Camden is an historic, but large town now, that lies south of Sydney is one of a group of towns and now communities that have retained their historic heritage. The visitor quickly delights in this revelation. Old, from an historic perspective, or renovations that are numerous Buildings of all types, parks and people make for a magic ‘city’ environment. Nearly the best of all worlds except Camden is now a suburb of Sydney.

Explorers first visited the area in 1795 and named it 'Cowpastures' after a herd of cattle that had disappeared was discovered there. In February 1805, Governor King instructed (apparently reluctantly) a surveyor to measure 5,000 acres (20 km˛) for John Macarthur at Cowpastures, where Macarthur had been Promised Land by the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, Lord Camden. Macarthur named his property Camden Park in honour of his sponsor. As the saying goes the rest is history.

The churches in Camden are really terrific century plus old and preserved buildings. Classic design from the era.

The War Memorial located at Macarthur Park is a first rate acknowledgement.

The Museum at Camden is opposite the civic centre.

The hotels that have survived are commendably renovated pubs and are doing the town proud.

Camden is a delightful place and is a must heritage visit. An overnighter or day visit is recommended.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course