Camden, situated some 65km southwest of downtown Sydney, sits in a pretty, semi-rural area that was the birthplace of the mighty Australian wool industry. The broader region is known as Macarthur, after the early colonist who was granted land for agriculture here by the British government. His breeding of Merino sheep was so successful that the industry became the backbone of the nation for much of its history.
The traditional lands of three Indigenous peoples meet in this region: the Darug, the Gundungurra and the Tharawal.
The central streets of Camden have historic architecture and a country-town feel, while Picton, 25km southwest, is a rather charming heritage village with corrugated iron roofs and historic pubs. The Nepean River meanders through the region.