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