A place full of historical charm, modern conveniences and lively entertainment, there’s something for everyone in Campbelltown. Appreciate the picturesque surrounds on a bushwalk, mountain bike adventure or hot-air balloon ride. Discover contemporary art, Indigenous and colonial heritage, and Australia’s largest botanic garden, in this bustling centre on the southwestern outskirts of Sydney.
Things to do
The impressive Campbelltown Arts Centre is the area’s major cultural venue, featuring a calendar of exhibitions and performances, across contemporary visual arts, dance, music, live art and emergent practices. The permanent collection includes works by prominent artists such as Guan Wei and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Part of the arts centre, stroll around the Sculpture Garden, which showcases permanent and changing sculptural exhibitions, before stopping at the Arts Centre Café, which overlooks the tranquil Japanese Gardens. For colonial history, pick up a map for the self-guided Campbelltown Heritage and Cultural Walk from the nearby Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre.
On the doorstep of Campbelltown, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan covers 416 hectares and includes 20km of mountain biking tracks. Dharawal National Park has more nature tracks, as well as and panoramic views from O’Hares Creek lookout. If horseback adventures are more your style, head to Sydney Horse Riding Centre.
There are many more attractions in Campbelltown such as mini golf, a skate park, golf course and local favourite Dumaresq Street Cinemas, where you can catch a movie for just $7.50 every day of the week. There’s also a jam-packed events calendar, which includes festivals, markets and heritage open days at Glenalvon House and Gilburra Estate. In November, Campbelltown celebrates the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, a 19th-century legend, with dazzling fireworks, a street parade, carnival and fair.
Eat & drink
There are many great restaurants in the area, including Hermitage Restaurant and Bar, Mama's Polynesian Soulfood and Kyubi Modern Asian Dining. On the first and third Friday of the month, eat al fresco at the Macarthur Night Markets in Mawson Park.
For fantastic coffee, head to Alkalizer, Dahlia’s Café or Seta’s Café, which is decorated with a number of murals, one by Australian artist Le Grizz. Learn about the region’s winemaking talents at Razorback Ridge Wines in Menangle or Gledswood Homestead and Winery in nearby Camden.
Campbelltown is a 1hr drive southwest of Sydney's city centre and 40min by car from Sydney Airport. There are regular train services to Campbelltown for travellers coming from the Southern Highlands, the Greater Sydney region and Sydney Airport.