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Here’s a list starter for those Sunday adventures in winter

Camden: worth the effort and it's not too far to get to.

Camden: worth the effort and it’s not too far to get to.

Winter is here and I reckon it’s the perfect time of the year to get in the car and go for a Sunday adventure.

The problem will be deciding where to go, so it’s a good idea to start a list and then tick them off one by one over the next three months.

Well, it sounds like a plan and having one is better than none at all.

To get you started, Top 5 has put on his thinking cap for some must visit places in Macarthur.

Number 1. No list would be worth the paper it’s written on or perhaps the cyber space it occupies if it does not include the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan. It’s a magnificent piece of heaven and you can go there more than once every winter.

Number 2. Not everyone’s cup of tea but there’s more to the Campbelltown Arts Centre than some totally confusing contemporary art exhibition. An excellent café and an ambience to die for – including a magnificent Japanese garden – and so close to so many of us lucky locals we can almost walk there.

Number 3. Window shopping in Camden; may sound a bit silly but why go all the way to Bowral when Camden is so close and offers so much? The thing with Camden is that a first time visitor thinks Argyle Street is it, but us savvy locals know there is so much more if you are willing to go exploring into interesting arcades and side streets. It sounds like hard work but it will be worth it. And once it’s over reward yourself with a refreshing beverage or two at the uber cool upstairs@freds.

Number 4. A little further out, maybe  a 35 minute drive from Campbelltown is Thirlmere where you can visit the train museum and then, just a short stroll away, enjoy a delicious pie from the famous Loop Line Pies store. The queues give a strong clue as to how popular they are.

Number 5. Like a lot of locals, I’d love to see the council support the establishment of a bed and breakfast in our bushland areas at Wedderburn or Kentlyn to give local eco tourism a boost. In the meantime, grab a big breakfast at the arts centre and then head to one of the bushland areas, hit the trails and start exploring our beautiful bush. You won’t believe the natural riches to be found.

Campbelltown arts centre.

Campbelltown arts centre.


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