With fine colonial buildings, Picton is a rural delight 90 minutes’ drive southwest of Sydney’s city centre and 45 minutes northwest of Wollongong. You’ll be charmed by the cafes, shops and markets in this beautiful historic town near World Heritage wilderness and other enchanting heritage towns.

You can pick up maps and friendly tips on all the marvellous things to do and see in and around Picton from the Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre. There are wonderful self-guided walking tours and notable heritage architecture, including beautifully restored colonial homesteads.

The old post office in Picton, now the Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre, Picton

Places to stay suit various budgets and include the colonial homestead Pepper Tree Ridge. You’ll find a colonial cottage and other options at Mowbray Park Farmstay, a working farm with plenty of fun activities such as horseriding and cycling. Kids will love the pony rides and feeding farm animals.

Enjoy country hospitality too at the Picton Hotel and the George IV Inn, which traces its history back to 1839. The heritage-listed Jarvisfield House, built in the 1860s by grazier John Macquarie Antill, is the clubhouse of the Antill Park Country Golf Club. After a round of golf, savour lunch in the bistro.

Canoeing on Crocodile Creek at Mowbray Park Farm Stay, Picton

Other heritage attractions include St Mark’s Anglican Church, designed by the famous colonial architect Edmund Blacket. The picturesque sandstone Picton Railway Viaduct over Stonequarry Creek was constructed from 1863 to 1867 – you can still travel by train from Sydney to Picton.

Bring your bicycle and pedal in the tranquil countryside. Picton Botanical Gardens is perfect for walking and cycling too, with a 9km path. You can drive or cycle to Thirlmere and on to World Heritage-listed Thirlmere Lakes National Park, a popular spot for bushwalking, kayaking and picnics.

The rich soil around Picton supports various agricultural enterprises. You can buy fresh local produce at the Creative Traders Market, on the first Sunday of the month from February to December. Check out the events calendars for more fun things to do and see, such as the Picton Rodeo in January.


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  1. The Ultimate Karting Experience

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Saturday 29 February 2020 , Picton

    From ages seven and up. If you’re looking for an exhilarating go karting experience? Picton Karting Track has the answer. It’s Fast, Safe and Seriously Fun. With a fully equipped 640 metre outdoor track, nine corners and a challenging…

    28 Mar - 29 Feb
  2. Barefoot Bowls

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Wednesday 19 February 2020 , Picton

    Barbecue area available for one off fee. Packages are available for catering and bowls. Call for more information. Fun in the sun without having to worry about cooking!…

    28 Mar - 19 Feb
  3. Creative Traders Market at Picton

    Sunday 07 April 2019 to Sunday 02 June 2019 , Picton

    Picton Markets are temporarily closed until further notice. Come on down to the Creative Traders Markets and purchase fresh local produce direct from the farmer, hand made goods produced locally, fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood,…

    07 Apr - 02 Jun