You might be surprised to learn that Macarthur has a thriving arts scene. The Campbelltown Arts Centre profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices. The Centre is featured as part of the Sydney Festival each year in January and maintains a strong link to Country. The Centre also has a wonderful cafe, The Arts Centre Cafe in the Gardens, which does not disappoint!
The Town Hall Theatre is located in the Campbelltown CBD and is a short walk from the Arts Centre precinct. Regular theatrical productions are put on by the Campbelltown Theatre Group Inc. Don’t miss this quality community theatre while you’re in town. The Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of Fred Fisher, whose demise in 1826 has been made famous through the Legend of Fisher’s Ghost. George Worrall, who was executed for the murder of Fred Fisher, rented the land on which these buildings stand.
A short 14km away you’ll find the historic township of Camden, which is home to the recently opened (March 2018) Alan Baker Art Gallery at Macaria. The collection of Alan’s works that have been put together and hung in the Art Gallery is a collection that tells a story of life throughout the 20th Century through the eyes of a brilliant artist. The works capture part of history from those early years as an artist living Sydney, during the Great Depression, WW2 in New Guinea, serving in the A.I.F, the tragedy of losing two of his sons in a boating accident on the Georges River, to then moving to the Oaks near Camden, NSW. The gallery is located at 37 John Street Camden and is open to the public from Thursday through to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
If you’d like to grab a delicious bite to eat and check out ever changing exhibitions near Camden, The ARThouse cafe should be on your list too. It’s a quirky little cafe opposite the library in Narellan Town Centre.
There are a range of accommodation options available across the Macarthur area to suit all tastes and budgets, so if you’re interested in visiting a few exhibitions why not stay the weekend? We’d love to have you.