The Macarthur Region is just 40 minutes drive south west of Sydney, situated on
the Georges River and Upper Nepean Water Catchment and spans some 3,067 square
kilometres. The Georges and Nepean Rivers flows through a region that provide
visitors with great natural escarpments of gorges, ranges and plains, flora,
fauna, trails and walking tracks.
By taking the opportunity to enjoy the guided
bushwalking tours, will bring the visitor face-to-face with a culture that spans
over 40,000 years old. It is here that the original indigenous people, the Tharawal,
left their mark in the from
of cave paintings, rock engravings, axe grinding grooves and shell middens.
After European settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788, the colonys entire herd of
cattle of four cows and two bulls, strayed from their enclosure and were deemed
lost. Then in 1795, in the region between the Nepean and Georges Rivers, a herd
of 61 cattle were discovered. This region was to become known as the Cowpastures and became a restricted area to provide ongoing protection for the
In 1803 John Macarthur was granted 5,000 acres at Cowpastures from where he
began grazing Merino sheep, and from whence the region became known as the
Encompassing the Local Government Areas of
Campbelltown, Camden and
Wollondilly, the beautiful Macarthur region combines modern cosmopolitan city life in
Campbelltown to historic towns such as Camden. In this rural country
region, you can enjoy a leisurely pace whilst taking in the heritage that is
evident in the rich array of colonial architecture. Then enjoy something more
adventurous such as hot air ballooning, sky-diving, go-karting, horse riding,
and much more.
For those seeking back to nature activities, their are a number of nature
reserves and bushwalks that take in rock escarpments, rivers and breath taking
Check out our listing of
Macarthur Region accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.