While the influence of John and Elizabeth Macarthur and dynastic Camden Park dominate this stretch of the Nepean flood plain which is rightfully lionised as the cradle of the Australian sheep industry, the modern Camden is a diverse and burgeoning residential area on Sydney’s fringe.
And, to this point, the rich historic fabric of original Macarthur-era homes, fascinating old churches, and other heritage buildings sit comfortably with the region’s residential boom.
Sharing top tourist billing with the historic homes and buildings are some standout parks, reserves and gardens.
Opposite the rectory on the corner of Menange Road and Park Street are the magnificent gardens, with sheltered picnic tables and other facilities and a majestic stand of ironbarks believed to be more than 600 years old.
The 27ha on which the park sprawls were presented to the people in 1905 by Elizabeth Macarthur-Onslow in perpetuity on condition that the land remain as parkland, that no charges be levied on users, that the trees be preserved and that no business be conducted the land.
Weekend visitors flood into town to absorb the singular ambience, to sip wine at the historic Gledswood Homestead winery, to bask in the Mt Annan Botanic Garden, to balloon, glide and to tap in time with the famous Andalusian dancing horses of El Caballo Blanco.