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.