Visit the southwestern centre this season for food, festivals, nature and more
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The sun is out, the birds are singing and spring has well and truly hit Campbelltown. Less than an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD, Campbelltown is Sydney's southwestern gem, with plenty of natural beauty, fun festivals and a fascinating history that make it the ideal spring day trip destination.
One of the most exciting events coming to the region this spring is Feast Campbelltown, a culinary and cultural festival happening for the first time. For one day only, Campbelltown’s Redfern Park will buzz with food vendors hawking everything from dumplings to souvas and gelato. Fancy yourself the next Masterchef? Feast Campbelltown also has cooking demonstrations, plus children’s workshops and live entertainment (including Experience Campbelltown VR).
As the date creeps towards Halloween, head to Campbelltown to celebrate local spirit celebrity Fisher’s Ghost.The tale dates back to 1826 when ex-convict and farmer Fred Fisher disappeared, only to supposedly reappear as a ghost and reveal that he was murdered. Each year Campbelltown highlights their famous spook with a ghostly line-up of events. It all kicks off with the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award Exhibition on October 27 before launching the Fisher’s Ghost carnival, twilight street parade, street fair, fun run, gig and children’s event.
History buffs won’t want to miss the Gilbulla homestead open weekend happening September 15 to 16, and the Glenalvon historic house is open several days each month to offer free tours. Discover the stories behind Campbelltown's early European residents and learn how they lived.
Prefer to explore the natural world? From Dharawal National Park to the Georges River, the Campbelltown region has ample sights to explore. During spring there are a number of outdoor events to enjoy such as animal spotlighting tours, educational sessions on local creatures (like water bugs and flying foxes) and monthly Indigenous tours through Dharawal National Park. There’s also plenty to explore at the Georges River Corridor(like the Keith Longhurst Reserve and Frere's Crossing) and at the Australian Botanic Gardenwhere the paper daisy garden bursts into life each spring with a very bright, very photogenic floral display.
For more information when you're in Campbelltown, head to the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre (15 Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown) or online on www.macarthur.com.au.