Located in the far south-west of Greater Sydney, Camden is a historic suburb named after John Macarthur’s property, Camden Park Estate. It’s transformed from a rural town into part of Sydney’s urban sprawl, with large residential developments surrounding its cluster of historic buildings. Camden is home to stately churches and 19th-century cottages, as well as a leafy park granted to the town by John Macarthur.
Things to do
Begin your visit at the mid-19th-century Camden Library, which is home to the Camden Historical Museum. Learn about the town’s establishment while browsing the vintage clothing, uniforms and furnishings on display, much of which has been donated by local residents. The museum also features a small collection of Aboriginal artefacts, with modern-day Camden originally home to the Gandangara, Muringong and Tharawal people.
From the Camden Library, follow the Historic Walk to admire some of the town’s most impressive buildings, including the 1857 Court House and the Camden Police Station that was built in 1878. Several cottages are also of note, including the Gothic Revival-style “Macaria” and Camden Cottage, a Georgian-style residence that’s believed to be the first home built in the town.
Don’t miss a visit to Camden Park House, a heritage-listed working farm where John Macarthur developed his ideas about grazing merino sheep. You can join a guided tour to explore the period-furnished residence and extensive gardens while learning about the agricultural innovations that have taken place here.
Camden is around one hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD and 45 minutes from Sydney Airport, with bus the main means of accessing the suburb. The town centre is easily explored on foot while having your own vehicle is best for accessing the Camden Park Estate.