern Asian Dining at the Campbelltown Catholic Club. On the first and third Friday of the month, eat al fresco at the Macarthur Night Markets in Mawson Park and monthly Aussie Night Markets at Menangle Park and enjoy wine tasting at Razorback Ridge Wines in Menangle.