The Macarthur region includes the townships of Camden, Narellan and Campbelltown, with Camden (the home of Carrington) rated as one of the best suburbs in greater Sydney.
The Macarthur region has so much to offer its residents. Whether you love exploring nature, beautiful scenery, history, shopping, art, markets, live entertainment or dining out, you will be surprised by what Macarthur has available for you.
You can also feel comfortable in knowing that your good health is covered, as Macarthur has state of the art health facilities and some of Sydney’s leading medical specialists.
And if you want something else that isn’t here, Macarthur is only:
- 45 minutes from the City
- 40 minutes to the Airport
- 40 minutes to the South Coast beaches
- 30 minutes to the Southern Highlands
- 40 minutes to the Blue Mountains
Just like Carrington – you will find that Macarthur has all you need, and more than you expected.
Want to know some more? For history buffs
The home farm of John and Elizabeth Macarthur dates back to 1805. Located in a beautiful and picturesque setting, Belgenny Farm includes Belgenny Cottage built in 1820 and is the oldest surviving collection of farm buildings in Australia. Regular events are held throughout the year for the whole family to enjoy and there are also guided group tours into the history of the estate.
Camden Valley Inn
Built in the early 1930s originally as a milk bar, but always as a popular meeting place for locals. The “Camden Vale Inn”, as it was then known, was built to promote the pure and wholesome milk of Camden Park. Today the Inn has changed from milk bar to restaurant and a luxury hotel inn, after being granted its tavern licence in 1989.
The original building of Camden Valley Inn still retains its quaint charm and country friendliness in an atmosphere reminiscent of old England.
For nature lovers
The Australian Botanic Garden
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is Australia’s largest botanic garden with more than 2000 species of native plants. The Garden covers 416 hectares and features picnic areas with BBQs and shelters.
The Garden is the native plant garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, which is also responsible for the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
The Australian Botanic Garden features themed gardens with BBQ and picnic facilities, a café, walking tracks, a plant nursery and gift shop, as well as interactive sculptures such as the Sundial of Human Involvement, the Federation Flower Maze and Jamie Durie’s Room with a View. The Garden is home to the internationally significant scientific research facility, the Australian PlantBank.
The Garden is open every day of the year. Autumn, Winter and Spring the hours are: 8.00am – 5.00pm. Summer, the hours are: 8.00am – 7.00pm.
Dharawal National Park
Dharawal was proclaimed a national park in 2012. Prior to this it operated as a state conservation area and previously was a water catchment area managed by Sydney Water. Seventy years of restricted public access has kept the area largely undisturbed, so the surroundings remain pristine.
At 6,500ha, the park supports a huge range of birds and animals, superb plant life and features tracks to walk or ride and scenic spots to relax.
The park’s landscape is dominated by beautiful dense vegetation and rugged Hawkesbury sandstone. Bushwalks allow the discovery of eucalypt and shale forests, stunted woodlands and windswept heath as well as patches of rainforest and extensive sedge land.
Dharawal National Park is the traditional land of the Dharawal Aboriginal people. Their long connection with this Country, the land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in it feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture and are associated with Dreaming stories and cultural learning that is passed on today. The park protects several ancient Aboriginal sites, including drawings and axe-grinding grooves.
O’Hares Creek catchment, on the Register of the National Estate is home to 17 vulnerable, rare or threatened species, and feeds the park’s eucalypt forest, woodland, heathland, and sedge land habitats. More than 500 plant species occur within the park, providing a home to a wide range of animals, including koalas and long-nosed potoroos, swamp wallabies, eastern wallaroos, New Holland honeyeaters and countless birds.
For art lovers
The Camden Society of Artists
The Camden Society of Artists fosters arts and appreciation of arts. The society regularly hosts a variety of exhibitions, field days, workshops, lessons, drawing and live model classes.
Campbelltown Arts Centre
The Campbelltown Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art facility delivering a broad range of contemporary cultural programs in both the visual and performing arts. The centre features more than 20 exhibitions a year and offers art lovers the following:
- 180 seat performance studio
- Rehearsal studios
- Workshop space
- Exhibition galleries
- Japanese garden and teahouse
- Outdoor scultpure garden
- Outdoor amphitheatre
The centre hosts an annual program of workshops, visual arts, music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, writing and new media.
For garden lovers
Campbelltown Japanese Gardens
The Campbelltown Japanese Gardens celebrate the sister city relationship between Campbelltown and Koshigaya. The gardens were presented to Campbelltown by the citizens of Koshigaya on 10 April, 1988.
The gardens feature a traditional waterfall, koi pond, timber bridge, stonework pathways, flourishing plants and a 16th Century designed teahouse, hand crafted by Japanese craftsmen. The aim of the garden is to obtain quiet solitude. The design represents elegant simplicity, leading to contemplation and heightened awareness.
Camden Community Gardens
Camden Community Garden is a place for gardeners to meet and exchange ideas, bringing together gardeners across a range of ages, abilities and a diverse cultural background.
The Macarthur area offers a range of community markets to suit all tastes and interests, including fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, trash and treasure and much more.
The Camden Fresh Produce Markets are just 5 minutes from Carrington and are held every Saturday with locally grown fruit, veggies, herbs, country style baking, jams, wool products, meat, cheese and fresh flowers. A great way to get your weekly shop and enjoy your morning overlooking beautiful surroundings, the markets are one of the very special things that Camden has to offer residents.
The Cube Entertainment Centre
The CUBE is Campbelltown Catholic Club’s premium entertainment venue. This purpose built facility features state of the art sound and lighting, superb acoustics and a professional stage. The CUBE is the ultimate venue to see a huge range of national and international artists performing live.
Event Cinemas, Campbelltown – an 11-screen cinema complex, including Gold Class and V-max cinemas, offering all the latest movies. Located in Macarthur’s premier dining district, Kellicar Lane, you can dine with friends and family, a short stroll from the cinemas.
Dumaresq Street Cinema, Campbelltown – providing an affordable cinema experience, Dumaresq Street Cinema offers the same low price to all movie-goers at all sessions. This cash-only cinema has an ATM in the foyer.
United Cinemas, Narellan – an 8-screen cinema complex, with all screens featuring Grand Recliner Seating and offering all the latest movies, as well as two large-screen cinemas.
Macarthur Square is the leading retail destination in Sydney’s south west. The centre is home to more than 100 leading fashion names, as well as all of the latest homewares.
Relax in Macarthur’s very own ‘eat street’, Kellicar Lane, providing popular dining and entertainment options to suit everyone. Enjoy Event Cinemas with Gold Class, King Pin Bowling, and a vast choice of restaurant options.
The centre’s $240 million expansion, due for completion in late 2016, will add 45 new specialty stores, a fresh food hall, dining terrace and additional car parking, transforming the centre into the fifth largest shopping centre in the state.
Narellan Town Centre has Big W, Woolworths and Coles plus more than 140 specialty stores including fashion, beauty, fresh and fast food, a wide range of services, beautiful restaurants, cafes and United Cinemas featuring Grand Recliner Seating and 3D. The complex is currently undergoing a major redevelopment with the first stage due to open in November 2016 that will see it triple in size and will include K Mart, more specialty shops, professional suites and a spectacular outdoor food and entertainment area.
Camden Main Street
Take a stroll through boutique retail outlets and gift stores or stop for a coffee or lunch in one of the many street cafes located on this village style main street and enjoy the architecture of some of Sydney’s oldest and most picturesque buildings.