Beyond Sydney: Macarthur District

The region, to the south west of sydney, geographically forms the foothills between the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands regions. It is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Sydney metropolitan area, with many new modern suburbs sprouting up in recent decades. The region is generally regarded as the area where the city of Sydney meets rural countryside of regional New South Wales. It is perfect for day trips out of Sydney, and it is reached by driving south east out of Sydney along the Hume Highway.

Train Timetable Local Regional Guide



A thriving administrative centre for the Macarthur district on the south-west outskirts of the Sydney metropolitan area, it is easy to forget that Campbelltown was berthed in the formative years of the colony of New South Wales. The area was originally inhabited by the Tharawal people. The old town centre, as laid down by Macquarie, is still the main commercial area.


An historic town and centre within the Macarthur Region, Camden is the location of research facilities for the veterinary and agricultural schools of the University of Sydney. Camden Historical Museum, at the rear of the Public Library, John Street, Camden, documents the history of Camden and the Macarthur district.

Georges River Nature Res.

Though it does not have the same profile as the Parramatta River, the Gorges River, which flows through Sydney southern and south western suburbs before emptying into Botany Bay, has remained a popular and much loved waterway for those who live around it. In the early days it was the main highway to the Macarthur region, and was used to carry goods to and from the region, while downstream its oyster beds provided oysters for the tables of Sydney.


A small village in the Macarthur district, Menangle is 69 km south east of Sydney. The village is serviced by the Menangle railway station. The station is on the NSW Trainlink Southern Highlands line. Menangle has several heritage-listed buildings. These include Camden Park House, The Menangle Store, the Rotolactor, and the Menangle Railway Viaduct.


Ingleburn, a suburb of Sydney in the Macarthur region, is located approximately half way between the two commercial centres of Liverpool and Campbelltown 44 km south-west of Sydney. There are numerous bushland reserve in and around Ingleburn along the banks of the Georges River, which forms its eastern boundary.


Established in 1810, Appin is the oldest town in the Wollondilly, and one of the first villages in regional New South Wales. Some of the first land grants here can still be seen in the names of the farms on the right hand side of the road from Campbelltown. This land has been farmed continually for almost 190 years - for wheat, barley, and vegetables in the earliest days, and later dairying and fodder for horses.

Nattai National Park

Protects Sydneys water supply with pristine bushland and wilderness areas. Minimum-impact bushwalking and bushcamping are permitted, except in the 3 km zone around Lake Burragorang. Walks through wilderness require topographic map and compass, and all walkers should be experienced and well equipped. Notify the Nattai office before setting out.


With beautiful historic buildings, tranquil atmosphere and lush country views, Cobbitty is nestled on the Nepean River and is a low density residential, picturesque village. At the southern end of the village, bordering the Nepean River is Camden Airport, a site for gliding and skydiving. Cobbitty has a winery, Cobbitty Wines.


The suburb of Minto is located 48 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the suburban corridor between Liverpool and Campbelltown. Bull Cave, near the Georges River, is one of the most historically significant examples of Aboriginal rock art in the Sydney region. As well as kangaroos, human figures and 11 mundoes (footprints) in red ochre, the cave paintings here depict a group of large mammals which resemble bulls.

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